Idea of mobile Fingbox

mozarella
mozarella Member, Beta Tester Posts: 128
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edited August 6, 2019 in Fingbox feature requests #1
Hi,
i got an idea about a mobile fingbox. Usually a fingbox is connected to a LAN, fing.app finds this and connect this to the account of the user. If the fingbox wants to move to another LAN, it needs to be deactivated and connected to other LAN + activate again.
The idea is, to have a mobile which is connected to iphone over bluetooth or wifi. The mobile fingbox itself needs to connect to Wifi configured through fing.app like normal fingbox. Scan all Wifi around and collect some informations about that. After joining the mobile network, fingbox could work like a normal fingbox until it's disconnected again.
You should know, fing.app on iOS can't get the MAC-address of the devices scanned without fingbox, due to iOS limitations. And fing.app could also have scan on demand, not continously.
regards,
mozarella
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  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    This could be interesting, but this would mean the "agent" (permanent software on the network) is running on the app. There could be some better possibilities with the desktop versions we're planning for here.
    In the meantime, I've marked this as a #featurerequest (by using the hashtag) which the dev team can eventually review all of these submitted on the community by members! In the meantime, lets see others thoughts on this too! 

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  • mozarella
    mozarella Member, Beta Tester Posts: 128
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    edited August 6, 2019 #3
    Actually i thought that the agent will run at the fingbox mobile. So it could also be possible to connect the fingbox mobile over wifi to wifi-only networks like hotspot, mobile 3G-router, car with wifi accesspoint or digital camera with wifi accesspoint to transfer some pictures. To see which devices are connected to that small network, like the big fingbox at the big LAN at home.
    By the way, desktop-version of fing will be great! The web-app is always limited and iOS version is more powerful but small screen. The desktop-version will be like iOS version?
  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    @mozarella desktop version would be something installed permanently with an agent running. The reason it is difficult to put the agent on the mobile app is it comes and goes. For a desktop version I believe we'd be targeting something that stays put on the network for continious network scanning/overlooking etc. 

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  • AllThingsdUK
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    How about a cloud based service that runs permanently on a laptop or desktop as a server & is accessible remotely via a mobile app? A bit like vera or home assistant.

    Hackencrash
  • mozarella
    mozarella Member, Beta Tester Posts: 128
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    My main idea of mobile fingbox isn't to use desktop or notebook computer. Just put the mobile version of fingbox somewhere to monitor a friends / family-member home for any time, a few days e. g. a bit more like a one-click-scan just with the app. Have a look at internet-speed or do some analytics. Maybe there's the internet-speed slow sometimes, to find out what happens there.
    Or bring mobile version of fingbox to holiday-apartment or campside, connect there to that wifi and monitor. Sometimes wifi-devices will be dropped out of wifi, fingbox could give alert then.
    Sometimes it's not needed to bring notebook-computer there, just use iphone / ipad and small components like mobile wifi router, internet-radio, digitalcamera (with wifi built in)...


  • Hackencrash
    Hackencrash Member Posts: 14
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    To get around iOS limitations you need hardware as the WiFi NIC doesn’t report promiscuous MAC addresses to third party developer apps. All that is required is a USB WiFI stick with a lightening adaptor and an app (Fing Alt) to interact with it. As you are using separate hardware and not that of the iOS device you shouldn’t need to root it.

    It wouldn’t be as good as Fingbox as it would be difficult to have this setup 24x7

  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    Just turning this one into an ideas thread so others can vote. Cast your vote if you'd like to see implemented too.

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  • Hackencrash
    Hackencrash Member Posts: 14
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    If it’s mobile it would be useful to contain signal strength to work out how far someone is away and other features to somehow alert if someone was coming so you don’t get caught having a kiss behind the bike sheds ;-)

  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    All, if you are interested! Please upvote like the picture!

    I know this is a new community feature

    Community Manager at Fing