These days, even the most powerful PC is not of much use without a solid Internet connection. Even if your Internet connection is superior, do you even know what is happening on your network connection? Can you identify which applications on your computer are connecting to the Internet, where they’re connecting to?
NetSpeedMonitor is a small, simple, unobtrusive donationware network monitoring utility that could answer all of the questions above. Unlike other network monitoring utility, NetSpeedMonitor doesn’t use a window, it just sit silently in the system tray.
To display connection speeds, NetSpeedMonitor creates a new toolbar for the Windows Taskbar. It sits right next to the system tray (where you can find your clock and tiny tray icons), and displays download and upload speeds. Whenever you hover the cursor over the toolbar, NetSpeedMonitor shows a custom pop-up with the current upload and download bitrates (which you can see on the toolbar as well), as well as montly, daily and session transfer tallies, so you know how many bytes you uploaded and downloaded over those time spans.
NetSpeedMonitor’s toolbar can be customized so it takes up minimal horizontal space, and works well with vertical taskbars. The configurations window can be accessed by right clicking on the NetSpeedMonitor’s toolbar.
Apart from that, NetSpeedMonitor can also show which processes on your system use TCP and UDP connections, and where those connections lead. This is the most technical of all three dialogs, and it shows a list of running processes which have established, listening, or closed TCP and UDP connection endpoints. Basically, it shows you a list of applications who are trying to go online, as well as where these applications are trying to connect. The list is a bit tricky to use, because some of the processes are marked as Unknown; NetSpeedMonitor can’t find their name. It does, however, report their PID (process ID), and you can then run Process Explorer or Task Manager and find what process that PID belongs to.
While the Connections dialog is mainly useful for developers and/or very technical users, the rest of NetSpeedMonitor is easy, fast, and friendly.
NetSpeedMonitor can be downloaded from this link.