What is Netspeed?

Netspeed is just a little GNOME-applet that shows how much traffic occurs on a specified network device (for example eth0). You get the best impression of it, if you look at the screenshots below.

How does it look like?

This screenshot shows netspeed monitoring a W-Lan device.

A screenshot showing a wlan device

The preferences dialog.

A screenshot showing the preferences dialog

This window shows some details on the selected network device.

A screenshot showing the details window

Documentation & FAQ

The manual is available via the GNOME Help Browser or via the context menu of the applet.

I gathered some FAQ. Please read them before contacting me:

Why doesn't the applet have a (dis-)connect feature?

Well, actually it has (since version 0.10). However the setup is currently not visible in the UI. To set it up, fire up gconf-editor (the applet must be running), and navigate to /apps/panel/profiles/default/applets/. Scroll through the applets until you find an entry with the bonobo_iid OAFIID:GNOME_NetspeedApplet. In the prefs subsection add (or edit the) two keys up_command and down_command. The values have to be the path to the commands you use to connect/disconnect your devices (usually /sbin/ifup and /sbin/ifdown). After that, on the commandline, execute bonobo-slay netspeed. The applet should now restart and after that left-clicking on the applet should give you a connect-dialog.

Why is this feature so difficult to set up?

I originally didn't want to include this feature in the applet at all, because I think it's more or less a hack. However it has now been requested so frequently, that I thought it's almost a "must-have". But it's still a hack IMHO, so that's why it's only available via gconf ATM. If you think you know a (rather simple,) clean, distro independant way (with little ui) to implement this, I'll of course change my mind (patches are wellcome :-)).

How do I get it?

Tarballs are available from the netspeed launchpad site.
Many distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.) provide packaged versions of netspeed.

Netspeed applet 0.16 requires GNOME (>=2.15.x) and GTK (>=2.6).

Furthermore you can try out the cutting edge development version. The module is netspeed in GNOME git.

Changes

0.16

0.15.2

0.15.1

0.15

0.14

0.13

Big thanks to Pedro Villavicencio Garrido and Benoit Dejean for their help!

0.12.1

0.12

Bugs & Feature Requests

Please report bugs to netspeed component of GNOME Bugzilla.

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