10 Top Rated Tools For Control Internet Usage Under Limited Bandwidth

Now a Days we tend to remain online for almost 24 hours a day and if your home or mobile internet plan is not unlimited, you may run out of your allotted data limit for a month in a few days only. You can use a simple way to track your bandwidth usage by using the Internet bandwidth monitoring tools. Tracking your bandwidth usage will help you in monitoring and in controlled usage of your internet bandwidth and speed. This type of software will be helpful to you in case you need to keep a track of your data transfer in a month, now a days all the ISPs(Internet Service Providers) are offering the fair usage policy in their internet plans in which they will offer you a high speed internet up to a particular level of data usage depending upon your plan i.e. 10GB, 15GB etc, and after you have used your limit with the data you can still use the internet but a lesser speed as compared to the speed of the plan that you have taken.

In this post we are going to talk about the some free applications which will help you in monitoring the networking bandwidth.

Top 10 Free Internet Bandwidth Monitoring Tools

1. ISP Monitor

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Our Rating: 3.0/5 | Price: Free

This tools allows you to test your internet speed so that you can be sure that the speed you are actually getting is what you actually pay for. It helps you in Real-time traffic monitoring. it has a real time traffic monitor to show you the speed that you are getting in 3 different graphic modes. The tool will also tell you about your total downloads done, you can set the threshold limit for download and upload by customizing the tool settings so that you can adjust to it before your limit exhausts. The tool will also monitor your hard disk space side by side to keep you updated about the free space that you have left.

2. NetWorx

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Our Rating: 3.5/5 | Price: Free

This tool helps in monitoring the bandwidth and also reporting your usage which is its basic functionality so that you are aware about the speed of your internet connection and how much data are your downloading and how much is left. The tools basically differs from its counterparts as it helps you to identify Network problems. The application also helps in ensuring that you don’t exceed the bandwidth specified by your ISP. The tools can also help to track down any suspicious network activity of Trojan Horses or hacker attacks. This software allows various types of customizable alerts according to your need. The application can be set in a way so that you get an alert when the network connection is down, in case of a suspicious activity like heavy dataflow. In such case the application can also be set to disconnect all the connections and even shutdown the system.

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The application after being installed keeps on running constantly from the system tray.

3. Cucusoft Net Guard

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Our Rating: 3.5/5 | Price: Free

This software not only monitors your broadband usage like other software’s it also speeds up your internet by killing the malware that is wasting your bandwidth and provides you with a monthly internet usage report. The software is currently available for free as it’s on a discount of $30. The software has a floating window that can be hidden, other properties such as opacity and transparency can also be adjusted according to the user.

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This application guarantees to be free from virus, spyware, adware or malware. This software also provides facilities like broadband speed test and bandwidth usage prediction. This application will also tell you how much the other applications use your internet bandwidth.

4. tbbMeter

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Our Rating: 3.0/5 | Price: Free

This tool is only used for monitoring your bandwidth so that you can always keep a tab about your internet usage. It does not have any special function like the other software we discussed above. The software allows you to see the sent and received data in real time. It also shows you the daily, monthly and weekly statistics of your usage. You can also set alarms to tell you when your internet limit expires.

5. BitMeter OS

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Our Rating: 3.5/5 | Price: Free

This tool is an open source free application which monitors bandwidth for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. This tool will allow you to view all the data either via web browser or by using the command line tools. It provides us all the details about the internet usage and connectivity in various ways. The tool is capable of displaying the information using various charts and graphs to illustrate the upload and the download speeds. The graphs are updated every second and it uses less memory and CPU time. The alert editor lets you notify when your internet usage exceeds specified limit. The calculator utility is a new feature of this application which allows you to calculate the time taken to upload or download a file.

6. Axence Net Tools Pro

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Our Rating: 4.0/5 | Price: Free

This tool is much more than monitoring your internet bandwidth and usage. This application is set of comprehensive host monitoring, network scanning, security and administration tools. This tool provides the information about the running processes, services, registry, disk, event log, CPU information and many more things. The other things that this tool can do is it tells you about all the connections whether they are inbound or outbound to your computer and also a list of all the open ports. The tool also tells you about the local configurations and network statistics for TCP/UDP and ICMP, IP address table. The tool provides the option to export the data about the internet usage to HTML, XML or TXT file.

