Network Monitor II overview
Version 30.7 released at 03/18/2023
When you’re using your PC you may encounter the fact that the Internet suddenly stops working. To check what’s happened you have to open a number of command line windows, check Windows settings and open browser windows to see what is working and what is not. Does not sound very attractive, does it? Solution is simple. A small Windows 11 and Windows 10 Sidebar gadget called Network Monitor II can save your time and make things easier if you want to see the current real-time network status.
Network Monitor II is free indicator of the Internet connection for monitoring the status and activity of your connection, namely accounting for outgoing and incoming speed, upload and download traffic, information about the level and source of the Wi-Fi connection, internal and external IP (with country flag), GateWay, DNS directly on your desktop. For security reasons, all servers for determining the country flag use SSL protocol. With Network Monitor II information can be accessed without installing any monitoring tools. Also, gadget include details about bandwidth usage with graphs. If you wish, the traffic counter lets you automatically save data when the gadget is shut down. Network Monitor II provides you with detailed information about the provider of the current external IP address when you put the mouse cursor over the flag displayed on the right side. The gadget must be in focus before you do it.
Network Monitor II is an indispensable gadget for users who need to find out their current IP address. Since it displays both the external and internal IP address for your PC, you can use it to know how to access your router’s web interface or to configure some server running from your PC. It is worth adding that the program automatically updates IP addresses when you restart the server or connect to the Internet. In addition, the application can record all the changed IPs to a log file.
An interesting feature of the gadget is the ability to execute the specified program in the event of disconnection and/or restoration of the Internet connection. Moreover, gadget can inform you of special sounds about many events related to your network and Internet connection and even change your current IP. You can always set a gadget to stop checking your External IP for privacy reasons.
Furthermore, the Network Monitor II can automatically detect which network wired or wireless you use and switch between them when you change it. See advice below how you can set up this feature.
The Info link extends the information provided by the gadget. It opens a fly-out window with data related with the network interface such as the both (IPv4 and IPv6) addresses, MAC address, subnet mask, the Internet gateway, the DHCP and the DNS servers that are used by the computer and so on.
The interface is designed for customization that will let you choose the size and information to be displayed. Two default styles are installed, but this will not restrict you to personalize the color of every element, which will suit your liking. If the changes seem uncomfortable, you can always restore the default setting with just one click. Network Monitor II works on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
Network Monitor II features explained:
Actual servers using by gadget [09-24-2022]
For External IPv4
- https://ipecho.net [US]
- https://whatismyipaddress.com [US]
- https://wtfismyip.com [US]
- https://ipify.org [US]
For External IPv6
- https://ident.me [US]
- https://ip6only.me [US]
- https://icanhazip.com [US]
- http://whatismyv6.com [GB]
For country flag
- https://extreme-ip-lookup.com [NL]
- https://www.iplocation.net [US]
- https://www.xmyip.com [US]
- https://www.ipinfodb.com [MY]
- Click on GW/Int.IP (on the right side) to switch between Gateway and Internal IP.
- When you have more than one Internal IP click on Int.IP (on the left side) for switching between Internal IPs. If it is happening, the cursor changes to pointer when you move it above this string.
- Click on Info to show additional information into the fly-out window, click again — close fly-out window.
- Hover mouse to the country flag to show additional information.
- When you have more than one DNS click on DNS (on the left side) to switch between DNS. If it is happening, the cursor changes to pointer when you move it above this string.
- Click on icon ( / ) to stop/resume external IP tracking.
- Click on the connection identification icon ( or/and ) to switch between connection types.
- Hover mouse to “Current” or “Total” to view summary traffic.
- Click on the refresh icon to refresh the gadget.
- In the fly-out window, click on every element to copy the corresponding element into clipboard.
- Double click on background will show Network And Sharing Center.
- Hover mouse to title to show next counters reset data/time if it is set.
- Hover mouse to corresponding IP to show current network interface.
- The gray name means that this NIC is disconnected right now. But you can select it for working in the future when it is connected.
