SurplusMeter
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Keeps a record of your Internet traffic volume (was NetTrack).   Free
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SurplusMeter... If you have a broadband service with a monthly download limit, you may find SurplusMeter comes in handy. It measures the download and upload traffic on your Internet connection and keeps a record of your traffic volume. It gives you all kinds of useful output statistics, like daily allowance, average daily usage, accumulated surplus, and more. SurplusMeter is open-source, and is released under the GNU General Public Licence.
What's New
Version 2.0.3:
  • Added support for Ethernet adaptors.
  • Simplified interface for manually adding/deducting bytes.
  • Fixed a bug which caused measuring to stop after about 4 GB traffic in a short period.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented SurplusMeter working on some new Mac models.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later



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SurplusMeter User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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L0xby commented on 13 Jun 2011
BUG REPORT: if your mac crashes and you have to do a hard reboot (by holding down power button), surplusmeter loses track of its stats because surplusmeter_data.plist gets corrupted. it needs better data recovery in case of system crashes.
[Version 2.0.3]


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Dadama commented on 29 Mar 2011
MU you have the wrong application icon. The application icon you show for surplusmeter is the old icon for perfect diet tracker.
[Version 2.0.3]


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L0xby reviewed on 07 Feb 2011
Need a way to exclude bandwidth used by local network traffic (e.g. local file transfer from Mac to Mac on same network). Maybe let the user to specify which IP's to ignore traffic.

Also, I'm confused by the "Month starts on" field. Do I set it to 0 or 1 if I want all days of a single month included? I think this field should be hidden (show it as an advanced setting), and by default SurplusMeter should count from the first day of the month to the last day of the month.

Aside from that, it seems to work ok.
[Version 2.0.3]


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Srikanda reviewed on 29 Jan 2011
Does what it says. Too bad it doesn't cap and you have to launch the app to see changes. Would be great if it could show your usage on menubar.
[Version 2.0.3]


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Dblox reviewed on 20 Jan 2011
I used this program for a short time and it told me exactly what I needed to know. So, I trashed it .... it was of no further use. I like to keep my Mac tidy.
Anyway, I am now left with the really irritating menu bar meter which there is, seemingly, no way to get rid of. I have tried e-installing the Application ..... no options to 'un'display the menu bar meter. Deleted the application again ..... NO LUCK. I WANT THIS JUNK OFF MY SYSTEM!!
ANY IDEAS gratefully received!!!!
[Version 2.0.3]

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Dblox replied on 21 Jan 2011
Please totally ignore the above. Appearance of menu bar meter was NOT caused by SurplusMeter!!! Product works just fine. Wish I could delete my post but, sadly, I can't. Problem turned out to be caused by an Intego Virus Barrier update ...... a new 'feature'. Sorry guys!!!!
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Afteryouwho commented on 18 Feb 2010
I have been using this program for months now and it has saved my life.

I live in a small rural area and only have ADSL access via satellite with the speed limitations all servers seem to saddle us with. So this program is really helpful and easy to use.

I only have a couple of buts:

1. When I go into the "big city" and can connect via WiFi I have to manually pause the program every time I turn on my computer before I start to navigate or download something. If I forget to, it screws up my calculations. It would be good to be able to turn it off and then have to turn it back on when I need it.

2. I can't reset the program and then recalculate the balances using the plus or minus buttons. Either I don't understand how to do or it does not work. Either possibility.

Aside from that, it is an excellent program and I recommend it to anyone in similar circumstances.
[Version 2.0.3]


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JKT reviewed on 02 Sep 2008
Excellent to see that this is now a UB. However, the Archive is not showing GB to me as it suggests it should in the notes above, only bytes and MB.

The one criticism I would have of this app is that it only runs in one user account at a time as far as I am aware, so if another person logs in on the same machine it doesn't track their usage in addition to your own (please correct me if this is wrong). If it did, it would be perfect. In other words, if there was some means of not only getting the value for how much each individual user has used, but also the total of all users' usage, it would be 5 stars instead of 4.
[Version 2.0.2]


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Weaselboy commented on 02 Sep 2008
Thanks for the universal binary update.

This is a great app that monitors Internet usage using a small user.agent program. The full program only needs to be run if you want to view the stats collected by the user.agent.
[Version 2.0.2]


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iSilver commented on 02 Apr 2007
Great stuff, thanks to the developer for this great piece of software.

