There are many types of network tools available for Windows. Some allow you to sniff DNS queries sent to and from your system, while others present WHOIS information about certain host right on your desktop. But how about an app that could, besides letting you view WHOIS information about any domain or IP, also put a wide array of useful network related information at your disposal? NetToolset is a powerful freeware Windows app that does just that. The application contains a set of tools including Ping, Traceroute, DNS Lookup, Reverse DNS, IP Whois, Domain Whois and Port Scan.
The app presents everything in an easily understandable manner, and can be useful to both casual and power users alike. It can come in handy for various network administrative tasks. For instance, you can easily ping a host to check for any packet lost and response time, check domain name availability without firing up your web browser, trace IP location and more. All the tools it offers can be accessed and used under their own tabs. If you want to ping a host, for example, simply hit the Ping tab, enter the host address, rounds, and bytes size information, and click the Ping button. This feature eliminates the need for using the Command Prompt and manually typing in commands for checking ping responses, which can simply confuse newbies.
Similarly, the application allows you to perform traceroute as well as DNS lookup for any host under Traceroute and DNS Lookup tabs respectively. The application can send up to 30 Hops at maximum and enables you to configure many advanced options. Reverse DNS is also quite handy for finding the domain name for any IP address. To do that, select the aforementioned tab and then enter the IP address in the relevant field. The tool displays results for both reverse DNS and hostname lookups.
Domain Whois is another nifty feature NetToolset has in its arsenal. Whois records usually carry detailed information about a domain name such as contact details, registrar, name server, expiration date and more. Lastly, you can do port scanning on any host under the Port Scan tab. The application instantly presents you with a list of open and closed ports for the IP or domain.
NetToolset is a free application that works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit OS edition.