How to monitor bandwidth usage on your wireless router

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How to monitor bandwidth usage on your wireless router
The Windows Task Manager can monitor the bandwidth usage on your wireless router. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Bandwidth is the amount of data transmitted over a network during a specific amount of time. It is measured in bits per second (bps). The amount of bandwidth available on a network will determine the speed of data transmission between the wireless router and the networked computers. On the Windows operating system, you can monitor the bandwidth usage by using the "Task Manager" utility.

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  1. 1

    Press the "CTRL," "ALT," and "DELETE" buttons simultaneously.

  2. 2

    Select "Start Task Manager" from the list of options. The "Task Manager" dialogue window will open.

  3. 3

    Click the "Networking" tab. The information displayed at the bottom of the window includes the bandwidth usage on the wireless router. The "Link Speed" shows the total amount of bandwidth being sent through the wireless router and used by the network. The "Network Utilization" is the percentage of bandwidth on the network your computer is using.

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