7. Total Network Monitor

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Our Rating: 4.0/5 | Price: Free

This tools is freeware which is used for the continuous monitoring of the local network, individual computers and various other services. The tool is designed in such a way that it will always alert you in case of a problem in advance and also generate a failure report in circumstances of failure. The application also monitors the efficiency of your network and also supports various checks for TCP/IP, FTP, SMTP, POP and IMAP connectivity. The software allows you to build a map to demonstrate your network. As soon as you will add a new computer to your network it will appear on the map.

8. ServersCheck Monitoring Software

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Our Rating: 4.0/5 | Price: Free

This tool is a network monitoring, alerting, virtualization monitoring and cloud monitoring tool. This application monitoring software is an award winning software which will enable you to monitor any networked device based on its availability and performance. The alerting software in this application can alert you via SMS whenever your TCP/IP network is down. This tool can also monitor the virtual platforms from the network layer up to the application layer. This tool also enables you to monitor the servers centrally and the applications located in the cloud. This tool has a very wide spectrum for monitoring in case you are searching the tool specific for network and cloud monitoring also you can go for this tool.

9. PRTG Network Monitor

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Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free

This is bandwidth and network usage monitoring tool for professionals as it has got a lot of advanced functions. The tool can be used to monitor the computer and the devices like routers, switches, firewalls, database servers and more. The software also supports WMI, Packet Sniffing and NetFlow. It has more than 35 sensors for comprehensive monitoring of small, medium and large networks like WMI, PING, HTTP, SNMP, SMTP, POP3 and FTP. The free version has only 10 sensors available. It also supports SSL security, multiple logins, user groups and HTTP based API. The tool is available in many languages like English, German, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish, French, Czech and Chinese. The mobile version of  this tool is also available for iPhone and android so that you can monitor your network on the road.

10. The Dude

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Our Rating: 4.0/5 | Price: Free

This tools is a network mapping tool in addition to the network monitoring which is used to scan all the devices in the specified subnets and also draw a preliminary layout. This tools can be used to discover a device on the network irrespective of the brand. After discovering the nodes on the map grid when ever you roll over a node a pop up appears with a lot of information about the node including the information about its services i.e. whether they are up, down or unstable. It also has features like history logging, notifications like email, beep, popup and event log. The tools supports SNMP, TCP, ICMP and DNS monitoring for the devices that support it. It is compatible with Linux, Windows as well as Mac OS.

Conclusion

All the application that we have discussed above can serve the purpose for monitoring the internet bandwidth. If you have any comments about the tools that we discussed in this post or if you find any other software for the same purpose apart from these then please let us know about your reviews from the comments section.

How To Be More Productive With Multi Monitors Using MultiMonitor Tool

Multiple monitors can expand your screen visibility which in turn will improve your productivity, and help you to multitask your work the way you want. If you’re a developer like I am or a designer which I wanted to be. it will be always helpful to you if you will have multiple monitors to increase the monitor area. With multiple screens you can dedicate each screen to a specific type of work that you are doing which will not only increase productivity but will also bring your focus to a particular type of job.

The tool that we are talking about today i.e. MultiMonitor tool is a small application which will allow you to perform all possible tasks related to multiple monitors like enabling/disabling a monitor, setting the primary monitor,saving and loading the configurations of all the monitors that you have and moving the program or application windows from one monitor to another. The tool provides you with the GUI as well as command line options to perform the various tasks. The tool also has a preview mode which will provide you with the preview of all the monitors that you have installed with your computer.

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This is how the application’s GUI will look when you will run the application for the first time after installing on your computer. The application is compatible with all the version of Windows starting from Windows XP to Windows 8 for both 32bit as well as 64bit systems.

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This is the first window that will open when you will run the software for the first time after downloading and installing it. The software doesn’t require installation and will run directly from the exe file which you will get after extracting the ZIP file. The various toolbar options available in the software are File, Action, Edit, View, Options and Help. There is also an icon bar present just below the toolbar.

The File menu has various options like Save Selected Items, which for me is greyed out as I have not selected anything, as soon as the you will select any program that is currently running in the window the option will get highlighted for you. The other options are Properties, Save Monitors Configurations, Load Monitors Configurations and Exit. The Save Monitors Configurations and Load Monitors Configurations are used to save and load the Monitors Configurations into the tool. Every toolbar option menu that we are going to see have the options as well as their shortcuts listed to their right to make it more user friendly and easy to use.

