Professional Networking Apps For The iPhone

| May 7, 2015

Managing your network via remote access is easier now than ever. There are a variety of applications that you can use on your iPhone that all support the operations and functions that every network professional needs access too. If you’re involved in a local area network, or even a public Wi-Fi hotspot, these tools are invaluable to getting fast access to the servers to diagnose any problems, or check the current status. Here are some of the best network tools for your iPhone.

iPhone Networking

iPhone Networking

IT Tools

IT Tools is an IT professional’s dream. Its a toolbox that includes functions such as DNS lookup, traceroute, routing tables, and ping. It has support also for ARP tables, a full list of interface statistics, as well as a list of active connections, and much more. It support IPv6, and can reverse DNS. Each of the separate tools provides the technician with support to send the results of any queries via email.

There is a WiFi network scanner that can scan via broadcast addresses, and reveal IP addresses, MAC address and vendor names. bonjour service detection is available, as well as UPnP devices, including subdevices. There is also a continuous traceroute that provides the user with details of the network hops to reach the destination host. Its optimized to determine the path very quickly, and often reports back in less than 5 seconds. It can then ping each of the hops and provide additional statistics and also alternative paths. If you want to get started with IT Tools you can find it here.


VNC Viewer

VNC viewer is an easy way to get full remote access onto windows PC’s. All you do is load the client on the PC’s in your network, and you can connect to them directly and control the mouse on the PC from the comfort of your iPhone. There is no limit to the amount of PC’s that you can have VNC loaded on.

Mouse gestures are used to complete some of the more regular actions that you might use a mouse for. If you want to double click on something, just tap the screen twice, and the other gestures that involve keyboard keys such as Alt, Ctrl, Delete are available from a sliding toolbar. This is great app to access computers for support, and if you’re out of the office you can still easily complete actions on any off the computers in your network, with MAC’s supported too. Download the app here.


pTerm

pTerm is a basic app in terms of definition, but advanced when you look at its ability. It provides the user with remote access to servers and can handle SSH, Telnet, and raw TCP. Its a great tool to have on your iPhone, and is based on the very well known desktop remote connection client PuTTY. It features gems such as xterm terminal emulation, and support for keys such as Esc, Ctrl, Tab, and arrow keys are also supported. It gives you RSA/DSA key generation and authentication, and allows for tunneling.

pTerm works over Edge, 3G, and also WiFi. There is an integrated browser so you don’t have to jump across to Safari. It can store your lists of hosts, ports and protocols for fast and convenient access, and allows you to pinch and zoom into the terminal. You can download the app from here.


Scany

Scany is like the swiss army knife of network administration apps. Its great for home, offices, corporate LAN, and Wi-Fi hotspot owners. However its sophisticated enough to be a handy tool for network administrators, security specialists, and developers. If you find that you have to regularly diagnose and resolve network issues, then Scany should have a place on your iPhone.

Scany can find all the computers and devices that are connected to either Wifi or LAN, and even detect hidden, and firewalled devices. It will show up their names, address and the manufacturer information, and includes a wide set of advanced network analysis tools, including functions such as ping, trace DNS lookup, WHOIS, port scanner, and much more.

The app has been built by an experienced network administrator, and also includes and extensive export, import and history. You can copy all the information that you get from the network into an email, and also import/export a list of the hosts. You can export also separate lists of bonjour services, and hostnames, as well as free or busy IP addresses. Scany allows you to select from its large set of data fields what exactly you want to export. Its an app with everything, and can be found here.


LANScan

This is a networking utility that comes available for iPhone or iPad. Its a quick and easy app that allows you to access a variety of network scans including:

  • ARP scans: Scan the ARP table for devices attached
  • TCP scans: Establish a TCP connection with each IP address on the network
  • NetBios scans: Find devices on the network that respond to NetBios queries
  • Bonjour scans: Scan for services that are broadcasting bonjour services
  • Port scans: When requesting details information, a fast port scan is also displayed
  • Reverse DNS: Multicast queries are used to query hostname information

Its an easy to use application and allows you to see what exactly else is connected to the Wi-Fi network your also connecting too. Its an all in one solution to providing you with information every security concerned individual would want to know. Its been developed for Network Administrators and IT managers, but has been built in a way that is also easy for non technical individuals to use. The application gives you a view of all devices on the network, and they are displayed in a very logical and easy to understand format. You are able to see the most pertinent information about each of the devices that are connected. You can see common port address, and MAC addresses, as well as many bonjour services. You can download the app here.


Ping Analyzer

The app Ping Analyzer is a really easy to use network ping tool that includes a graphical interface, which provides the user with real time round trip time (RTT) statistics, and also jitter and Mean Opinion Score (MOS) estimates.

Network app Ping Analyzer uses the following protocols Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), Echo Requesting, and also Echo Reply packets to understand what the response time and availability of the target machines are. With Ping Analyzer you get a graphical representation of the actual response times, and the packet delivery rate, as well as the real time statistics while you ping the host. You have the ability in Ping Analyzer to see your history, and add favourite lists. You can also send yourself or your network manager email summary reports. Check it out here.

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