Is there an Internet traffic indicator in Win7?

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Renny Bosch, May 24, 2011.

  1. Renny Bosch

    Renny Bosch Guest

    I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength,
    but not traffic flow.
    Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    traffic flowing?
    Renny Bosch, May 24, 2011
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  2. Renny Bosch

    SC Tom Guest

    "Renny Bosch" <> wrote in message
    news:irgumf$fe1$...
    >I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it has
    >an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    > I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    > connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    > USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength, but
    > not traffic flow.
    > Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    > traffic flowing?


    You can use something like LanLights:

    http://www.paulmather.net/lanlight.asp

    --
    SC Tom
    SC Tom, May 24, 2011
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  3. On Tue, 24 May 2011 11:50:46 -0700, Renny Bosch
    <> wrote:

    >I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    >has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    >I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    >connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    >USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength,
    >but not traffic flow.
    >Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    >traffic flowing?


    If you are talking about seeing YOUR traffic in and out of your system
    there is a "network meter" gadget you can put on the Sidebar (or
    whatever Win7 calls it, maybe gadget bar).
    Ashton Crusher, May 24, 2011
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  4. Renny Bosch

    Renny Bosch Guest

    On 5/24/2011 12:35 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >
    > "Renny Bosch" <> wrote in message
    > news:irgumf$fe1$...
    >> I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and
    >> it has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    >> I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    >> connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    >> USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength,
    >> but not traffic flow.
    >> Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    >> traffic flowing?

    >
    > You can use something like LanLights:
    >
    > http://www.paulmather.net/lanlight.asp
    >

    As far as I recall, I did not have to download anything special on XP to
    get the little icon that changes color when there is Internet traffic.
    Is that an XP feature that they droppped in Win7?

    The XP is a mini-hp that came with XP preloaded, and with a wireless
    Internet adapter included; I don't know who the adapter's manufacturer
    was. The Win7 machine is an hp Pavilion that came with Win7 but without
    a wireless adapter; I bought the Netgear adapter and installed it from
    the CD that came with it. Is the icon part of the driver rather than
    part on the system's user interface?

    LanLights gives a whole lot more than what I am looking for. I just
    want to know if data is currently coming in from the Internet, typically
    when the system is slow and I want to know why.
    Renny Bosch, May 25, 2011
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  5. Renny Bosch

    SC Tom Guest

    "Renny Bosch" <> wrote in message
    news:irho5s$efh$...
    > On 5/24/2011 12:35 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >>
    >> "Renny Bosch" <> wrote in message
    >> news:irgumf$fe1$...
    >>> I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    >>> has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    >>> I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    >>> connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    >>> USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength,
    >>> but not traffic flow.
    >>> Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    >>> traffic flowing?

    >>
    >> You can use something like LanLights:
    >>
    >> http://www.paulmather.net/lanlight.asp
    >>

    > As far as I recall, I did not have to download anything special on XP to
    > get the little icon that changes color when there is Internet traffic. Is
    > that an XP feature that they droppped in Win7?
    >
    > The XP is a mini-hp that came with XP preloaded, and with a wireless
    > Internet adapter included; I don't know who the adapter's manufacturer
    > was. The Win7 machine is an hp Pavilion that came with Win7 but without a
    > wireless adapter; I bought the Netgear adapter and installed it from the
    > CD that came with it. Is the icon part of the driver rather than part on
    > the system's user interface?
    >
    > LanLights gives a whole lot more than what I am looking for. I just want
    > to know if data is currently coming in from the Internet, typically when
    > the system is slow and I want to know why.
    >


    The icon in Vista and earlier versions wasn't a static display like it is in
    Win7 (or I don't remember Vista's as being static- maybe it was, too).
    You can have LanLights start up minimized to the system tray area with just
    the lights. You can also pick the blue colors and it looks just like the XP
    icon, or if you're feeling adventurous, you can put custom icons in to show
    the different states. The other info is there if and when you need it, but
    doesn't have to be displayed all the time.

    You can look in device manager to find out what your wireless is. I haven't
    had a Netgear adapter in a number of years, but I thought there was a
    monitoring program that came with the software that displayed the traffic
    icon. Of course, that was before Win7 or Vista, so things may have changed.
    --
    SC Tom
    SC Tom, May 25, 2011
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  6. Renny Bosch wrote:
    > I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    > has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    > I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    > connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    > USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength,
    > but not traffic flow.
    > Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    > traffic flowing?


