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Once you have downloaded the free Fing App from Google Play, the App Store, the Microsoft Store, or Fing Desktop, read this guide to see what is on your network and how to make the most of all the Fing App has to offer.

You can use the Fing App without creating an account, but if you wish to access the many features of the Fing App, you need to create a free Fing account. With a Fing account, you can:

  • Store your scans and access them from other devices and via the Web App
  • Create an inventory of your devices
  • Receive alerts when new devices join you network since your last scan

What is Fing?

The Fing App is a network scanning app. With the Fing app, you quickly and easily can identify who and what devices are on your network, and ensure your network is both healthy and safe. Fing is the number one free network scanner. for Android and iOS, with over with over 35 million downloads.

Fing App features: What does the Fing app do?

In addition to network scanning, Fing has the following networking features:

  • Alerts: Store digital inventory and Fing will identify, alert and confirm when new devices have connected or accessed your network since the last time you scanned
  • Compare ISP providers: Check your ISP provider rating, reviews and performance. Compare these to other available Internet Service Providers.
  • Device Details: A list of your devices' properties
  • Device Ping: Ping devices to check the device’s response time
  • Digital Inventory: Name the devices on your network, which allows you to create and store a digital inventory of your devices
  • Digital Presence: Monitor the presence of people in your home or office
  • Find Hidden Camera: An advanced scan of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to and detection other monitoring devices
  • Find Open Ports: Probe a server or host for open ports to verify security policies of a network
  • Internet Outages: Check recent and current Internet Outages based on location
  • Internet Performance: An automatic speed test that provides a graph of the average performance of your network ranging from the last 7-28 days
  • Mobile Internet Speed Test: Measure the bandwidth and latency of an Internet connection against a server. The data rate is evaluated in both directions: upload and download.
  • Traceroute: A map of Internet data from its source to its destination
  • Wake-on-LAN: Wake up devices remotely using the Fing App
  • Web App: When you have a Fing account, you can also store your previous scans and access them via the Fing Web App

Main Tabs

There are three main tabs on Fing Desktop and Fing Mobile App: Overview, Tools and Account.

  • On Fing Desktop, these tabs are located in the left sidebar
  • On Fing Mobile App, these tabs are located in the toolbar at the bottom of the page

Note: Fing Desktop is a more powered version of the Fing Mobile App, with better device recognition capabilities and functionalities that are continually added.

Overview

  • This tab is the main dashboard.
  • On Fing Desktop, there are four widgets in Overview: Connected Devices, Internet Performance, Security Profile and Who's Online.
  • On Fing Mobile App, these four widgets are also in Overview, but they are named differently: Devices, Security, Internet and People. The widgets change labels in Overview depending on the status of each feature. For example, if you have 10 devices in your home or office, the Devices widget will be labelled 10 Online devices; if your Internet is secure, the Security widget will be labelled Secure; the Internet widget will be labelled with the speed of your Internet (i.e. ---/--- Mbps); if you have no users, the people widget will be labelled No users.
    • Connected Devices/Devices: This is the Device page. Here you will see a list of the devices on your network. At the bottom of the page, there are options to search, filter and delete devices from the list. At the top right of the page, there is a checkmark icon to switch networks, and a Fingbox icon where you can adjust the settings of your Fingbox.
    • Internet Performance/Internet: Check your Internet Score (how your Internet compares to others in the vicinity), do an Internet speed test, check your average ISP performance from the previous week and compare Internet providers.
    • Security Profile/Security: A summary of your security, estimated from the data provided by your network.
    • Who's Online/People: Add or remove users, schedule Internet pause, check timelines and access DigitalFence functionality.
  • There are two more tabs: Network and Notifications. To access these tabs, click Online devices or the blue See devices button. This will take you to the device page. The Network and Notifications tabs are at the top of this page, with all the other tabs.
    • Network: Manage your network and view Events, Wi-Fi Performance and Bandwidth Analysis, check Access points and Network Setup
    • Notifications: Messages from Fing about a device
  • The name of your network is at the top of the page.
  • On Fing Mobile App, there is a circular icon with three dots at the top right of the page. This tab will show you the details of the networks you are connected to. Here, you will see Current Network, Monitored Networks and Scanned Networks.
    • Click Current Network to use the best available network. 
    • Monitored Networks shows you a list of the networks you are connected to. To delete or unlink a network from your account, swipe left on the network from the list you wish to delete.
    • Scanned Networks shows you a list of the network scans you performed on Fing.

