Internet connected hotposts have become all the rage in the 21st century. My switch from AT&T to Verizon came about because of a need to have 4G LTE speed and a built-in iPhone hotspot for my Mac and iPad. Other than sporadic download speeds from Verizon, the hotspot feature on the iPhone is fast and gives an extra boost of speed and mobility to my Mac.
Here’s the problem. While using the Mac on my iPhone hotspot there’s a tendency to suck up bandwidth without knowing exactly how much the Mac is using.
Bandwidth+ is the free Mac app that tells you. It’s so simple there’s nothing to configure. Install it and it lives in the Mac’s Menubar and tracks Wi-Fi hotspot usage.
With most cell phone companies using too much bandwidth can get costly. Bandwidth+ simply records the amount of bandwidth your Mac uses on a Wi-Fi hotspot (from your iPhone or any other source) so you have a more accurate view of what’s being used for each device.
The iPhone also tracks usage but not on an individual session basis, and the Mac doesn’t track usage at all. Having a simple Menubar app that automatically tracks Wi-Fi hotspot usage is a big plus.
Bandwidth+ is free and installs quickly.
My only wish is that bandwidth would be closer to free as advocated in George Gilder’s Life without Television. Yes. I’m that old.