Bandwidth Monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by semaja2, Jul 23, 2007.

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  1. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2005
    Is there any program to monitor how much bandwidth is being used on the external IP for a Mac, some how my home network goes through 1gig a day without trying, and well 12gig a month you can see whats wrong with that
  2. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    If you are talking about monitoring the bandwidtch of each computer on the network...not sure, but if you just want to watch the network traffic on your can use menumeters (free), and it puts a little meter for bandwidth, hard drive activity, memory usage, and cpu usage in your top menu bar. Very useful to me.

    Some routers have systems built in to allow you to monitor the traffic through them as well.
  3. semaja2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2005
    The problem with menu meters is it reads the LAN traffic as well since my internet goes through the LAN i need a way to filter the bandwidth so it only counts internet traffic
  4. HappyVistaUser macrumors newbie


    Apr 27, 2008
    OS provides no useful bandwidth monitor!

    I find it so disappointing that Mac doesn't integrate a bandwidth monitor and limiter. Neither does Windows. Since the internet first became available people have wanted to know how much bandwidth they're using, which programs are using it, how it stacks up with other people, etc.

    Fortunately Windows offers a program called NetLimiter which is extremely well designed. You can monitor which IP addresses within which programs are using how much and you can set download and upload limits on each in a very intuitive and efficient interface. "No unnecessary clicks," an attribute that's very important to me.

    I have found a couple of programs for mac that perform basically the same functions but not in as good an interface. It's such a useful tool though it's really disappointing these OS's haven't thought to integrate it.
  5. deftdrummer macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    San Diego
    so happy vista owner what are the similar programs you have found for the mac? I want to monitor how much bandwidth another computer on the network is using. Is there a way to monitor this on a mac?
  6. HappyVistaUser macrumors newbie


    Apr 27, 2008

    ^ go here and search for "bandwidth"

    I don't remember which programs my housemate found. He challenged me to find anything my PC could do that his Mac can't and I came up with a list of like 10 awesome Vista features that made his Mac seem Neanderthal.

    The bandwidth software he found had a terrible interface but it seemed to work. If you find something worth while come back and post the link for other readers.
  7. tonmischa macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2007
    Bandwidth Limiter

    A nice bandwidth limiter which I use for a year now (without problem):

    It is shareware, but the demo mode lets you do a lot of things.
  8. HappyVistaUser macrumors newbie


    Apr 27, 2008
    Find Mac Bandwidth Soft as Good as This!

    That's the software my Mac buddy found and it looks like it probably works, but look how bad its interface is compared to NetLimiter. Why don't they just copy NetLimiter's killer interface?

    At any time (without clicking anything) I can see which programs are using how much bandwidth and I can limit any program or any IP Address (with one click) to a specific upload and download bandwidth allocation. Can you find Mac soft that performs this function with as quick, easy, intuitive and useful interface?

    It looks like Throttled Pro doesn't let you specify upload vs. download bandwidth, doesn't let you see how much each program is currently using, doesn't let you control which IP addresses within each program use how much bandwidth, or even show you which programs are currently communicating with remote servers. One point for PC.
  9. deftdrummer macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    San Diego
    Wow, and they say us mac people are fanboys...

  10. SunDownBrown macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    So the score is now 2042 to 1. Awesome!
  11. HappyVistaUser macrumors newbie


    Apr 27, 2008
    Vista > Mac

    hehe actually there are 100s of things that make my PC better than a Mac. we just don't have to go around pushing it like drug dealers b/c it's obvious to us, hence the scoreboard (worldwide user base).

    here's another, very minor point for pc.

    i built my PC myself for about $1200 a year ago which would have cost $3500 for the same specs on a mac today. i have custom parts that i chose, i'm overclocking and everything works perfectly. on my asus motherboard i can even install osx if i want (look it up if you doubt).

