Open Source Windows app OpenNetMeter monitors network and data usage
OpenNetMeter is a free open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to monitor network traffic and data usage. The current version of the program monitors overall traffic on the device and data usage of individual applications.
OpenNetMeter does not need to be installed but it requires the Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 5. The program provides a link that points to the official download repository of the runtime if it is not detected on the system. OpenNetMeter needs to be run with elevated rights.
The well designed interface displays data usage of the current session and the total usage. There is also a graph that highlights upload and download data usage of the past 60 seconds.
One interesting feature of the open source data monitor is found under the detailed tab. There you find listed all processes that used data, upload or download.
Current and total data received and sent are listed in a table under the tab. An option to change the display for other network connections is provided as well.
Each profile can be reset to start the monitoring anew.
OpenNetMeter is relatively new, and it shows when you look at the supported features. One of the main shortcomings right now is the lack of an "always-display" option to show certain values all the time on the desktop or the taskbar / system tray area.
The program could use some settings as well. The only available setting enables or disables the program's start on boot. An option to change the the interval of the traffic graph could be useful.
Some enhancements are already listed under issues on the project's GitHub page. Future program versions will support different Wi-Fi profiles, and there is a chance that a permanent listing on the taskbar will be added in a future release as well.
Recent versions of Windows display data usage information in the Task Manager. The resources tab lists data usage for a month.
OpenNetMeter has a lot of competition; you can check out my overview of data usage monitors for Windows as a start. The application is still in its early days of development and new features appear to be in development already.
Windows users who want to keep an eye on their overall data usage or the usage of individual applications may give this a try to see how it performs on their devices.
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