Virtual Network Hub


    • Version: 3.26
    • Supported OSes:
      Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10,
      Server 2008 R2, Server 2012,
      Server 2012 R2, Server 2016,
      Server 2019

    • NOTE: The Basic (free) edition has to be activated with a free serial key. See the product edition chart for details.

  • virtual network hub with assigned network adapters

Features 30-day Trial Basic
Pro
Ultimate
Wired networking yes yes yes yes
Wireless networking yes no yes yes
Wi-Fi Hot Spot yes no no yes
Wi-Fi Hot Spot number of connections limit 50 - 5 50
Maximum number of Hubs 4 1 1 4
Maximum number of ports per Hub 6 3 6 16
Default gateway configuraiton yes yes yes yes
DHCP server configuration yes yes yes yes
Ports receive unfiltered traffic yes no yes yes
Port exclusivity (Exclusive or Non-exclusive) yes yes yes yes
Port traffic load indicator yes yes yes yes
Switching support for static IPs yes yes yes yes
Support for USB, ExpressCard network cards yes yes yes yes
Import/export of Hub configuration into a file yes no yes yes
Complimentary technical support for 1 year
*See end user license agreement for details.
no no yes yes
License to use for more than 30 days no yes yes yes
Price (in USD) - Free $14.95 $19.95
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Technical Specifications

Latest release 3.26 , 1 May 2020 , [Change Log, Previous Releases]
Supported networking Ethernet, IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP.
Traffic switching engine Kernel-mode network driver.
Prerequisites .NET 4.5.2, up-to-date root certificates (or it will take 2 minutes to start).
Supported OSes Windows 7*, 8, 8.1, 10, Server 2008 R2*, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, Server 2019.

*For Windows 2008 R2 and 7, required Service Pack 1 + KB3033929 (SHA-2 digital signing).
*For Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2, required KB2995730.
Recommended hardware CPU 1GHz and above, modern graphics card.
Additional hardware required none

Overview

Virtual Network Hub is an easy way to connect computers and devices into a single or several networks. It has a visual appearance of a hardware network hub and creates a familiar environment for users to apply their hardware settings onto this virtual device. The Drag-n-Drop interface allows to visually assemble a hub and fine tune its settings for various networking tasks. Virtual Network Hub brings a number of now popular features:

Typical configurations:

Virtual Network Hub

Virtual Network Hub has two main software components: the service and the user interface (UI). The service can work without the UI. It performs monitoring and automatic reconfiguration of the underlying network driver. The UI manages configuration of the service and requires the service to be running.

UI shows available adapters on the left side and configurable networking hubs on the right side. Each hub represents an isolated network segment. There are could be more than one hub added to the hub list. The order of hubs can be changed by dragging them or by clicking the hub ordering toolbar buttons move hub down move hub up. The order of slots within a hub can also be changed by dragging them. However, the order does not make any difference from the network routing perspective.


Create a hub

To construct a hub, either select the existing hub with empty slot or create a new hub with add a new network hub . Then, drag a network adapter from the left list onto an empty hub slot or a space behind the last assigned slot. This would assign the adapter to the existing slot or create a new slot and assign the adapter to that new slot. Alternatively, a network adapter can be assigned to a new slot of the selected hub by clicking establish network adapter assignment button of the network adapter.


Virtual Network Hub with network adapters

All changes to hubs are applied automatically with a short delay as configured within UI settings network hub settings.

A network adapter can be assigned only to a single hub slot. Each slot has its own configurable settings slot settings that define functionality of the slot.

Hub slot settings slot settings


slot settings general

DHCP

Routing Smartness

Routing Exclusivity

Network adapters on the computer running Virtual Network Hub can be used not only by Virtual Network Hub itself, but also by other programs.

DHCP client info

When a slot is designated as a default gateway, it acquires its IP address dynamically from the uplink router. The acquired IP can be viewed on the DHCP Client information tab.


DHCP client info

WiFi HotSpot

A hub slot with an assigned wireless network adapter can act as a WiFi HotSpot. Only a single HotSpot is supported amongst all running hubs. Not every wireless network card supports WiFi HotSpot functionality. Only the network cards with SoftAP mode explicitly stated in their specification support that.


WiFi Hot Spot settings

To enable WiFi HotSpot functionality check the appropriate box and provide the settings for the HotSpot. The WiFi HotSpot slot is highlighted with a golden color. All additional parameters including DHCP server and slot exclusivity are set automatically. The 'Connected peers' list is automatically refreshed to show MAC addresses of the connected wireless devices. The device is considered to be connected after it provides the correct password and is fully ready to communicate.

WiFi Hot Spot

Hub settings network hub slot settings

Hub settings include configuration shared by all hub slots.

DHCP Server

Each hub has a single DHCP server instance. Hub's DHCP server provides IP addresses for all hub slots that are configured within their settings to provide dynamic IP addreses by internal DHCP server.


DHCP server

DHCP Server Stats

DHCP server statistics can be seen on the DHCP Server Stats tab.


DHCP server statistics

DHCP Client

A hub slot can be designated as a default gateway. Such default gateway functionality includes a DHCP Client that obtains IP address dynamically from the uplink router. DHCP Client settings define the identification the default gateway slot (DHCP Client) will provide to the uplink router (or another DHCP server) to obtain the IP address.


DHCP client settings

Program-wide settings Virtual Network Hub settings

Besides settings for hubs and for slots, Virtual Network Hub has program-wide settings.

Default DHCP Server

'Default DHCP Server' settings simplify configuration of DHCP servers for new hubs. These settings are copied into new hubs upon their creation.


network hub default DHCP server settings

User Interface

Various user interface settings can be adjusted to user preferences.

network hub global user-interface settings

The user interface can be configured to minimize to the system tray area when attempted to close.

network hub system tray icon

Network Adapter info

The status of each network adapter can be retrieved by clicking network adapter settings icon on the network adapter.

virtual network hub



Typical configuration examples


WiFi HotSpot with a gateway into a wired network

WiFi HotSpot with default gateway to wired network

Wired network router

router for wired network

Wired network router with dial-out wireless connection

router for wired network

Wired network router with wireless gateway

router for wired network

 

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