Softpedia Editor's Review for Essential NetTools
A set of network tools useful in diagnosing networks and monitoring your computer's network connections
Written by Mihaela Citea on August 8th, 2012
Essential NetTools brings together a set of powerful tools that you can use to monitor and diagnose network connections. It provides all the utilities necessary for managing your network and ensuring its security.
All the available tools are displayed in a customizable sidebar, so you have easy access to each of them. The first one, NetStat, displays all the network connections, their state, the local and the remote IP addresses and the corresponding ports. Opening ports to applications you own and setting connection alerts are just some of the options that you can use.
The software includes an advanced TCP port scanner, as well as traceroute and ping tools that can help you solve connectivity problems. The process monitoring module enables you to manage the running processes and view CPU usage statistics.
Essential NetTools also features a NetBIOS auditing tool for checking the network security, a SNMP device scanner and module for verifying whether an IP address is included in any blacklist. Another great utility for any network administrator is RawSocket, which you can use to set TCP and UDP connections in order to test network services.
NetBIOS scanner can easily replace the functionality of the Windows Nbtstat command, allowing you to display NetBIOS information much easier, without using the command console.
When it comes to network administration, with Essential NetTools you can do it all: manage your wireless and wired network connections, edit system files (services, protocols, networks, etc.), manage shared resources, view the corresponding hostname for a given IP address or even check the validity of an e-mail address.
In addition to this, the program can generate reports in various formats. Furthermore, it comes with a system information utility that displays data regarding hardware and software components.
Whether you are looking for a ping tool, a port scanner or a process manager, Essential NetTools has it all. Providing a complete collection of network utilities, it is the ideal software solution for any network administrator.
Essential NetTools description
Here are some key features of "Essential NetTools":
· NetStat. Displays the list of your computer's inbound and outbound network connections, including the information on open TCP and UDP ports, IP address, and connection states. What makes it different from other NetStat utilities is the ability to map open ports to the owning application.
· NBScan. A powerful and fast NetBIOS scanner. NBScan can scan a network within a given range of IP addresses and list computers offering NetBIOS resource-sharing service, as well as their name tables and MAC addresses. Unlike the standard nbtstat utility supplied with Windows, this tool provides a graphical user interface and easy management of the lmhosts file and features parallel scanning, which allows checking a class-C network in less than one minute. NBScan can facilitate routine tasks often carried out by system integrators, administrators, and analysts.
· PortScan. An advanced TCP port scanner that allows you to scan your network for active ports. This tool features both conventional (full connect) and stealth (half-open) scanning modes.
· Shares. Monitors and logs external connections to your computer's shared resources, lists local shares, as well as provides a quick and easy way to connect to remote resources that gives Windows 98/Me users NT user-level connectivity features. Unlike Windows NT, Windows 98/Me has no user-level connectivity after the boot: you can specify a password, but not a username. This tool allows you to set both a username and a password.
· SysFiles. A convenient editor for the five important system files: services, protocol, networks, hosts, and lmhosts.
· NetAudit (NetBIOS Auditing Tool). Allows you to perform various security checks on your network and/or individual computers offering the NetBIOS file sharing service. This tool can help you identify potential security flaws.
· RawSocket. Provides you with the ability to establish low-level TCP and UDP connections to troubleshoot and test different networking services. Multi-color output and a convenient interface make it a great tool for every network administrator or computer programmer.
· TraceRoute and Ping. These familiar utilities featuring customizable options and a convenient results presentation allow you to explore the Internet and troubleshoot connectivity problems.
· NSLookup. Allows you to convert IP addresses to hostnames and vice versa, obtain aliases, and perform advanced DNS queries, such as MX or CNAME.
· ProcMon. Displays the list of running processes with full information on the program location, manufacturer, process ID, and the loaded modules. With this tool, you can identify hidden applications, kill running processes, and manage the usage of your PC's resources more effectively.
· 30 days trial.
· Nag screen on program end.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· A new tool for working with wireless networks. Scan for
· available networks, manage profiles, monitor signal level, etc.
· Support for Windows 7.
· Improved NetStat and ProcMon report generation.
· Updated IP allocation map.
· A few other improvements.
| ||Softpedia guarantees that Essential NetTools 4.3 Build 270 is 100% CLEAN, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors. [read more >] |