If you use computer enough, you probably have used all these commands to perform one or more network functions, such as Pinging to see if a specified computer is live, or finding out the IP address assigned to you along with the proper gateway address that allows you to go on Internet. HoverIP is a FREE all-in-one tool of all with a GUI interface, with an additional port scanning feature. HoverIP apparently has been around for a while, before Windows 7 was born, but works well with it and Windows PE. Its lightweight, portable, and most often used IP tools should qualify itself to be one of your tools in your box. The download file includes only a Setup file to let you install the tool on your Windows system. However, you can just copy the installed folder to your flash drive and carry it with you. It can be launched independently without the installation process.
It actually works better than the native Nslookup command line. You can specify the DNS server you wish to use, i.e. my favorite one from Google DNS, as well as the request type from the Request dropdown list. Did you notice that we are using Google Apps?
This is pretty straightforward. You can also check the option Infinite to perform a similar task “Ping -t” to let ping basically go forever. However, it doesn’t have the option to equivalent “Ping -a”, my often used one to find out the name of computer assigned to an IP.
This add-on feature allows you to scan any open UDP/TCP port on a specified host, either in IP address or in a name. You can also scan a range of IP address or a whole subnet for a particular port, with a comprehensive table that lists what’s used on a specific port number. Quite handy. The downside, which I hope should be included in the future release, is the support of IPv6. Other than that, it’s a useful little utility that comes handy some time.