Why is that important? Because some clown at the Wall Street Journal says the MacBook Pro with Retina display may drive more bandwidth use. Duh.
It would seem that Mac owners use a disproportionate amount of a network’s bandwidth for movies, YouTube, FaceTime chats, and the like, so network operators need to beware.
Network usage is a problem with every company, and often rears an ugly head at home.
If you and your spouse and all the kids and that creepy guy next door are all sucking down streaming movies, videos, music, and torrent files at the same time, something has to give within your network.
Usually, it’s bandwidth. Everything slows down when more users begin downloading files.
To check your home or office network you can use an app like NetUse Traffic Monitor. It may seem a little geeky, but on a home or small office network it’s a great way to find out what’s going on.
Setup is pretty straightforward but may appear intimidating. There’s an assistant to help you get started.
Once NetUse Traffic Monitor is setup, you get usage reports for each network-enabled device, as well as total bandwidth usage.
It comes with built-in warnings and notifications. You can track network usage in real-time, by the hour, daily, weekly, or monthly.
The key is in your home or office router. If you have one that has full SNMP support, you’re probably good to go.
The results of NetUse Traffic Monitor on the Mincey Household were rather surprising. Most bandwidth on the network is used in the evening. Netflix is a huge bandwidth hog. So are our teenagers.