With a majority of people not liking bandwidth caps, now might be a good time to check out BitMeter2, a free Windows application to help you monitor data usage. I tend to use the VZ Access software provided by Verizon Wireless for my general data usage, but BitMeter2 offers far more features. With it installed, you can:
- View realtime upload and download statistics
- See historical data over the past few hours, days or weeks
- Export your usage data into a spreadsheet. Useful for when you get “cut-off” unfairly, no?
- Enter the bandwidth cap number from your ISP and receive a warning when you’re close to the limit
- View your data on a web-interface, which of course is funny. You’re using bandwidth to check out how much bandwidth you’ve used… sounds like a bad, recursive Web 2.0 joke to me although I’m sure it’s useful
There are other net-monitoring tools out there, but BitMeter2 is worthy of consideration for a PC that’s on the go and relies a limited-use data plan.