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The Action menu has all the important options that you will need to perform the task like Move Window To Next Monitor, Move Window To Primary Monitor, Disable Selected Monitors, Enable Selected Monitors, Disable/Enable Switch and Set As Primary Monitor. To use these options more efficiently you should use their shortcuts which will improve your multitasking capability.

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The Edit menu has the options like Find, Copy Selected Items, Select All and Deselect All. These options will provide you the options to edit the task’s running on a particular monitor.

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The View menu has various options like Monitor Preview Window, Show Grid Lines, Show Tool Tips, HTML Report options, Column options and refresh. The Show Grid Lines is used to show the grid lines between columns. Show Tool Tips option is used to show the tool tips for all the icons present in the icon bar present just below the toolbar menu. HTML report can be generated either for all the items or selected items using the HTML Report – All Items and HTML Report – Selected Items options. The Choose Columns is used to select what all columns do you want to see in the tool. Auto Size Columns is used to auto size the columns according to the data that they have.

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The Options menu has options like Monitor Preview Mode which further has two sub options Fast and Low Quality and Slow and High Quality. The Slow and High Quality options is selected by default. Other options in this menu are Hide Inactive Monitors which will hide the inactive monitors, Put Icon on Tray and Auto refresh.

According to me MultiMonitor tool is the best option in terms of features, reliability, compatibility, GUI and its user friendliness if we are looking for applications in this category but I have got some more similar applications, you can also check them out in case you would like to explore more.

Some Similar Free Multi Monitor Tools

Synergy :- This application is for all those of you who are not only using multiple monitors but are also using the multiple operating systems. The application allow you to share the same keyboard and mouse across various platforms.

UltraMon :- This application extends your taskbar across to all your monitors and adds many other new functionalities.

MultiMon TaskBar:- It supports up to 3 monitors. It adds  a taskbar to the second monitor which isn’t the default monitor when you extend the primary monitor into a new one.

DualMonitor Tools:-  This is a free software which will allow you to change wallpapers, move windows and other standard functions.

Windows 7:- You can use multiple monitors in windows without installing any extra software. If you wish to use multiple monitors in Windows you can use Win+Shift+Left/Right arrow key to move the active window between monitors.

Design Your Own Time Planner, Resource Utilization Schedule

Have you find yourself lost between many things when it comes to plan and manage the time and resources for the whole team. The reason here is to take care of the events, overlapping and availability all together it quite tough. You might think that Excel can help you to overcome the problem. But everytime a new template is a tedious task. Moreover when you can avail a freeware with a large number of user friendly options. Schedule It is a freeware which has been designed to take care of all the problems.

Schedule It is a free software of 3.81 MB which can be used to make the schedules, optimum utilization of resources and proper allotment of the rooms etc. The snapshot below displays the initial user interface from where you can start designing.

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The boxes in the middle will display the finalized schedule. The tab in the bottom is for the priority setting of the events. There is the options for filters and search to make the task easier and faster. You can have the simple view as will be displayed later or the chart and list view are also available. The Zoom In and Zoom Out options can help you to have a clear picture of the scheduled data. It can be turned to daily, weekly, monthly or any time frame with these buttons.

Lets see how to use the software. Click on the Add Event button and the dialog box shown below will appear. Here you can add the event name, timing, notes and other related info. It is preferable to mention the priority to easily select if the event are collapsing. Also the reminder can be set. Further options be added as shown by the various tabs.

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Then  we have an important option of Resources which can be added from the dialog box shown below. The general details, skills and attachments can be given to handle the resources in a systemized manner. Always remember to link the event and resources else they will not be displayed on the final schedule.

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A sample displayed below shows you how the final schedule is presented. You can easily change the format, color and other specifications to have the display in the be possible way. These boxes of final events can be changed with the slider to adjust any further changes. So, now onwards you can easily make the schedules tension free.

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The video displayed below will give you a clear understanding on how to use the software and its benefits.

Other Similar Free Time, Resource Planners

The other similar freewares that can be used for the purpose are MultiCalender, VueMinder Calendar, Desktop iCalendar Lite, iDailyDairy and many more. The purpose served by these softwares are different from each other. Multicalendar is almost similar to Schedule IT. It is available in different versions as per your requirement. The software can be used to schedule the time, appointments and contacts. It can be used for daily, weekly, monthly and other time based views.

