In the second installment of my 3-part blog series on tools for enterprise wireless networking professionals, I have compiled a list of the ‘finalist’ Android apps – these are twenty apps that rose to the top after reviewing over 50 potential apps for the wireless LAN Professional using Android OS devices.
Last week I covered hardware options – iPads, iPhones and Androids– for WLAN Professionals to use when working on our networks.
There are lots of other potential apps – and many have like feature sets – but this is just a list of my personal favorites to help in scanning, configuring, and troubleshooting Wireless Networks – especially for tracking Access Points (APs). These tools also are quite useful in designing outdoor WLAN’s, and troubleshooting the wired side of the network infrastructure as well.
While I recently joined the Aerohive team, I have years of experience in educating Wi-Fi professionals and I can attest these tools are extremely handy.”
Most of these are free, or very low cost. So go and head over to the Android Marketplace and download a couple to try on your own device. Enjoy!
1) WiFi Analyzer – the ‘grand-daddy’ of Wi-Fi tools. If you’re only going to have one app to help – this is the one to choose. (It used to be available on iOS platform as well – but is no longer available in the iTunes store). It has nice visual interfaces showing the ‘humps’ of different Access Points on different channels. It can show 5GHz in tabular format, but is best at 2.4GHz to show AP signal strength by channel in a graphical format.
2) aPerf – Command line tool for running either server or client iPerf sessions. You can configure UDP/TCP, IP Addresses, Ports, Time, and Packet Size
3) ConnectBot – Simple SSH and Telnet connections via any IP connection.
4) Disp WiFi IP – A quick and easy way to show on your Android screen the current Wi-Fi connection, including Link Speed, IP Address, SSID, Gateway, DNS, etc.
5) GeoCam Pro – a great tool to help document outdoor Wireless LAN deployments. Take a picture of the installation of an AP – and document Lattitude, Longitude, as well as compass bearing and orientation. Requires camera capable device. (the iOS equivalent is called ‘Theodolite’)
6) Google Earth – You know this one. It comes in quite handy when doing point-to-point Wireless Bridge links.
7) G-MoN – Details on 2G/3G, Wi-Fi, GPS. Good for WarDriving.
8) GPS Status – Gives you a wide variety of statistics from your GPS Fix. In addition to showing the standard Lat/Long, it plots where the satellites are in relation to your device, moving speed, compass and even device accelerator orientation.
9) GPS Test Plus – also like GPS Status, it also adds sunrise/sunset at your location as well as a worldview of nightfall across the continents.
10) GTech Net Tools – a sweet set of tools for doing network diagnostics. Including: IP Config, My IP, Ping, Host to IP Lookup, Server Check and an HTTP Header viewer. This is a very nice suite of useful tools for doing diagnostics on either Wi-Fi or Wired networks.
11) HTTPing – Retrieve HTTP header from an IP address – something also included with GTech NetTools.
12) Ifconfig – Shows details of IP, MAC, Gateway, DHCP Server, DNS, Lease time, Connection Speed for both 2G/3G and Wi-FI.
13) iPerf – Another command line iPerf throughput testing tool.
14) Net Swiss Tool – Another full suite of networking tools, easy to use, and all in one place. Including: ARP, DNS, Netcfg, Netstat, Ping, Ping Sweep, Portscan TCP, Process Info, Route, Trace Route, and WhoIs.
15) Network Swiss Army Knife – This is a robust network tool with a variety of useful tools and calculators, including: IPv4 Subnet Calculator, MAC Address Lookup, Domain to IP Lookup, Whois Lookup, My Device IP (local and Internet) and a quick reference on TCP/IP.
16) Network Info II – Shows Device internal and external IP addresses (IPv4 and IPv6), MTU, GPS info, BlueTooth, etc.
17) Open Signal Maps - helps to find what Cell Tower you are connected with. Plotting this graphically, and can be augmented with GPS fix for even greater accuracy.
18) Overlook Fing – scans your local network, on the wired side of your Access Point as well as other wireless devices on the same subnet. You can see which devices are wired vs. wireless, as well as vendor ID, IP Address and MAC Address. Then you can scan each device to see what ports might be open, and then also PINP the device. (This is also available on iOS platforms)
19) SpeedTest.net – A ‘standard’ to test network to Internet connection speed. The results can be saved and emailed as CSV files.
20) WiFi Advanced Configuration Editor – Shows details around Wi-Fi profiles, including details you don’t normally have access to, including some 802.11n unique features.
Next up: Apple iOS Apps for iPhone and iPad ... stay tuned for this final installment of my 3-part series on mobile tools for WLAN professionals.
If you've found any other apps that you'd recommend, please leave a comment – I'm always looking for the best tools to add to my own toolkit.