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PeakHour is a beautiful, network traffic visualiser that lives in your Mac OS menu bar. It provides an instant view of your Internet or WiFi activity in real-time.
PeakHour is perfect for monitoring your network devices: Internet, WiFi, NAS, servers and more. PeakHour gives you a real-time visual view of how much bandwidth your devices are using.
PeakHour can also track individual total usage (optionally over an automatically reset monthly period), and can also track your Internet usage if you're on a capped or limited monthly allowance.
Some uses for PeakHour:
- Monitor your Internet usage in real-time.
- Help determine the optimum placement of your Wireless Access Point for maximum performance or troubleshoot slow WiFi.
- Track how much Internet data you're using to make sure you don't go over your monthly allowance.
- Help troubleshoot Internet performance problems and slowdowns.
- Check your ISP is providing the speeds you're paying for.
- Monitor the performance of your network and connected devices: NAS, servers and other network devices.
◆ Can monitor any capable, SNMP-enabled or UPnP-enabled device. Note if you are unsure if you device supports these things. download the free PeakHour Compatibility Check tool (see the sidebar).
◆ Monitor multiple devices at once.
◆ Drop-down display showing real-time upload / download graph and router information.
◆ Detailed usage summary means your monthly consumption is always available at a glance.
◆ Configuration Assistant makes it easy to set up your various devices to monitor.
◆ Configurable display:
- Units (eg. MB/sec vs Mbit/sec)
- Scale (Automatic or fixed)
- Graph smoothing
- Graph colors
- Lots more
◆ Optimised for Retina displays.
◆ Fully supports Mac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"
** IMPORTANT NOTE - PLEASE READ THIS **
PeakHour requires SNMP or UPnP to be supported on enabled in order to monitor a device. We have created the PeakHour Compatibility Check tool to help you determine if your device(s) work with PeakHour. Grab it from the Mac AppStore (it's free) before purchasing if you are unsure.
PLEASE if you are having problems with PeakHour interacting with your router, contact us so that we can assist you. We have a growing troubleshooting FAQ and extensive documentation at support.peakhourapp.com and we're always available at email@example.com.
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What's New in Version 2.1.4
** Please Note ** If you have issues of any kind, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://support.peakhourapp.com so that we can assist.
- Usage meter fix for OS X 10.6.
I have been using PeakHour for quite a while and it only keeps getting better. I’ve always used it with devices that support SNMP, however, I recently needed to switch to a different router that doesn’t support SNMP (Linksys X2000), and PeakHour found it via UPNP and displays the stats perfectly, which is a miracle considering all the complaints about that router.
The power of this application is that you get instant visiblity into network performance. If you want long term history, there are other tools that can do a 1min or 5min resolution. However, when you want 0.5 second resolution, this is the go-to tool.
I have pointed this as a large number of devices (home, small office, and enterprise class) and device types (routers, firewalls, servers) and have had no issues that weren’t either that the device didn’t support snmp, had snmp misconfigured, or were doing something completely non-standard (not using standard MIBs).
As the description points out, use the compatabilty tool to make sure your hardware works if you’re concerned it won’t.
Great utility - could use some work though!
This utility is great to get instant insight into my total WAN usage. I use the stock firmware on my Netgear 3500L and it’s great to be able to track it via UPNP without having to flash DD-WRT (yuck!) on it.
It also supports SNMP which allows me to track my remote targets on the racks in the colo. The biggest drawback is that the interfaces in my servers and network gear have a 60 second polling time while my home router can be polled every 0.5 seconds. I do have dedicated monitoring applications for the rack, but it would be really great if this utility is able to independently set refresh rate on each target.
I have been using this app for over a year. Not sure why all the negative reviews, as it easily connected to AirPort express and displays in/outbound traffic very nicely.