iNet – Network Scanner is an application that allows users to explore and monitor their computer network. With a focus on security and control, iNet provides answers to questions such as which devices are connected to the network and whether they are online. It also offers information about the services provided by these devices. One key feature of iNet is its ability to detect if someone is using the wifi network without the user’s knowledge.
The app is designed to be user-friendly, even for those with limited experience. It provides a comprehensive overview of the network and its running services. Importantly, iNet maintains the privacy of user data, ensuring that no information is shared externally.
iNet offers several features, including network scanning, ping functionality, a Bonjour browser, port scanning, device information, wake on LAN, sleep on LAN (Macintosh only), and an extensive help section. Additionally, users can easily send scan results via email.
The network scan feature of iNet allows users to see the devices connected to their local network, such as computers or routers, along with their names, IP addresses, and vendors. iNet can differentiate between Windows and Macintosh computers, and for Apple computers, it can display the specific model. Users can also discover the number of running Bonjour services on each device. Furthermore, iNet can perform a classic port scan on selected devices.
The app utilizes advanced technology to scan the network at a low level, making it possible to detect devices that may try to remain hidden, such as Mac OS X computers in stealth mode.
Ping functionality in iNet enables users to test the reachability of a particular host across an IP network. By pinging an IP, users can determine whether the host is responsive or not, given that its ping service is enabled. iNet includes a bookmark function for frequently used addresses.
Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking, allows for automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. iNet’s Bonjour browser scans the local network for Bonjour services, identifying any hardware or software connected via this protocol, such as computers, routers, printers, iTunes, or Filemaker.
iNet’s wake-on-LAN feature is designed to be user-friendly and easy to set up. It allows users to remotely wake up devices on the network. For more information, users can check out iNet WOL, a stand-alone tool specifically for wake-on-LAN.
The port scanning feature of iNet determines whether TCP ports on devices are open or closed. In the case of open ports, the app displays the name of the service using that port, if available.
The device info section in iNet provides users with information related to their iPhone or iPod touch, including its name and IP address.
The modular structure of iNet enables the addition of more features and scanning methods in the future. The developers plan to implement additional network monitoring tools, such as DNS queries, traceroutes, and whois lookups. iNet Pro will continue to receive regular updates. In December 2010, the developers also released iNet for Mac, which is available through the App Store.
At its core, iNet Networks Scanner is a comprehensive solution for those who want to monitor their local network and understand its activities. For those who only require the network scan feature, a free version called iNet – Network Scanner is available. Upgrading to iNet Pro from within iNet provides access to its full range of features.
It is worth noting that iNet prioritizes user privacy and does not collect any data externally.