Free apps? Now they’re called freemium; apps with limited functionality that are free to install and try, but cost money when you want to add full functionality. I came across one such app recently; one I really like because it does something useful– it lists all the devices connected to your network.
Free? Or, Freemium?
At home or office or elsewhere, your Mac usually is connected to a network; one that is shared by any number of other devices?
What devices? To find out what is connected to the same network your Mac is connected to there’s IP Scanner, a ‘free’ Mac app that scans the network and lists
all the devices a few of the devices connected to the network.
See the problem already?
Alright, back to the basics. IP Scanner lists devices and information about each device connected to the same network as your Mac.
This information can be handy to determine which devices are connected, who is using the network at any given time, and IP Scanner displays plenty of useful tidbits– device name, IP address, MAC address, and the last time the device was connected.
It’s also a convenient way to see who or what is connected to your network that should not be connected.
Devices connected to the network can be sorted a variety of ways. You can also configure the visible display, add devices to a known whitelist, even add custom icons to a device for easier recognition.
What’s not to like? It’s free, right?
No, it’s not really free. It’s more like a trial version; not even freemium. You can view up to six devices on the network in the free license version, but the full version, which scans the network and displays all connected devices, is not free.
What if you’re on a budget or your local network has more than five additional devices connected? Try iNet instead. This inexpensive utility isn’t free but scans your entire network and displays all connected devices, including Bonjour connections, and it has a graphic interface.
Well done, fast, easy, cheaper.