Congrats on starting your trial of Plus! You're on your way to becoming a WiFi hero. This article will help explain what you can do with Plus, so you can get the most out of your trial and decide if the Plus plan is worth your hard-earned money (we think it will be! 😉)
See also: inSSIDer Plus User Guide
Before you Start
Make sure you are opted in to Plus. To do this, verify that you have inSSIDer version 1.11.1 installed, and follow the in-app prompts to start your Plus trial. Or, log in to your account at http://my.metageek.com and download inSSIDer from there.
Tip #1 - Network Snapshots: early and often
Things were working just fine last week, but now I’m having wireless issues – what has changed with my network?
How was my wireless network last week?
How do signal strengths in different rooms compare to each other?
Whether you're taking room-by-room snapshots or tracking changes over time, Network Snapshots with inSSIDer give you the insight you need for lightning speed. The more snapshots you take, the more historical context you’ll have and the better armed you will be in combating network issues that may arise.
Take a Snapshot
Step 1: Open inSSIDer and click the green camera icon above the Network table to start a snapshot.
Step 2: Select your primary network, and choose a name for your site and for the room you are in.
Step 3: Walk around your site and take snapshots at critical WiFi locations (“rooms”). When you close the inSSIDer app, the snapshot will automatically be sent to your cloud account at My MetaGeek.
Build your Snapshot Library
Log in to www.my.metageek.com to view your snapshots by Site and Room. (Soon you’ll be able to share snapshots with team members and add contextual notes to snapshots.)
Comparing a series of snapshots in the same location over time helps you spot when something has changed in your configuration, your environment, or both. The sooner you start taking snapshots, the sooner you’ll be able to reap the benefits of historical context and benchmarks for your network.
Tip #2 - Troubleshoot individual APs with Physical (Radio) Grouping
By default, inSSIDer groups all access points with the same SSID together (Networks/ESSID grouping), which works best when your network has more than one AP.
But what if you want to troubleshoot a single AP? On the Plus plan, you can use Radio Grouping in inSSIDer to group all virtual SSID's on the same radio are together.
Each line item then represents one radio on an access point that is the host of more than one SSID. Radio Grouping Mode works best when you are working with a single access point. A common use case for this mode might be picking the best channel for a home wireless network.
Tip #3 - Channel Recommendations (because friends don’t let friends use auto-select)
Even the most expensive enterprise-grade APs aren’t widely trusted to auto-select the best channel available. Furthermore, these APs with automatic channel selection can switch channels often which can be confusing for client devices. The best rule of thumb is to manually assign static channels to every AP and then make changes as needed.
When you’re subscribed to Plus, inSSIDer will analyze signal strength and surrounding networks to determine the best channel. You can find Recommended Channel in the Radio Details Pane.
Other Plus-only features in inSSIDer
- Network Filtering
- Channel Recommendations & Expert Analysis
- Copy to Clipboard
- AP Aliasing
- Network, Access Point, and Channel Drilldown
- Current Connected Data Rate
We also have a lot of exciting things on the roadmap for Plus, and will be adding value through incremented updates which will occur automatically when you open the software. Soon, you'll be able to see more client details and advanced expert analysis through deeper packet inspection on the Plus version of inSSIDer.
Once you start using Plus features, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it. If you have questions about your trial, contact us and we'll be happy to help!
Ending your trial
Once your 30-day Plus trial is up, your account will revert back to the free version. Your trial didn't require a credit card, so you won't be charged. To continue your subscription to Plus for $99/year, subscribe here.