Thanks to my ISPs convoluted charging system, I'd like to be able to monitor my bandwidth which is split into two streams, "Day" gives me 10GB download between midday and midnight and "Night" gives me 10GB from Midnight to Midday. When Night allocation is drained it reduces from the Day allocation.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Ian R. Brown reviewed on 17 Dec 2006
Recently I moved to a Broadband account with a 3GB download limit and was recommended, by a friend, to try SurplusMeter.
It exceeded all my expectations, being simplicity itself to use and providing every bit of information anyone could conceivably want on daily or monthly uploads and downloads.
The use of both numerical and graphed information is very useful.
It is an excellent little application which I have recommended to my supplier, NTL, as they did not know of anything suitable for Apple computers.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Dadama had trouble on 29 Mar 2011
No longer works under 10.6.7; at least not for me.
[Version 2.0.3]


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Culture Of One had trouble on 26 Mar 2011
A promising app, and a useful program concept, bit I can't help but notice the Accumulated Surplus calculation is occasionally way off, as is the remainder of month calculation. I've been testing SurplusMeter v2.0.3 since January, and I found that these figures are unreliable, based on the way they are calculated. As an example, I started a usage cycle yesterday, and during the day used ~300MB less than my daily allotment. Today, while still more than 400MB below my daily allotment, the Accumulated Surplus reads -45.3MB, and the "remainder of month" calculation is in the red, even though the average daily usage is just over half of the daily allowance. The "remainder of the month" calculation assumes that the current day has not yet begun and merely divides the total MB available for the month by the number of days left, where it should take into account the % of the current day already over and how much data is being used daily. In other words, this figure is only really accurate between midnight and the first byte of network activity of a given day, and approaches a greater degree of accuracy the more days go by. The same applies for the accumulated surplus; it assumes that all data transferred so far was a part of the preceding day(s) allotment, and doesn't take into account that some usage was from today or that there was an allocation made specifically for said usage. The system draws from the surplus first instead of the daily allocation, making it look like I'm in the red when I actually have hundreds of MB left.

To illustrate: I assumed a stringent cap of 25GB for the month (31 days). Of the 1651.6 MB allotted for 2 days usage, I have used 871.3 MB, which should leave an available reservoir of 780.3 MB before it impacts future daily allowances negatively. The current calculations make it appear that I'm far in the red when I'm actually substantially in the black (or green as the case may be). Clearly, if I'm consistently using less than the daily allowance, the surplus should be close to an entire day worth of usage (or should only reflect the left-over from the previous day(s)), and the daily remainder for the month should be higher than the overall daily allowance.

Needless to say, the app has limited usefulness as a result of this method of calculation. Blissfully, by the time I reach the end of a month, the calculations will average out a bit better and approach some semblance of reality, but until then I have to do my own math to predict the impacts of my usage trends accurately.

I recommend reconsidering the calculation method to better reflect ongoing usage. For starters, not deducting from the surplus until the daily allotment has been exhausted would be a good start. Unfortunately, to accomplish this the system will have to keep a record of the usage at the precise beginning of the current day, and this may be impossible given the way SurplusMeter currently functions.
[Version 2.0.3]


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MWhite111 had trouble on 08 Jan 2007
At the start of this month I started to wonder if my ISP was properly recording my bandwith usage. I did a search for a program to log my internet activity and found SurplusMeter. I have used it for a week or so now and have been very happy up until today. (I found out that my ISP and my internet acitivty was in sync I had just calculated some things wrong.)

Today I went to my ISP to check out my bandwith and noticed a rather large discrepency between my ISP and SurplusMeter (more than 3GB difference). I brought up SurplusMeter and noticed that the "bytes up/down" figures weren't moving even though I was actively downloading/uploading several files. It was like SurplusMeter had just stopped. I wasn't sure what to do, so I paused it and then restarted it--SurplusMeter than began to register my uploads/downloads. Anyone else have this problem?

I'm on a G4 running 10.3.9

Thanks.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Sandy_J had trouble on 06 Apr 2006
Installed 1.0.7, tried to start it, nothing happened, no task runs. Have gone back to 1.0.6 which runs fine.
[Version 1.0.7]

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Sandy_J replied on 06 Apr 2006
Thanks for fixing the problem in 1.0.7. Version 1.0.8 is now running fine on my system (Panther).

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Dblox rated on 20 Jan 2011

[Version 2.0.3]


Downloads:55,662
Version Downloads:29,525
Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Free
Date:30 Dec 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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SurplusMeter... If you have a broadband service with a monthly download limit, you may find SurplusMeter comes in handy. It measures the download and upload traffic on your Internet connection and keeps a record of your traffic volume. It gives you all kinds of useful output statistics, like daily allowance, average daily usage, accumulated surplus, and more. SurplusMeter is open-source, and is released under the GNU General Public Licence.


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