Advice 1: for use switch between connection types you must follow the following steps.
- Go to settings tab #2.
- Select “Connection type” and both network interfaces for IP and monitoring for switching.
- Press the “Set net settings for switching” button.
- Back “Connection type” and both network interfaces for IP and monitoring to their current position.
- Press the “Set net settings for switching” button.
- Press Ok button.
After these steps, you can change between connections by clicking on the connection identification icon ( or/and ). After first clicking, you change net parameters to parameters saved after clicking the “Set net settings for switching” button. Next, click on the connection identification icon ( or/and ) to restore net parameters to their current position.
Advice 2: before checking the “Auto pick the network type” option, you must follow the following steps.
- Go to settings tab #2.
- Select “Connection type” and both network interfaces for IP and monitoring for the first network.
- Press the “Set net settings for switching” button.
- Back “Connection type” and both network interfaces for IP and monitoring for the second network.
- Press the “Set net settings for switching” button.
- Check “Auto pick the network type” box.
- Press Ok button.
In this case, if you switch to wireless net, the gadget automatically changes to wireless mode. When you break, the wireless net gadget immediately goes back to wired mode.
Advice 3: what is the “Forcibly scan Internet (for router) ” option.
When you use a network card, and any change in the connection status appears as a special event, which can be easily recorded by the gadget. However, if you use an external device, such as a router, the events are likely to be skipped or not detected. Thus, enabling the dedicated option, “Forcibly scan Internet (for router)”, the gadget can check the Internet connection on demand. When this box checks the gadget periodically (use “Scan every” field value) check internet connection. The interval between scans is measured in minutes. If you enter a too small interval, this can lead to increased traffic.
Version 30.7 - Updated Turkish translation by Burak Yavuz. (Released at 03/18/2023).
Version 30.6 - Overhauled and decreased HTML. Cosmetic changes. (Released at 02/18/2023).
Version 30.5 - Updated translations. (Released at 10/08/2022).
Version 30.4 - Changed servers for getting IPs. Fixed bug with display IPv6 into flyout window. (Released at 09/24/2022).
Version 30.3 - Updated French translation by LogoLargo. (Released at 09/17/2022).
Version 30.2 - Fixed text overlap for size 200% and above. (Released at 07/16/2022).
Version 30.1 - New setting (#6 tab) added by user request. (Released at 06/27/2022).
Version 30.0 - Updated Dutch translation by Marcel Keiman (The Rambler). (Released at 04/30/2022).
Version 29.9 - New “IPs to show” (IPv4 and IPv6) option (#3 tab) added. (Released at 03/09/2022).
Version 29.8 - Updated Italian translation by Roberto Boriotti. (Released at 11/16/2021).
Version 29.7 - Fixed work first server and changed the fourth server for determining country flag. (Released at 11/04/2021).
Version 29.6 - Updated French translation by LogoLargo. (Released at 10/09/2021).
Version 29.5 - New “Delay before determining IPs” setting (#3 tab) added. (Released at 09/26/2021).
Version 29.4 - Updated French translation by LogoLargo. (Released at 07/10/2021).
Version 29.3 - Changed main gadget’s icons. Changed wired connections icon. Cosmetic changes. (Released at 06/19/2021).
Version 29.2 - Updated Japanese translation by Kosuke Kaizuka. (Released at 06/13/2021).
Version 29.1 - Improved information into flyout window. Updated Polish translation by Andrzej Mazurkiewicz. (Released at 05/24/2021).
Version 29.0 - Added Sum traffic numbers on main gadget’s screen. Fixed many bugs. (Released at 05/15/2021).
Version 28.7 - Improved settings usability. (Released at 11/25/2020).
Version 28.6 - Settings for switch between connection type now writes to file and reads on next gadget start. (Released at 10/17/2020).
Version 28.5 - Cosmetic changes. (Released at 10/12/2020).
Version 28.4 - Fixed bug with counters reset. (Released at 09/30/2020).