    Win 7 and Vista did away with that neat little task bar thing.
    You will have to get a third party one.
    Search for this: "Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7"
    Its a nice little prog and I have it on my win 7 laptop,
    at least until I wipe win7 soon and replace it with xp3.
    Paul in Houston TX, May 25, 2011
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  7. Renny Bosch

    Big Steel Guest

    On 5/24/2011 2:50 PM, Renny Bosch wrote:
    > I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    > has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    > I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    > connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    > USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength, but
    > not traffic flow.
    > Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    > traffic flowing?


    I just go to Network and Sharing, go to the active Internet connection,
    and double-click it, which shows the bytes sent and received will the
    connection is active.
    Big Steel, May 25, 2011
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  8. Renny Bosch

    Jeff Layman Guest

    On 24/05/2011 19:50, Renny Bosch wrote:
    > I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    > has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    > I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    > connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    > USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength,
    > but not traffic flow.
    > Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    > traffic flowing?


    The monitor I use for XP does not work in Win7x64. For that use
    BitMeter, which is a reasonable substitute. You can either use this in
    minimalist form in the notification area, or float a more detailed
    window anywhere you like.

    --

    Jeff
    Jeff Layman, May 25, 2011
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  9. Renny Bosch

    Tom Lake Guest

    The icon in Vista and earlier versions wasn't a static display like it is in
    Win7 (or I don't remember Vista's as being static- maybe it was, too).

    Vista let you turn on network icon animation but it was just a random
    flashing of the icon; it wasn't in sync with any data transmission.
    Why? Who knows? It's as if the folks at MS really didn't have a clue
    why we need a dynamic display. They thought we just like flashing icons.

    Tom Lake
    Tom Lake, May 25, 2011
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  10. Renny Bosch

    Kev Guest

    On 24/05/2011 19:50, Renny Bosch wrote:
    > I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    > has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    > I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    > connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    > USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength, but
    > not traffic flow.
    > Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    > traffic flowing?

    I've used A little utility called DUMeter for many years - served me
    well for monitoring connectivity, speed etc.
    Kev, May 26, 2011
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  11. Renny Bosch

    Char Jackson Guest

    On Thu, 26 May 2011 19:07:17 +0100, Kev <> wrote:

    >On 24/05/2011 19:50, Renny Bosch wrote:
    >> I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    >> has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    >> I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    >> connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    >> USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength, but
    >> not traffic flow.
    >> Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    >> traffic flowing?

    >
    >I've used A little utility called DUMeter for many years - served me
    >well for monitoring connectivity, speed etc.


    DUMeter is an excellent little utility. I used it for quite a few
    years, until I needed something that could monitor multiple interfaces
    simultaneously. At the time, DUMeter wasn't able to do that, but maybe
    it can by now.

    <www.dumeter.com>

    --

    Char Jackson
    Char Jackson, May 26, 2011
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  12. Renny Bosch

    Alex Clayton Guest

    On 5/25/2011 12:06 AM, Jeff Layman wrote:
    > On 24/05/2011 19:50, Renny Bosch wrote:
    >> I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    >> has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    >> I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    >> connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    >> USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength,
    >> but not traffic flow.
    >> Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    >> traffic flowing?

    >
    > The monitor I use for XP does not work in Win7x64. For that use
    > BitMeter, which is a reasonable substitute. You can either use this in
    > minimalist form in the notification area, or float a more detailed
    > window anywhere you like.
    >


    I have been using this since Zone alarm quit working many years ago. One
    of the things I liked about ZA was the traffic meter that came with it.
    I like to know if there is traffic so if I am trying to load something I
    can tell if it has for some reason stopped. Bitmeter does seem to have
    some minor problem with 64 bit Win-7 but it seems to be no big deal. On
    every Win-7 64 I put it on it gives a pop up at shut down saying it did
    not start right and wants you to click the message to close it. I
    usually do just to speed things up but the machines still seems to shut
    down on its own if you ignore it.

    --
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    "I want to live forever," I said.

    "Sorry," said the Genie, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!"

    "Fine," I said, "then I want to die after Congress gets their heads out
    of their a$$e$!"

    "You crafty bastard," said the Genie.
    Alex Clayton, May 26, 2011
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  13. Renny Bosch

    Larry Guest

    "Kev" wrote in message news:nFwDp.12452$2...

