I grew up in the Midwest but never quite understood the phrase, ‘How many ways can you skin a cat?‘ I’m thinking, well, not too many. There’s the smell and the mess, and what kind of tools should you use? I’m thinking hair clippers and a sharp knife.
Likewise, how many ways can make users track network traffic? As it turns out, there are more than a few apps which aim and claim to do just that. Here’s another one. It’s called NetUse Traffic Monitor and it boldly goes where other such SNMP tracking utilities have gone.
Who Monitors Monitors?
Monitoring the network traffic on your home network or small office network is really a simple, two-step process. Step One: test your hardware with the free SNMP test app. If results are good, move on to Step Two.
If not, you have nothing to track (Apple’s new AirPort Extreme doesn’t provide SNMP data so that’s a no go; I found out the hard way), but you could opt to purchase a router that does provide the data because without the data how will you monitor it?
Alright, Step Two assumes Step One gave you a green light, so NetUse Traffic Monitor starts tracking the data rolling through your router. This is where it gets interesting because you will be amazed at how much data moves over time. NetUse Traffic Monitor displays a graphic format of monthly usage over time.
The app features alerts and notifications, particularly useful if your internet or network bandwidth is capped. The built-in status bar and Dock icons display live statistics in real time. There’s also an option to configure a bandwidth billing date and set a monthly usage allowance cap.
NetUse Traffic Monitor doesn’t even need to run on your Mac 24/7 as it pulls SNMP traffic data straight from the router when it loads and updates accordingly.
In many respects the app is similar to PeakHour, one of my favorites. Either one will be a shock to your system as you find out just how much data all your Apple devices– Mac, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV– consume each day, week, and month.