This network scanner app development project is Onix’ first foray into the realm of utility apps, and namely network monitoring software. Such software is typically used in order to:
- understand a network from a node-by-node perspective
- discover active devices on the network
- get critical insights into the devices and performance
- follow the traffic moving between the active devices
- identify available network services
- discover and recognize any filtering systems in place
- see what operating systems are being used
- determine the overall health of the network
Regular monitoring/scanning helps ensure the healthy functioning of networks and connected devices at enterprises, banks, and government agencies. However, scanning with specialized tools is essential for any network with a significant number of devices or with multiple subnets. Manual management may be difficult, inefficient, and expose the system to security risks. Data found by network scanner software reveals a wide range of critical network information and helps to manage and maintain the system, troubleshoot issues and pinpoint problems, discover points that might be vulnerable, and protect the network from attacks.
Product and its working principle
Netstat is a network scanner iOS application that automatically discovers and locates devices connected to the network by analyzing the Wi-Fi. Among the key features of the network scanner, IP address and port scanning should be mentioned first.
The app relies on what is called active scanning – sending a ping to each device on the network and awaiting a response. The responses are then analyzed to detect any inconsistencies or vulnerabilities. For IP networks, pings are usually sent to every possible IP address. The response, if any, determines each one’s status. Netstat uses ping, tracert, device, and port scan utilities to provide a basic view of what is happening across your network to help you detect and resolve errors quickly and easily.
Who is Netstat designed for?
The network scanner app development may prove invaluable for individuals seeking effective management of their IP addresses and devices, particularly within expansive networks. Netstat’s lean functionality and ease-of-use make it especially good for beginner techs and organizations without sufficient IT support or experience in network monitoring.
Network monitoring is essential but not always feasible. Imagine your network devices are down, the administrator in charge is out, and there’s an angry boss demanding to find out what happened. It’s days like that which Netstat may help save by scanning all devices on the network and indicating what is wrong and where to look first. Later, you may utilize a more robust tool, but for the moment, Netstat can provide clues in a pinch.
We developed this network device scanner app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It helps identify problems when a laptop or desktop PC is unavailable. This means that Netstat can be of use to professional network administrators as well.
How Netstat helps
The network scanner app lets you know, among other things:
- why the network is not working or if the site connection is unstable;
- whether the Internet connection fails because of home hardware or a provider or because a host isn’t working at the moment;
- the device and IP address of everyone who is using your Wi-Fi;
- whether unauthorized persons are using or stealing your Wi-Fi.
How Netstat works
The application’s tab bar currently contains two sections: Tools and Settings. The Tools let you access all the app’s features:
- discovery, identification, and scanning of devices on the network
- devices’ IPs, DNS, NetBIOS name, and other information about the network
- identification of each network user’s IP address and geolocation
- device ping tools
- routing to a device or a website
- scanning of the open ports on the network’s devices
- download and upload speed testing
- network scanning history
A clean and clear visual design supports a simple, intuitive, and straightforward user experience.
We have made the network device scanner app free to download. It will rely on in-app purchases: users can block ads on Netstat for a fee through the Settings tab.