Mobility

LanDroid: The handiest mobile networking tool ever

There are tons of Android tools for network admins, but none are as comprehensive and easy to use as LanDroid. Jack Wallen introduces you to this free must-have tool.

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Lurking around on the Google Play Store is an Android tool that is sure to become your go-to Android networking tool. That tool is the free LanDroid. With it comes a veritable Swiss Army Knife of tools ready to serve.

LanDroid features come wrapped in an incredibly easy to use interface that makes each tool very user friendly. The features include:

  • LocalNet information (local interfaces, routing, and Wi-Fi information)
  • PublicIP (displays your public IP)
  • IP Lookup (displays Country, ISP, Network, ASN, and RIR)
  • DNS Lookup
  • Whois
  • Ping
  • TraceRoute
  • NetStat (shows active and listening connections)
  • ArpCache (if using Wi-Fi)
  • PortScan (tcp)
  • DNSBL (query IP in spam blacklists)
  • MAC Lookup
  • IP Network Calculator
  • WakeOnLan
  • SSL Check
  • Adjustable font size
  • Auto complete from history
  • IPv6 support

Installing LanDroid

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for landroid.
  3. Locate and tap the entry by Fidanov Networks.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. Read the permissions listing.
  6. If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept.
  7. Allow the installation to complete.

Using LanDroid

With the app installed, you'll find the launcher on your home screen, or in your App Drawer, or in both places. Tap the launcher, and you'll be greeted by the LanDroid main window (Figure A).

Figure A

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LANDroid running on a Verizon-branded Droid Turbo.

From the main window you can tap any of the tools to start working. If you tap LocalNet, you'll be presented with all of the information on your local network (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B
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Local network information displayed by LANDroid.

As you might expect, some of the tools aren't as simple as a tap of a button. For example, the Traceroute tool (something every admin should be familiar with) requires you to enter the address you want to test and tap GO (Figure C).

Figure C

Figure C
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Using Traceroute within LANDroid.

Why you need it

Of all the networking tools I've used on Android, LanDroid is, by far, the handiest. If you're in need of a collection of networking tools, all housed in one easy-to-use interface, you can't go wrong with LanDroid.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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