Recently I wrote about a few ways Mac users could track their Wi-Fi networks. The apps I use are time honored and visual methods to check on networks you use and those that are nearby. Here’s another way to see your Mac’s network traffic.
The app is called NetWorker and it simply displays your local network’s incoming and outgoing traffic, both in the Mac’s Menubar as a handy utility available from within any Mac app, as well as a fully visual look at what’s coming in and going out.
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Every Mac connected to a network functions about the same way. There’s incoming traffic from the local network or the internet. There’s outgoing traffic from your Mac to the local network or the internet. What NetWorker does is display either one or both so you can see how much bandwidth has passed at any given time with little more than a click.
Behold the geeky version:
Actually, you don’t even have to click.
NetWorker resides in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s always visible. The green arrow pointing down and the red arrow pointing up tells you how fast incoming and outgoing data travels at the moment.
You can also view the incoming and outgoing data over a period of time.
A number of pre-defined widgets let you choose which information is displayed. Whatever network your Mac is connected to at the moment is automatically detected by NetWorker and displayed appropriately.
You can choose to display the graphic window over other app windows on your Mac’s screen, adjust the refresh interval as needed, choose between bit and byte modes, and more. But not much more.
NetWorker is mostly self explanatory and a bargain at 99-cents.
In the end, what you get is a simple view of incoming and outgoing data to and from your Mac. What you don’t get, and it’s unfortunate and worth a few bucks, is which applications are using how much data. iPhone and iPad have such a battery shaming list, but there’s nothing that displays bandwidth shaming on a per application basis.
I’d pay extra for that.