And those with internet access on smart phones, whereby we pay for very limited bandwidth and data usage. Do you know how much bandwidth your home network or office network consumes every month? How would you find out? Yes, Virginia, there’s an app for that.
Who Monitors The Network?
Network performance monitoring was once the domain of geeky administrators who spoke a different language than you or me. Is your home network fully SNMP enabled?
If you don’t know, but you hanker to know how much bandwidth is being consumer on the network, when, and by whom, then NetUse Traffic Monitor is the perfect app for you.
First, it’s in expensive. Network monitoring tools can cost up to thousands of dollars. NetUse Traffic Monitor is less than your last visit with a friend to Starbucks.
Why do you need this? NetUse Traffic Monitor monitors and collects real-time internet usage for all the Macs (and Windows PCs) connect to your home or office network.
If you pay for bandwidth, or have a monthly bandwidth cap, then NetUse Traffic Monitor gives you the data about usage, and can warn you when you’re about to reach a threshold of data usage.
Here’s the basic list of bullet points.
- Monthly usage data estimation
- Warnings and notifications system
- Status bar and dock icons with live usage stats
- Doesn’t require to be run 24/7
- Full SNMP Support including version 1, 2c and 3
- Works with any SNMP-enabled router
- Real-time traffic monitor
- Logs and plots your whole network usage
- Elegant and simple User Interface
- Auto configuration and assistant wizard
- Configurable billing date and monthly usage allowance (cap)
Setup couldn’t be much easier, but there is a caveat. First, though, the interface. Because data is collected real-time, you see real-time network usage, both totals and by user (using the custom filter tool).
Second, the statistics are revealing. You have the option of setting up a monthly usage allowance cap, and receiving warnings and notifications when specific thresholds of usage are breached.
Yes. Can you spell SNMP? That’s the catch.
Your home or office router or gateway needs to have the standard SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) enabled. Most modern routers utilize SNMP for remote management.
If your router has SNMP then NetUse Traffic Monitor grabs real-time network usage stats so you can see quickly how much bandwidth is being used, and by which machines.
Unfortunately, there’s no trial before you buy option with NetUse Traffic Monitor, and it’s priced just a few dollars above our typical try-it-anyway threshold. However, there is an SNMP Test Utility which can be downloaded to test your router’s capabilities.