In Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can monitor network traffic on a specific network interface in real time in Task Manager Performance tab but it’s quite limited. For example, it doesn’t record a history of how much traffic has been going through your network drive.
NetTraffic is a little network utility that monitors network traffic on all or selected network interfaces you have installed on your computer with a graph and numeric values showing in real time. It’s free and works on all Windows platform, from XP all the way to Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are supported.
When installed, you can set it up so that it starts automatically with the system. You can choose one or more network interfaces to monitor. And you can also set the program either always on top or being transparent to other programs. All these changes can be made through the Settings Window.
It also tracks the data so that you can check out a history of your network activity in a Statistic window built in the program. The data in the Statistics window also gets refreshed almost instantly.
Overall, NetTraffic is a pretty neat little network utility that can be useful if you want to monitor your network traffic with a little bit more detail. It would be nice if the tool can be made as portable as well.
If you are search for a small network monitor for your Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer and don’t think this NetTraffic fits for you, check out the other similar network tools we’ve reviewed before on this blog. Maybe you can find one that works for you.