Network Scanner Usage: How do people use Fing to scan their Internet of Fings?

There’s a lot of interesting facts about the Internet of Fings

Network Scanner Usage

Since Fing was launched in 2009, millions of people have discovered billions of devices across networks everywhere. Each year, the number of Fing users continues to grow. Today we have over 15 million downloads, 7 million users, 700k scans are done everyday and every year Fing discovers over a billion devices.

The Internet of Things is growing quickly. By 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices around the world.

More devices on the planet means there is a greater need for Fing. All the billions of devices, we hope, are discovered using the free Fing app (and Fingbox too).

To meet changing connected environments we have been updating our technology (see new network scanning features added in Fing 4.0 and Fing Droid 5) so that we can become the go to network scanner.

A few months back we decided to run a survey to better understand who uses Fing and how it is used. Over 1200 Fing users participated in the survey. Below are the results of what we learned about our users and network scanning!

TYPES OF NETWORKS FING USERS LIKE TO SCAN

Network Scanner Usage

The survey revealed that most Fing users use the app to scan their Home Network.

It’s great to see that many homes are taking control of their network by understanding the devices which are connected to it.

WHY FING USERS LIKE TO SCAN?

Network Scanner Usage

The survey revealed that most Fing users use the application for Network Security and Intruder Detection.

No surprises here! The more devices brought on to a home network, the more risks there are of encountering a security breach. Additionally, when a lot of people are living in close proximity an intruder entering the network and stealing broadband is a real concern.

Many users also use Fing to troubleshoot device and network issues. This is no surprise either as most of us rely on a steady connection to the internet to live our daily lives.

The survey revealed another trend, (a bit surprising) which is that many of our users like using Fing to get a Digital Inventory of their connected technology. Maybe it’s the Inventory trend and apps like Trove that are inspiring people to Digitize their things. All I know is that using Fing to quickly identify all your connected devices and create a digital inventory certainly beats creating a paper list of all your stuff. (After all those can tear, get wet or get lost).

THE NETWORK FEATURES FING USERS WANT MOST

Network Scanner Usage

The survey revealed that the ability to store previous scans was a very desired feature. That’s why we added this feature to Fing 4.0.

Getting alerts when an intruder has connected – or a new device has been found-  is very helpful for network security and was also a highly desired feature.

Device blocking when an intruder is detected was also something our users really wanted. In order to implement these features we needed something living on the network and looking out for it 24/7, which is why these features (intruder detection and device blocking) have been implemented in our Fingbox.

A MIND MAP ABOUT THE INTERNET OF FINGS USERS

Network Scanner Usage

Thanks as always for all the kind words you leave us on the app store and Google Play. We love how much our users like discovering their networks and devices.

*We surveyed 1200 users anonymously in a Typeform between June – August 2016.