Remember Look@Lan? Users criticized it as a bloated monitoring software that wouldn’t work. For some it was a life-saver, as it happens to monitor everything happening over the network. The app is long dead and born from it’s ashes comes a whole new network discovery tool called Fing.
Fing is, as of now, only a command-line tool, the GUI is coming soon according to the developer. It is faster and smarter than Look@Lan and aims to become an ultimate network discovery application. It can detect all devices, both wireless and wired, including those which are behind the firewalls.
Run Fing executable and you will see the command line window as shown in the screenshot below.
Hit D to Discover networks, S to Scan networks, P to Ping, or I to Display Information. You will be asked a bunch of questions before the process starts.
The result are not shown in command-line tool, rather they are saved as output in Log or Table, in Text or CSV format depending on the user. While testing we were impressed to find out the information contained in the output file, it did indeed manage to find out all devices over the network.
The app is not exclusive to Windows, versions for Linux and Mac are also available. According to the developer, it works seamlessly on both Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard.