Operating System

NetScanTools Pro is a 32 bit app designed for use on 32 or 64 bit Windows 11 and 10. Use on Windows Server is discouraged - why? When the software is accessed remotely ALL results are based on the server network location, not on the computer remotely accessing the software. For example, if you do a traceroute, the starting point in the trace is the server, not your computer.

Requires GUI, this is not a command line tool.. The software does not require elevated privileges for operation.

MacOS is not support, however, any operating system like MacOS with a Virtual Machine capable of running Windows 10 can host NetScanTools Pro.

NetScanTools Pro does not run on Windows XP, 2003, 2000, NT 4/3.5, ME, 98 or 95. It may run on Windows 8.x, 7 and Vista but we do not test on those operating systems.

Driver Requirements

NetScanTools Pro requires a packet driver called WinPcap or Npcap for packet level access to the ethernet or Wifi network interfaces. These are the same drivers as are required by Wireshark and they are used to capture or send packets. WinPcap has not been updated for several years; it uses NDIS 5 but still works on Windows 10. We strongly suggest using Npcap from the Nmap folks - it is currently being updated, maintained and uses NDIS 6. Npcap must be installed with 'WinPcap API Compatibility' mode. Npcap is installed if you install Wireshark.

USB Version also requires WinPcap or Npcap to be installed on the host computer.

Network Connection

NetScanTools Pro requires a TCP/IP network connection with access to DNS. For best results, use a wired connection such as ethernet 10/100/1000 or more. Most features of the software will operate with a wireless connection. Cellular modems are not usually WinPcap compatible meaning sending and receiving packets through the interface using WinPcap dependent tools may not occur. For best results, do not use it behind a firewall unless you can configure the firewall to pass the packet types we use (ICMP, TCP/UDP, ARP). Personal firewalls and some antivirus scanners that check incoming and outgoing email will cause false positive reporting when using port scanner due to the way they operate.

Video Display Resolution, CPU Speed and USB Port

At least 1024x768 and 32 bit color depth minimum.

CPU Speed is not usually an issue any more.

If you have the USB version and it is installed on a USB 3 compatible drive, the speed will typically match the installed version if used in a USB 3 port on the host.

Hard Disk Space

NetScanTools Pro requires 208 MB minimum and the results database will grow as you use the software.

The USB version is typically supplied or installed on a 32 GB USB v2/v3 flash drive and requires no hard disk space other than the WinPcap or Npcap driver.

Mandatory Product Registration

Registration is required after software installation to activate the Maintenance Plan. You get 15 uses in unregistered mode.

Registration FAQs.