Version 28.3 - Improved working with WMI. (Released at 09/20/2020).
Version 28.2 - Updated Japanese translation by Kosuke Kaizuka. Cosmetic changes in code. (Released at 08/27/2020).
Version 28.1 - Updated French translation by LogoLargo. (Released at 08/16/2020).
Version 28.0 - Updated Chinese Traditional and Chinese Simplified translations by akjz. (Released at 04/20/2020).
Version 27.9 - Improved code. (Released at 02/16/2020).
Version 27.8 - Cosmetic changes. (Released at 02/04/2020).
Version 27.7 - Fixed “Auto pick network type” procedure. (Released at 01/18/2020).
Version 27.6 - Fixed bug with reset “Total” counters after reinitializing gadget. (Released at 12/19/2019).
Version 27.5 - Fixed bug with determining profiles. (Released at 12/13/2019).
Version 27.4 - Changed server for determining IPv6 into flyout. (Released at 08/25/2019).
Version 27.3 - Fixed bug with autoscale DPI under Windows 10. (Released at 08/15/2019).
Version 27.2 - Improved net usage value. (Released at 07/25/2019).
Version 27.1 - Fixed auto change DNS. (Released at 05/29/2019).
Version 27.0 - New setting in tab #B added. (Released at 05/19/2019).
Version 26.9 - Improved work with languages in settings. (Released at 04/07/2019).
Version 26.8 - Improved working with NICs in settings. (Released at 03/13/2019).
Version 26.7 - Fixed bug with set auto detect net type when computer return from sleep mode. Improved auto actions. (Released at 03/09/2019).
Version 26.6 - Changed server for determining IPv6 into flyout. For security reason server is use SSL protocol. (Released at 02/05/2019).
Version 26.5 - Fixed bug with reset counters when pressing “Reinitialize gadget” icon (blue arrows at bottom). (Released at 01/30/2019).
Version 26.4 - Added flags for Satellite Provider and Anonymous Proxy. (Released at 10/25/2018).
Version 26.3 - Changed first server for determining country flag. (Released at 10/10/2018).
Version 26.2 - Fixed abnormal network activity under Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Optimized code. (Released at 10/06/2018).
Version 26.1 - Fixed critical bag with wrong traffic calculate when refresh time larger 1 second. Fixed bug with overlap scale value on graph. Improved code. (Released at 09/25/2018).
Version 26.0 - Changed all server for get IP and country flag. Changed algorithm for getting country flag (dramatically reduced use of internet). Some minor optimizations and code cleanup. (Released at 09/15/2018).
Version 25.9 - Changed main server for get country flag. (Released at 09/01/2018).
Version 25.8 - Some minor optimizations and code cleanup. (Released at 08/30/2018).
Version 25.7 - Minor changes. (Released at 08/12/2018).
Version 25.6 - Fixed ubnormal HDD activity when “Save traffic-counters” box is checked. (Released at 07/10/2018).
Version 25.5 - Updated Polish translation by Andrzej Mazurkiewicz. (Released at 05/11/2018).
Version 25.4 - Updated Czech translation by Jiří Škorpil. (Released at 03/03/2018).
Version 25.3 - Added “WAN bandwidth” option in Scale (#7) settings tab (Bandwidth = sum upstream and downstream). (Released at 02/11/2018).
Version 25.2 - Cosmetic changes in resizing. (Released at 01/09/2018).
Version 25.1 - Fixed bugs. (Released at 12/28/2017).
Version 25.0 - Fixed bug with reset counters when computer resumed from sleep mode. Improved auto actions for NICs. Add new settings (#5 settings tab). Fixed bug in settings. More accuracy working with number values. (Released at 12/22/2017).
Version 24.8 - Fixed bug in settings. Add new settings (#4 settings tab). (Released at 11/22/2017).
Version 24.7 - Eliminate unnecessary procedures. Improved auto actions for NICs (added working with bluetooth NICs) and fixed few bugs. Cosmetic changes in interface. Fixed few typos in settings. (Released at 11/14/2017).