    i can download all my software for free b/c we pc guys are smart enough to engage in keygens, cracking and file sharing. i can network the PCs in my house and have them transfer files to one another in less than a minute. how many mac guys know how to do that? none of the 20 or so that i know. and there are countless useful programs like netlimiter that are only available for pc.

    there are some things i like better about mac, but as far as the vista explorer vs. mac finder, vista wins by 10x. i didn't mean to put anyone down here but i had to correct the guy who thinks that's the first point for pc... what a n00b.

    oh yeah and i'm installing Windows Seven beta today so i'm hoping this nick won't apply for long...
  12. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007

    *Sigh* a troll trying to flame and failing.
    I've already installed Windows 7, it's Ok, it improves over Vista, but it's still not UNIX. I can install windows far easier than you can install OS X, and I am not breaking any Agreements, ToS or anything of the sort.

    I'm not perfect, I don't buy all my software. I can't afford everything as it comes out, but as soon as I have money, my company purchases it.

    People commenting about building x system for X dollars is pointless when people who buy Macs don't want to build their own systems, we want to buy it, pull it out of the box, plug the power and keyboard and mouse and use their system within 10 minutes. I payed a three hundred dollars more for convinience and esthetics.

    We don't want to fiddle around with drivers and driver conflicts.
    We do want something that works and

    All my systems (Windows and Macs all show up in my networking available to transfer files in less than a minute as you say.)

    You may be able to run netlimiter in windows only, but can you run Aperture, Logic Pro or the wonderfill iLife suite?

    How many versions of windows are there for vista? most of them gimped in some way.

    OS X only 2 versions the normal home edition and "Server", none of them are limited in any way, there's no ultimate, home, business, enterprise etc...

    So to summarise... Yes, you're better than me, you rock, oh man I want to be just like you.
  13. akbc macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    Pirating and using keygens and such are really nothing to be proud of.
    You may be smart, but you're a thief. A criminal who did not keep their EULA.

    And you can still pirate stuff for Mac OS X software...

    Besides, only small % of "you pc guys" are smart to build your own comp and all, most of the people out there do not know how to use even the simplest PC.

    I've been with the whole "PC" side ever since 286 and so on til my gaming machine right now with Core i7, building most of my computers and have excessively used the Windows operating system from Windows 3.1 to Windows 7, not to mention the good-ol' MS-DOS times.
    And I LOVE Vista. I *bought* my Windows Vista Ultimate x64 for my bootcamp, and most my PC's at home have been upgraded to Vista as well.

    I don't take any sides here, but both Mac and PC are great ways to enjoy a personal computing, and it's nothing to be flamed for.

    It's like driving a BMW vs. Mercedes. They're both good, it's just matter of your preference.

    But the truth is, for most beginners out there who simply drag a shortcut on the desktop of their Windows to trash can thinking that they've deleted the software... Mac just works, easily too.

    More and more developers are developing for Mac now that the Apple have made the transition to Intel chips, so it's not that far away until we see a big library of Mac OS software.

    Besides, Mac OS has some nice finder replacements as well... That lets you do more than what a vista explorer can. It does cost money, but when you compare the price of a Mac OS X Leopard retail vs. Vista Home premium... the money used on those still makes the Mac OS X Leopard cheaper.

    And yeah, what's with the crippling features for lower-end windows?

    Anyways, with your mindset, I guess killing a person is being smart too, same goes with stealing a car, running over people on the street, break into banks and stealing loads of cash and raping people is also being "smart", YUP, that's not stupid or immoral or anything like that, that's just being SMART.

    Oh you so-smart "pc guy", why must you be so smart? I'm scared.
  14. glasserp macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    Detroit, MI
    Has anyone heard about the built in bandwidth monitor that Comcast is supposedly working on? You're supposed to be able to login to your account to view bandwidth history. The projected release date was Jan. 5th...
  15. charlesbronsen macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    Toronto, Ont
    what to even say to that:D
  16. hzc71 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    The real question is "How many Windows users can do that (with Windows, that is)?" :D
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