Broadband users, take heed of the DU Meter. Its sage advice can
help you ensure you’re getting the most out of your broadband
connection, as well as keeping within whatever download or upload
limits your ISP might employ.
At its most basic, DU Meter is an animated line graph that
displays the bandwidth you’re using for uploads and downloads, in
real time, in a small floating window. (Vista users can also
install a gadget for the Sidebar that does almost everything the
standalone application can do.) But DU Meter also can alert you
when your total bandwidth usage–upstream or downstream–exceeds a
limit you can configure, over either a short or long time period.
For example, you can choose to have the program alert you if you
exceed a set monthly download allotment, and/or you can set up
alerts that warn if you’ve used a configurable amount of bandwidth
within the past few seconds, minutes, hours, or days.
With its ability to monitor and track both immediate bandwidth
usage and longer-term usage trends, DU Meter can save you a lot of
time and trouble, especially in a day and age when some broadband
ISPs are cracking down on some customers for what the ISPs consider