Monitor and manage internet access of your installed applications

Even if you have a fast and safe connection.. well things aren’t very safe all the time. Sometimes our internet service providers do not respect the clauses of the contracts or sometime the bandwidth we have is not enough for all the applications that require internet access.

Nowadays a lot of applications require internet access in order to work. Browsers, email or messenger clients, anti virus software or audio players are just a few of the applications that permanently require internet access.

Because of this, some application do not work right. Especially when we have a slow connection, some of the applications that we have installed on our computer will eat up a lot of bandwidth and some will suffer. For example, when you download large files, Internet browsing might be hard because pages will load slower.

To resolve this issue you need to set internet priority access. In other words, you need to establish which applications have priority when the bandwidth becomes an issue.

There are special applications that will allow you to do this. NetBalancer is one of them. It’s free and very easy to use, which makes it ideal for the regular user. NetBalancer runs on all Windows operating systems, except the 64 bit Windows Vista and Windows 7. The next version however will fix this.

The installation of the application can be done without difficulty, except the confirmation of some drivers installations, so i will get right to the point: setting priorities.

NetBalance displays a list with all the programs and processes that are running on your computer. For each one there are multiple columns of information, as well as the number of connection, transfer speed, CPU usage, etc.

Setting the priority is very simple and it can be done separately for download and upload. All you have to do is right click an application from the list and choose one of the priority level available. These are: High, normal, low, block, ignore and limit.

The applications that will receive, let’s say high priority, will get more traffic than the ones with low priority. This is available for download as well as upload.

NetBalancer also provides some additional features. For example, if you have multiple connections, you can choose the connection that will use the previously set settings. The option can be accessed by going to Edit > Network adapters.

Another feature is the Level Severity. Picking a value from 1 to 100, with it you can set the differences between the priority levels. As the value you pick is higher, the increase of speed between two priority levels also gets higher.

All of these options and features can be found in Edit > Settings. From here you can limit the global traffic for all applications. You can also set that the application that you are currently using to have priority in front of the application that is running in background, for example.

With NetBalancer you can monitor the traffic made on the Internet by each process. You can see the upload and download speed, total bandwidth consumed over a period of time but also the server, port and protocols used.

NetBalancer is not the most complex tool of it’s kind. Network administrators used more advanced applications. However, being free and easy to use, this represents a very good option for most of the users.