Managing and securing your networks is important, as unattended networks often come with leak holes for hackers to get into your system and access your confidential information.
In this week’s roundup we cover five network utilities from our Software Discovery section that will let you manage and analyze your networks. From letting you see all the devices on your network to helping you find the default password for your router, these apps will definitely help you make your network more secure and optimized.
1. Router Default Password
Router Default Password is a utility for Windows that allows you to find out the default password to access your router’s settings page. It works for many routers.
- Find the default password of a router
- Support for a number of routers
LanScan is a free, simple and effective macOS network scanner that discovers all active devices on your Local Area Network (LAN).
- Auto-detection of interfaces: Airport, Ethernet, Virtual Interfaces
- Discover all devices on your network
- Display the IP address, MAC address and vendor associated with it
- mDNS resolution
- SMB resolution
- DNS hostname resolution
- Custom hostname edition
ship.sh is a simple, handy network-addressing multitool with plenty of features.
- Shows all network interfaces.
- Shows all active network interfaces.
- Shows the driver used of each active network interface.
- Shows the gateway of each online interface.
- Shows the addresses of each active network interface with or without CIDR notation.
- Shows the public/external IPs.
- Shows active hosts on current network with or without MAC address.
- Shows all valid addresses (IPv4, IPv6, MAC) extracted.
- Shows the route to a network host using the three most common tools. It checks which ones are installed and decides to run the fastest one for each case scenario.
Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free and open-source (licensed) utility for network discovery and security auditing.
Many systems and network administrators also find it useful for tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime.
Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics.
It was designed to rapidly scan large networks but works fine against single hosts. Nmap runs on all major computer operating systems, and official binary packages are available for Linux, Windows, and macOS.
- Supports dozens of advanced techniques for mapping out networks filled with IP filters, firewalls, routers, and other obstacles
- Nmap has been used to scan huge networks of literally hundreds of thousands of machines
- Easy to use
- Free and open source
5. Angry IP Scanner
Angry IP scanner is a very fast IP address and port scanner.
It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any of their ports. It is cross-platform and lightweight. Not requiring any installation, it can be freely copied and used anywhere.
Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s alive, then optionally resolves its hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports, etc. The amount of gathered data about each host can be extended with plugins.
- Scan IP addresses
- Scan ports
- Cross platform
- NetBIOS information
- Web server detection
- Customizable openers
We’re sure the above apps will give you some ideas to optimize your networks by analyzing them and letting you know what can be improved in them. If you like these apps, you might want to check out our Software Discovery section that is full of apps like these. Feel free to visit and let us know what you think about it.