NetSpeedMonitor is a free program for Microsoft Windows that displays the speed of incoming and outgoing network traffic and bandwidth use for the month, day and session in the Windows 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 rented, 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, for example, after noticing that the video uses a lower quality than usual, or if the Steam download is nothing but a trickle of what it could be.
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. Inlike Net Traffic, it does display the upload and download speed right on the taskbar.
The program is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
The network monitor keeps a history of the network adapter's upload and download speed. 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.
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 did 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; it details sent, received and total traffic per day or month.
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.
The only downside is that traffic information is not displayed in the window, and that you can't do anything there (e.g. kill processes)
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. from download sites as the program is no longer hosted on the developer website.
NetSpeedMonitor is a useful program for Windows that displays network speed and other networking related information on the Windows taskbar so that it is always in view.Advertisement
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 or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.