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By mzy ·
I can see many programs accessing the memory, giving me the details about the programs using the memory in my computer. But, I would like to find a program that checks what programs and browsers are using how much of my internet connection. I am currently using a V.9 56K modem, and my connection is always bombarded even though I only have a few Internet browsers open, and also only a few downloads. I notice that the downloads only range in less than 2K/sec.

If there is any program that can help me check why this is so, I would gladly accept it. Thanks in advance.

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by eBob In reply to Internet Check

If you have WinNT you can just run perfmon and add the dial-up connection to the monitor. This won't break it down by app, but will help.

Also, not on the subject of breakdowns by app, it sounds to me as if you're getting pretty normal performance. "A few internet browsers" and "a few downloads" concurrently, with the downloads running at 2Kbps is probably all you're going to get.

I know it doesn't seem right, but 56K modems never run at 56K (first chunk of bad news). The best you can ever get is something like 52 or 53Kbps. This is under highly idealised conditions. Normally expect >46Kbps.

Then consider the way modems talk (asynch and all that), and you're lucky to have half of that available for actual file transfer. Then on top of that (what, there's more?) is the effect various encapsulations have on file transfers, which is to chop the source file up, encapsulate it, send it to you, de-encapsulate it and put it on your disk. All of this requires processing which meansthe downloads have to wait, maybe even re-try from time to time.

Oh, and you're pulling those files across the Internet (I assume). Which means that there are at least a couple of network links of "unknown properties" between you and your files. The bottleneck can easily be "out there" (which is why even broadband users do not necessarily have wonderful performance).

What to do about that? Well, besides "broadband", you can try closing all but one browser, and all but one file transfer. Also, close down all unnecessary processing on your computer (look for other applications and systems services in the SYSTRAY). You should see that 2K crawl up to 3, or maybe even 4.

I know, that's not what you asked, but hopefully it is information for you that helps you understand why you will never achieve 56K downloads.

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by mzy In reply to Internet Check

Thank you for your comments, I will take them into consideration. But, I am using Win 98SE, and I want to only know what really is bugging my connections when I am using them less. And also, of course, I know that I can never reach 56k download speed.

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by Big Ray In reply to Internet Check

Unfortunately I can't think of a program that will monitor how much traffic flows across for each app. I would suggest going to www.zonelabs.com and snagging Zone Alarm. There is a free version which basically all it does is let you know which apps are trying to access the net and which PC's are trying to access your PC through the net. You can then decide if some programs are neccessary to access the net or not. I had a similar problem with a game my parents got me for the holidays. I found out later after my download speed bottomed out because the egame company includes software that sends data to the company so that they "can figure out what I want." Anyway, that little piece of software was constantly sending data and killing myconnection. With Zone Alarm I was able to find it and kill it. Also, any download enhancers you have send packets to a database tracking what you download to help with their "demographics."

It could also be hardware related. I had a problem with Ameritech where the download speeds I had were less than 2K. I called them and after much discussion we found out that the problem was my modem. Even though it said it was a V.90 modem, we discovered that in truth it was not. I replaced the modem with a trusted name brand and my downloads have been around 5-6K.

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