"Device in Range"

AustinJerry
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edited August 9, 2019 in Fingbox #1
I occasionally get an alert that says "<Device Name> in <Network Name> is in range".  What does "in range" mean?
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  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    In range means that it's not yet connected to the network, but calling out look for networks in range of connection. All devices with WiFi enabled are looking for networks, and as soon as Fingbox picks that up it becomes in range. 

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    Lee_BoXenophodAllThingsdUK
  • AustinJerry
    AustinJerry Member Posts: 101
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    The device that reports it is “in range” is a device that is typically supposed to be connected.  The fact that it is in range means that it has dropped from the network and is trying to re-join.  I’ll configure the device to issue an alert for when it drops off of the network to see if I can figure out what is going on.  I really like the visibility Fing gives me into the reliability of my connected devices.
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  • mozarella
    mozarella Member, Beta Tester Posts: 128
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    I also got messages "in range" and "online" sometimes. Wondering, devices are connected over LAN and has fixed IP.  More wondering about the state moving between "in range" and "online", but not mentioned "offline". Usually "in range" should be anounced when a wifi-device is in range (possible to connect to wifi or through digital fence) and the next state will be "online". But this means that "offline" was before.
  • AllThingsdUK
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    The way I understand it is that if a device has  been connected by either cable or wifi to the fingbox network,  it can be in range of the network but not actually connected, which results in an in range status,  because fingbox is still picking up the device's attempts/search for a network to join. 
    I get this a lot with my ip cameras when they lose connection but are still switched on & searching for the network hence the switch between online and in range without being offline. 
    When the device is either switched off or has moved beyond the fingbox geofence it will show offline. 
    Also a device showing in range of the network doesn't have to have been connected to the network. 
    Take my postman for instance he's not been connected to my network but I get in range alerts because I selected his device from my digital fence & by watching it the device then shows in my devices list as 'monitored as part of my network' .
    If you can locate the device in your digital fence you'll be able to see what network if any it was connected to at the time of discovery. 
    I hope this is an accurate description,  it works for me anyway lol.
    Pooh
  • SX86
    SX86 Member, Beta Tester Posts: 3
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    I'm getting that on a device that has a static IP and connected using ethernet. This is getting annoying because it fills up my logs with online/in range/online/in range all day.


    This device is configured for bonding, it uses 2 Ethernet cables to provide more speed and load balancing...could that be why?

  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    Ok @SX86 I'm checking if @Robin can help any further on this. He'll be online again tomorrow AM. 

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    SX86
  • Robin_from_Fing
    Robin_from_Fing Administrator, Fing Team Posts: 4,869
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    Hi @AllThingsdUK

    The wifi strength showing on the Fing App as 'In range'  is related to Digital Fence feature for the devices which has wifi capabilities. It is not the wifi strength for the device but the signal strength for the device with Fingbox. For more information on Digital Fence, please refer: https://help.fing.com/knowledge-base/digitalfence-feature/ 

     The digital fence shows not only roaming Wi-Fi devices but also neighbors wired devices that are transmitting to Wi-Fi devices. 

    In other words: if your wired device (A) needs to talk to a wireless device (C) through wireless device (B), the Fingbox passive monitoring can see that interaction taking place as (A)->(C) in the wireless packet headers and enlist (A) as seen a device of the Digital Fence.  

    Fingbox monitors all channels, and if some special wireless activity (A)->(C) is observed, it can also know for sure that (A) is wireless. Until those special activities are observed, though, Fingbox cannot tell for sure whether (A) it’s wireless or not, and in order to provide a comprehensive list in the Digital Fence, it must show (A) in the list. 

    This is why, on some network setups, a wired device appears in the list among wireless ones. 

    If it is a different message, then a screenshot might help to guide you. Thanks

    Robin (Admin at Fing)
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