7 Killer Portable Networking Tools For USB Pen Drive

by Rohit Khurana on April 28, 2011


Many of us are beginning to amass large piles of unused flash drives. We once used them for transferring files between computers, exchanging data with our friends and family, and even as back-up disks. Now, they sit unused in a desk drawer, waiting to be thrown away. However, there is another option. You can take your USB sticks and give them a new life as storage devices for your essential utilities. The most useful set of utilities to put on a thumb drive are often those used for networking in some way. Here is a list of seven such utilities that you cannot do without.


SG TCP Optimizer

If you are setting up a new network yourself or friends, then you need to carry a copy of SpeedGuide.com’s TCP Optimizer with you. This handy tool will adjust settings in the Windows registry, allowing you to optimize the settings for the type of network attached to that computer.

eToolz Network Tools

eToolz Network Tools is a great solution if you are looking for a large number of network administration tools in a single package. The free download includes tools for pinging, traceroute, DNS lookup, Whois, PageRanker checker, and much more.



If you are a hardcore administrator and are looking for a highly portable, free telnet/ssh client, then you probably already know about PuTTY. Its small size makes it perfect for a USB stick tool set.

LAN Search Pro

Chances are that you will find yourself in a situation where you need to search an entire local area network for a single file. That’s why you need LAN Search Pro in your tool kit.


SoftPerfect is a free, portable network scanning tool that will allow you to preform various security centered tasks. Specifically, you can make use of a networks remote shutdown or Wake on LAN features form within SoftPerfect.

Smart Sniffer

Smart Sniffer is a free packet sniffer that will allow you to look at any traffic currently moving across a network. It will allow you monitor all traffic and view any open ports, all without the need for any kind of driver instillation.


The most obvious, and most often forgotten, tool in a network toolkit built on a USB stick is a browser. Install your favorite with your the other apps, and you will be good to go.

As you can see, there are a large number of tools you can put on a flash drive for easy use. The portability and convenience make an old USB stick the perfect candidate for a networking toolbox.

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