WinPcap is a tool that allows users to transfer packets of information within Windows operating systems by circumventing the protocol stack. This allows data to be processed more efficiently. Such a tool is often used by website developers, networking testing professionals and open-source software creators. It is designed to be used with personal computers.
Core Features and Tools
WinPcap can be thought of as a virtual 'bridge' over traditional Windows protocol techniques. It bypasses these methods and enables packets of data to be sent to another area within a hard drive more efficiently. This software is comprised of a driver and a built-in library. The driver provides the user with access to low-level networks and the library interacts with different network layers. It should also be mentioned that the Unix API is found within this library. The ultimate goal of this bundle is to enhance end-user efficiency when interacting with a network.
Some other tools included within WinPcap include Wireshark data management control and the ability to work with 802.11 a/b/g/n networks. Please note that it is also possible to purchase a separate USB card along with the original software if desired. The most recent updates of this system seem to have occurred in 2013.