Fing Desktop Dashboard
Introducing the new Home dashboard released with Fing Desktop 3.0.0.
Fing offers several features to improve your awareness and security towards your network, constantly finding new ways to better present relevant data and information that will help you to understand your network more efficiently.
With the release of Fing desktop 3.0.0, Fing Desktop introduces a new dashboard that provides an overview of relevant information and updates from different areas of your network.
This article provides a description of each dashboard's section, as well as outlining some additional details on how to interpret feedback based on some of the most common scenarios experienced in case of connectivity issues.
Connectivity health check
The top-most section reports a real time feedback about the status of your connectivity setup, from your PC to the internet.
The connectivity health check will immediately notify if you are experiencing a connectivity issue. Further details on any warnings or errors will be available on your connectivity report page, after clicking on the ‘See full report’ button.
We always recommend providing a usage context for your network, whether your network is a domestic or a business one, to properly assess the setup in different scenario. You can assign a network context from the ‘Network’ area of your Fing app, or directly from the Connectivity Health Check report. A custom network name i.e. ‘Home’ can also be entered from your ‘Network’ area, your custom network name will always be reflected on your dashboard.
1. Analysing your network setup
2. Successfully connected to a network
For more details please refer to the Health Check Report article.
Current network widgets
Under your network name, you will find four key widgets that summarise the most important activities and insights of the network your Fing Desktop app is connected to.
Fing Desktop automatically performs scans; the frequency of the updates depends on your current plan, see Fing Premium features comparison for details.
3. Home dashboard widgets
1. Connected Devices
This widget provides a comprehensive overview of the overall number of devices found on your network and of their status. You will be always aware of how many devices have been detected online and offline as well as knowing immediately if there are any unrecognised devices; a device is unrecognised if Fing is not able to automatically detect at the very least its device type. In case of you have unrecognised devices, you can manually enter their type or the full brand and model in the Device detail page.
Moreover, you can easily explore and manage the complete list of devices found on your network by clicking on the widget button ‘See all devices’.
The 'Connected Devices' widget quickly populates as more devices are found at the time your network starts to be analysed. Some specific scenarios experienced in the process of connecting to a new network may affect the ability to obtain and return data on devices. Please visit the bottom of this article to know more about these scenarios.
2. Internet Performance
Fing performs speed test automatically from your PC. Your latest speed test results are always visible on the internet performance widget, displaying the upload and download speed values of your internet connection.
In addition, you can perform a speed test manually by clicking on the ‘verify speed’ button and then on the ‘Test speed’ button visible on the speed test insights’. You can also visit a detailed section about your Internet provider by clicking on your ISP logo.
Please note that your download/upload Mbps speed values are visible once that at least one speed test has been performed. The Fing Desktop app allows you to either schedule automatic, regular speed tests or to run speed tests manually from the dedicated speed test insight's section.
Please refer to the "Test speed - Desktop tool" article for more details.
3. Security Profile
The Security Profile widget provides a preview of the overall score assigned to your network security. By clicking on the "Check security" button you will get more insights about security parameter your security score is calculated on and how to improve your network security if there is the need to.
Please refer to the "Understanding your security score" article for more details.
4. Who’s at home
Fing allows to assign Users to Devices, in order to track their online presence in your network. A dedicated widget that displays online users straight on the desktop app home dashboard is available. By clicking on the 'See user activity button" you will be able to view and manage the whole list of your network users.
If you have not previously configured any user on your network, this widget will simply link to the ‘People’ dedicated section, from where you can recognise, add and manage your network users.
BETA: Insights about your devices
This dashboard's section links to a Beta version of a page dedicated to an overview on the brands, models, device types and more insights about the devices found on your network.
If you experience connectivity issues with your network, each connectivity step displayed within the app network health check at the top will turn red and will state a connectivity related error. If this scenario occurs, Fing will suggest you to check the status of your WIFI or ethernet connection and to attempt a new network scan.
For further details on recent connectivity problems, you can consult your connectivity report by clicking on the “See full report” button.
New network found
When your Fing desktop app is scanning a network for the first time you may have to perform your very first network scan manually in order for Fing to start getting information and data about your network and internet.
Could not complete network scan
This scenario is more rare and could indicate a range of possible reasons why your network scanning could not be completed. Some of these reasons could be:
- The data communicated from your scanning process are causing an issue
- You have just connected to a VPN and that might prevent you to connect to our Fing servers
- There might be a temporary connection issue on our servers’ end
A simple possible solution is to wait some time before attempting a new network scan. However, if the problem persists we advise you to contact our Fing customer support providing us with as many details as possible to better assist you.