Vueminder is a calender based application which will help to schedule and remind about your plans. It can be synchronized with Google Calender or Microsoft Outlook. Also, automated scheduled email, SMS and reminders can be used to delivered to your friends or colleagues on time.

iCalender Lite can be used to manage the To Do List and schedule the monthly calendar. iDailyDairy has been designed to manage the daily notes and add other time planners. It also provides the options of adding pictures and other options to add make it more user friendly. If you are looking for some particular options and requirements, please leave a comment. We will provide the best possible options. Schedule It has been tested on Windows 7 Ultimate veersion and is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7.

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Files Get Copied To Another Directory If File Size or Content Changes

You may have come across several situations where you need to analyze only the changed or the modified files of a particular directory structure present in your computer system. There could be several reasons for viewing this and it can be helpful to detect all the unauthorized file modifications for instance, files that have been updated automatically or manually recently, or project files that other team members have worked with, or to detect files that need to be updated in a remote location depending upon the scenario which you are facing. Normally, if we ask you how to do this, then yes the obvious answer would be that it is possible to sort all files by modification date in Windows Explorer, and then to manually copy all the modified files. But, it doesn’t look like a best solution and is not that of a practicable solution especially if files are also stored in subfolders. This may be time consuming and also may leave you frustrated.

So, in order to provide a better solution for the above mentioned scenario, a small utility has been developed which may prove to be lot more helpful and may reduce the manual effort to a great extent. Copy Changed Files is basically a small, easy to use, useful and a freely available utility which definitely offers a much simpler solution. You may download this utility from the link given below and it can be easily installed in few simple steps. After installing it, you can simply launch it in order to automate the copying of files that have been modified in a specified time period as already discussed.

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Now, if we look into its working then we may observe that it comes with a nice and friendly user interface which allows the user to select operations in a better and easier way. First of all, you need to select the source and target directories from the interface itself. Here, you may see that the source directory will be analyzed according to the specifications that you configure in the second configuration step, thus make sure that you pay attention towards the complete configuration and do it properly.

In order to know how it internally works, we may tell you that the program can compare the file contents based on binary comparisons or by copying files automatically that have been modified after a selected date and time which allows the user to make the decision that which files to monitor. User may configure the utility to copy only files that have been modified in a specific period of time interval. As already said, the binary comparison option compares files in the source and destination directories. Once the comparison is completed it will automatically copy the non-identical or non-existing files from the source folder to the destination folder.

So, overall it is a nice utility and you may try it out in order to explore more of its features. Of interested then download it from the link given below which takes you directly to the developer website.

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Manage Free Disk Space Better With Diskboss Disk Management Software

It often happens that you end up in all confusion that where to locate any specific files or folders in your own system. This happens due to improper management of the hard disk in your computer. While installing any software in your system, you don’t even know that how much space those temporary/unwanted files consumes which you don’t even want to be present there in the system. For all the above mentioned scenario, it becomes very essential to regularly monitor and manage the hard disk in your computer. We know it is very hard to manage this manually and that is why we recommend a small tool which may prove to be really helpful in above mentioned scenarios.

DiskBoss is a small, easy to use, useful and an advanced file and disk management tool which can provide disk analysis, detect and remove duplicate files, organize files according to defined rules. One may observe that this tool work as a trace eraser and along with this it also synchronize disks and directories, remove junk and duplicate files. Thus, we can say that Disk Boss is a nice free utility and along with all the above mentioned features, there are some additional plugins to further sort and classify your hard disk files and view disk changes in a graph but they are available only with the paid version.

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This utility can be easily downloaded from the link given below and then you may easily install it in your system. As soon as you launch it for the very first time, you may observe that it provides some options to refine the way you wish to use it. These options include, hiding all the file extensions, excluding the protected operating system files from the analysis list. You may also view the file deletion confirmation box when disk cleanup is completed, in order to make sure that you may not end up in some wrong file selection for deletion. So, among these options, you may easily select those options which you wish to include and uncheck any that you wish to exclude from main functionality.

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Now, in order to analyze a disk, or in order to search for duplicate files or for organizing files by pre-defined rules, you need to choose the appropriate option from the right-click context menu available with the utility. For instance, you can right-click on a drive which you want to analyze and choose Find Duplicate Files in order to start locating duplicate files and hence may further remove them from the disk.

Along with all the features discussed above, you can even use Disk Boss to Synchronize folders or entire drives by making use of the Sync button present on the top of the main interface. To sync data between drives or directories, choose a source and destination path and click Sync, and rest will be taken care by the utility itself.

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So, overall we can say that it is a nice little utility which may be helpful in above mentioned scenarios. So, download it and give it a try. It works fine on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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