Is your internet connection dicey - subject to bandwidth hogging, freezes, slowdowns or unknown connecting applications? Then consider NetSpeedMonitor (for Windows): it is the program that can empower you to effectively take control of your vital internet connection once and for all. NetSpeedMonitor (for Windows) adds a toolbar to Windows that allows you to turn to monitor on and off, view all your internet-connected programs and watch their real-time data traffic. Its window allows you to see all the hosts your computer is connecting to, and how much data is being used--it even resolves hostnames so you do not have to! In addition, you can select any network hardware device--like your modem or wireless card--and see the data packets that the device is sending and receiving.
The software is free, but you can give a donation if you want. It is easy to install, and runs unobtrusively in your system tray, collecting data which you can view at any time. If you download large files from the internet and think that the download is taking forever, then summon NetSpeedMonitor (for Windows) and see your file's current download rate--is it what your ISP has promised you, or much too slow. If it is slower then you are paying for, you can contact your ISP with the data in hand to enhance your argument and maybe even get faster service for free, or even a pro-rated refund. You never know, but everyone agrees that knowledge is indeed power.
NetSpeedMonitor (for Windows) will also allow troubleshooting device problems, like a balky NIC card or an outdated modem, and then let you replace just that device rather than having to buy a whole new computer just because you do not know what the exact problem is.
With NetSpeedMonitor (for Windows) you can find spikes, disconnects and slowdowns...and then work to eliminate them!Features:
NetSpeedMonitor (for Windows) is the 'net addict's BFF!