Rascal - Internet connection manager

Basta Rascal


PurposeInternet connection manager
Package size~3.10MB
PlatformsWindows 11/Server 2022 down to XP, 32/64-bit
End User license price$19.95 (major upgrades: $12.95)
Prices in US dollars
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Rascal is a broadband and dial-up connection manager that enhances your online experience with useful features not found in the standard Windows network tool. Rascal is fast, reliable and easy to use, making it a tool of choice for your DSL, Cable, VPN, ISDN and other dial-up connectivity needs.

Rascal helps you stay connected to the Internet by simulating network activity to fool idling detectors and by automatically restoring the connection if it is lost. A command line interface is available to run Rascal and control network connections remotely or from command prompts, scripts and batch processes. You can also set up audio alerts to be notified when a connection is opened or closed. Rascal provides you with information about your Internet sessions including network parameters, a calculation of your monthly fees, and a time log of how long you've been online for the current and previous session, day, week, month, and year.

For more demanding users, RascalPro supplements Rascal with the ability to schedule connection events, execute custom tasks when a connection is opened or closed, and log operations to a file for later reference. For instance, you can leave your computer and have RascalPro close the connection in your absence after a specified amount of time, perform late-night data transfers or run login and logout scripts.

Rascal works in the background while its tiny icon in the taskbar notification area changes its appearance to inform you about the current state of the program and its connection. You can quickly get online and offline by simply clicking on the icon.

If you need to keep a computer connected to the Internet without any human interaction, use our AppToService software to run Rascal or RascalPro as a Windows service that automatically reconnects the computer and monitors the connection following unattended reboots, without the need to log on.

Rascal/RascalPro Connection screen shot
Rascal/RascalPro Persistence screen shot
Rascal/RascalPro Notification screen shot
Rascal/RascalPro System screen shot
Rascal/RascalPro Time Log screen shot
Rascal/RascalPro Status screen shot
Rascal taskbar corner icon
  • Automatic redialing to restore lost connections.
  • Activity simulation to avoid idling timouts.
  • Connection time and fees tracking.
  • Connection notification.
  • Remote control using command line access.
  • Event viewer support.
  • Asynchronous operations.
  • Works in the background.
  • Technical specifications.

Rascal v3.15/RascalPro v3.15 on 2015-09-25

  • Maintenance release.

Rascal v3.12/RascalPro v3.12 on 2013-06-25

  • Updated the software for Windows XP/2003 backward compatibility.

Rascal v3.11/RascalPro v3.11 on 2013-05-27

  • Resolved installer issues on 32-bit platforms.

Rascal v3.1/RascalPro v3.1 on 2013-01-02

  • Updated the software for Windows 8 compatibility.

Rascal v3.0/RascalPro v3.0 on 2010-11-03

  • Updated the software to comply with Windows 7 requirements. Previously, the program and its installer ran on Windows 7 and Vista in compatibility mode. Now, they do so in native mode and comply with UAC and other current Windows guidelines. They are also digitally signed with an Authenticode certificate to ensure their integrity and authenticity. These major enhancements provide a better and safer experience when running the software on all supported Windows versions
  • Created a 64-bit version of the software and updated the installer to include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The installer will automatically select the version matching your system.
  • Redesigned the application to use the Unicode standard and improve its Windows integration and multilingual support.
  • Overhauled the help guide.
  • Overhauled the installer to use Microsoft MSI technology and comply with recent Windows guidelines.
  • Discontinued compatibility with Windows versions older than XP to take better advantage of new Windows features.
  • Upgrading to this major update requires a licensing fee for existing customers who are licensed to use older versions.

Rascal v2.4/RascalPro v1.9 on 2001-05-10

Added connection statistics (for Windows 2000 only).

Rascal v2.3/RascalPro v1.8 on 2000-02-09

Improved the pinger and added the ability to save and unsave DUN credentials in Windows NT/2000.

Rascal v2.2/RascalPro v1.7 on 1999-04-02

Added more status information, an option to round up the length of connection sessions to the minute, and an option to use DUN's credentials for authentication (for NT only).

Rascal v2.1/RascalPro v1.6 on 1998-06-01

Added command line access to allow remote and batch control of dialup sessions. Fixed a bug that caused the application to freeze under some configurations of Windows modems and drivers.

Rascal v2.0a/RascalPro v1.5 on 1998-02-19

Added a log file feature (RascalPro). Eliminated the 16 DUN session limit and made the monthly time log properly wrap when the year changes.

RascalPro v1.0 on 1997-06-22

Initial release.

Rascal v2.0 on 1997-06-22

Overhauled application and added new features.

Rascal v1.6 on 1996-11-19

Added connection monitoring time-out support.

Rascal v1.5c on 1996-11-03

Fixed the "Do not dial-up first" feature.

Rascal v1.5b on 1996-11-02

Fixed a bug that prevented the reconnection frequency from being higher than the verification frequency. Consequently, the initial reconnection timing was also corrected.

Rascal v1.0 on 1996-09-01

Initial release.

The following older versions are available to licensees for downloading: