Fing 9.0 - Beta testing is open

marco_from_fingmarco_from_fing Fing Team Posts: 52
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Dear all.
We're happy to start beta testing with the community Fing 9 - a brand new way to access all Fing functionalities you love! We are eager to hear about your testing experience, how long it took to understand the new layout, and in general how you feel about it.
TL;DR;
  1. Start a scan, a speed test and any troubleshooting tools from the Home tab. You will always see the WiFi and ISP your device is currently connected to (try going into Airplane mode ;) )
  2. See the highlights of your Fingbox from the Home tab
  3. All your App settings, including alert notifications and account details, have a dedicated Account tab
  4. Use the updated Community tab to find great replies from network expert, and ask for help
Currently testing for iOS via TestFlight at https://testflight.apple.com/join/SXreQpuV
A couple of screenshots to see how it changed:
  

For the more patient ones :) 
In 2019, we ran usability interviews and user researches about the Fing as a standalone App and with Fingbox. One of the frequently reported issue was the navigation, and being able to understand what network and data the user is looking at, at any given time. Many of our experienced users reported that it was not at all clear that the selected network (in the top navigation bar) and the current network could be different, generating a whole lot of confusion. Similarly, many users didn't know about some features in the "Network" tab, because they were either too low on the screen or they had no reason to go to that tab at all.

While Fing's strength has always been the network scanning functionality, the App evolved to include lots of data and tools about Internet providers, Fingbox additional tools, and more recently the community. Much like booking apps for different targets (hotels, restaurants, cars), the navigation needed to evolve towards something that:
  1. Makes the major functionalities easily accessible and understandable from the start
  2. Makes it clear at every given time what you're looking at
  3. Give every journey its own screen layout, leaving the freedom to organize a manual scan, a Fingbox view, a speed test, a traceroute in the optimal way.
We've been working steadily in the recent months to cleanup and harmonize parts of the Fing App that evolved (throughout Fing 8.x), to reach this point.
Here's are the highlights of what you'll see:
  • Three tabs: Home, Community, Account, each with its own workflow. Home will give access to all tools, Community to its content, Account to your account data and app settings
  • Home gives immediate access to your Fingbox (always on top). Nice addition is the ability to add more than one in the screen (care to find how?), to the current wifi you're connected to, and current ISP you're connected to.
  • Tap to "View" Fingbox to enter a tabbed view of its data: Devices, Network, Internet, People, Notifications. Actions on the device list are in the bottom toolbar, immediately accessible. Exports & Alerts have been moved into the "Network" tab, making it more visible and accessible. Network data & setup is now immediately visible in the tab. Internet setup moved to the new "Internet" tab, which sports ISP details and analysis. All notifications are now found in a dedicated, single "Notification" tab, with a small dot when there's something to take care of. 
  • Tap on "Scan for devices" to start scanning the current network, which has only: Devices, Network, Internet. 
  • Tap on "Last network" to reopen your last view (as it was working previously) or "All networks" to access the full list and select another from your account
  • Tap on "Test Speed now" to start speed test on the current network, or "Compare speed" to see the full ISP data and browse its content
  • Tap on any of the troubleshooting & security tools Ping/Traceroute/Port scan.
I could be talking about this for another 200 lines, but I better stop here and let you try it out yourself.
Thanks for helping us out with testing and honest feedback!

Marco
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  • mozarellamozarella Member, Beta Tester Posts: 103
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    Hi,
    i'm happy to get the new Beta Fing.app. But after installing, i can't really find the needed functions. Everything is moved to another place and it's much more difficult to find and use. In my eyes, the old version is more "clear" in user-interface. New features are not really there, just moved to another place, i think. New features would be interesting, for example join fingboxes from different accounts. For example i'm using two fingboxes in my home (private LAN/Wifi and guest-LAN/Wifi), one fingbox in my parent's house, which is connected to my account, but actually it should be connected to my parents account and grant access to me. Then i have two fingboxes in my office, two networks are monitored by fing. This two fingboxes are connected to one office-account used by more people. I wish, to connect all these fingboxes also to my private account to have easy access without using more smartphones for each account. Will be great to attach fingbox possibility to fing-desktop. But i worry, fing-app on iOS will be more like fing-desktop, reducing functionallity.

    But I think, design is more important than new (real) functions. And please don't mention domoz.
    regards,
    mozarella
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  • Sierra1Sierra1 UKMember, Beta Tester Posts: 7
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    edited March 18
    Just installed the Beta Fing App and am loving it so far! I've only got one Fingbox and a couple of networks to look after but for my setup the new app seems much clearer to use! Great job guys.
    marco_from_fingfingdev
  • kinneyr2kinneyr2 Member, Beta Tester Posts: 20
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    I have installed Fing 9.0 beta on my iPhone however, I get a screen message "No Apps Available to Test".  Contact developer for invitation code.
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  • CiaranCiaran Administrator Posts: 820
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    Thanks @kinneyr2, I am consulting with our Engineering team on this. Once we have an update, we will respond here. Bear with me. Thanks
    Ciaran (Admin at Fing)
    Getting Started? Please refer to Community guidelines & Community User Guides("Helping Hand"). HAPPY POSTING!!!
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  • kinneyr2kinneyr2 Member, Beta Tester Posts: 20
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    Ciaran said:
    Thanks @kinneyr2, I am consulting with our Engineering team on this. Once we have an update, we will respond here. Bear with me. Thanks
    Give me the "REDEEM CODE" please.  App can't work with out it.  It says it is the Testflight Invitation Code.
  • RobinRobin Administrator Posts: 2,073
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    kinneyr2 said:
    Ciaran said:
    Thanks @kinneyr2, I am consulting with our Engineering team on this. Once we have an update, we will respond here. Bear with me. Thanks
    Give me the "REDEEM CODE" please.  App can't work with out it.  It says it is the Testflight Invitation Code.
    The invitation code can be found in the initial post. I will share with you again: Currently testing for iOS via TestFlight at https://testflight.apple.com/join/SXreQpuV
    Thanks
    Robin (Admin at Fing)
    Getting Started? Please refer to Community guidelines & Community User Guides("Helping Hand"). HAPPY POSTING!!!
  • kinneyr2kinneyr2 Member, Beta Tester Posts: 20
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    Robin said:
    kinneyr2 said:
    Ciaran said:
    Thanks @kinneyr2, I am consulting with our Engineering team on this. Once we have an update, we will respond here. Bear with me. Thanks
    Give me the "REDEEM CODE" please.  App can't work with out it.  It says it is the Testflight Invitation Code.
    The invitation code can be found in the initial post. I will share with you again: Currently testing for iOS via TestFlight at https://testflight.apple.com/join/SXreQpuV
    Thanks
    I have no code.  The link does not give me a code.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled with same message.  I give up.  No code, no testing.  Good luck to all.
  • Lee_BoLee_Bo Member Posts: 144
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    Just installed.  Thanks.  Will advise on testing and any issues.
    Robin
  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,277
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    @Robin and @Ciaran , I just installed 9.0.3...