Version 24.6 - Fixed bugs in auto actions for NICs. Added possibility switch to new NIC immediately after it creates (#5 settings tab). Updated WMI classes for get traffic for Windows 8.1 and above(for Windows 7 no changes). (Released at 10/23/2017).
Version 24.5 - Improved auto actions for NICs. (Released at 10/15/2017).
Version 24.4 - Updated parsing procedures for determining connection details. (Released at 09/28/2017).
Version 24.3 - Remove unnecessary procedure. New settings added (#2 settings tab). (Released at 06/05/2017).
Version 24.2 - Updated Polish translation.
Version 24.0 - Fixed bug in settings. Allow show NIC name instead internal IP (#3 settings tab).
Version 23.9 - Fixed few bugs in settings. Fixed bug with DNS. Improved working with IP and DNS. Cosmetic changes.
Version 23.8 - Modified procedures works with external IP and country flag. Added “none” servers in settings for security reason. Fixed bug with wrong output download bar. Change one server for country flag.
Version 23.7 - Change servers for determining external IP and country flag. All servers are use SSL protocol. Added button for for stop/resume external IP tracking. Improved working with external IP procedures. Fixed bug with custom colors in settings.
Version 23.6 - Allow to show DNS in main screen. Fixed bug in settings.
Version 23.5 - Updated Portuguese translation by Lucas Cava. Updated Japanese translation by Kosuke Kaizuka.
Version 23.4 - Added Dutch translation by Marcel Keiman (The Rambler).
Version 23.3 - Added two modes to output bars and numbers. Added possibility save traffic to disk after specified time. Overhauled HTML.
Version 23.2 - Improved code. Improved settings usability.
Version 23.1 - “Unselect all” button added into Hide section in settings. Optimize code.
Version 23.0 - Fixed bug with custom sounds.
Version 22.8 - Added Spanish translation by Jordi Bartrina.
Version 22.7 - Play sound when external IP changes.
Version 22.6 - Updated German translation by Jörg Bornwasser.
Version 22.5 - Updated Hindi translation by Raunak Dutta.
Version 22.4 - Fixed bug with saving locked NICs into Windows 10.
Version 22.3 - “Restore factory default settings” button now don’t affect to “Instance of the gadget #” field.
Version 22.2 - Fixed Belorussian translation by Kanstantsin Melnikau.
Version 22.1 - Added Belorussian translation by Kanstantsin Melnikau.
Version 22.0 - New setting added.
Version 21.9 - Fixed bug with saving locked NICs into Windows 10. Many Improvements in code. Show current interface when move pointer to corresponding IP.
Version 21.8 - Fixed Indonesian translation by elda taluta.
Version 21.7 - Fixed Polish translation by Andrzej Mazurkiewicz.
Version 21.6 - Improved working under Windows 10. Fixed Indonesian translation by elda taluta.
Version 21.5 - Fixed bug in translations.
Version 21.4 - Allow run specify program when connection is ON/OFF. Improved sounds algorithms.
Version 21.3 - Many improvements in code and logic. Fixed bugs.
Version 21.2 - Many improvements in working with NICs.
Version 21.1 - Change “Auto pick network type” behavior procedure. Improved French localizations by Largo.
Version 21.0 - Fixed bugs. Improved “Auto pick network type” option. Improved some localizations.
Version 20.9 - Fixed bug with used NetLib.dll.
Version 20.8 - Fixed many bugs. Improved code. Added play sounds when NIC on/off.
Version 20.7 - Minor improvements.
Version 20.6 - Improved code. Change Updated notifier algorithm.
Version 20.5 - Changed algorithm for determining country flag.
Version 20.4 - Cosmetic changes.
Version 20.3 - Cosmetic changes in Japanese translation.
Version 20.2 - Added Japanese translation by Kosuke Kaizuka.
Version 20.1 - Fixed determining IPv6 into flyout.
Version 20.0 - Allow run up to 8 copies of the gadget with each individual settings. Reorganized settings.
