NetBalancer, Internet Traffic Monitoring, Controlling Software

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 26, 2011
Updated • Aug 26, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

Monitoring the Internet traffic of a PC can be highly beneficial. It can for instance be used to find out which applications send or receive data, or what's causing the huge bandwidth bill at the end of each month.

NetBalancer is an Internet traffic monitoring and controlling software that is available as a free and professional version. The professional version is available for free today only at the Giveaway of the Day website; Hence the review.

The NetBalancer website describes the differences between the free and professional version of the traffic shaping and monitoring software this way:

*The Free version is limited to a maximum of 5 process priorities/limits and 5 rules at a time, has no separate network adapters management and no support for Network Grouping

NetBalancer's core features include:

  • Set custom upload and download speeds for individual system processes.
  • Set download and upload priorities
  • Manage both limits and priorities for individual network adapters
  • Group local network computers and balance their traffic
  • Global traffic limits
  • Display all connections and traffic for all system processes

Installation of the software should not pose a problem. Users who install the Giveaway of the Day version should however take note of the optional Software Informer installation at the end which is not needed for NetBalancer's functionality.

When you start the program for the first time you will see a list of all processes that are currently running on the system along with their process id, incoming and outgoing traffic, cpu, path and traffic history.

Each process can be selected to see additional information about it and all of its existing connections.

A right-click on any process in the listing displays a context menu with options to modify that processes' upload and download priority. Depending on that priority, the process gets more or less of the network capacities in high load situations.

Say you want to make sure that you can play your favorite online game just fine while at the same time downloading files via Bittorrent or ftp. You could set the priority of the game process to high to make sure that it gets enough capacities to keep the game playable even if another process is requesting most of the available bandwidth.

Rules are a powerful way of prioritizing traffic further. They can be used to change priorities or download and upload limits for a process permanently or for specific days or times.

You could use rules to reduce the priority of P2P traffic during Workdays and hours for instance.

The program options can be used to customize the program further, for instance by configuring at which percentage the network balancing kicks in, by giving automatic high priority to focused applications or by editing the level severity which sets the speed differences between applications with different network priorities.

The free version of the traffic shaping software NetBalancer is available from the developer website as well.


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  1. Anonymous said on November 17, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Try this: . Use it more than three years. Fast, and most importantly safe program for remote computer management. Benefits – high speed, reliable security system.

  2. Dwight said on May 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Interesting. Not used it but could help. For free traffic, I have worked on SEO, articles, video, blogging etc.

  3. Toto said on August 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Well, actually it’s not free, it’s a special offer with 70% discount.

    So far, I’m not really sure how can such a program can help me in my daily network tasks, but thanks for the tip ;-)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Toto, as far as I understood it you get a free pro version of Netbalancer today. If you need commercial rights or updates, then you can buy the program with a 70% discount. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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