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BWMeter 7.2.0

Monitor and control your network and internet traffic

by Mike Williams

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $30 (Windows)
Date Updated: 14 February 2017
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Downloads To Date: 1786
Developer: DeskSoft
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BWMeter
Monitor and control your network and internet traffic

BWMeter is an extremely versatile network tool that can work as a bandwidth meter, monitor, traffic controller and even a firewall.

You could use it just to monitor your network or internet traffic, for instance. Simple graphs reveal your current LAN and internet use, and the program also maintains daily, weekly, monthly and yearly statistics of your network use.

BWMeter can also help to control your traffic by setting speed limits for various connection types, or connections to particular internet sites.

A firewall blocks programs from using your internet connection until they've received your permission. By default this alerts you with a really annoying blaring siren sound, but this does at least mean you won't miss the message, and you can change the sound, or switch to silent mode if it's a hassle.

And a comprehensive settings dialog means you can customise just about every other aspect of how BWMeter works, too.

So you can choose which network interfaces to monitor. User-definable filters allow you to define how you measure and visualise bandwidth use. You can set up alerts to perform particular actions when, say, your download bandwidth use reaches a particular figure. And there are options to customise the bandwidth graphs, choose how statistics are collected, decide how BWMeter's system tray icons will function, and a whole lot more.

Version 7.2.0 (version history):

- New: updated network driver for better performance and compatibility
- Fix: better detection of local IP address range at first start of the program
- Fix: rebuilding the adapter list when network adapters are disabled/enabled, etc. to prevent problems

Verdict:

It's arguably a little expensive, but BWMeter's lengthy list of features and configuration options mean there's a lot on offer here, and if you'll use the bandwidth monitor, speed control and firewall then overall it's still a good deal

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