If you’re using a limited connection to access Internet on your Windows 10 PC, you should definitely keep a close eye on your bandwidth.
Exceeding your bandwidth limit can be charged extra by your ISP, and in order to avoid that you should use a bandwidth monitoring tool. But before we dive in, let’s start with the basics.
What is bandwidth monitoring software?
Bandwidth monitors are small tools that monitor your internet connection, while providing you with detailed report on how much bandwidth do you use.
These tools are a necessity for all users with limited connections, and today we have several bandwidth monitors for Windows 10 that we want to show you.
BitMeter OS is an open source tool that runs in background whenever you start your PC. In order to view bandwidth consumption, you can use your web browser or a command line interface.
This tool can show you your current bandwidth usage, or it can show your bandwidth usage over the past days and weeks.
In addition, you can see the summary for the current day, month, or year. If you wish, you can also get a summary for specific days and export reports in CSV format.
If you have a bandwidth limit, you can also set an alert to trigger once you exceed a certain threshold.
BitMeter OS is a simple tool, and although it doesn’t offer any advanced features, it should be perfect for basic users that just want to keep a close eye on their bandwidth usage.
FreeMeter is a light bandwidth monitor tool for Windows 10. First thing you’ll notice about this app is its humble interface that consists of a live graph that shows you current network usage.
If you don’t want the graph to appear at all times, you can simply minimize it, and the live graph will remain active in your Taskbar.
Regarding the graph, you can customize its update frequency, scale, color and transparency.
By double clicking the graph you’ll open a report that shows you your weekly, daily or monthly bandwidth consumption.
In addition, you can set alerts if you want to be notified once you’ve exceeded certain limits.
Rokario Bandwidth Monitor
Rokario Bandwidth Monitor is a simple tool that comes with a live graph that shows bandwidth usage in real time.
You can customize the graph with wide range of themes and you can easily create your own themes with this tool.
We have to admit that Rokario Bandwidth Monitor lacks certain features such as alerts. As for the report log, it doesn’t allow you to see your monthly or weekly bandwidth usage.
Instead, you can only view your bandwidth usage on daily basis.
Best bandwidth monitors for Windows 10 (paid version)
And now let’s see what are the best premium paid PC bandwidth monitoring software available on the market.
These tools bring additional features and options compared to the free software listed above.
Antamedia Bandwidth Manager
Bandwidth Manager is compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Server. This software is a great tool to block unwanted sites and gives you over 100 filtering options to manage what content you would like to block.
Moreover, it helps you optimize your traffic (in case you have multiple devices using internet connections) in order to limit traffic consumption.
After making a Demo registration, you will be able to control up to 3 devices. If you want to have access to more devices – you will have to buy full version, but it will worth every penny.
You will be able to control download and upload speed for all devices/users in the system.
This tool is great to use not only at home, where you have multiple devices but also for small businesses, schools, and cybercafes.
GlassWire’s network monitor allows you to consult your network activity by your geo-location, application, and traffic, using easy-to-read graphs.
You will be able to see your computer’s traffic back to 30 days. You can see the cause of a casual spike in your network activity and try to avoid them in the future.
GlassWire alerts you about hosts that are known threats, unexpected network system file changes, spikes, ARP spoofs, DNS changes so you can take immediate action.
If you are not in front of your computer, GlassWire allows you to remotely monitor and block suspect activity on the computers or servers that you need to take care of.
Its firewall is a great tool to anticipate network threats and stop them before they can damage your system.
GlassWire’s firewall helps you detecting what current and past servers your PC is communicating with so you can get rid of potential threats.
NetWorx is a small and free tool designed to measure your Internet speed as well as your bandwidth consumption.
This tool allows you to track specific connections, such as your wireless or mobile connection, or all connections simultaneously.
NetWorx allows you to set data quotas and get warnings once you’ve exceeded certain limits. There’s also a net usage graph available, so you can easily monitor how much bandwidth are you using currently.
In addition, there’s a detailed report available that allows you to see how much bandwidth are you using on daily, weekly or monthly basis.
You can also see how much bandwidth does the each user on your computer uses.
NetWorx is a great tool for bandwidth monitoring, and its only flaw is the lack of detailed report that shows you bandwidth consumption by individual application.
PRTG Network Monitor
PRTG is an excellent tool for analysing your network bandwidth.
The tool analyses and lists a series of bandwidth parameters that offer you a clear image on your network’s performance.
You’ll be able to quickly detect bandwidth overloads and take the necessary measures in order to bring your network to a normal functioning state.
Suported features include: SNMP, WMI, Packet Sniffing and NetFlow.
PRTG is great for both personal and professional usage.
Private users can run speed tests to see if their Internet connection is running at top-notch performance or not, check DSL bandwidth, and more.
Professional users can use this tool to eliminate bandwidth hogs that reduce employee productivity leading to potential drops in sales or other KPI issues.
Monitoring your bandwidth on limited connection is crucial, and if you’re looking for a proper bandwidth monitor for Windows 10, you might want to try NetWorx or any other tool from our list.
If you have any other questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.