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8 Awesome Reasons Why Fing is the Best Free Network IP Scanner for Securing Your Home Network

There are many reasons you may want to scan an IP network. You could be working in a technical role with a network that needs troubleshooting, or you may simply just want to know what devices are connected to your router. Either way, when you scan a network you want quick results that are reliable and easy to understand.

We hate to blow our own trumpet, but this is exactly why, with over 30 million downloads, Fing is the most popular network IP scanning app around.

So, take a little browse below whilst we brag about the 8 awesome reasons why Fing is the best free network IP scanner for securing your home!

1. Fing is super-fast and the most reliable Network IP Scanner App around

Since 2009, Fing has delivered advanced IP network scanning features to both iOS and Android. There is a reason the app has over 30 million downloads – the Fing network IP scanning technology is trusted, reliable and super-fast.

Fing discovers any device on any network in seconds, and as the app identifies by MAC address you get loads of extra information to help you identify the devices on your network. As well as the IP address for each host, you also get data on the makes, models and brands, helping you quickly know what device is what.

2. It is 100% free to scan IPs with Fing, and there are no ads

Fing’s advanced network IP scanning features are completely free to use, so you can scan IPs to your heart’s content! The app also does not have any annoying third-party ads. However, we are currently promoting our Fing app hardware add-on, Fingbox, very discretely right now.

3. A beautifully designed network scanning app that is intuitive AND nice to look at it

MAC addresses and IP addresses can be overwhelming to look at – especially for those not used to seeing network information. At Fing, we want to make home networking easy and accessible for everyone. That’s why the Fing app includes a user-friendly, intuitive, and approachable design which makes IP networking more accessible for everyone.

We have put a lot of time into the design of Fing and continuously listen to our  users’ feedback.

4. Fing’s network IP scanning features just keep getting better

At Fing we know the only way to keep improving is to listen to feedback. We are continuously working with our Fing users to improve the app and deliver the network security and troubleshooting features they need. As well as combing through the app store reviews, sending out surveys and providing email support, we also have Home Networking Facebook group in which we actively speak with our Fing community.

5. Fing includes many features beyond network IP scanning and alerts

In addition to scanning IPs,Fing has even more advanced free tools that were originally designed to help network technicians troubleshoot specific problems. These include:

  • Ping:measure the Latency from your device to the internet (how long it takes for data to travel from your device to the internet provider, measured in milliseconds)
  • Traceroute:shows how many hops the device makes before it reaches the public internet.
  • Sending a Wake on LAN (WoL) command:waking up your device remotely. This is only available for devices that support WoL.
  • Service Port Scan:a secondary scan of your individual devices to check for opened ports with available services living on them. For some services, such as Web, FTP, SSH, Samba you can launch a connection with the service directly from the app (for the Web service, Fing will launch your web browser, for other services Fing will suggest other well-known apps you can download to handle those services).

6. 100’s of thousands of positive reviews on the App Store and Google Play.

“The best network admin tool on play store. Hands down.”

“Years later an even better app.”

“With the new ‘night mode’ Fing is now better than ever.”

Just to quote a few ….

7. Fing always gives you the best network IP information that’s available

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The free Fing network scanner includes comprehensive details about your devices

  • Get device NetBIOS, UPNP and Bonjour: name, properties and device type
  • It makes it seamless and easy to find your device’s IP address and MAC address

8. Fing helps you identify intruders that are connected to your network

One of the most popular reasons that our users love Fing is because it detects unwanted network intruders and WiFi stealers on their network. In one quick IP scan, users can identify any unknown device that’s on the network. The free Fing network scanning app does not include a Device Blocking feature (it would be very dangerous to allow just any user to block a device on a WiFi network. Imagine if anyone could connect to your network  and start blocking all the devices on it?!), so this is why we built Fingbox!

Fingbox is an affordable home network security toolkit which permanently resides on a network and gives real-time alerts to new devices, making it much quicker and easier to enable device blocking in a secure way. If you are a networking whiz though, you can use the free Fing app to identify the MAC address of your intruder and then manually block them from the router yourself.

Need more proof that Fing is awesome?! Read what Gadget Review has to say!

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Can’t get enough of Fing? Well you really ought to check out Fingbox then!

Violet Chepil
Violet Chepil
Head of Marketing at Fing