    good news is that schedules now work. I was able to set up multiples and modify accordingly.

    One nagging thing.... I was offered in a full screen pop up a chance to purchase a subscription to remove ads. I was logged in with the same account I use to access Fingbox and I thought that combination was immune to an offer??

    Thats Daphnee, she's a good dog...
  • RobinRobin Administrator Posts: 2,073
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    Yes @Marc
    For Fingbox users, there is no need for a subscription. If you can send me the screenshot of that then I can investigate. Also, Can you sign out and sign in again to see if it appears again.Thanks
    Robin (Admin at Fing)
    Getting Started? Please refer to Community guidelines & Community User Guides("Helping Hand"). HAPPY POSTING!!!
  • Lee_BoLee_Bo Member Posts: 144
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    Yep, I got it after updating also:

    However, that may be due to my Fing and Test Flight email addresses are different.

  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,277
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    Robin said:
    Yes @Marc
    For Fingbox users, there is no need for a subscription. If you can send me the screenshot of that then I can investigate. Also, Can you sign out and sign in again to see if it appears again.Thanks
    @Robin@Lee_Bo is showing the pages I saw...  Signing out and back in again did not show me the subscription page again, good news on that at least.
    Thats Daphnee, she's a good dog...
    Robin
  • Lee_BoLee_Bo Member Posts: 144
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    Ok, signed out and back in. Stand by for results.

  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,277
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    I I updated the iPad...  this cropped up on first run...  only happens on first run and I never see it again.

    Thats Daphnee, she's a good dog...
  • RobinRobin Administrator Posts: 2,073
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    Thanks @Marc @Lee_Bo
    The error might be due to Fing App didn't refresh the account and thus couldn't identify the subscribed account. Once you signed out and signed in again, it performed a force refresh of the account and thus, no ads.

    Robin (Admin at Fing)
    Getting Started? Please refer to Community guidelines & Community User Guides("Helping Hand"). HAPPY POSTING!!!
    Marc
  • FranFran Member Posts: 10
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    How do i become a beta tester for the ios fing app?
  • RobinRobin Administrator Posts: 2,073
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    Fran said:
    How do i become a beta tester for the ios fing app?
    Currently testing for iOS is available via TestFlight at https://testflight.apple.com/join/SXreQpuV
    Robin (Admin at Fing)
    Getting Started? Please refer to Community guidelines & Community User Guides("Helping Hand"). HAPPY POSTING!!!
  • FranFran Member Posts: 10
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    i have downloaded the testflight app.  how do i get the email invitation or the public link?
  • FranFran Member Posts: 10
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    I have it now

  • MustbdougMustbdoug Member, Beta Tester Posts: 3
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    Yes, where is the invite or public link please? I have testflight. I need 9.0.3 please.

  • RobinRobin Administrator Posts: 2,073
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    Hi @Fran @Mustbdoug
    The invitation code can be found in the initial post. I will share with you again: 
    Currently testing for iOS via TestFlight at https://testflight.apple.com/join/SXreQpuV
    Thanks

    Robin (Admin at Fing)
    Getting Started? Please refer to Community guidelines & Community User Guides("Helping Hand"). HAPPY POSTING!!!
  • MustbdougMustbdoug Member, Beta Tester Posts: 3
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    Got it, my problem was that I had Test Flight previously installed. Needed to reinstall this version with the embedded invitation. Thanks!
    Robin
  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,277
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    @Ciaran or @Robin , latest beta 9.1.0 feedback. The pay to remove ads message is back at first run after install. This was there even though I was previously logged in. When I skipped the ad, it brought me back to the normal home screen, where I was already logged in and never appeared again on the phone.


    The name your vendor choice works, but getting The ability to request an addition to the Fingapedia is iffy. For example, my garage door opener, which is a Genie, always is misidentified. When I search for Genie, I get cameras, not an opener and no choice to ask for a database add to Fingapedia. Only way I get that is to put a nonsense name in and then the choice appears.

    Thats Daphnee, she's a good dog...
  • fingdevfingdev Member Posts: 2
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    Hi Marc, 
    Thanks for reporting the issue related with the Ads Free promo screen. I have found the problem and corrected it. You should see the fix in the next beta (> 9.1.0, possibly 9.1.1 or 9.2.0) as the prompt is usually displayed after an app upgrade (version number changed).
    Thanks again! :)
    MarcRobin
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