Type: Mini-appnetwork liance
Technology: TCP/IP (Ethernet e Wi-Fi)
Installation difficulties: Bassa
Ease of use: Alta
|Review review: 1.0|
THE NETWORK, MANAGED
A decade after their creation app - today one of the most universally apprezzed app of network scan for iOS e Android - the Italian woman "Fing”Issues the second revision of the profirst hardware solution, “Fingbox“, Useful to all those who wish, even without having particular technical skills, to monitor the profirst home network in terms of performance and safety.
Illustrating Fingbox is not easy, unlike its functionalities that are revealed, using it, particularly well engineered and usable. We will try, with this review, to explain why it is a device quite unique in the panorama, useful for administration the nervous system of our home automation, Or the proman local network.
Fringbox looks like a small cylinder in white plastic with an input for the power supply (transformer supplied) and a door ethernet RJ45 dedicated to connecting the unit to the cable profirst local network. It is a well-constructed object with a design that easily fits into any modern home environment, without giving a bad image even in a more classic environment.
Fingbox is very simple to install: simply connect the cable (supplied) to a door of the profirst home router and turn it on by supplying it with power; from here on the device will be connected to the local network and executing the aforementioned app "Fing" (for iOS e Android) it will be possible to carry out the first configuration.
Once this first, trivial configuration activity is completed, it will be possible to start using the functions offered by the device, which are varied.
First, Fingbox is able to perform a security analysis in terms of open ports on the WAN side. What does it mean? It means that Fingbox checks for us, on the modem connected to the Internet (the WAN above) the presence of ports TCP/IP open. It is known as the opening of doors both sometimes necessary (he knows something about who exposes the proprio personale HUB on the Internet to check the propria domotica), but in other cases (most) no. Well: Fingbox perform a check and advises what to close and, in presence compatible modems / routers, proit sees by itself the closing of the doors (differently it will have to prosee the user by hand).
ALL CALLED UP
Second, important function of Fingbox is that to automatically register connected devices (via cable and / or Wi-Fi) to the local network: projust like a network scanner, it identifies the devices by reporting their connection characteristics (signal, address, name and other parameters). Once identified the devices connected to the network is possible associate them with people (Typically tenants, or otherwise regulars), which will be considered "present" (in the environment) when the associated device (or devices) are connected to the local network, and vice versa. Such presence detection (incoming and outgoing) can be reported via notifications push at theapp"Fing" management statement and, as we shall see, can be used as a tracking system for our customers HUB personal.
Linked to the ability to survey connected devices, another interesting function is being able to inhibit access to the local network and the Internet: Fingbox is able, through packet injection and low-level networking techniques, to achieve the goal of isolate a specific device (or more than one). Using the same techniques, Fingbox can also be trained to stop delivering traffic to the Internet at certain times of the day, making it particularly useful in case the proyour router does not have similar functions.
In addition to the ability to "watchdog", Fingbox is able to constantly monitor both the functionalnamento the Internet connection is yours performance, providing at theapp of users the indications relating to these metrics.
Fingbox is also equipped with an antenna Wi-Fi, useless to connect to the local network but useful to monitoring (private) of the surrounding world, a function called "Digital Fence". The device is in fact able to verify the presence of surrounding devices (in an adjustable range via app). Not only that: this antenna can also be used to monitor any attacks on profirst network Wi-Fi.
Digital Fence is a function that allows you to improve the digital presence: so we can detect devices even when they are simply in the area, without being necessarily connected to the network monitored by the Fingbox. Keep in mind that, for example, many cell phones also with Wi-Fi turn off scans from time to time (perhaps to determine the location or to see if they are in prosolidarity of Wi-Fi known), thus being detected by Fingbox.
All these functions can of course be configured via theapp "Fing"And can be configured to trigger specific notifications towards it push (as mentioned, for entering / exiting a person's network, or an ongoing attack, etc.).
In terms of compatibility Fingbox, although it is not proproperly a home automation component (it is more like a miniappliance very specific for a very specific job), has a fair degree of compatibility. Particularly positive (as we will see below) the presence of that verse IFTTT; also present towards Zapier and with Google Assistant.
Absent instead the compatibility towards Appthe HomeKits e Amazon Alexa.
To integrate a similar device in the propria domotica can certainly make sense for what are the tenant presence / absence tracking functions (useful for defining automations) as well as for all the notifications that the device is able to provide, from the hacking attempts of the proman Wi-Fi at the entry into range of other devices and much more.
To integrate Fingbox with the major ones HUB personal the IFTTT service must be used as a bridge. In fact, this service offers one for this device great list of ingredients that allow, with a little cunning, to land the states of the device on the proprio HUB, so that we can manage these inputs as we see fit. Quite simply, we succeeded through Home Assistant (and fairly quickly) to use the service "ifttt_webhook_received" as trigger of one or more automations, thus succeeding in obtaining a valid integration. We have reason to believe (even if we haven't tested it) that others too HUB able to manage incoming IFTTT webhooks can, with this technique, obtain the same integration.
Certainly the evaluation concerning the integrability of Fingbox would be higher where Fing first decided to develop and make components available for (direct) integration with Home Assistant (primarily), Homebridge (thus providing indirect compatibility with Appthe HomeKits), openHAB, Domoticz, maybe even the best Homey.