Ever wanted to be able to instantly see how your connection is, if the data are coming in or going out on your computer, and even what rate? Sometimes you click a link, waits, and nothing ... Something is going on? Did the connection drop? Should it really be so slow?
Well, to have no such doubts as these, there is a very useful and practical in assessing the speed of your connection bandwidth - the NetWorx.
Why should i use NetWorx?
Quite simply, to measure instantaneous or cumulative volume of data that enters and leaves your computer, and also their respective fees. The result of this monitoring can be seen through a series of graphs are easy to interpret, much easier than a series of technical data.
The program also has a number of other utilities, such as alert after you reach a certain volume in a period you specify. Let's see some of them later.
Installation and License
The installation Networx is trivial, and the program is free. Download the installation program from the Internet, and proceed with the default installation.
Program Site: http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
Look for the Download Installer link on the right side of the page describing the program!
After you install the program, you need not do anything else, as it becomes available on the Windows taskbar near the clock icon. The program icon is a small graph that is updating in real time.
Giving a normal click with the left button this little graph (or simply passing the mouse over it), it reports the current transfer rate, with data downlink (DL, that is downloaded) and Uplink (UL, which is sent).
Now if you click the left mouse button, there appear several options. Let's talk about some.
This is probably the best option. When choosing Chart Show, a small window appears with a real-time graph, plotting the values of downlink (input), uplink (outgoing) or both. In this case, we chose the color red for downlink, uplink and green to yellow for both. That is, we see easily on the chart the rates of our connection.
This chart can always be above all other active windows, and can be moved (dragged) by using the mouse. Your settings can be changed as we shall see soon.
Note that if you right-click on the graph, also enter the options menu.
The second option is quite simple, and used simply to clear the graph.
Speed Meter works more or less like a stopwatch, only recording rates and data volumes. And here's a cool tip: you can open more than one instance, and then make measurements at different times.
On the General tab we have an overview, with statistics of the current day and since installing the program.
Daily Report, Weekly, Monthly guides: presents a breakdown of the data sent and received, and the time connected, grouped by day, week and / or Month.
Custom tab have the option to see a certain period of time.
Sections Dial-Up Networking, you can see the times that made some connection.
In the tab hourly rates you have the option of viewing a report rates clustered hourly.
Finally, the last tab you have a general summary: everything you downloaded and sent by users of the computer.
Data can be exported to various formats such as XLS and TXT, simply click on the Export tab you wish to export the data.
Through Share, for example you can set a limit of data transfer for a period prescribed any - daily, weekly or monthly - and receive a notice when you arrive at a percentage of the data . You configure the Setup button ...
In Settings you have a lot of customization that can be made. We will not detail each one of them, but feel free to explore them. We only recommend - just a suggestion - the colors of the chart as below.
NetStat which you can check the connections and ports are being used. It is an option a little more advanced, but is there if you need to track down traces of suspicious activity from Trojans or malicious programs.
Ping and TraceRoute
Instead of using the old DOS prompt, use these graphical interfaces to perform the same work.
This was a brief summary of the Networx software, surely one of the better free programs for monitoring your connections. More details can be found in the help file of the program.
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