Note: Use this tool at your own
risk. Never use this tool unless you are the network administrator
of the LAN you are connected to. Using this tool may disrupt
network connectivity. No technical support is available for this
The PromiSwitch tool is designed for providing network
visibility in switch-based networks where no port-mirroring option
is available in the switches being used. Please refer to our white
paper, Promiscuous Monitoring in Ethernet and Wi-Fi
Networks for more information on this subject. This tool
will attempt to ensure network visibility by taking advantage of
the ARP protocol weaknesses. It is highly recommended that you use
port mirroring rather than PromiSwitch whenever possible.
Start PromiSwitch and select the desired network adapter that
will be used for station monitoring. Indicate the desired IP range
by filling in the Scan
from: and Scan to:
fields, then click the Start
Scan button. To abort the scanning process, click the
Stop Scan button. After
scanning completes, discovered workstations (including their IP and
MAC addresses) will be shown in the list.
Check the boxes next to stations that you would like to monitor
and click the Start button.
The PromiSwitch tool will periodically send special network packets
to selected stations. This will redirect the traffic between the
gateway and the selected stations to your station, providing
network visibility. You can also have the internal traffic between
any two stations redirected to your station, which can be achieved
by selecting Internal in
the Traffic drop-down list
and selecting two stations.
The Options window
allows you to change some of the program's options, such as
clearing the station list on new scan, automatic packet sending on
start-up, and the interval between packets.