NetSetMan 5.x

What's new in this version?

5.3.2 - 2024-06-03
- Fix: Error when opening the Hosts dialog
- Fix: Memory error in the Proxy dialog in certain cases
- Fix: File signature issue with 5.3.0 and 5.3.1
The new file certificate needed to be replaced. Unfortunately,
the certificate issuer set an incorrect, retroactive revocation
date. As a result, the already signed and released files are
now blocked by Windows. This was not foreseeable and is very
unfortunate, but it is out of our hands. We would like to
sincerely apologize for the problems that have arisen.
The manual update can be downloaded for registered customers in
the customer area and for all others directly on the start page.
5.3.1 - 2024-05-03
- Fix: Error 6 at program start with a restricted user account
- Fix: Update functionality for future updates
- Due to a server incompatibility, previous versions
cannot be updated through the integrated Update
dialog. The latest setup file must be downloaded
manually from and can then be
installed as an update. All settings and profiles
will be kept.
5.3.0 - 2024-04-29
- NEW: NIC list context menu dialog for hiding unwanted NICs
with the possibility to hide virtual adapters and other types
- New: Search filters in WiFi Management for networks and profiles
- New: WiFi networks export of visible list (txt, html, csv)
- New: Import/Export of multiple WiFi profiles at once
- Fix: Importing profiles in NC-Freeware version could fail
- Fix: Importing WiFi profiles with special characters
- Fix: Rare constellation crash when selecting a WiFi profile
- Fix: Rare access violation error message at program start
- New software signing certificate from Sectigo
- Update of multiple components with fixes and High-DPI improvements
- To remove a VLAN-ID in Driver section, the value can now be set to -1
- Increased the maximum length of several proxy related settings
- If a driver setting like VLAN-ID is not set, it will now
be shown as "-" in TrayInfo instead of its default value
- Adjustments for Windows 11 version 23H2
- Lots of minor fixes and adjustments
5.2.0 - 2023-03-01
- Windows 11 compatibility (22H2 build 22621)
- NEW: Profiles can now be sorted by name, date and activations
- NEW: Network Location Type: Private/Public (in "Driver" section)
- Fix: Wifi option "Switch to strongest signal" could accidentally be disabled
- Fix: Rare error at profile activation with logon screen option
- Fix: Update of summary after modifying IP values
- Fix: Certain types of VPN and PPP connections have not been shown in TrayInfo
- Fix: IPv6 addresses with separate column for prefix length
- Fix: Exported HTML files from Tools are now UTF8-encoded
- Fix (Pro): Proxy ports for SSL/FTP/Socks were not loaded correctly
- Weekly auto-backup of the settings file in local "Backup" subfolder
- OpenVPN connections now also in TrayInfo if PPP/VPN is enabled in Preferences
- Custom WiFi description from WiFi Management now also shown in TrayInfo
- TrayMenu WiFi quick connection SSID items now show additional details
in a tooltip (such as MAC address, channel, encryption, etc.)
- Subnet mask will now be treated as invalid and automatically replaced
- Improved debugging possibility
- Lots of minor fixes and adjustments
5.1.1 - 2022-02-15
- New: Context menu in WiFi Management for quick access to Enable/Disable
- New: Context menu in WiFi/AutoSwitch for quick log file/folder access
- Fix: Program settings might not have been saved after being changed
- Fix: Connected WiFi network possibly not displayed in TrayInfo
- Fix: System/Firewall status not applied correctly
- Fix: Download button in Update dialog inactive in certain constellations
- Fix: Update process for restricted user accounts
5.1.0 - 2022-02-05
- Windows 11 compatibility (21H2 build 22000)
- NEW: WPA3 and 802.11ax support for WiFi6 networks and profiles
- NEW: Unicode support for WiFi SSIDs (displaying, creating, connecting)
- NEW: Optional monochrome/outline style for tray icon (-> Preferences/Tray)
- NEW: "Refresh" item at the end of the network adapters list
- Fix: Performance issue in Windows 11 after accessing TrayInfo
- Fix: No more writing to settings file during shutdown to prevent rare data loss
