Monitoring in bound and out bound internet traffic plays an integral role for network administrators. As various viruses, trojans, spywares, malwares and other malicious threats can harm the computer, it is advisable to keep an eye on your network. Thankfully, we have various software programs at our disposable that does the job. One software solution that i stumbled upon is Real Network Monitor. The application is portable, and monitors the internet traffic and displays the received local IP’s. It is compatible with all adapters, including Dialup, Bluetooth, LAN and Wireless Connections. This nifty little piece of software lets you view the properties of the current adapter, such as Download Speed, Upload Speed, Maximum Download Speed, Maximum Upload Speed etc. This can help to rectify the problem if you see some abnormalities in your traffic. In addition, you can benchmark your internet connection by performing a speed test for Bits Speed, Bytes Speed and Ping Latency Time.
The interface is divided into two panes. The left pane includes a dropdown menu to change the Interface; options include LAN and Wireless Network adapters, Loopback and Teredo Pseudo Tunneling Interface and ISATAP (Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol) to transmit IPv5 packets between dual-stack nodes on top of an IPv4 network. Information about the Type, Speed and MAC Address of the selected interface is displayed below. In the lower left corner, Download Speed, Upload Speed, Max. Down Speed, Max. Up Speed, Downloaded Data, Uploaded Data, Total Downloaded and Total Uploaded data is displayed. The right pane show the Received Interface IP’s, Interface and Time; this data is updated after every 5 seconds by default.
Click Options at the top and select Interface Properties to view the Name, Adapter, IP Address, ID, Type, Speed, MAC Address, Connection Status and DNS Address of the selected adapter.
Select Speed Test at the top to benchmark your connection. Select your appropriate connection speed and click Start the benchmark button. The application will test your current internet and connection and display its Bits Speed, Bytes Speed and Ping Latency Time.
To sum it up, i’d call Real Network Monitor a great freeware tool. The application works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.