Tools

  • This tab has three headings: Verify Internet Performances, Improve your network security and Troubleshoot your network.
  • Verify Internet Performances on Fing Desktop has the following three widgets: Test Speed, Detect outages and Compare providers.
  • On Fing Mobile App, these widgets are the same, but they are labelled differently: Run speed test, Internet outages and Compare Providers.
  • Improve your network security on Fing Desktop has the following three widgets: Find Open Ports, Test router vulnerabilities and Find Hidden cameras.
  • On Fing Mobile App, these features are the same but they are labelled differently: Find open ports, Router vulnerability check and Find hidden camera.
  • Troubleshoot your network on Fing Desktop has the following six widgets: Ping, Traceroute, Wi-Fi Scanner, DNS Lookup, MAC Lookup, DHCP Discovery and DNS Benchmark.
  • Fing Mobile App has Ping and Trace Route
    • Ping tells you how long your network takes to reach devices, servers and web domains.
    • Traceroute/Trace Route measures the transmit delays of packets across a network.
    • Wi-Fi Scanner scans nearby Wireless Access Points to display signal strength and likelihood of collisions.
    • DNS Lookup performs forward and reverse DNS resolutions to a standard or custom server.
    • MAC Lookup recognizes device, brand, type and model from just its MAC address.
    • DHCP Discovery debugs DHCP requests to investigate and solve the device connection issues.
    • DNS Benchmark measures the response time of your system DNS servers and compares it with popular free DNS servers to find optimal configuration.

For further information, see the Tools page

Account

  • On Fing Desktop, the Account tab is the username at the bottom left of the page. Here you will find the following options: My queries, Edit profile, Help, Preferences and Sign Out.
    • My queries will take you to the Web App where you will see a list of your previous queries, and instructions for further help regarding Fing.
    • Edit profile will also take you to the Web App where you can make changes to your account including your personal information, notifications settings, subscription, connected devices and authorized apps.
    • Help will take you to a dashboard where you can log tickets. Get help with any issue from Fing Customer Support.
    • Preferences opens a window with the following options: App, Notification and Local API.
      • In App, you can customise how to boot Fing Desktop App, whether to hide the window at boot, turn on or off automatic updates, and disable hardware acceleration. Here you can also choose the language you wish to use with Fing Desktop.
      • In Notifications, you can choose to show notifications and dismiss notifications after reading.
      • Local API allows you to run a local HTTP API, which provides information and presence of devices that can be used for IoT integrations.
  • On Fing Mobile App, the Account tab allows you to edit your profile, view your Account storage and Notifications settings, reset your password, delete your account, and sign out. Here, you will also see the following headings: Your plan, App settings and Support.
    • Under Your Plan, you can manage your subscription.
    • Under App settings, you can read About us & this App for information on Fing and Fing Apps, customise your Settings, and Add Fingbox which allows you to connect your device to a Fingbox.
    • Under Support, you will find Knowledge base which is the Fing Help Center, and Send us Feedback to provide any feedback to Fing.

Note: On Fing Web App, there is an Account tab at the top right of the page in Overview.

Overview: Current Network Widgets

There are four widgets in the home dashboard/Overview:

  • Devices/Connected Devices
  • Security/Security Profile
  • Internet/Internet Performance
  • People/Who's Online

Devices: Network Scan

Scan your network

Performing a network scan with the Fing App will show you all the devices on the network you are currently connected to. Our Fing identification software also identifies the Model, Brand, Operating System (OS), Version and Release date of the devices. This makes it easier to recognise the devices on your network.

You can scan a network when you access Fing for the first time in Fing Desktop and/or Fing Mobile App. To do this:

  • Click the Overview tab on the bottom toolbar
  • Click the Scan current network button that appears

Refresh a Network Scan

You can refresh a scan on Fing Mobile App by logging out and scanning the network again.

You can refresh a scan on Fing Desktop. To do this:

  • From Overview, click the See all devices button or the Devices tab on the left sidebar. This will take you to the Devices page.
  • Click the Refresh button on the top right of the page

Device Details

Clicking on a device will bring you to the Device Details page. Here you will see the following details about a device:

  • Owner name: The name of the device's owner
  • Device type image: A thumbnail image that shows what type of device it is, such as mobile, laptop. Click this image to change assign a type to a device.
  • Vendor: The company that sells the device.
  • Model: The device's model such as p30, iPad, Steamdeck, Mi11
  • IP address: The numeric identifier assigned to the device on this network. Usually, the numeric identifier is temporary and can change over time. It is 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.