- Fix: Connecting to a WiFi network with Error 87 in very rare cases
- Fix: Incomplete information for WiFi setting during profile activation
- Fix: Firewall notification and exceptions settings
- Fix: Automatic High-DPI scaling of icons in TrayMenu
- Fix: High-DPI scaling for profile tabs was incorrect in certain constellations
- Fix: Tray icon resolution with multiple monitors with different DPI settings
- Fix: StrongestSignalSwitch option with more than one wireless network adapter
- In TrayInfo the MAC address now also includes the original value if it was modified
- The Retry option on the activation dialog is now integrated in the split-button
- Improved compatibility with certain types of virtual and external network adapters
- Improved upgrade from version 4.x by ignoring empty profiles
- Improved compatibility of VLAN-ID for different types of network adapters
- Improved file dialogs with High-DPI support and other optimizations
- Reduced file size by 10%
- Lots of minor fixes and adjustments
5.0.6 - 2021-05-31
- Fix: AutoSwitch thread error after standby
- Fix: AutoSwitch options might have been hidden due to incorrect alignment
- Fix: Systems with many WiFi profiles could lead to UI performance issues
- Fix: Error deleting the last remaining profile group
- Fix: Position of a new group might have been saved incorrectly
- Fix: "Connect by MAC address" failed if no name/description was provided
- Fix: TAB keyboard navigation order
- Fix: Windows firewall status setting not applied correctly
- Fix: Protocol Bindings for systems with multiple NICs using the same driver
- Fix: High Contrast Mode support adjustments
- Fix (Pro): License registration issues in rare constellations
- Tools: Network Scanner now shows the device description/comment as a name tooltip
- Performance improvements for selecting and viewing profiles
- Improved AutoSwitch performance and compatibility
- AutoSwitch NIC Status condition now also supports special types of VPN connections
- WiFi Management remembers last selected NIC if multiple are available
- Added shortcuts for Compact/Full Mode (CTRL+M) and main sections (CTRL+1/2/3/4)
- In Logon mode, the Save button now saves the activation log in the Logs subfolder
- Minor fixes and adjustments
5.0.5 - 2021-02-04
- Fix: Screensaver delay setting wasn't saved correctly
- Fix: AutoSwitch visibility setting for activation dialog
- Fix: Showing Tray Info on top of other foreground dialogs
- Fix: Opening the application from tray icon might have failed
- Fix: Minor Tray Icon performance issues
- Fix: Using "AnyLAN" and "AnyWLAN" in a prepared settings file
- Fix: Updating NIC GUID in AutoSwitch conditions when copied to another system
- Fix (Pro): Rare license registration issue in VMs
- Fix (Pro): Automatic license deregistration during uninstallation
- Translation updates
- Minor fixes and adjustments
5.0.4 - 2021-01-25
- Fix: Profile activation didn't use recent modifications of IPs in UI
- Fix: Error 1219 with connected network paths without a drive letter
- Fix: Incompatibility with another software prevented profile activation
- Fix: IPv6 activation error prevents further activation of settings
- Fix: New SMTP configurations were not saved correctly
- Fix: High-DPI adjustments for dialogs and tabs
- Fix (Pro): License registration issues in rare constellations
- Translation updates, fixes and adjustments
- Minor fixes and adjustments
5.0.3 - 2021-01-11
- Fix: Connecting net drives with user name and password failed
- Fix: Connecting to WiFi network by MAC address
- Fix: Saving a WiFi profile without encryption
- Fix: Settings in a profile without a selected NIC were not saved
- Fix: Incorrect tray icon animation after command line activation
- Fix: High-DPI issues with checkboxes
- Fix (Pro): Firefox profile file might not have been found
- Command line activation now updates the active profile in an
already running instance of the application
- Tray-Info now marks network adapters that are disconnected
- Minor fixes and adjustments
5.0.2 - 2021-01-01
- Fix: Deleting a profile while it's being renamed
- Fix: File dialog failed if file extensions were hidden in Explorer
