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SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager is intended to help you use the available internet bandwidth more efficiently. In this respect, the tool analyzes network traffic and through a management console lets, you set limits. The program has an easy-to-use interface, in which current connections are shown so that you can monitor traffic in real time. However, it is important to notice that it requires at least basic knowledge of network administration.
In order to manage bandwidth quotas, you can create rules. These allow choosing a direction (income/outcome), a given protocol and a network card to which you want to add a bandwidth limit. Additionally, you can set a tracking mode and specific penalties. It is excellent that a schedule can be used so that a particular rule is not applied at certain time periods. Similarly, complex rules used to monitor various IP and Mac addresses can be implemented.
If you are one of those who prefers to have a more visual idea of how things are going on your network, you may want to switch to graphs, showing the current state of the traffic as well as a summary of the amount of data sent and received.
The product has various advantages that should not go unnoticed. First, it allows configuring everything from a single location. Second, rules are direction-dependent, which means you can restrict outgoing traffic without affecting incoming connections. Third, rules are transparent to the end user. Finally, the tool allows access to various types of reports and even send alerts to your email inbox.
In fewer words, SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager is an excellent tool in the hands of network administrators. In this respect, it is probably one of the best options to prevent bottlenecks in your network’s internet connection. It is sold in various editions: Lite (free), Standard, Professional, and Enterprise, with varying features and prices. Finally, it is good to know that the program can be complemented with other products by the same developer.
- Supports complex rules
- Configuring from a single location
- Direction-dependent rules
- Provides various types of reports
- Issues alerts
- Needs special background knowledge