Useful Android Apps for Network and Systems Admins
An updated list of my favorite Android apps. At the time of this post they are all free and none of them require a rooted device.
Termux – Terminal Emulator
My go to quick start is:
apt install coreutils wget tar less openssl openssh sslscan dnsutils vim mlocate htop python tmux nmap rsync php perl man tcpdump tracepath
To launch the built in webserver, use:
'php -S localhost:8000'
(where localhost is the IP of your phone, check first with ‘ifconfig | grep inet’).
I also highly recommend using Termux with the next app in the list, Hacker’s keyboard, as it allows for customization of your keyboard, and adds important keys that you might not use outside of a terminal.
Hacker’s Keyboard gets you the keys you’re missing from the stock Android keyboard, as well as allowing for a highly customized configuration (size, layout, and much more).
Microsoft Remote Desktop
Microsoft Remote Desktop is a RDP client for remotely accessing Windows hosts from your Android device.
JuiceSSH the best Android SSH client out there. Allows for saving sessions, quick font size change with the volume buttons, and much more.
LastPass is a cloud-based Password Manager that allows for easy access across devices.
AndFTP is a easy to use FTP client.
TeamViewer for Remote Control
TeamViewer is a well known remote access tool – Make sure to enable MFA/2FA on your account and use one of Duo or Authy, mentioned next in the list.
MFA tools – Authy and Duo
Duo and Authy are multi-factor authentication apps for enhanced login security.
Authy on the Google Play store
Discord is mostly known as “chat for gamers” but it is so easy to get up and running that it has quite a few other uses as well.
Cisco Technical Support
Cisco Technical Support is a easy way to keep up with your Cisco TAC cases or contracts.
Wifi Analyzer – pretty self explanatory.
Landroid is an app with a variety of network utilities – ping, traceroute, whois, dig, and a bunch more.
fing is great for getting info about hosts on your network.