With the latest announcement by Comcast 250GB cap limit and Google Fiber for all broadband services, we’re predicting other broadband companies to follow suit and impose a cap, and if that does happen, you’ll need to monitor your broadband bandwidth consumption, this can be done with free software made available by the open source community.
Honestly, I believe a 250Gb cap is fairly reasonable, most people won’t get that high, but that isn’t the point. What matters is the side effect, people won’t open their access points if they know there would be a limit, death to p2p and torrent? And not to mention by the end of the month all networks would come to a stall because every single broadband user tries to maximize the available cap.
I’ve downloaded and given these freeware try listed some of the best broadband bandwidth monitor software, some are freeware while a big number of the software are shareware, no crack or serial, just plain old free goodies for all, why pay when these free software performs the same task?
↓ 01 – iStat Menus [ Freeware | Mac ]
Free broadband usage tool for Macs, it performs other tasks such as monitor CPU usage, fan speed, temperature and many more.
↓ 02 – Bandwidth Vista [ Free | Outdated | Windows ]
Bandwidth Vista is a modern bandwidth meter, informative and intuitive to use. Whether you are looking for network problems or simply want to test your network speed. Bandwidth Vista monitors all your connected interfaces at once including dsl / adsl connections, wireless router throughput and ethernet connections and holds a history of data transfers which can be viewed down to the last hour.
↓ 03 – ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter [ Freeware | Outdated | Windows ]
ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter remains in the tray and displays the approximate bandwidth consumed for the session, day and month. This will be useful for people with limited bandwidth/month. Simple to use bandwidth monitoring software to track Internet bandwidth usage. It remains in the tray and displays the bandwidth usage in the current session, day and month. This will be helpful for those with limited bandwidth broadband/adsl connection.
↓ 04 – WatchWAN [ Freeware | Outdated | Windows ]
This is a more accurate alternative to DU Meter, Netmeter and other bandwidth monitors. Unlike others, it allows you to set filters to capture only the traffic you are interested in. It shows all the active connections you have to the Internet at any given moment and also the volume of traffic flowing through them. Of course, keep an exact record of your bandwidth usage too.
↓ 05 – SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager [ Paid | Windows ]
For $99 SoftPerfect Traffic Meter monitors your network traffic. With SoftPerfect Traffic Meter, you can create a full-featured system for monitoring the Internet traffic of specific users on your home or office network. SoftPerfect Traffic Meter works in real time, i.e. its statistics are displayed immediately either graphically or numerically.
↓ 06 – DU Meter [ Paid | Windows ]
For $24.95 this software will enable you to use your Internet connection more efficiently by providing an accurate visualization of the data which is flowing through your computer’s network connection. DU Meter also includes an extensive reporting facility, a flexible notifications and events system
↓ 07 – Rackeys Live Broadband [ Free | Outdated | Windows ]
For $9.95 you can download this broadband usage software for Windows machines. Live Broadband usage meter will appear on your desktop after you connect to the internet, and continue giving you live broadband usage, but as soon as you disconnect the live broadband usage meter will disappear from your desktop, keeping your desktop free and open.
↓ 08 – Net Meter [ Free | Outdated | Windows ]
This software from Hootech can be tried for 30 days for free; after that it costs $19.95. Measures usage, broadband speeds and allows you to save the data. Only for Windows machines.
↓ 09 – Ming Bandwidth Monitor [ Discontinued ] [ Free & Paid | Outdated | Windows ]
For $14.95 MING Bandwidth Monitor is a powerful bandwidth meter, monitor and traffic controller, which measures, displays and controls all traffic to/from your computer or on your network. MING Bandwidth Monitor can display bandwidth data in a real-time graph, a numerical display, or both.
↓ 10 – Bandwidth Monitor 2 Lite [ Discontinued ] [ Free & Paid | Windows ]
And the winner for the best broadband internet bandwidth monitor is ‘Bandwidth Monitor 2’ lite edition. It is a solution for metering the applications on your system that are accessing the internet. Advanced logging tools make it easy to view your bandwidth usage and make alterations to bandwidth logs.