Mini-review: Net Check - a useful tool for online junkies

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There's a regular moment of doubt for smartphone junkies - in my case, at least once a week - when you're mobile and trying to get online, usually through a hot-spot somewhere, and things aren't working. Is the hot-spot down? Does it have DHCP incorrectly set up? Is there an authentication layer in the way? The obvious procedure is to head into a browser and see if you can pull up any web sites, but Net Check is a nice idea and well presented and gives an (almost) instant glance at your online status, via Wi-fi and 4/3/2G. Plus, with a small in-app-purchase, it gives speed testing and easy logging of results.

From the Store entry:

This App analyses your connection configurations and shows you, if you are really connected to the internet right now.

There may be situations where you may not be certain about your current internet connection (Wrong APN, Hotels, Companies, Wi-Fi Hotspots, and so on...). This App helps you to make sure that you are definitely connected to the internet and shows possible problems and solutions.

The paid version has the following additional features: 

  • Download and upload speed test with graphical display 
  • Log speed test results to a log file (average and maximum transfer speeds) 
  • Log network status to a log file - Send all network activities to an email or just copy to clipboard 
  • Take screenshots and send them via email 
  • Send log file to an email or just copy to clipboard 
  • No advertisements

Net Check is unashamedly from the Windows Phone 8 era and is in need of a Windows 10 overhaul, but it seems to still work fine and is, I think, worth of a shout-out here on AAWP. Here it is in action:

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A well reasoned and presented argument for 'paying up' - I did, developers deserve to get paid; (right) the main status panel, which builds in front of your eyes, showing the results of the various Internet tests.

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The speed checking section can run for as long as you want, but 10 seconds or so of downloading and then uploading produced enough data to give me an idea of what the combination of my Lumia 950 XL, my Wi-fi, and my ISP can provide. The summary page can then be coped to the clipboard or emailed directly.

The basic status pane is free, with ads, or you can pay £0.79p (in the UK) to get rid of the ads and £1.49 for (Net Check Pro for) the full set of features, including the speed testing and logging. Which is all very reasonable - why not help fund the developer's next move, to facelift this for Windows 10 Mobile?

You can grab Net Check in the Store here.

Source / Credit: Store