My Mac is loaded with more apps than the average Mac user. It’s an occupational hazard.
Most apps are user worthy. Many are absolute requirements. Some are eye candy. Others are trusty old faithfuls I’m unwilling to toss away. A few are recent installs to try out. The most recent try out app tracks the bandwidth usage of all my other apps. Is that a good thing?
Which App Uses The Most Bandwidth?
One of Mac360’s very earliest reviews was of a little known Mac app called Little Snitch. I still use it to check which apps are using my Mac’s DSL connection.
Rubbernet is a real-time Mac network dashboard.
It tracks the network usage of the apps running on your Mac.
Is that a good thing? Well, it’s interesting.
Unlike Little Snitch, which works more like a reverse firewall to block unwanted connections, Rubbernet monitors each app and displays a graph of app bandwidth usage.
Rubbernet displays a list of all the active apps on your Mac, including an active or idle status, users, total bandwidth used, and the upload or download rate.
Clicking on a specific app will yield an attractive real-time graph of upload or download activity, the remote host, port used, user, even the IP address.
If you don’t mind the expense and additional complexity, Rubbernet provides a remote Mac monitoring function.
That allows you to monitor other Macs on your office (or, home, if you’re so inclined and sufficiently paranoid) network.
While Little Snitch is cool and performs a reverse firewall function which can block apps from using your network, Rubbernet merely monitors what’s going on.
That makes it interesting, and perhaps useful.
For example, you could use Rubbernet to check on which employee or user is hogging the network’s bandwidth for illicit purposes (online gaming, porn downloads, too much YouTube, etc.). I’m sure there are better ways to block unwanted network usage at the router level, but this is an interesting, albeit somewhat expensive method to monitor app use and bandwidth.