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

Mid adult man with apps and lights coming from smartphone
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What We Like

  • Built-in white noises and lullabies.

  • Multiple child and multiple parent monitoring.

  • Compatible with iOS devices, Apple Watch, and Macs.

What We Don't Like

  • Need multiple Apple devices to get the most out of the app.

  • No night vision capability.

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.

PrintCentral

PrintCentral app
PrintCentral app.

 EuroSmartz Ltd.

What We Like

  • Prints directly to most Wi-Fi printers.

  • Prints remotely over cellular connections.

  • Converts text documents to PDF.

What We Don't Like

  • No free option.

  • Doesn't initiate scans.

  • Unnecessary if printer is AirPrint compatible.

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: Your Number Keyboard

NumPad app
NumPad app.

 More Voltage

What We Like

  • Speeds up data entry.

  • Perfect for inputting numbers in spreadsheets.

  • Customizable keyboard colors.

  • Quick backspace key.

What We Don't Like

  • Operation symbols are turned off by default.

  • Optional click sounds require enabling full access to the iOS device.

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.

Ping Analyzer Graphical Network Ping

Ping Analyzer app
Ping Analyzer app.

 Adrian Granados-Murillo 

What We Like

  • Graphical representation of actual response times.

  • Uses ICMP Echo Request and Echo Reply packets.

  • Ad free.

What We Don't Like

  • Interface is not intuitive.

  • No startup ping mode.

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.