NetBalancer is a Must Have App for Anyone Administering Web Apps
One of the most ironic problems that I have had lately is that my Internet service is too good. My Comcast Business Class service regularly gives me over 30Mbps download speeds and for once this is actually a bad thing. I have been testing the video distribution system for EverymanIT and I have needed to see how content delivery gets handled all the way down to 200Kbps (It makes me cringe to even think some poor schmucks still have these download speeds). Thankfully NetBalancer has come to the rescue!
NetBalancer is simply a Bandwidth Throttling app for Windows. You can easily see all of the programs that are using a network connection, and then either limit their upload or download speeds. This is great for web developers like me. For computer users that want to make sure specific programs don’t hog all of their bandwidth such as people who use Mozy online backup services. And for those low down dirty digital pirates that want to be able to download torrents to their hearts content, but don’t want it messing with their online Call of Duty sessions.
There of course is a free and paid for version of NetBalancer. I’ve been using the free version and for general app testing it works great. You are able to Bandwidth Throttle specific apps and the main advantage between the paid for and free version is that the free version limits you to Throttling 5 apps at a time.
You can check NetBalancer out and download it here: http://www.seriousbit.com/netbalancer/