    On 24/05/2011 19:50, Renny Bosch wrote:
    > I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    > has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    > I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    > connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    > USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength, but
    > not traffic flow.
    > Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    > traffic flowing?

    I've used A little utility called DUMeter for many years - served me
    well for monitoring connectivity, speed etc.

    There is an excellent utility for Win 7 that replaces the 2 little flashing
    traffic monitors in the system tray. Works very well. Get it here:
    http://www.itsamples.com/network-activity-indicator.html

    Larry
    Larry, May 26, 2011
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  14. Renny Bosch

    The Seabat Guest

    On Tue, 24 May 2011 11:50:46 -0700, Renny Bosch
    <> wrote:

    >>I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    >>has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    >>I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    >>connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    >>USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength,
    >>but not traffic flow.
    >>Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    >>traffic flowing?


    There is a gadget for Windows 7 called, Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor that
    might be what you are looking for.


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    The Seabat
    The Seabat, May 27, 2011
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  15. Renny Bosch

    Renny Bosch Guest

    On 5/26/2011 2:49 PM, Larry wrote:
    >
    >
    > "Kev" wrote in message news:nFwDp.12452$2...
    >
    > On 24/05/2011 19:50, Renny Bosch wrote:
    >> I have a laptop with XP and a wireless connection to my router, and it
    >> has an icon in the taskbar that shows when there is Internet traffic.
    >> I also have a desktop with Windows 7, and a very similar Internet
    >> connection, except that this one is not built-in, but uses a Netgear
    >> USB/Wireless adapter. The icon in the taskbar shows signal strength, but
    >> not traffic flow.
    >> Is there a setting somewhere that I can enable to show when there is
    >> traffic flowing?

    >
    >
    > There is an excellent utility for Win 7 that replaces the 2 little
    > flashing traffic monitors in the system tray. Works very well. Get
    > it here:
    > http://www.itsamples.com/network-activity-indicator.html
    >
    > Larry


    Thank you all for your suggestions. I chose to go with Network Activity
    Indicator from itsamples.com. It's exactly what I was looking for.
    Renny Bosch, May 27, 2011
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  16. Renny Bosch

    Jeff Layman Guest

    On 26/05/2011 21:56, Alex Clayton wrote:
    > On 5/25/2011 12:06 AM, Jeff Layman wrote:
    >>
    >> The monitor I use for XP does not work in Win7x64. For that use
    >> BitMeter, which is a reasonable substitute. You can either use this in
    >> minimalist form in the notification area, or float a more detailed
    >> window anywhere you like.
    >>

    >
    > I have been using this since Zone alarm quit working many years ago. One
    > of the things I liked about ZA was the traffic meter that came with it.
    > I like to know if there is traffic so if I am trying to load something I
    > can tell if it has for some reason stopped. Bitmeter does seem to have
    > some minor problem with 64 bit Win-7 but it seems to be no big deal. On
    > every Win-7 64 I put it on it gives a pop up at shut down saying it did
    > not start right and wants you to click the message to close it. I
    > usually do just to speed things up but the machines still seems to shut
    > down on its own if you ignore it.


    Never seen that at shutdown on this machine.

    I view BitMeter continuously in a small window at the bottom right of
    the screen so I can see what is going on. It is "always on top", but
    very occasionally it disappears - perhaps something else steals focus.
    It is soon restored viia the icon in the notification area.

    --

    Jeff
    Jeff Layman, May 27, 2011
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  17. On 26/05/2011 1:56 PM, Alex Clayton wrote:
    > ...
    > I have been using this since Zone alarm quit working many years ago. ...



    I just started using Win 7 a few weeks ago. One of the
    first things I did was install Zone Alarm (version
    9.3.014.000), and it isn't giving me any trouble,
    so I'm not sure what you mean by "quit working."
    Agreed, though, I can't, on a quick dive into its help
    facility, find any way of monitoring traffic within it,
    internet or local.
    Anthony Buckland, May 27, 2011
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  18. On 27/05/2011 12:41 PM, Anthony Buckland wrote:
    > On 26/05/2011 1:56 PM, Alex Clayton wrote:
    >> ...
    >> I have been using this since Zone alarm quit working many years ago. ...

    >
    >
    > I just started using Win 7 a few weeks ago. One of the
    > first things I did was install Zone Alarm (version
    > 9.3.014.000), and it isn't giving me any trouble,
    > so I'm not sure what you mean by "quit working."
    > Agreed, though, I can't, on a quick dive into its help
    > facility, find any way of monitoring traffic within it,
    > internet or local.