When you click on a device, you can also see the following further details:

  • Network setup
  • Device
  • Operating System
  • Protocols
  • Solutions

On the Device Details page, you can also Manage the device and set Notifications.

Note: The Device details page on Fing Desktop provides more details than the Device Detail page on Fing Mobile App.

There are also variations in terms and layout between Fing Desktop and Fing Mobile App.

Click here for further information about the Device Detail page, and here for further information on notifications.

Sort, Search and Filter Device List

If you have many devices on your network, you may want to organize this list, filter it and search for specific devices.

On Fing Desktop, there are tabs at the top of the page above the device list. Here you can:

  • Search for devices
  • Filter the device list to see devices that are: Online, Offline, Unrecognized, Alerted, Important, Blocked. You can also filter the list to see All devices.
  • Order the device list by: IP Address, HW Address, Name, State, Vendor, Last Change, Priority.
  • Change the view of the list to: Simplified, Standard, Technical, Summary.

On Fing Mobile App, there are tabs at the bottom of the page below the device list. Here you can:

  • Search for devices.
  • Order the device list by: IP Address, State, Name, Vendor, MAC address, Last Change, Priority
  • Filter the device list to see devices that are: Online, Offline, Unrecognized, Alerted, Favorite, Important, Blocked, Watched. You can also filter the list to see All devices.
  • Change the view of the list to: Standard, Simplified, Technical.
  • Clear devices: Remove all or 'down' (offline) devices from the device list.

Create a Digital Device Inventory

Organize your device list by naming the devices on your network.

Click on any device. This will take you to the Device details page. Here, click Edit device details. This will open a window called Add or change device details. Here you can:

  • Select a place: Add the location of the device. For example, a computer may be located in the study.
  • Enter name for your device: Call the device whatever you want. For example, Violet’s Work Phone.
  • Enter additional notes: Add notes for the device. For example, a phone may be due for an upgrade on a certain date.
  • Important: Flag a device. The device's router will automatically be flagged as important. The flagging system can then be used when you are filtering your device list.

Security: Set Alerts

Turn on alerts and identify new devices

Alerts are messages send to you by Fing that tell you what's happening on your network, such as when a device goes offline or a new device enters your network.

Set alerts for selected devices

Setting alerts for selected devices means you can track a specific device and will be notified if it enters your network. For example, you may want to check what time your child comes home by tracking their phone, or get notified if your smart refrigerator has gone offline and is no longer in operation.

To set alerts for selected devices:

  • From Overview, click the Security tab, or click the Online devices tab and select Security at the top of the page
  • Scroll down to Single device notifications and click the Manage button
  • This will open the Alerts page. Under Notify on known devices, select the device and turn on
  • Click Save at the top right and exit the screen

Set alerts for all devices

Setting alerts for all devices means you will get notified when any device connects to your network. You will be notified when a new device enters your network, such as a guest or an intruder on your network.

To set alerts for all devices:

  • From Overview, click the Security tab, or click the Online devices tab and select Security at the top of the page
  • Scroll down to Notifications are enabled and click the Manage button
  • This will bring you to the Notify on new devices page. Turn on the on/off switch.

Alternatively:

  • From Overview, click the Security tab, or click the Online devices tab and select Security at the top of the page
  • Scroll down to Single device notifications and click the Manage button
  • This will open the Alerts page. Here you will see different options to set alerts:
    • Enable All or Disable All alerts
    • First seen on network: Turn on to get alerts when new devices join your network
    • At every change: Turn on to set a default Device Status alert on new devices, meaning you will be alerted whenever new devices join and leave the network
  •  Click Save at the bottom right and exit the screen

Block new devices

Alerts for new devices that enter your network are also essential to Network Security. You can automatically block any new device that enters your network. To do this:

  • From Overview, click the Security tab, or click the Online devices tab and select Security at the top of the page
  • Scroll down to Automatic block and click the blue Manage button. This will take you to the Auto block new devices page.
  • Turn on the on/off button at the top right of the page.

