How to Use the Fing App

How to Use the Fing App

So you’ve downloaded the free Fing network scanning app from Google Play or the App Store, and you’re ready to start seeing what is on your network?

Here is our guide to getting started with the Fing app so you can make the most of all this app has to offer.

What The Main Tabs on the Fing App Mean

When you open the Fing app, you’ll see four main tabs at the very bottom of the screen. Here’s a quick snapshot of what each of the tabs do.

a picture of the fing app tabs

  • Devices: This tab shows you your device inventory (i.e. all the active devices seen by the Fing app)
  • Network: This tab contains the free Fing tools to troubleshoot your network
  • Events: this tab contains an event log of what has changed in comparison to your last network scan.

How to Perform a Network Scan with Fing

Performing a network scan with the Fing app could not be easier. Not only is it a quick way to see all the devices on the network you are currently connected to, but our Fing identification software also identifies the make, model, brand and version of the devices, so you can easily spot your own gadgets.

To scan your network:

  • Click on the Devices tab in the bottom-left hand corner of the screen.
  • If you don’t own a Fingbox this should take you through to an automatic network scan of the network you are currently connected to.
  • Whenever you wish to refresh the scan click on the curly arrow icon in the top panel.

a screenshot of the fing app device list

Your devices will be displayed with details including:

  • Name: The name the device has been given. For example; Violet’s MacBook.
  • Type icon: What kind of device is it. For example, mobile, tablet, computer, TV, VoIP phone.
  • Vendor: The maker of your device. For example, Apple.
  • Model: The generation of the device. For example, MacBook PRO.
  • IP address: The numeric identifier assigned to the device on this network. Usually, it’s temporary and can change over time, typically assigned by the DHCP service running on the Internet router.
  • MAC address: This is the serial number of the device which is set when the device is made at the factory. Note that the MAC address of the device is only displayed if the model information is not available.

How to Sort, Search and Filter Your Fing Device List

If you have a lot of devices on the network it can be confusing looking at the devices list. This is why we created the ability to organize the list, filter it and search for specific devices.

Click on the 3 lines icon in the top right of the device list. This will bring up a pop-up menu.

a screen shot of how to sort devices on Fingbox

From here you can select to either:

  • Search: look for specific device in the list
  • Export: export a list of your devices to an Excel spreadsheet
  • Clear devices: clear all devices so you can start from scratch with your device scanning
  • Order By: arrange the list by one of the various device elements
  • Filter By: filter the list down to just certain devices
  • Alerts: set up alerts on your devices so you can be notified if new devices have come on your network since your last scan.

How to Create Your Fing Account

You can use the Fing app without creating an account, but if you wish to:

  • Store your scans and access then from other devices and via the Web App
  • Create an inventory of your devices
  • And receive alerts when new devices have joined you network since your last scan,

you will need to set up an account. A Fing account is completely free and is easy to create.

Read here our quick and easy instructions to creating a Fing account.

Creating Your Digital Device Inventory with Fing

To help you keep on top of your devices we recommend taking the time to organize your device list.

Start by clicking on one of the devices. From the device’s settings you can use the following tools:

  • Enter a Name: This you can customize to whatever you what. E.g. Violet’s Work Phone.
  • Enter Additional Notes: Here you can add your own notes on this device. E.g. due for an upgrade in June 2018.
  • Enter Device Location: Here you can put the location of the device. E.g. if it is a computer you may wish to put that it is in the study.
  • Star or Flag the Device: A star indicates it is a favorite device, and the flag indicates it is important. Your router will automatically be flagged as important. The flagging and star system can then be used when you are filtering your device list.

Work your way through your devices, customizing them in the way that best suits you.

Using the Other Tools Available on the Fing App

There are other, more advanced tools on the free Fing app that are designed to help network technicians troubleshoot specific problems. You will find these on the Network Tab. 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).

You can access these tools via the Network tab in the bottom panel, or by clicking on an individual device in the Devices list.

So now you know how to use the Fing app!

Get scanning, recording and troubleshooting your network, so you can be rest assured that you network is both healthy and safe.

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