    However, to get to the main question, open Windows Task
    Manager and click on the Networking tab. To open the
    Task Manager, right click on the taskbar and click on
    Start Task Manager.
    Anthony Buckland, May 27, 2011
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  19. Renny Bosch

    Alex Clayton Guest

    On 5/27/2011 1:13 AM, Jeff Layman wrote:
    > On 26/05/2011 21:56, Alex Clayton wrote:
    >> On 5/25/2011 12:06 AM, Jeff Layman wrote:
    >>>
    >>> The monitor I use for XP does not work in Win7x64. For that use
    >>> BitMeter, which is a reasonable substitute. You can either use this in
    >>> minimalist form in the notification area, or float a more detailed
    >>> window anywhere you like.
    >>>

    >>
    >> I have been using this since Zone alarm quit working many years ago. One
    >> of the things I liked about ZA was the traffic meter that came with it.
    >> I like to know if there is traffic so if I am trying to load something I
    >> can tell if it has for some reason stopped. Bitmeter does seem to have
    >> some minor problem with 64 bit Win-7 but it seems to be no big deal. On
    >> every Win-7 64 I put it on it gives a pop up at shut down saying it did
    >> not start right and wants you to click the message to close it. I
    >> usually do just to speed things up but the machines still seems to shut
    >> down on its own if you ignore it.

    >
    > Never seen that at shutdown on this machine.
    >
    > I view BitMeter continuously in a small window at the bottom right of
    > the screen so I can see what is going on. It is "always on top", but
    > very occasionally it disappears - perhaps something else steals focus.
    > It is soon restored viia the icon in the notification area.
    >


    It’s never been a problem so I never bothered to look into it. My first
    W-7 had been doing it for so long I never paid any attention to it any
    more. When I shut down I get a pop up saying something like app failed
    to start properly and some letters and numbers with the “x” to close it.
    The machine shuts down on its own so I never much cared. I had no idea
    what was doing it. Since that was a Vista that was up-graded to W-7 and
    I had to format and re-install everything after Dells “help” people
    FUBAR’s it, I just figured something had happened then. I just ignored
    it. Then when I got a couple more W-7 machines I found they started
    doing the same thing as soon as I installed Bit meter. After that I
    tried deleting it from one of them and the pop up goes away. Since it
    seems to have no ill effects I never cared. The little meter sits in the
    right corner of the tray and works so the pop up does not bother me.

    --
    The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
    Will Rogers
    Alex Clayton, May 28, 2011
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  20. Renny Bosch

    Alex Clayton Guest

    On 5/27/2011 12:41 PM, Anthony Buckland wrote:
    > On 26/05/2011 1:56 PM, Alex Clayton wrote:
    >> ...
    >> I have been using this since Zone alarm quit working many years ago. ...

    >
    >
    > I just started using Win 7 a few weeks ago. One of the
    > first things I did was install Zone Alarm (version
    > 9.3.014.000), and it isn't giving me any trouble,
    > so I'm not sure what you mean by "quit working."
    > Agreed, though, I can't, on a quick dive into its help
    > facility, find any way of monitoring traffic within it,
    > internet or local.


    It has been a very long time ago now so they may have fixed it. I used
    the ZA firewall for many years. The first time it screwed up was back
    during the XP days. Got up one day and could not get online. Had a hell
    of a time finding out what was wrong. Then I found an article about how
    MS had just released a new update and it was not playing well with ZA. I
    turned off ZA and all was fine. ZA soon fixed that one, but then when
    Vista came out the same thing happened again so I just gave up. When I
    got my first W-7 I tried it again and this time got all kinds of trouble
    with it right off the bat. I can’t remember now if it was because of the
    new (at that time) 64 bit system or what, but I did not feel like
    fighting it. Since I have not used it for quite a while they may have
    changed it but it used to have a built in traffic meter. When you
    installed ZA it would put itself in the tray. Looked a lot like the try
    icon for bitmeter. Red and green bars one showing traffic out and one
    traffic in. I had originally only tried ZA because I had read that the
    firewall that comes with Windows was pretty worthless. The traffic meter
    was just a nice added little bonus.

    --

    Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is
    beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the
    wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
    --Dave Barry
    Alex Clayton, May 28, 2011
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