Free Sidebar Gadgets for Windows 10/8.1/7 Desktop

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Network Monitor II overview

Version 24.3 released at 06/05/2017

Network Monitor II

Network Monitor II Windows 10 Sidebar gadget is 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 reason all servers for determining country flag are use SSL protocol. With Network Monitor II information can be accessed without installing any monitoring tools. Also gadget are included 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.

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 play special sound about many events related to your network and Internet connection and even change your current IP. You can always set gadget to stop check your External IP for privacy reason.

Furthermore Network Monitor II can automatically detect which network wired or wireless you use and switch between them when you change it. See advices below how you can set up this feature.

The Info link extends the information provided by the gadget. It open 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 is 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 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 wireless gadget

Network Monitor II wired gadget

Actual servers using by gadget [02-19-2017]

For External IP

  1. https://www.ipchicken.com [US]
  2. https://whatismyipaddress.com [FR]
  3. https://www.whatismyip.net [US]
  4. https://wtfismyip.com [CA]

For country flag

  1. https://www.infosniper.net/ [US]
  2. https://www.xmyip.com/ [US]
  3. https://myip.ms/ [CA]
  4. https://whoer.net/ [US]

Special features

  1. Click on GW/Int.IP (in a right side) for switch show between Gateway and Internal IP.
  2. When you have more than one Internal IP click on Int.IP (in a left side) for switching between Internal IPs. If it is happens cursor changed to pointer when you move it above this string.
  3. Click on Info for show additional information into flyout window, click again - close flyout window.
  4. Move mouse over country flag for show additional information.
  5. When you have more than one DNS click on DNS (in a left side) for switching between DNS. If it is happens cursor changed to pointer when you move it above this string.
  6. Click on icon (stop / play) for stop/resume external IP tracking.
  7. Click on connection identification icon (wired or/and wireless) for switch between connection type.
  8. Move mouse over "Current" or "Total" for view summary traffic.
  9. Click on refresh icon refresh for refresh gadget.
  10. In flyout window click on every element for copy corresponding element into clipboard.
  11. Double click on background will show Network And Sharing Center.
  12. Move mouse over title for show next counters reset data/time if it is set.
  13. Move mouse over corresponding IP for show current network interface.
  14. Gray name  adapter  mean that this NIC disconnected right now. But you can select it for working in future when it connected.

Advice 1: for use switch between connection type you must do follow step.

  1. Go to settings tab #2.
  2. Select "Connection type" and both network interfaces for IP and monitoring for switching.
  3. Press "Set net settings for switching" button.
  4. Back "Connection type" and both network interfaces for IP and monitoring to their current position.
  5. Press "Set net settings for switching" button.
  6. Press Ok button.

After this steps you can change between connections by clicking on connection identification icon (Wired or/and Wireless). After first clicking you change net parameters to parameters saved after click "Set net settings for switching" button. Next click on connection identification icon (Wired or/and Wireless) restore net parameters to their current position.

Advice 2: before check "Auto pick the network type" option you must do follow step.

  1. Go to settings tab #2.
  2. Select "Connection type" and both network interfaces for IP and monitoring for first network.
  3. Press "Set net settings for switching" button.
  4. Back "Connection type" and both network interfaces for IP and monitoring for second network.
  5. Press "Set net settings for switching" button.
  6. Check "Auto pick the network type" box.
  7. Press Ok button.

In this case if you switch to wireless net gadget automatically changes to wireless mode. When you break wireless net gadget immediately back to wired mode.

Advice 3: what is it "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 checked 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.

Show changelog

Version 24.3 - Remove unneccessary procedure. New settings added (#2 settings tab). (Released at 06/05/2017).

Version 24.2 - Update 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. Improve 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. Improve 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 - Update Portuguese translation by Lucas Cava. Update 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 - Improve code. Improve 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 - Update German translation by Jörg Bornwasser.

Version 22.5 - Update 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 - Improve 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. Improve 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. Improve french localizations by Largo.

Version 21.0 - Fixed bugs. Improve "Auto pick network type" option. Improve some localizations.

Version 20.9 - Fixed bug with used NetLib.dll.

Version 20.8 - Fixed many bugs. Improve code. Added play sounds when NIC on/off.

Version 20.7 - Minor improvements.

Version 20.6 - Improve code. Change update 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. Reorganize settings.

Version 19.5 - Added new and remove obsolete servers for external IP and country flad. Reorganize 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 - Improve main timer algorithm. Cosmetic changes in flyout.

Version 18.9 - Improve code.

Version 18.8 - Improve code. Added "Locks selections" option.

Version 18.7 - Move mouse over 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 - Improve interface.

Version 17.9 - Improve 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 - Improve reset counter procedures.

Version 17.3 - Improve 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 - Improve 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 Externat 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 - Move mouse over country flag for show additional information.

Version 13.6 - Improve "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. Improve 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). Improve code. Fixed wrong main screen in 120% size.

Version 12.8 - Improve 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 - Improve 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 - Improve 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. Improve 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". Improve 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 - Improve procedures.

Version 9.3 - Optimize code.

Version 9.2 - Improve 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 - Improve 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" (summa) to Total and Current traffic when mouse over.

Version 8.1 - Added scale to graph.

Version 8.0 - Improve procedures.

Version 7.9 - Fixed problem with country flag.

Version 7.7 - Improve 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 - Improve procedures.

Version 4.0 - Check for update button added.