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Let’s review some Apps…(3)

Good day, fellow readers. Today there’s another issue about my installed Apps.
Today’s overview deals with network tools. Now you may ask yourself, why on
earth should I have network tools on my iDevice? Well, you don’t have to but if
you work with remote tools or need network informations, you will need these!

You may also want to read the other posts I’ve made, so here’s an overview of what has been blogged so far in this series:

Table of Content:

Let’s review some Apps…(1)
Let’s review some Apps…(2)
Let’s review some Apps…(3)
Let’s review some Apps…(4)
Let’s review some Apps…(5)
Let’s review some Apps…(6)

Okay, let’s begin with a network planning tool.

Networking Toolkit

This little but yet handy tool is for these who have to deal with network planning and subnetting. Simple as that, you give an IP address, use the slider to modify the network mask with the slider and it instantly shows you the configuration parameters and network information. Also the network class is shown. But the real power lies behind the “Network” button. Pressing this one, you can calculate subnets and get their metrics. Best of all: The generated litsts can be sent via email for further references or to help out a coleague who actually has to plan subnets. The third function “Wildcard” finally does reverse subnetting and allows you to determine the number of hosts given by a certain wildcard mask. Handy and lightweighted and it’s free with NO Ads!

Pros:
+ lightweight
+ Essential calculation tools inside
+ Easy to use
+ E-Mail-function to send calculated subnets
+ Ad-free

Cons:
– No IPv6-support
– Not optimized for Retina displays

Overall-Rating: ★★★★☆ – Get App here – Free

 

Deep WhoIs

Ever wanted to quickly get WhoIs-data on a specific domain without haggling thru dozens of WhoIs-Services that maybe will also require you to register wirh them? Then Deep WhoIs may be the tool for you. It quickly gathers information about administrative contacts and nameservers and lists them quick and convenient. This works with the most TLDs currently registered.

Pros:
+ Accurate and fast
+ Easy to handle
+ Clean GUI
+ No Ads
+ Saves query history

Cons:
– At the time of review, DeNIC service did not work (.de TLD)

Overall-Rating: ★★★★★ – Get App here – Free ($0.99)

 

Nice Trace

The same programmer who brought you Deep WhoIS, also made a traceroute nework scanner that allows you to trail a network request to an IP or web address. This way you can see where your request is being blocked if a certain website or server isn’t responding. There’s not much to say as those, who use such programs, should know what tracerouting is.

Pros:
+ Accurate and fast
+ Easy to handle
+ Clean GUI
+ No Ads
+ Saves query history

Cons:
– App rarely crashes due to long trace respnse time

Overall-Rating: ★★★★★ – Get App here – Free ($0.99)

 

Scany

The third program of the programmer who brought you Deep WhoIs and Nice Trace, also made a network port range check program. Check what ports are currently responding to requests and seectively harden your system if needed. Often, your system runs services you don’t use and offer possibilities to hack your network. Disabling unused network services may also help improve your network performance.

Pros:
+ Accurate and fast
+ Easy to handle
+ Clean GUI
+ No Ads
+ Saves query history

Cons:
– App rarely crashes due to long trace respnse time

Overall-Rating: ★★★★★ – Get App here – Free ($0.99)

 

Net Status

The forth program of the programmer who brought you Deep WhoIs Nice Trace and Scany, also made a network availability check program. Monitor your servers and clients online status with this tool. It also allows for checking specific services only. For example if you want to know if one of your hosts is running a web service, you may want to monitor if port 80 (http) and port 443 (https) are responding properly.

Pros:
+ Accurate and fast
+ Easy to handle
+ Clean GUI
+ No Ads
+ Saves host history

Cons:
None found so far

Overall-Rating: ★★★★★ – Get App here – $0.99 ($3.99)

 

iNet

Another fine toolbox for networking tools. Combines the above tools partly under one hood. Great if you wish only one App to use but you don’t have all features available. On the other hand you can invenorize your network easily and have the basic information at hand. So it has sort of rights to stay on my iDevice besides the other tools. For those, who need more detailed information about a network device and some other features, there’s also a pro version available but is rather expensive.

