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Super Smartphone Apps For Network Administrators

These mobile apps can improve productivity and save precious time for IT pros managing and troubleshooting networks.
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Network analysis tools are a must-have for networking professionals, providing crucial insight into performance and helping to solve bottlenecks and slowness. The right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations, and user behavior can identify problems quickly, or even before they actually happen. 

Having that information immediately accessible -- literally in the palm of your hand -- can make things even easier. The use of mobile apps has exploded, and software has matured from games and entertainment to tools robust enough to use on the job. IT pros can increase their productivity and save precious time with access to network data with a simple tap on a smartphone, whether they are in the office, relaxing at home, or commuting on the train. 

Here we highlight some of the highest user-rated network utilities -- some developed for iOS, some for Android, and some available for both. We chose independent tools that are not simply an extension of a larger network management platform, so no other software is necessary. An extra bonus is that most of these apps are free or a minimal cost, so you can experiment and find the ones you like best without breaking the bank.

 

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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Mynet
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10/8/2015 | 2:40:07 AM
Re: Android
 "Better security or no, I tend to think that if Google does not take the same walled-garden approach that Apple does with the App Store, then Android will always be the bigger and better and more popular target."

Joe, you are very much right. Recently I read that Google also start similar scrutiny while listing the app with Google Play, but am not sure to what/which extend they can do this. 
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Jerome Amon,
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9/30/2015 | 7:53:03 PM
Re: Wi-Fi Analyzer
I like this one the CIDR Calculator.
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Jerome Amon,
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9/30/2015 | 7:39:09 PM
Re: Wi-Fi Analyzer
And i'm sure that, we will  have some smartphone OS oriented networking (just need to customize the native source), as we have with pentest for computers, ... Having these kind of features/apps buit-in  would be perfect. Thanks again Susan :)
Jerome Amon
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Jerome Amon,
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9/30/2015 | 7:32:18 PM
Re: Wi-Fi Analyzer
With the era of mobility and these app will be more and more developped / improved. And the performances of smartphone are now more powerful and this will continue, so that could help for more features improvements into these kind of apps.
Jerome Amon
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Jerome Amon,
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9/30/2015 | 7:27:14 PM
Re: Wi-Fi Analyzer
Hi everyone,

Hi Susan, thanks for sharing, these kind of ressources are very rare on the web, there are a lot great tools but the ignorance make some IT project/work difficult.
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ClassC,
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9/30/2015 | 1:56:33 PM
Re: Wi-Fi Analyzer
@Brian.Dean    Ah Thanks !   Appreciate the help !
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Brian.Dean,
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9/30/2015 | 5:24:31 AM
Re: Wi-Fi Analyzer
@virsingh211, good point. I feel that if the app is trusted and malware free then, not utilizing a 3rd party tool might affect productivity. Furthermore, a 3rd party tool might be extremely valuable in testing a network's security for instance, the detection of vulnerabilities that exist that could be exploited through MITM attacks.
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Brian.Dean,
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9/30/2015 | 5:12:24 AM
Re: Wi-Fi Analyzer
@ClassC, press the power and volume down key on any android device and hold until the device makes a clicking sound. Alternatively, if the device has an S Pen -- pulling out the S Pen enables a number of on-screen functions, one of the function is "Screen Write" and it enables the capture of screenshots.
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virsingh211,
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9/29/2015 | 7:54:58 AM
Re: Wi-Fi Analyzer
I am not sure but is it recommendable for WiFi network analysts to control their office wireless performance or identify access point data transmission speeds, and optimize their company's WiFi network channels via a 3rd party tool.
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9/28/2015 | 11:57:13 PM
Re: Android
Better security or no, I tend to think that if Google does not take the same walled-garden approach that Apple does with the App Store, then Android will always be the bigger and better and more popular target.
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