Network scans and analysis can’t get much more convenient than this. Users of mobile devices can now hook into, read and analyze performance of networks easily with an app called NetworkToolbox, by Marcus Roskosch. If you own an iPhone or iPad, you can now download this app to help you manage what’s happening on your network, whether it be one or several.
NetworkToolbox App Review
It is designed to synchronize and analyze local and public networks, with an eye for security leaks. It also allows users to obtain the necessary configurations to get things working. Powered by the Shodan search engine, it facilitates easy scanning, including IP scans. Upon initial download, the main screen, titled the Tools page, offers a neat display of the major features offered in the app. These can be viewed as tiled icons or as a list. The option to change this view, as well as other display features, is found under Settings at the bottom right of the screen.
Based on topographic conditions, users will have ability to trace local networks, as well. Results can be found based on IP addresses and the multitude of tools offered in the app, with bookmarking capabilities that allow users to easily find frequently run searches. Feeds, links and addresses are easily downloaded and shared through email, in addition to files that can be retrieved via FTP or SFTP.
Some features unique to NetworkToolbox include the Device tool. Through this option, you can see several details about installed devices, including IP addresses and the signal medium used: 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. On the main screen, there is an information button at the very top sharing an overview about the app, its rules and guidelines on usage. When the app first starts up, it will scan the network you are currently on to collect information about it and devices running on it.
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Other features listed on the Tools page include:
- Search tools like Shodan and Morpheus
- Morpheus Map – for map hosting
- Ping – a ping test
- Network Information
- Ports Information
- Trace route – IP network trace routes
- Socket – socket terminal
- FTP client
- SSH terminal
- SFTP client
- HTTP Header analysis and web viewer
- Website spider
- Website certificates
- And many more…
For those unfamiliar with the numerous techie terms involved in network management, the app conveniently offers a Glossary of Terms. There is no saying how updated it is, but for those terms that you are unsure of, there is always the Internet. While strong in functionality, this app is not for the lighthearted. A certain amount of technology finesse is necessary when operating this app. The user guide is fine for a few items, but does not always match with what the app is doing.
However, if you are fairly computer savvy and know your way around computers and networks and all that comes with, this app is sure to please and become a staple in managing your network, whether it be in your home or for a small business. Keeping informed of what is occurring on your network is an essential step to take cementing secure transactions from home or at work.
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