NetWorx Online User Manual

Getting started

Upon the first launch, NetWorx will display a welcome dialog where you can choose the language and the monitoring mode that better suits your needs:

  • to monitor a local network adapter or a network interface on the router (this option will not let you see what apps are using your connection), or
  • to monitor network apps on your computer and disregard any local traffic (this option is not available in the portable package).

You can change your initial selection in the settings later.

NetWorx welcome dialog

After the welcome dialog, NetWorx will be running in the notification area on Windows and in the menu bar on macOS. If you do not see NetWorx icon on Windows, click the Show hidden icons upward-pointing arrow next to the notification area. You can also right-click any empty space on the taskbar, then click Taskbar settings, and set NetWorx icon to On. Please refer to “Customize the taskbar notification area” Microsoft page for more help with hidden icons.

NetWorx icon in the notification area
Right-click NetWorx notification area icon to bring up the main popup menu. Left-click that icon to see the current transfer rate.

Real-time monitoring

NetWorx real-time connection usage is shown on a floating graph accessible via the top item in the popup menu.

Floating usage graph
Floating graph showing traffic usage
Apps using the Internet
List of apps using the Internet

Additionally, on Windows the upload/download speed can be shown in the taskbar, while on macOS it can be shown in the menu bar.

NetWorx comes with an enhanced netstat tool that shows network-accessing apps in real-time with their connections and transfer speeds:

Enhanced netstat

Long-term usage data

Aggregated usage data by day, week and month, as well as per-application reports are available in Usage Report:

General long-term stats
Long-term stats for apps

If you have a usage quota imposed by your ISP, you may find the Quota feature handy. It can notify you when your usage is nearing the threshold:

Quota information

Settings

Most aspects of NetWorx operation and appearance can be customised. For example, in the Settings you can change the monitoring mode initially selected in the welcome dialog:

General settings

The Settings button allows you to choose network adapters to be monitored, as well as set up router monitoring. Most routers that support SNMP or UPnP can be monitored.

Setting up router monitoring

The Advanced settings include the first day of week and month, so that you can align NetWorx reporting with your ISP billing. If you have multiple computers, the synchronisation option will synchronise usage records between NetWorx instances in a peer-to-peer manner. When the sync is enabled, there will be an additional tab in the usage reports detailing the per-computer usage.

Advanced settings

In the Graph Colours section you can customise the colours of the graph:

Colours settings

The Graph section allows you to further customise the appearance of the graph and the display preferences:

Graph settings

The Notifications section allows you to define the actions that occur when too much or too little data was transferred. For instance, this can be used to turn the computer off when a large download or upload completes:

Notifications settings

Lastly, the Reports section lets you set up one or more automatic reports that are e-mailed or written to a file. For example, this can be used to receive an e-mail with usage figures at the end of the day:

Reports settings

Connection quality monitoring

There are built-in tools for tracking the performance of your Internet connection.

One is the Speed Meter, which actively tests the speed of your connection. It uploads and downloads a set of random data to a nearby server and records the speed. The speed tests can be run on a schedule as frequently as every 5 minutes. Please note that this will affect your data usage allowance.

Speed Meter

The other tool is the Connection Monitor, which lets you see how your connection performs. It pings a set of highly-available nearby servers and records your ping times and any downtime. A quality Internet connection has a low ping and near-zero downtime.

Connection Monitor: Uptime
Connection Monitor: Ping and Downtime

Monitoring of multiple computers

NetWorx can only monitor Internet usage on the computer where it is installed. If you want to monitor multiple computers, you have two options:

  • Install NetWorx on every computer in your network. This can only be done if all your computers are running Windows or macOS. While NetWorx can only monitor the usage on the computer it is installed on, the instances of NetWorx can talk to each other so that each instance is synchronised and shows the actual overall usage. In this case, devices like iPads, Smart TV or mobile phones will not be metered. This synchronisation must be turned on in the settings.
  • If your router supports SNMP or UPnP protocol, you can monitor all traffic via your router. This however will not give you a per-device usage breakdown and the monitoring computer must be continuously on to poll the router and collect usage data.

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