An Internet traffic control and monitoring tool, that allows fine-grained control over various aspects of an Internet Connection.
Features: NetBalancer is a tool that enables the user to finely control different aspects of Internet connection performance. This is mainly done by enabling the user the ability to set priorities of various kinds for each and every download connection or stream: high, normal, low priorities, and the ability to block, ignore and limit certain kinds of traffic. Similarly, it allows the user to set download and upload speeds for a given process. Download and upload properties for each connection/stream is available separately. The GUI mainly provides a process based view of the current Internet traffic going in and out of your network card. System traffic usage over time is available in the form of graphs and a 15-second view is constantly updated on the System tray NetBalancer agent.
A interesting feature is the ability to “Request a Feature” and this implies (depending on whether or not the publishers actively monitor these requests) that over time the software is likely to improve as per the user’s requirements. It is a Windows based utility and works on Windows XP onwards.
Overall: A very nice tool that features an excellent interface. It is uncertain, however, as to what extent it really works at being better than a standard download manager, or just your connection left as it is. The priority makes sense and can result in better download speeds for important files, but the plain fact is that in most cases the bottleneck is not the user’s connection capacity but the Server side for the given download. In such cases of course this tool will be beneficial in the case of simultaneous downloads (in theory, favoring one download over the others). Note that the current version does not support Windows Vista 64 bit. Observe that things such as limiting the download speed of torrent files can be done through the torrent client settings, the only convenience in this case that it is at a central location.