Set Internet Bandwidth Priority for Applications with NetBalancer

March 20, 2010 | Filed under Internet, Network, Software


There are not many free software that can control the Internet speed for a particular process. For example you are downloading a huge movie from DivX player and the download is taking up all the bandwidth which leaves you with nothing to use and your web browsing activity is slow as snail. Or probably you are downloading from P2P which is well known for eating up all the bandwidth and you cannot use the Internet for other purposes if it is not correctly configured.

NetBalancer offers a free solution to prioritize traffic on different process that is running on your computer. The free version allows you to only control 5 process at a time but that would normally be enough. You can set the internet speed priority of Low, Normal and High. If you go to Edit > Level Severity, you get to set the default speed for a priority. If you prefer to set a limit, then you can right click on the process and select Limit. Blocking a process from using any of the bandwidth is also possible.

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Other than setting bandwidth, NetBalancer can also be used as a network monitoring tool since it can view all connections on the process. It can tell you if a process is secretly sending any data over the Internet. Currently NetBalancer is compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/Win7 except Vista/Win7 x64.

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