CommView provides a simple
TCP/IP interface that allows you to process packets captured by
CommView using your own application in real time. Starting with
version 5.0 you may also use this interface for sending packets
(similar to the Packet Generator function in CommView).
Please note that the data
format has changed compared to the previous versions of CommView.
The TS switch has also been eliminated as all the information about
a packet including the timestamp is now sent in the header.
How It Works
CommView should be
launched with a special command-line argument, "MIRROR", that tells
the program to mirror captured packets to an IP address and TCP
port of your choice.
mirror:127.0.0.1:5555 // mirrors packets to the loopback
address, TCP port 5555
mirror:126.96.36.199:10200 // mirrors packets to 188.8.131.52,
TCP port 10200
When CommView is launched
with a switch like this, it tries to establish a TCP session by
connecting to the specified IP address and port number. It means
that you should already have your application running and listening
on the specified port. If CommView fails to establish a connection,
it will keep on trying to connect every 15 seconds. The same
happens if the connection is broken: CommView will try to
re-establish it every 15 seconds. If the connection is successfully
established, CommView sends the packets it captures to the
specified IP address as they arrive, in real time.
The data is transmitted in
NCF format. Please refer to the
CommView Log Files
Format chapter for the format
Packets may not only be
received by your application, but also sent as if you were using
Packet Generator. Data can be sent to CommView using the same TCP
connection over which you are receiving the data. The data format
is simple: You should send the packet length (a two-byte unsigned
integer in the standard little-endian byte order) followed by the
packet itself. If the adapter is not opened or it does not support
packet injection, the packet is silently discarded.
Two simple demo
applications that listen for inbound connections, extract packets
from the stream, and display raw data are available.
This is a Visual Studio project with C++ source code.
This is a Delphi project with Pascal source code. If you want to
compile the project, you'll need the popular ICS components suite
by Francois Piette, available at
When mirroring data to a
remote computer, make sure that the link between CommView and the
computer to which the data is being mirrored is fast enough to
transfer all the data being captured. If CommView captures 500
Kbytes/sec, and your link can handle only 50 Kbytes/sec, you'd
inevitably have "traffic jams", which might result in various
problems (e.g., Winsock may just stop sending data under some
Windows versions). If you are looking for a more flexible solution
that would feature smart buffering and remote control, consider