A simple bandwidth monitor for using a USB 3g dongle modem

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Craigy, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. Craigy macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2003
    New Zealand
    Was wondering if anyone had personal experience of a good/simple/clear bandwidth totals monitoring software that I can use with a 3g USB modem?
  2. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    I'm using a Huawei E220 HSDPA USB Modem and have been using Cheetah watch with it for 12months. Leopard installed now OSX 10.5.5. No problems at all and would hate to be without it. Worked fine on my PPC iBook and is now installed on my MacBook Pro.


    ps. Blog looks interesting, we are traveling around NZ in a Motor Home "Tukawyle', North Island for two years, now in the South Island :)
  3. Craigy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2003
    New Zealand
    In the UK at the moment but we are emigrating the end of the month to Wellington! - Can't wait.... Will re-start the blog next week!.

    Thanks for the link will check it out..
  4. Andrewlange macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2011
    Pretoria, South Africa
    Hi Craig,
    I am also looking for one. The reason is as follows. I live in South Arica and we have 3 cellular network providors (Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, which run on 7.2Mbps) currently.
    We have 3 x standard 7.2Mbps 3G USB modems. For the last year we have been getting faster speeds than the hardware theoretically allows. We have gotten speeds of up to nearly 50Mbps (peak has been 48.19) but it is very erratic, sometimes going as low as 1.8Mbps.

    We have been using speedtest.net over this time and have around 200snapshots to verify.

    This is not just theory - in practice we have download many large files fairly quickly (last week we downloaded a 784Mb file in under 3 minutes), again through a 7.2Mbps modem.

    We are trying to understand what is causing this phenomon and want to find a testing tool to really verify what we think we are seeing. Speedtest.net apparently have room for error due to chaching, etc.


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