NetSetMan is a straightforward network settings manager that makes it quick and easy to configure your laptop for home, college, and other frequently-visited networks.

The program works by creating profiles for each network you use, up to a maximum of six. These profiles can define your IP address, DNS server, computer name, workgroup, default printer, network drive mappings, host file entries, and more.

Not enough? You can also configure scripts to run whenever you select a particular profile, and these could run programs, stop and start services, tweak Registry settings, do almost anything you like.

And then, when you revisit a network, there's no longer any need to manually adjust all your settings. Simply choose the appropriate profile and NetSetMan will change everything for you automatically, and in just a few seconds.

This version is free, but for personal, non-commercial use only. If you want to use it at work then you'll need to purchase the Pro version, which also includes a few extras. You're able to set up an unlimited number of profiles, and these can additionally include your network domain, proxy settings and browser home page (IE and Firefox).

Version 4.5.0 brings a host of improvements (see full changelog), including:

- NEW Tool: Network Scanner
Scan networks by IP range (IPv4 & IPv6), subnet (CIDR), ARP & NDP cache
Get details like name, MAC, domain/workgroup, OS, network shares, etc.
Multithreading for scanning large numbers of IPs simultaneously
Highly compatible and flexible by using new and old protocols
Copy details, open targets, export results, send Wake-On-LAN
Favorites list for customizing frequently used targets
Detailed information of network printers (shared or directly connected)
Real-time search filter for all results
Further details: www.netsetman.com/network-scanner
- Fix: Some setup parameters have been ignored
- Fix: Minimizing application didn't save profile changes
- Fix: Pressing ENTER in IP fields resulted in an error message
- Fix: High-DPI problems (query dialogs, AutoSwitch menu items click area)
- Fix: Firefox Proxy is now also available for user-specific installations
- Fix: Autorun in Preferences dialog not showing its state correctly
- Fix: Multiple memory leaks
- Tool "Adapters Details" is now sorted by type and name
- Lots of minor fixes and adjustments

Verdict

If you regularly access a number of different networks then NetSetMan could save you a great deal of time