- Fix: Configuration of first gateway metric was always reset to 0
- Fix: Profile activation on Windows logon screen
- Fix: WiFi connection error 5023 in certain constellations
- Fix: License text in preferences could be missing
- Fix (Pro): Double-click on license button opens dialog twice
- Translation updates
5.0.1 - 2020-12-23
- Fix: Mobile NICs could missing in the network adapters list
- Fix: Displayed information partially incorrect for newly available update
- Fix: After using auto-update there was no automated program restart
- Fix (Pro): Autorun was added twice
- Fix (Pro): Multiple License registration issues
5.0.0 - 2020-12-21
- NEW: Profile Management in Profile Tree!
Easier handling of profiles and groups in a tree structure
Drag&drop, copy&paste, multi-select, nested group hierarchy
Tooltips for profile settings, notes and AutoSwitch conditions
Searching/filtering profiles and groups
NC-Freeware can now also use groups and up to 8 profiles
- NEW: Settings file format is now XML instead of INI
No more limitation of exactly 6 profiles per group
Profile groups can now be nested within each other
"Atomic saving" prevents file corruptions even during system crash
- NEW: Carefully modernized UI retaining the familiar usability
Resizable window with additional profile overview at a certain width
Vertical menu for quick access to the main parts of the application:
Network profiles, WiFi Management, Network Tools and AutoSwitch
AutoSwitch can now be configured directly in each profile
Activation dialog displays all setting details that are applied
Dialogs can contain formatted text, images and links
IPv6 and WINS have been moved to the Advanced TCP/IP dialog (IP+)
- NEW: NetSetMan WiFi Management
Recreated from scratch, removing all previous limitations and errors
Additional info: MAC, channel, speed, protocols, etc.
Optional descriptions and colors for important wireless networks
- NEW: AutoSwitch Overview
- NEW: Modernized Tray-Info!
Modern design with glass/acrylic background and user color scheme
Can be displayed as an overlaying dialog with selectable text
Customizable content and zoom level with live preview
Content is automatically updated every 5 seconds
- NEW: Modern high resolution icon images
Almost 200 images recreated to support high-DPI screens
New NetSetMan logo!
- NEW: Auto-Update for downloading and installing new versions
- NEW: Automatic Network Adapter Management
List with available NICs is automatically updated at program start
Structured list with hardware, virtual and generic NICs
"Dynamic LAN/WiFi adapter" to auto-select a NIC at profile activation
- High-DPI compatibility with multi-monitor support
- Network bridges are now better supported
- Extended NetSetMan Administration with more options
- Multiple profiles can be activated with one command line call
- Command line activation now accepts profile names and even place holders
- Improved security with custom file dialog
- Lots of usability improvements, additional options and fixes
- Compatibility for Windows 10 version 20H2
- Dropping support for XP (incompatible) and Vista (untested)
Due to outdated APIs, these EOL Windows versions are no longer supported.
If you are on Windows Vista or older, please keep using NetSetMan 4.x.
- Settings file format and name changed from settings.ini to netsetman.xml
If you are accessing the file from a script, you will need to update it.
- Command line activation requires a new type of profile ID (see help file)
Due to the changed file structure, previous IDs have been replaced by
GUIDs. Copy them from tree context menu or directly from XML file.
- Some outdated translations have been removed:
Danish, Georgian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese
Temporarily: Greek, Portuguese (Brazil), Ukrainian
If you would like to continue one of the languages and become an
official volunteer translator, please contact us.
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License: Non-Commercial Freeware

Release date: 2024-06-03

Language: Multilingual

For Windows: 7/8/10/11 (32/64 Bit)

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