This will enable Auto block new devices. When new devices enter your network they will be automatically blocked until you choose to authorize them.

Click here for further information on blocking devices.

When you identify a new device

When you identify a new device, you can:

  • Assign a user: Assigning a user to a device will let you know who owns selected devices on your network, such as family members or home service providers.
  • Block: Prevent a device from entering your network
  • Identify: Fill in the missing details about the device by clicking on the thumbs down icon beside Did we get it right?

Internet: Wi-Fi speed

Check your Internet speed

  • From Overview, click the Tools tab at the bottom of the page
  • Click Run speed test
  • Select Test speed from this device or Test speed using Fingbox

You can also Internet speed tests

If your Internet is slow, you can use the Bandwidth Analysis feature. This feature detects tells you if there is a device currently slowing down your network (called Bandwidth Hogging). The Bandwidth Hogging device needs to be relative to your overall Internet speed. For example, a device using 10 Mbit/s on a network with an Internet speed of 20 is significant. By contrast, a device using 10 Mbit/s on a network with an Internet speed of 150 Mbit/s is not significant compared to the overall capacity of the Internet connection.

Click here for further information on Bandwidth Analysis.

All your Internet speed tests will be recorded so you can check if your Internet speed is improving or disimproving. To access the record of your Internet speed tests:

  • From Overview, click the Online devices widget or the blue See Devices button
  • Click the Internet tab
  • Scroll down and click the blue Timeline button

Check your Wi-Fi Speed

  • From Overview, click the Online Devices widget or the blue See Devices button
  • Click the Network tab
  • Scroll down to Wi-Fi Performance under the heading Manage this network. This will bring you to the Wi-Fi Performance page.
  • Click the blue Test speed button to conduct a Wi-Fi Performance test

Tips:

  • Perform the test next to your router to check if the router is operating too slowly and failing to deliver the speed that was promised by the router's manufacturer.
  • Performing this test next to your router will measure a high speed (this is just between your Wi-Fi router and your mobile device, completely independent from the Internet speed).
  • When conducting a Wi-Fi Performance Test, walk around your home or office. The speed will go up or down based on how good the connection is in specific areas of the room or building.
  • Click the clock button next to the Test speed button in the Wi-Fi Performance page to see all of your Wi-Fi Performance test results.

Scroll down to the heading What can you achieve to see what your Wi-Fi can support and the streaming quality of different media types.

Click here for further information on checking your Wi-Fi speed.

People: Assign Users and Presence Devices

One of the most important Fingbox features is Digital Presence. To enable Digital Presence, you need to create users and assign personal devices to each of them.

Assign Users

Creating and assigning a user to a device will let you know who owns selected devices on your network, such as family members or home service providers.

  • From Overview, click the Users widget. Alternatively, click the Online Devices widget and then click the People tab.
  • Click the blue Add user button
  • This will bring you to the Edit page. Here, you can add a name, photo, gender, category such as family or friend, and select the devices that belong to the user.
  • Click Save at the top right of the screen

Assign Presence Devices

You can assign multiple devices to users but only one Presence Device (or Personal Device). A Presence Device is the device you assign to a user that you will get alerts from. For example, if your child's presence device is their phone, you will be notified if this device has entered your network when your child comes home, or if this device is online or offline. You may have assigned other devices to your child such as their laptop and smart watch, but you will not get alerts if these devices join your network or go online or offline.

This is why we recommend selecting a mobile phone as a Presence Device. Select the device that the person carries with them 24/7. A tablet or smartwatch may be other good options.

To assign a user's presence device:

  • From Overview, click the Users widget. Alternatively, click the Online Devices widget and then click the People tab.
  • Click the blue Add user button
  • This will bring you to the Edit page. Here, select the devices that belong to the user.
  • When you have the devices selected, a blue Change button will appear beside the devices. Click the Change button and select 'Yes, it's a personal device' to make a device a user's presence device. The Change button will now change to a blue Presence button. Click 'No, it may be left behind' if you do not want to make a device a user's personal device.
  • Click Save at the top right of the screen

Fingbox: More Security and Features

Fingbox is the hardware add-on for the free Fing App.

Fingbox provides more network security and troubleshooting features, including: device blocking, bandwidth analysis, Internet speed, Wi-Fi speed, network history, alerts and DigitalFence.

Learn more

Click here for further information about Fing App Features.

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