Version 19.5 - Added new and remove obsolete servers for external IP and country flag. Reorganized settings. Added “human voices” for sounds. Added “Graph height” settings (#7 tab).
Version 19.4 - Sorry wrong version!!!
Version 19.3 - Added new and remove obsolete servers for external IP.
Version 19.2 - Added new setting (#4 tab).
Version 19.1 - Fixed problem with main timer and high CPU load.
Version 19.0 - Improved main timer algorithm. Cosmetic changes in flyout.
Version 18.9 - Improved code.
Version 18.8 - Improved code. Added “Locks selections” option.
Version 18.7 - Hover mouse to title for show next counters reset data/time if it is set.
Version 18.6 - Wrong version!!!
Version 18.5 - Resets the counters on next start if the computer is turned off during the execution of the schedule.
Version 18.4 - Added Czech translation by Jiří Škorpil.
Version 18.3 - Fixed Polish translation by Andrzej Mazurkiewicz.
Version 18.2 - Fixed Polish translation by Andrzej Mazurkiewicz.
Version 18.1 - Added Polish translation by Andrzej Mazurkiewicz.
Version 18.0 - Improved interface.
Version 17.9 - Improved usability for Cyrillic languages.
Version 17.8 - Added Hindi translation by Raunak Dutta.
Version 17.7 - Added forcibly scan Internet connection (apply it if you use router).
Version 17.6 - Added Slovak translation by Ivan Očadlík.
Version 17.5 - Fixed bug with sound.
Version 17.4 - Improved reset counter procedures.
Version 17.3 - Improved interface.
Version 17.2 - Added play sound when internet connection established.
Version 17.1 - Added Italian translation by Carlo Adami.
Version 17.0 - Fixed bug with negative values when computer wake from sleep mode. Added possibility show different Internal IP if you have it.
Version 16.9 - Added new server for correct determine iranian flag.
Version 16.8 - New algorithm for calculate traffic. Added Indonesian translation by elda taluta.
Version 16.7 - Fixed incorrect Net usage output (0%) when use NetLib.dll.
Version 16.6 - Determine enable or disable performance counters.
Version 16.5 - Added Catalonian translation by Jordi Bartrina.
Version 16.4 - Added play alert sound when lost internet connection (#2 settings tab).
Version 16.3 - Change Autoscale procedure behavior.
Version 16.2 - Added Autoscale DPI option (#1 settings tab).
Version 16.1 - Improved code.
Version 16.0 - Fixed French translation by Pascal Legendre.
Version 15.9 - Allow select peak units measuring. Save net setting for switching into settings.ini file.
Version 15.8 - Added French translation by Largo.
Version 15.7 - Added Chinese Simplified translation by Ellis Chang.
Version 15.6 - Added Chinese Traditional translation by Ellis Chang.
Version 15.5 - Added German translation by Jonas Bauer.
Version 15.4 - Added Macedonian translation by Vasil F. Bachovski.
Version 15.3 - Added save External IP to file setting. Added Turkish translation by Celal Osmanbas.
Version 15.2 - Added Spanish translation by Diego Manuel Vazquez.
Version 15.1 - Added Brazilian Portuguese translation by Rafael “R4to0” Maciel Alves.
Version 15.0 - Added Ukrainian and Russian languages.
Version 14.2 - Fixed bug in flyout.
Version 14.1 - Added auto detect connection type. Optimize flyout code.
Version 14.0 - Added new settings into “reset counters” function.
Version 13.9 - Fixed bug with determine WINS server.
Version 13.8 - Added choice servers for determining external IP.
Version 13.7 - Hover mouse to country flag for show additional information.
Version 13.6 - Improved “Auto update IP” procedures. Added new settings.
Version 13.5 - Added “Restore factory default settings” button and “Save counters when shut down” setting. Change “Refresh” and “Copy” functions behavior. Improved procedures.
Version 13.4 - Recognize “1.0 Gbps Full Duplex” mode.
