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Best Bandwidth Monitoring Software for your computer

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Some of us use internet connections that come with a bandwidth cap, and it’s essential to keep an eye on the amount of data you’re downloading and uploading every day. There are specific tools available for this particular purpose, and help in effectively monitoring, and sometimes controlling the flow of your internet bandwidth and speed.

Here’s a list of the best:

Bandwidth Monitoring Software for Windows

Bitmeter Bandwidth Monitoring Software

– A simple tool that displays aesthatically pleasing graphs that check the bandwidth real time. A bandwidth estimator is included. One of the most popular bandwidth monitors in the market, ti requires .NET Framework

Netmeter – One of the best bandwidth monitoring softwares that’s widely used, and does what it’s meant for.

Aldo’s Net Monitor – Quite a good monitoring software, works on XP and 2000, has many window modes with varying quantity of data reporting, also can be put up on system tray.

Bandwidth Monitoring Software for Mac


Net Monitor – Simple and up to the mark. Supports traffic logging, has a traffic calculator in-built, many graphics options included as well.

XRG – Helps in monitoring not just network bandwidth, but also memory, temperature etc. Looks like a sidebar loaded with lots of data.

Surplus Meter – This open source tool monitors your bandwidth, and reports on your daily statistics and lots more.

Bandwidth Monitoring Software for Linux

You know, there’s quite a bunch of bandwidth monitoring software in this arena, I’m just picking a few of them.

vnStat – This one seems to be working from the terminal, and has quite extensive features. Read more on how to use it here.

ntop – Displays statistics in a web browser interface, can display the stats according to various criteria.

Many more bandwidth monitoring software for Linux based systems are listed here

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January 15th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

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  • Rakshit

    I tried “Bitmeter” earlier. It’s pretty good for windows.

  • Fahad

    I second what Srinivasan said. I use bandwidth monitor pro and its really good.

  • Techblissonline Dot Com

    I used netmeter but now I don’t have bandwidth limitations…netmeter was good…

    another theme change?!!!

  • K-IntheHouse

    Great post, shankar! I hardly monitor my bandwidth anymore as I have started to getting used to the DSL speed. It probably wouldn’t hurt to throw one of these in to check it out i guess! Stumbled. 🙂

  • Madhur Kapoor

    I have tried Netmeter before although i dont use it nowdays.

  • Ashfame

    Good compilation. I have a inbuilt meter on my nokia 3230 for data logs. 😀

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Rakshit: Yeah, Bitmeter is definitely good.
    @Srinivasan, Fahad: Sure, I’ll update the post with your favourite tool.
    @TechBliss: Yeah, another theme change 😛
    @K-IntheHouse: Glad you liked it, K 🙂
    @Madhur: Yeah, it seems that Netmeter has been there for quite a long time.
    @Ashfame: Interesting. Take care of your usage and your bills 😉

  • Ashfame

    I have a unlimited data plan. No worries. 😀

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Vikram: Thanks for the info.

  • Manoj

    I use NetMeter.

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  • Amit

    I user netstat


  • florin

    You can also try this application for network and internet monitoring and administration:

  • Elison

    here is another good tool for bandwidth monitoring