Networx is the second network monitoring software on review at Ghacks in the last months. It was recently released in version 4 which is compatible to all Windows operating systems since Windows 98 including 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Vista and Windows Server 2008.
The network monitoring software can be used to monitor incoming and outgoing traffic of selected network adapters and connections. Traffic is shown in graphs and logged in files for further processing. Reports are extensive and provide access to daily, weekly, monthly and custom reports. Even better, reports can be exported which can be useful for book keeping among other things.
A realtime network traffic graph visualizes the incoming and outgoing traffic. Notifications can be used to perform actions under certain conditions. They can be configured to run so called actions when network traffic drops or rises above a certain level. Possible actions include running a software, displaying visual and sound alerts or to drop the connection.
Networx includes network information and testing tools like netstat that display all applications currently using the network connection. The application uses roughly 10 Megabytes of computer memory in minimized state.
Update: The program sits quietly in the system tray of the operating system for most of the time it is running. A right-click brings up the program menu where you can display or hide the traffic graph on the desktop and access other tools and settings.
The application is offered as a setup and portable version, ideal for users who carry an USB or troubleshooting DVD with them around when they to tech support. The latest program version is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, including 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, as well as Windows server variants.
NetWorx 5 has been released in 2009, check out our review of the new version here.
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