Pros:
+ Accurate and fast
+ Easy to handle
+ Clean GUI
+ No Ads
+ Inventorize your network
+ Basic information about your network devices
+ Wake-On-LAN-function

Cons:
None found so far
– Pro version is rather expensive

Lite version: Overall-Rating: ★★★★★ – Get App here – Free
Pro version: Overall-Rating: ★★★★☆ – Get App here – $5.99

 

FTP Client Pro

Ever wanted to quickly change something on your FTP server (mostly used for Webservices also) or open files on it to edit it contents? This FTP client allows you exactly this! Handle all your stuff on your server with this App as if you were using an FTP client on your normal computer. This App is slim, lightweight and comes in a sleek design that allows easy handling. if I need to do quick changes on my webserver from abroad, I use my iDevice to do so. A powerful tool for a rather moderate price of 3 bucks!

Pros:
+ Works like a charm
+ Allows almost everything except custom FTP commands
+ Fast and reliable
+ Login storage

Cons:
– No connection manager
– If Password protection is off, one may access your server instantly as last login is saved.

Overall-Rating: ★★★★☆ – Get App here – $2.99

 

Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test

If you’re interested in knowing how fast your iDevice is in the WLAN or 3G network, you may want to have this App on your iDevice. It checks for Upload, Download and Ping speed to the closest determined test server and displays you the results. A history is also made so you can see how your network is working at different times.

Pros:
+ Nice GUI
+ Reliable results
+ Automatic selection of closest test server (needs GPS active!)

Cons:
+ Displays Ad

Overall-Rating: ★★★★☆ – Get App here – Free

 

Teamviewer / Teamviewer HD for iPad

Teamviewer is a remote desktop tool to assist friends when they need your help with computers. You can access their machine after they confirm your connection request. Secure data transfer makes it without worrying about intruders or exposure of private data. The Pro version that allows more features (which I couldn’t find yet) has a very steep price tag. 100 bucks is really expensive! However if you do serious administration and customer support even when you’re not at your office, this tool is a Must! As the free version already allows many features, the free HD version for iPad could gather an extra star for an unbeatable price tag vs. usefulness.

Pros:
+ Free version is already powerful for management of smaller groups
+ Works flawless
+ Clean GUI
+ Fast and accurate (depending on connection speed)
+ Nice remote management with iPad (extra star for the free version!)

Cons:
– Pro version has an excessive price tag of 100+ dollars!
– No comparison chart between editions

Free version: Overall-Rating: ★★★★★ – Get App here – Free
Free HD version: Overall-Rating: ★★★★★+★ – Get App here – Free
Pro version: Overall-Rating: ★★★☆☆ – Get App here – $99.99
Pro HD version: Overall-Rating: ★★★★☆ – Get App here – $139.99

 

MobileVoIP

Well… not much of a network tool but rather a VOIP service to use your iPhone as a telephone with reduced costs, this is more lightweight than Skype and other VOIP service Apps. There’s nothing much to say about VOIP services and this App as it is self-explaining. Make an account with MobileVOIP and select one of the provided carriers and you’re set. That’s all.

Pros:
+ Allows you to select from a wide variety of VOIP hosts
+ Clean interface.
+ Management of contacts
+ Allows status check

Cons:
Not used that much to determine any

Overall-Rating: ★★★★★ – Get App here – Free

 

VNC

This is also, like Teamviewer, a remote administration tool. It allows connecting to VNC servers and have them remotely used. So if any of your machines run a VNC server (see www.realvnc.com for more details) then this is the only one VNC client you’ll ever need for your iDevice. I recommend purchasing the Pro version as the Free version is really limited and allows not even Usage of key combinations such as ALT, CTRL and Windows keys or on a Mac, the Apple Key. This is very limiting if you connect to a Win2k8 server where you WILL need this key combo to log on!Thus I am not listing the free version as it is very limited in usability.

Pros:
+ Works well and fast
+ Clean interface
+ Connection Manager

Cons:
– Free version is very limited and unusable for Server systems.
– Free version seems laggy

Overall-Rating: ★★★☆☆ – Get App here – $5.99

 

The Mask – IPv4 & IPv6 Calculator

If you need a real powerful Network address calculation tool that is capable of IPv4, IPv6, Subnetting and Supernetting, then this tool is definitely for you. It’s clean, fast, reliable. Especially the IPv6 feature is currently unique in this App. All the other features are onboard and a good help documentation.

Pros:
+ Works well and fast
+ Clean interface
+ IPv6 support
+ Supernetting in IPv4

Cons:
A tad expensive.

Overall-Rating: ★★★★★ – Get App here – $9.99

Okay, that’s it for today, pals. Tomorrow I’ll let you have a look at my Online Apps…

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