Display Your Internet Connection Speed In Your Taskbar - gHacks Tech News

Display Your Internet Connection Speed In Your Taskbar

Sometimes you may want to display information about your Internet connection right on the desktop, for instance to test the speed of a new dedicated server that you just bought, or to make sure that you are uploading or downloading at full speed. Having direct access to realtime stats can also be helpful if you are troubleshooting a particular connection.

We have reviewed programs in the past that display the network traffic in the taskbar and on the desktop, with Net Traffic being one of them.

NetSpeedMonitor is another professionally looking option for the Windows operating system. And unlike Net Traffic, it displays the upload and download bandwidth right in the taskbar.

The network monitor can keep a history of the network adapters upload and download speed which it will do by default. You can disable that during setup and later on in the options, which you may want to do if you are only interested in realtime connection speed information.

net speed monitor

The program displays the upload and download bandwidth in kbit per second. You can customize the layout in the program options. Here it is possible to change the font type and size, rendering, prefixes, and the bitrate among other things.

The traffic history can be used to check a system's monthly bandwidth utilization which can be useful to check that you do not hit bandwidth caps or to troubleshoot recurring issues with the Internet connection.

A data traffic menu is activated if traffic is logged on the system which details sent, received and total traffic per day or month.

data traffic history

The data is populated automatically when the program is running and monitoring is enabled. Monitoring can be turned off, which can be useful if you are working with a laptop in multiple locations and do only want to monitor traffic in some locations.

NetSpeedMonitor can display the list of active connections in another program window. Here you see the process, local and remote IP as well as the state of the connection.

netspeed monitor

The only downside here is that traffic information are not displayed in the window.

Windows users who like to display realtime traffic information in their taskbar, and those who want to record the bandwidth utilization of their Internet connection, can download the latest version of NetSpeedMonitor from the developer website.





  • We need your help

    Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

    We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats (video ads) or subscription fees.

    If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:

    Comments

    1. charliechan said on January 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm
      Reply

      Martin,

      Very interesting find! I currently use Network Meter v.8.1 by addgadget.com but I use a lot of programs in full screen mode on my laptop and I don’t have my gadgets to stay on top of windows (less distractions), but I would find it helpful to have something on the taskbar which is always in view, too bad they couldn’t make it a little more graphically pleasing then just numbers.

    2. B. Moore said on January 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm
      Reply

      How does it stack up to BitMeter?

      I love BitMeter except that it is a process hog from hell.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm
        Reply

        You mean BitMeter2? BM2 seems more visual than this program, and it appears to offer additional information, like the average download and upload speed on a particular day, or the ability to notify you when you are near your monthly traffic quota.

    3. Midnight said on January 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm
      Reply

      Good one, Martin. This is very useful.

      Thanks for posting!

    4. LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said on January 12, 2012 at 12:45 am
      Reply

      I use Rainmeter to display accumulating bandwidth(& a whole load of other info) usage which automatically zero’s again at the start of a month.
      See graphic:http://i.imgur.com/2Vp5G.png

    5. greendot said on January 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm
      Reply

      Dear Martin,

      Nice post, but please also check out http://www.myfavoritegadgets.info/
      I use all gadgets from Igor, IMO best monitoring gadgets out there.

      Regards,
      greendot

      1. charliechan said on January 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm
        Reply

        Dr.Igor’s system monitor gadgets have a very similar look to the gadgets over at addgadget.com, I wonder who copied who here…..

        1. greendot said on January 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm
          Reply

          I noticed that the first time I encounter them. Similar look yes, but not the same. Igor gadgets give so much more info and options than the ones at addgadget.com…

          it’s matter of what you prefer more… but I prefer Igor gadgets. :)

          Regards,
          greendot

    6. Jojo said on January 13, 2012 at 10:50 am
      Reply

      This software is listed as beta level and has not been updated in nearly 2 years.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 13, 2012 at 11:28 am
        Reply

        Works fine though.

        1. Jojo said on January 14, 2012 at 10:25 am
          Reply

          Maybe not.

          I have been running it for 2 days now and comparing against Bitmeter2. I am noticing a large difference in the statistics. Right now, BM2 is telling me that I have downloaded 20MB today so far while NSM is showing 46MB! Quite a difference!

          I am sure you have BM2. Maybe you can run a test on your side and see if the figures match on your system?

        2. Martin Brinkmann said on January 14, 2012 at 10:49 am
          Reply

          Just ran a test and both programs showed 512 Megabytes downloaded. Have you selected the same unit in both programs?

    7. Sina said on January 15, 2012 at 4:15 am
      Reply

      Thanks for the post dear Martin.

      I totaly prefer and recommend everyone to use NetWorx.
      just found it few months ago. :)

      1. Jojo said on January 15, 2012 at 5:37 am
        Reply

        Yes, I was using the same units. Not sure what the measuring problem is (maybe the program doesn’t like XP)?

        I decided to remove it anyway since I auto-hide my taskbar and wouldn’t be able to see it. I keep a small Bitmeter2 window in the lower left of my monitor and that has served me well to show me when something isn’t right.

    8. Sms said on January 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm
      Reply

      Hi sms

    Leave a Reply