NetLimiter Monitor keeps precise traffic statistics

netlimiter_icon Task of counting traffic is kept alive for years by arms race of connection speeds and sizes of those bulky video files. :) On large scale knowing how much you spend in total is fine and there are numerous excellent utilities for that.

However for more limited connections, such as slowly emerging mobile Internet, counting each megabyte may be critical. NetLimiter is excellent utility that focuses on keeping extremely detailed statistics of traffic consumption.

What it does

NetLimiter has interface that reminds of process managers but instead of performance stats it is focused on network bandwidth.


It shows current downstream and upstream speed for each process. Tree can be further expanded to show speeds for specific IPs.


Real time monitoring is nice but real power of NetLimiter is very detailed statistics. It remembers and can show what traffic specific process consumed in specific time period. Reports can be viewed in interface or exported in XML (manually or on schedule).


Free Monitor version only keeps stats but there are also advanced versions that allow to shape bandwidth by setting limits or guaranteed bandwidth for applications. That’s where Limiter part of name comes from actually.


App could use some kind of floating indicator so it could show current speeds without having to open interface. Other than that it is excellent freebie for keeping very detailed traffic statistics. Installs deep into the system so very not portable.

Home http://www.netlimiter.com/

Download http://www.netlimiter.com/download.php

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  • Jonny #

    Cool app, I like the look of the program incoming outgoing stats. I currentley use networx from softperfect but it doesn't have quite the same features.
  • Rarst #

    @Jonny Yeah, NetLimiter is very focused on those precise traffic breakdown and reporting. Makes things visible that aren't noticeable otherwise.
  • Madmouse Blog Tips #

    I have used NetLimiter in the past, it is a great little tool. As you say, precise traffic breakdown and reporting. Definitely made for a nut like me that needs his stats.
  • Rarst #

    @Madmouse Breakdown is especially good. Information on use totals sucks if you don't see how it is actually used.
  • Jim Sefton #

    Hi, I don't usually get to comment on many of your posts because I am a Mac user, but I do have some experience with this product from using a PC on the 3G network. Skype is horrible for sucking up all available bandwidth whether it needs it or not and this program is great for limiting that. Often Skype needs less than 10% of what it actually uses, so running this software can keep your costs right down if you are being charged for your bandwidth.
  • Rarst #

    @Jim Yeah, Skype is peer to peer so using it while paying for traffic is something I wouldn't do at all probably. Only downside is that limits are feature in shareware version of NetLimiter. But in some situations that might be very good investment for the long run. :)
  • MK #

    I have always wonder why my connection meter keeps running even when I just turned on the PC, without running anything else. Since I have bandwith limit, every kilobytes matters. Thanks for the app Rarst, I'm downloading it now.
  • Rarst #

    @MK You are welcome, good like catching what devours traffic.