Network Utility X – webtool for Mac and iOS

Network Utility XDo you want to have complex info about your network, like IP address, MAC address etc? Or geolocation of domain or IP address? Or detailed, customizable ping capatibility without launching Internet browser or, for IT newbies, “unfriendly” Terminal? This great app can do it all for you. Version for iOS was downloaded over 100K times, so developer Fausto Ristagno decided to create its Mac counterpart. App is simple, easy to use and it also provides great widget for both Macs and iOS devices with native look’n’feel of macOS Sierra and iOS 10.

iOS version was made earlier than its Mac counterpart, so I will start with it. There are 5 categories of network data: Info, Ping, Geo IP, Whois and NSLookup. Info category are general infos about your Internet connection:

Internet:

  • Your ISP
  • IP address
  • Reachability status
  • DNS
  • Sent data
  • Received data

Wi-Fi:

  • SSID (name of wi-fi network)
  • BSSID
  • IP address in LAN
  • Gateway
  • Mask
  • MAC address
  • Sent data
  • Received data

Cellular:

  • Carrier
  • Radio Access Technology
  • VoIP support
  • Sent data
  • Received data

Ping feature is great and customizable. You can set numbers of pings (six options from 2 to infinity), wait time between sending each packet (six options from 0.2 sec to 30 secs), timeout (six options from “off” to 600 secs) and packet size (six options from 32 Bites to 1 KiB). Interesting is Handoff support with its Mac counterpart – you can start pinging on your iPhone/iPad and continue on your Mac and vice versa. Let’s look at screenshot:

Network Utility X iPad.png

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Next feature is Geo IP, where you can locate domain or IP address on built-in map, which can be zoomed, so you can even see city and street where is domain/IP located. Additionally, more detailed info is available:

  • AS
  • City
  • Country
  • Country code
  • ISP
  • Latitude (GPS)
  • Longitude (GPS)
  • Organisation
  • Query (shows IP address)
  • Region
  • Region Name
  • Status
  • Timezone
  • ZIP code

Next features are for advanced users – Whois info and NSLookup.

Data usage monitor is not good, because of Apple’s restrictions for App Store apps. You have to display Network Utility X’s widget or to launch app itself before device restart and before billing period will end. You can set plan type (off/daily/weekly/monthly/28 days/30 days) and data limit.

As I said, widget is available. You can choose which data to display. If you select all, you will see all data you see after launching app under tab “Info”. Yea, data are same, but if widget takes a lot of place in your Notification Center or you are not interrested in some infos, you can disable some of them. Let’s look how widget looks:

Network Utility X iPad Widget.png

Now look at Mac version.

Mac version is very similar, even in design, you again get blue theme. Info section varries by Mac you are using. In my case, as user of Retina 5K iMac, I see Internet, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 13, Thunderbolt Bridge and Bluetooth PAN. In Internet section, app displays these data:

  • Reachability status
  • Your ISP
  • IP address
  • DNS
  • Sent data
  • Received data
  • Number of packets sent/received
  • Errors
  • Collisions

Wi-Fi section is very detailed, something like macOS combo alt + click on wi-fi icon in top menubar, but Network Utility X provides more details. Just look:

  • Active status
  • SSID (name of wi-fi network)
  • BSSID
  • IP address in LAN
  • Gateway
  • Mask
  • Security (WPA 2 Personal etc)
  • Channel
  • RSSI
  • Noise
  • Tx Rate
  • PHY (802.11ac etc)
  • Interface
  • MAC address
  • Sent data
  • Received data
  • Number of packets sent/received
  • Errors
  • Collisions

Other categories (Ethernet, Thunderbolt 1…) contain these types of data:

  • Active Status
  • Interface
  • Type
  • MAC address
  • Sent data
  • Received data
  • Number of packets sent/received
  • Errors
  • Collisions

Now look at Ping tab. It looks very similar to it’s iOS counterpart and it’s customizable too. You can set numbers of pings (six options from 2 to infinity), wait time between sending each packet (six options from 0.2 sec to 30 secs), timeout (six options from “off” to 600 secs) and packet size (six options from 32 Bites to 1 KiB). Handoff is supported – you can start pinging on your Mac and continue on your iPhone/iPad and vice versa. Let’s look at screenshot:

Network Utility X Mac.png

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Geo IP feature is very similar too. You can locate domain or IP address on built-in map. Just one hint: to zoom map, double-click with left button on your mouse, to zoom out, do the same while holding ALT key on keyboard. Additionally, more detailed info is available:

  • AS
  • City
  • Country
  • Country code
  • ISP
  • Latitude (GPS)
  • Longitude (GPS)
  • Organisation
  • Query (shows IP address)
  • Region
  • Region Name
  • Status
  • Timezone
  • ZIP code

Next features are for advanced users – Whois info, NSLookup and Dig.

Widget for macOS’s Control Center is not customizable. Just look how it looks:

Network Utility X Mac Widget.png

You can download reviewed app(s) here:

Network Utility Pro

Network Utility X

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