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ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter

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If you really need to watch your Internet bandwidth, you need ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter. Unlike online bandwidth meters, ShaPlus monitors your Internet bandwidth instead of testing your connection speed. ShaPlus is designed to stay open in the Windows system tray, with a more detailed (but still compact) display for the notification area or anywhere on the desktop you care to drag and pin it. This free tool keeps track of your bandwidth use for the current session, the day, and the month. You can set it to track your billing period and even to stop tracking between specified times. Recent updates include the ability to display bandwidth in gigabytes, a counter reset option on the tray menu, and better stability in Windows 7 and 8.

ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter's installer offered the option to stay open in the system tray. If, like us, you choose this option, we recommend clicking Customize and making the icon permanent in the tray. Hovering over the tray icon shows current bandwidth use; clicking the icon opens a menu with options such as transparency and whether to display bandwidth in KB, MB, or GB. A Settings sheet offers more options, including a list of all our system's network interfaces to choose which ones to monitor and basic program options such as Start with Windows and Always on Top. We could also set the monthly start date and enter Do Not Track times for a 24-hour cycle. The three-part meter display will probably be the program's most useful feature to the majority of users. It showed our bandwidth use for Now, or the current session; Today; and This Month. A neat little feature let us change the meter's transparency right from the interface.

ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter is the perfect tool for those users who must keep track of every byte of network bandwidth, whether it's Internet use or any of your system's connections. It won't test your Internet connection speed, but there's no lack of free Web-based bandwidth meters that can do that job. For its rather more specialized function, ShaPlus is the best tool we've tried so far.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wildly overestimates usage"

    April 15, 2013  |   By tallard

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3

    Pros

    None that I can see

    Cons

    -Wildly overestimates usage.
    -Image/content controls only work on IE

    Summary

    I was temporarily staying at a house with a 5GB limit. Even with limited Youtubing and FB picture uploading, I've in the past managed to stay within the 10GB range for a one month period. Given having to cope with 5GB, I completely stopped any video/photo activity whatsoever, and ended up with only my mail and FB open on Firefox, and an occasional document reading window. I simplified my Chrome to load no pictures/videos to view a TVguide listing. Still this bandwidth meter showed me accumulating usage at rate of about 100 MB per half hour! Seeing that I spend 2-3 hours a day on the internet, I was totalling between 0.5-0.9 GB per day!!!! doing nothing !!! Then I switched back to tethering from my cell phone, same activity pattern on same laptop, and the cell phone usage indicates a much more reasonable 0.2 GB per day. I estimate that ShaPlus overestimates usage approximately 2X, unless it's using that much itself simply being in operation???

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Screwed with my settings on Chrome"

    November 27, 2012  |   By Mourieres

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3.1

    Pros

    none couldn't run it.

    Cons

    Did not run, rumoured to be Trojan don't know what else it may get up to. very worrying.

    Summary

    Only the very brave

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This software does not work on windows 7."

    June 25, 2012  |   By shavid272

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3

    Pros

    No pros. Software doesn't work. Runtime error 6 overflow.

    Cons

    Software does not work.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "simple and easy to use."

    April 27, 2012  |   By lukemacbane

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3

    Pros

    it loads fast, it is quiet, small and unobtrusive and does what it says it would do.

    Cons

    i am not completely savvy with its functions so it could also be doing other things, or not be doing other things, and i wouldn't know.

    Summary

    so far so good. Loaded pretty easily, and it sits there and tells me how much data has flown by. I've already tracked down two programs i simply cannot use until after i get out from under the data cap imposed by ATT. This will save me some worry.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "DOES EXACTLY WHAT IS NEEDED, SIMPLY AND QUICKLY!"

    May 22, 2011  |   By FLASHZIP

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3

    Pros

    I am using a "pay as you go" 4G modem that actually does not have a usage meter to guide me, and this is PERFECT. Also totals this up for the year. If you have to stay under a certain usage level to keep from being "throttled", this is a great help!

    Cons

    NOT ANY FOR ME!

    Summary

    If you are on unlimited dial-up and have no idea how much bandwidth you consume monthly, this tool is GREAT. With it, you can tell how much bandwidth you would need (at minimum), if you were to go to a pay-as-you-go super fast 4G plan. I now know that it does NOT pay to use the very fast (BUT VERY EXPENSIVE) 4G modem access for daily leisurely surfing, but only when speed is of an essence or when a wireless connection is absolutely necessary.

    Also, most wireless carriers that offer UNLIMITED service often "throttle" your usage after a certain bandwidth usage per payment cycle, and their offer then shifts from "all you want" to "all that you can manage to get" after they slow down your connection to dial-up speed! With this tool, you can effectively "stay-under" that unadvertised (but easy to determine through user blogs, .etc) punishment point!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best of BSNL dataone users with limited download plans"

    July 28, 2010  |   By jaixpert

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3

    Pros

    Takes very less space

    Cons

    Limited to PC only. No synchronisation with server.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good software with some limitations"

    July 9, 2010  |   By angshumanda

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3

    Pros

    Free, easy to use, records the monthly totals..

    Cons

    One can not add or subtract any amount of uses from the total if he/she needs it.. It doesn't come with a schedule or planner with it...

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Don't download this version! Try ver 1.3.1 ,please!"

    January 22, 2010  |   By nptiran

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3

    Pros

    Free! and ease!

    Cons

    very simple, only totla download and uplaod, not speed. There is better softwares(bit meter !)

    Summary

    I prefer bit meter or other perfect softs.

    Updated on Jan 22, 2010

    It has IE flash blocker, Image blocker,(very useful tools); but doesn't show speed of download and upload per second. you can download last version from: http://www.shaplus.com/exes/misc/ShaPlus%20Bandwidth%20Meter-Setup.exe

    Updated on Jan 22, 2010

    version 1.3.1 link: http://www.shaplus.com/exes/misc/ShaPlus%20Bandwidth%20Meter-Setup.exe .

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  • 4.0 stars

    "At last, a simple program which does what it should"

    October 30, 2009  |   By Myciel

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.2

    Pros

    + small and light
    + no tons of additional functionalities and configuration options, which aren't needed for a program which is supposed to do one thing only
    + works with all connection types, including WiFi

    Cons

    - doesn't show in GB (who has a download limit in KB or MB these days?)
    - it would be nice for the (chosen) current result to be shown directly in the tray icon (in GB of course), not only after hovering or as an additional window

    Summary

    After going through at least ten freeware programs (and a dozen paid), all of them either having tons of additional functions and options, being heavy, not detecting all connections, or actually not performing the simple task of showing the current download volume and resetting it each month, I found this wonderful thing. If you have a monthly download volume limit and don't want to clutter your system with lots of additional software to control it, the ShaPlus Bandwith Meter is perfect for you.

    Updated on Oct 31, 2009

    Download v1.3 from shaplus.com, it fixes a common bug and adds a great yet simple functionality - a Monthly Totals listing, shown in GB! Having this version from the start I would give it 5/5.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "easy of use"

    May 27, 2009  |   By Hans Meyer

    Version: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.2

    Pros

    great idea to have a permanent judge of the downloads

    Cons

    nothing to mention

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