Apple iOS Apps for Wireless Networking

A few of the many thousands of apps created for Apple devices running iOS stand out as the most interesting from a wireless networking perspective, but there are those few.

Sometimes particularly useful apps disappear from the App Store because of conflicts between the developers and the App Store's terms of use. For example, many of the Wi-Fi Stumbler-style apps that were popular for troubleshooting wireless networks because they scanned Wi-Fi nodes and could determine encryption types, channel, frequency, manufacturer and more were purged from the App Store because of their use of private APIs that access wireless information. 

However, exceptional apps that take advantage of Wi-Fi networking and iOS devices are out there and are well worth using. These apps, available in Apple's App Store, increase the usefulness, functionality, and versatility of personal wireless networks when connected to an iPhone, iPod Touch, and/or iPad.

Cloud Baby Monitor

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Set an iOS device in a baby’s room, and use this app to remotely monitor streaming video and audio. The video option requires the device to have a camera and be connected to another iOS device over Wi-Fi. An Alert mode can also be configured to make phone calls to a preset number if the app detects movement.

Additional features of Cloud Baby Monitor include a night light option and a few built-in lullaby songs.


Printing from computers has always been error-prone and tedious to set up. PrintCentral is designed to greatly simplify the process for printing from iOS devices.

PrintCentral enables wireless printing direct to Wi-Fi capable printers, plus support for Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Different versions of this app are available for iPad and iPhone/iTouch, as well as a separate Pro version of each.

NumPad Wireless Numeric Keypad

Unlike calculators and extended computer keyboards, most mobile computers don’t have 10-key support on their keyboards, which slows down people who need to do frequent data entry. NumPad allows an iOS device to serve as a 10-key wireless keyboard of another computer. The app supports OS X Screen Sharing and Remote Access to interface with Mac computers over Wi-Fi. It can also be set up to work similarly with Windows PCs through a remote desktop connection.

Cost: Free with additional in-app purchases available of varying prices.

Net Master HD

Network administrators can use Net Master HD to scan a local network for information about connected devices. The app obtains client IP addresses, MAC addresses, and vendor names. It also supports typical administrative functions like ping, traceroute, and port scanning. A simple subnet calculator rounds out the features.

Ping Analyzer & Graphical Network Ping

True network geeks want to monitor all the technical details of their connections. Ping Analyzer provides for iOS devices the traditional measurements of network ping tools for free including dropped packets, round-trip times and jitter, in useful graphical representations.