17 Wi-Fi Stocking Stuffers for Your iOS Device - Page 3

By Eric Geier

December 27, 2010

Whether you're looking to find a Wi-Fi hotspot, share files around your wireless network or discover nearby WLANs, our list of 17 great iOS apps will put your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to work.

Network Utilities


The iNet app ($0.99) scans the Wi-Fi network you're connected to and lists the details of detected devices and Bonjour services, such as the IP address and MAC address. It automatically stores the last ten scans. You can also save or email scan reports. You can also run port scans and pings to particular devices or computers.

The iNet Pro version ($5.99) adds Wake-on-LAN and Sleep-on-LAN features.


Scany ($1.99) is another network surveying, diagnostic and security tool. It scans a Wi-Fi network for over 15 parameters. It features ping, traceroute analyzer, remote wake, and WHOIS. It also includes Wake on LAN, Wi-Fi, or over the Internet.


This app ($19.99 with free trial) lets you do Wi-Fi tethering by broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal. It also gives you the ability to do USB tethering. You and/or others can connect other mobile devices or laptops to the iOS device to use its Internet connection. You can secure the access with WEP encryption.

Keep in mind, this app is not available in the official Apple App Store. Your iOS device must be jailbroken. Then you can purchase and install via Cydia.

Wi-Fi Stumblers


This app scan the air waves and shows all the nearby Wi-Fi networks and their details, such as SSID, signal (including raw RSSI), encryption status, and MAC address. It supports GPS logging, saving and emailing results, and exporting results (including NetStumbler). You can optionally ignore secure or hidden networks and sort by signal strength.

yFy Network Finder

This is another stumbler that scans for and shows Wi-Fi networks. In addition to a text listing, you can see a map view of detected spots. You can optionally ignore and/or not map WEP, WPA, hidden, or ad-hoc networks.

Eric Geier is the founder of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi with enterprise-level encryption. He is also the author of many networking and computing books, for brands such as For Dummies and Cisco Press.

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