iNet Pro is a handy network utility for your iPhone

by admin on May 14, 2010

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iNet is incredibly handy. I needed a list of the MAC addresses of all of the devices on my network. It’s a fairly tedious process that requires a lot of copy and pasting and a lot of poking around in network settings. Then, I remembered I had iNet Pro on my iPhone. I fired it up, ran a scan, and then emailed myself a nicely-formatted report that listed all of the devices.

Later, my satellite Internet went down. Every couple of minutes, I launched iNet and had it run “ping” against www.google.com to see if the connection was back up. I’ve used it to see if my wife’s iPhone was on the network (a good way to see if she is awake) and to remember the static IP address of a network printer at my office.

iNet Pro can run port scans (offering a custom set of ports to check or letting you run your own) and show you a list of Bonjour services that are available for each computer. If you have any computers set to use Wake On Lan, iNet can send the necessary signal. I haven’t used that feature but Apple improved upon it in Snow Leopard and explains how to determine if your Mac supports Wake On Demand.

There are several versions of iNet available. The basic iNet Network Scanner is $0.99 (all prices USD) and iNet Pro is $4.99. The website includes a handy guide to the iNet and iNet Pro Feature List (PDF), which explains the differences. You can upgrade from iNet to iNet Pro as a $3.99 in-app purchase, so if you aren’t sure that you need everything the Pro version does, you can start small without worrying that you’re going to cost yourself more by not buying the Pro version right away.

The developer also offers iNet Wake On Lan (WOL) and iNet Portscan, each for $1.99. It’s important to note, though, that iNet Pro contains both WOL and Portscan capabilities. If you really only need those particular features, you can save a couple of dollars by purchasing only what you need. However, the Pro version is still only $5.

TUAWiNet Pro is a handy network utility for your iPhone originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 14 May 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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