Version 13.3 - Fixed bug with incorrect output “Net usage” in case no network adapters.
Version 13.2 - Fixed bug after run under Windows XP.
Version 13.1 - Determine external firewall.
Version 13.0 - Same element open and close flyout.
Version 12.9 - Change settings (by request). Improved code. Fixed wrong main screen in 120% size.
Version 12.8 - Improved flyout.
Version 12.7 - Added sounds when operate with flyout. Added custom refresh rate (1-999 sec).
Version 12.6 - Added Duplex info into flyout.
Version 12.5 - Added MAX speed info into flyout.
Version 12.4 - Fixed bugs.
Version 12.2 - Added “Auto pick the network type” option. Updated and added servers for determining country flag.
Version 12.1 - Improved reinit function.
Version 12.0 - Added Computer name and Domain info into flyout.
Version 11.9 - Fixed bug with fill graph type. Added servers for determining country flag.
Version 11.8 - Added “Put download graph first” option. Fixed bugs.
Version 11.7 - Added update notifier. Added fill style for graphs.
Version 11.6 - Allow rename the “Internal IP” and “External IP” to “LAN IP” and “WAN IP” respectively.
Version 11.5 - Fixed wrong output bug IPv6 into flyout.
Version 11.4 - Improved interface. Fixed bugs.
Version 11.3 - Added picture for identify no internet connection.
Version 11.2 - Added DHCP server info into flyout.
Version 11.1 - Fixed bugs.
Version 11.0 - Added show 2 DNS servers into flyout.
Version 10.9 - Fixed bugs in determine profiles.
Version 10.8 - Added many information into flyout.
Version 10.7 - Added size adjustable for flyout.
Version 10.6 - Added new setting. Improved code.
Version 10.5 - Click on connection type icon - switch between connections (wired/wireless).
Version 10.4 - Added “day of the month” for reset counters.
Version 10.3 - Fixed bugs.
Version 10.2 - New setting added “Hide 'Peak' string” (see page #5).
Version 10.1 - New settings added (see page #5).
Version 10.0 - Added change graph line width and hide gridlines on a graph.
Version 9.9 - Potential bug fixed.
Version 9.8 - Allow hide “Title” and “Copyright”. Improved procedures.
Version 9.7 - Updated servers for determining external IP.
Version 9.6 - Added servers for determining country flag.
Version 9.5 - Determining profile and firewall status added.
Version 9.4 - Improved procedures.
Version 9.3 - Optimize code.
Version 9.2 - Improved procedures. Changed some default settings.
Version 9.1 - Added option auto update internal and external IP if changed.
Version 9.0 - Show default GateWay procedure added.
Version 8.9 - Improved determining country flag procedure.
Version 8.8 - Fixed bugs.
Version 8.7 - Change URL for country flag.
Version 8.6 - Fixed bugs.
Version 8.5 - “Refresh time” setting added.
Version 8.4 - “Display units” setting added.
Version 8.3 - Fixed bugs.
Version 8.2 - Added “All” (sum) to Total and Current traffic when mouse over.
Version 8.1 - Added scale to graph.
Version 8.0 - Improved procedures.
Version 7.9 - Fixed problem with country flag.
Version 7.7 - Improved procedures.
Version 7.6 - Fixed bugs.
Version 7.4 - New settings added.
Version 7.3 - Fixed bugs.
Version 7.0 - Added color changeable for all gadget’s elements. Added IPv6 view.
Version 6.3 - Fixed bugs.
Version 6.2 - Many settings added.
Version 6.1 - Fixed bugs.
Version 6.0 - Two modes of work added.
Version 5.5 - Change size adjustable method.
Version 5.3 - Save settings to file. (File will be created - Path: %APPDATA% File: gadgetname_Settings.ini). New “Save total to file” setting.
Version 5.1 - Fixed bugs.
Version 5.0 - Added size adjustable.
Version 4.2 - Improved procedures.
Version 4.0 - Check for update button added.