Bandwidth, as described in detail in my earlier article, can be explained differently in various other contexts. In computing, it is basically the amount of data that can be transferred in a specified time. In a shared or network environment, we can limit the bandwidth for different applications so that we can allocate more bandwidth to applications that are vital to meet the business needs and restrict it for other processes. There are many processes that run in the background which we may not know but consume a lot of bandwidth. To manage or control the bandwidth, there are a number of third party applications available, some are paid while many other are free. I this article I am discussing a few outstanding bandwidth management tools so that you can get best speed in your network environment.
After installation, when you run this software, it will detect all the apps and system processes running on the computer. In the lower section, the Netbalancer screen shows traffic chart depicting download and upload speeds. To limit the bandwidth of particular app, just double click it to open the application. Now you can either limit the bandwidth to pre-defined limits or customize it as per your needs.
In advance settings, you can also set a filter on network adapter of the system and create rules as per your requirement. The netbalancer also allows you to protect the settings with a password so that no other person can change it other than you. The netbalancer service lets you monitor and control all the systems remotely on a web panel via sync feature. The taskbar tool is automatically installed which helps you monitor the bandwidth traffic with the ease of one click on the taskbar. The netbalancer shows various charts and statistics to help you manage bandwidth in a better way.
It is a free traffic monitoring software that is compatible to run with all Windows versions starting from XP to Windows 10 (both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture). With Tmeter, you can measure the traffic with respect to various parameters that include IP address of destination or source, protocol or port or any other condition. The measured traffic can be immediately depicted in graph or stats. In Tmeter, you can share the single IP public dress with other hosts in a local network with built-in NAT (network address translation) feature.
The other premium features that you get in this free version of T meter bandwidth monitoring software includes Firewall that protects the systems from cyber-threats and traffic shaper feature lets you limit the internet speed for specific users.
This is a paid tool that comes in various variants and with different price tags depending on the available features. The minimum requirement to run this software is Windows 7 and 1GB RAM. It is a multi-feature tool that comes with a simple user interface. By clicking on the graph, you can view the network activity of current and the past period. If you click on Usage tab, you can find out which app or host is consuming the more bandwidth. You can monitor the bandwidth on daily, weekly or monthly basis.
The remote access feature allows you to monitor the servers and systems remotely. By going to Glasswire’s Settings>Remote Server, you can log on to any server from your local computer provided the Glasswire software is installed on both server and local computer. Glasswire also helps you with a list of computers, mobiles or other devices connected to your Wi-Fi Network. This helps you locate any outsider or neighbor who has intruded in to your private network.
Netlimiter, as the name says, lets you limit the bandwidth of apps consuming high bandwidth. The moment you open this bandwidth monitoring app, it will show all the active applications on your system. To control the bandwidth in an optimum way, this tool has useful columns that include the real-time download speed(DL), upload speed (UL) and two additional columns to set(limit) the download or upload speed.
You can set quotas for high bandwidth consuming apps and create rules to limit the bandwidth once the quota is reached. TheNetlimiter tool is a paid software program that is available in Lite and Pro versions. The Netlimiter 4 pro offers many advanced features that include remote administration, user permissions, data transfer statistics, rule scheduler, connection blocker and much more.
This is a feature-rich tool to view, analyze and limit the bandwidth in a network. Unlike other tools, it is installed on the centralized server and is easy to manage via user-friendly Windows GUI. From a single location, you can set bandwidth for particular internet users. Furthermore, you can also set speed throttles on particular IP address or even on Mac address of systems in a network.
The SoftPerfect tool is compatible to use with Windows XP through Windows 10 and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture. The software is free for 30 days with full feature support and after that, you need to buy a license ($49) for a single device and $499 for the complete network site.
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Apart from these five best bandwidth monitoring tools, there are many other such applications available online. Windows 10 also provides inbuilt bandwidth control option termed as metered connection but you can only turn it off or on. There is not much to do as far as managing the bandwidth is concerned. So using one of the above mentioned tools will give you a lot of flexibility. Do let me know which software tool you prefer to optimize the internet speed in a network.