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Monitor Internet bandwidth with BitMeter and SurplusMeter

With ISPs, such as Comcast and Time Warner, metering or limiting bandwidth, your users, particularly telecommuters, may soon need a way to monitor their Internet usage. In a CNET TV's Insider Secrets, Brian Tong discussed two free bandwidth monitors--BitMeter for Windows and SurplusMeter for OS X.

With ISPs, such as Comcast and Time Warner, metering or limiting bandwidth, your users, particularly telecommuters, may soon need a way to monitor their Internet usage. On a September 24 episode of CNET TV's Insider Secrets, Brian Tong discusses two free bandwidth monitors--BitMeter for Windows and SurplusMeter for OS X.

I haven't used either of these applications, but those concerned they might get caught by their ISP's bandwidth limit might want to give them a quick look.

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10 comments
deepsand
deepsand

This freeware program, available at http://www.metal-machine.de/readerror/ , provides both real-time monitoring and accumulated usage over a time period of the user's specification, as well as [b]projected usage[/b] based on data captured to date.

Merlin the Wiz
Merlin the Wiz

I just added BitMeter to my Windows XP laptop. It reminds me of a utility I used to use with dial-up. It was DU meter from Hagel Technologies. I like it so far. The visual gives you an impression that there actually is traffic flowing on the net.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

With ISPs, such as Comcast and Time Warner, metering or limiting bandwidth, your users, particularly telecommuters, may soon need a way to monitor their Internet usage. In an IT Dojo blog post, I republished a CNET TV video about two free bandwidth monitors?BitMeter for Windows and SurplusMeter for OS X. Original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=180 If your telecommuters were hit with a 250GB per month bandwidth limit, would they be able to work?

y.a.botha
y.a.botha

Tried both Bitmeter and Netmeter. Bit is alot better (highly configurable) than net

Lovs2look
Lovs2look

I'm not sure if I could even download that much in a month. Not with our connection anyway! I think we already have a limit built in to our contract and if we go over, we just get limited to 64kbps until the new month kicks in. I've been here 8 years now and never seen a limit imposed...yet. But I'm sure it's bound to happen.

ChrisHyche@AlabamaOne.Org
ChrisHyche@AlabamaOne.Org

I am on HughesNet(satellite) which has been running a 350MB a day limit for years. I figure that adds up to about 10.5 GB a month.

ChrisHyche@AlabamaOne.Org
ChrisHyche@AlabamaOne.Org

I am on HughesNet(satellite) which has been running 350MB a day limit for years. I figure that adds up to about 10.5 GB a month.

deepsand
deepsand

What essential or highly useful functions are configurable with BitMeter, but not with NetMeter?

info
info

Over here, in Africa, killing will not secure you a lot more than, say, 3 Gb a month ! If you ask nicely and pay the extra moolah, you might get an additioanl 1 Gb. Yes, you are reading correctly, the numbers are 3 and 1 !

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

Got the same answer too. Poor wittle people wimited to 250GB per month. Poor pitiful wittle cweatures.