By Edward Lawford
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ABOUT PEAKHOUR 4
PeakHour 4 is a beautiful, network bandwidth and network quality visualiser that lives in your Mac OS menu bar and provides instant and historical views of throughput and quality for your Internet, WiFi and other compatible devices.
** IMPORTANT **
PeakHour 4 lets you visualise network traffic for compatible routers and network devices. We strongly recommend that you visit our web site for information about compatibility. Click the 'Digitician Web Site' link to the right or visit peakhourapp.com for more information >>
MONITOR YOUR NETWORK
PeakHour 4 is perfect for monitoring your compatible network devices*: Internet, WiFi, NAS, servers and more. PeakHour 4 gives you a real-time visual view of how much bandwidth your devices are using. PeakHour 4 can also analyze the quality of your connection, showing ISP and Internet congestion in real-time. Data is collected over time and can be analysed in the powerful History view, which lets you see previous collected data for any time period at adjustable levels of detail.
TRACK YOUR USAGE
PeakHour 4 can also track individual total usage and can also track your Internet usage if you're on a capped or limited monthly allowance. PeakHour 4 can send email alerts or system notifications as you reach certain usage thresholds.
NEW IN PEAKHOUR 4
◆ PeakHour Remote: Access PeakHour from anywhere! From any device, point a (modern) browser at the Mac running PeakHour to see a real-time view of your targets and usage. Add to your phone or tablet's home screen for a fast, web-based app available at the tap of a button.
◆ All new First Time Setup: PeakHour 4 includes a brand new, simplified setup wizard to make it easier to get the most out of it. By default, First Time Setup will try to find your UPnP devices, enable SNMP and monitor your local Mac and set up monitoring of your Internet connection.
◆ Connection Quality: You can add now a new type of monitor: Connection Quality. This type of monitoring works by regularly pinging a target on the Internet (either the other side of your Internet conneciton or a specific host on the Internet - i.e. netflix.com). By default, First Time Setup will add a Connection Quality monitor for your Internet connection.
◆ To monitor your local Mac interfaces with PeakHour, just enable the checkbox in First Time Setup or choose 'Monitor This Mac' from the PeakHour menu to bring up the wizard separately.
◆ Monitoring other Macs on your network has also never been easier. PeakHour Enabler now uses iCloud to sync your Mac's information to PeakHour; adding them now takes just a few clicks.
◆ Dark Mode: PeakHour now has a cool new look if Dark Mode is enabled in System Preferences. It can also be enabled under Preferences > Display.
◆ The main PeakHour window is now resizable horizontally, allowing you to increase the horizontal width to see more of the real-time, scrollable graph.
Targets can now be manually enabled and disabled.
◆ PeakHour can now track daily usage quotas, as well as monthly.
◆ Redesigned primary Preferences UI.
◆ Improved SNMPv3 support.
◆ Full macOS Sierra support.
◆ Much of PeakHour is now written in Swift, resulting in better performance and stability.
◆ Lots of other enhancements and fixes.
◆ Monitor your Internet usage.
◆ Monitor the speed and quality of your Internet connection.
◆ Help determine the optimum placement of your Wireless Access Point for maximum performance or troubleshoot slow WiFi.
◆ Track how much Internet data you're using to make sure you don't go over your monthly allowance.
◆ Help troubleshoot Internet performance problems and slowdowns.
◆ Check your ISP is providing the speed and quality you're paying for.
◆ Monitor the performance of your network and connected devices: NAS, servers and other network devices.
What's new in Version 4.0.7
Built for macOS High Sierra using the latest version of Swift, AppKit and Xcode. This release contains an important fix for a crash that could occur when viewing History.
Fixed: Occasionally, History windows would crash when opening.
Thanks for all you feedback so far. If you're experiencing issues, please get in contact with us at [email protected] If you love PeakHour, why not leave a review? It really helps us out.
Happy to be able to actually track from my router
This works well with my original Airport Extreme (2nd Gen) and I’m able to see how much data it has running through it. I was having serious overages with my internet, and with our low cap, that means a lot of exra charges, so I needed to find out where it was going, and how much various things were using. I haven’t doven into it *too* deeply to see if I can narrow things down by device, but I got a basic setup that I can at least see the current usage/spikes, which I can tell are, say, my ATV playing something, or my iPhone doing something, etc. It’s also matching up pretty close to what my internet provider is saying for usage (I don’t necessarily trust them, so it was at least reassuring to see). I’m only utilizing a fraction of what it’ll do, and it still got me to buy it. I’ll be curious about some of the deeper features as I get time to learn more.
The direct version thankfully allows a trial, so you can see if it will work on your network before you buy. I lost a bit of data by buying the AppStore version towards the end of my 10 days, but it was more convenient in my case, and I started testing in the middle of a internet cycle anyway. To use the graphs and data best, having it reset when your monthly usage recycles is going to be more helpful.
Pay attention to the compatability information
Many of us use Time Capsules routers. Certain Apple Time Capsule routers will not work with PeakHour4. THey are upfront about this incompatability but purchaser beware.
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- Mac App Store Price: $9.99
- Category: Utilities (Mac)
- Updated: Nov 06, 2017
- Version: 4.0.7
- Size: 13.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Edward Lawford
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Requirements: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor