How to Check FTP Transfer Rate


Individual applications that transfer files using FTP may have their own methods for monitoring transfer speed. But for a single method that works across all applications, consider an external bandwidth monitor. Windows no longer tracks bandwidth usage, but several free third-party tools display your upload and download speed. Close other Internet programs besides your FTP transfer tool, and check the bandwidth monitor to determine your transfer rate.

Net Speed Monitor

  • If your computer uses the 32-bit version of Windows 7, download Net Speed Monitor for Windows. (See Resources.)

  • If your computer instead uses the 64-bit Windows 7 version, download Net Speed Monitor for Windows (msi, x64). (See Resources.)

  • Run the installation program. The license agreement will open.

  • Accept the agreement. Click "Next." Further options will open.

  • Click "Next." Click "Install." A dialog box will ask whether you want your task bar to display the "NetSpeedMonitor toolbar."

  • Click "Yes." Another dialog box will open.

  • Click "Save."

  • Run your FTP transfer.

  • Check the transfer rate from the task bar.

Bandwidth Meter

  • Download the Bandwidth Meter installation program. (See Resources.)

  • Run the program.

  • Click "Next" through the options. Choose "Install" when the final step prompts you to.

  • Run your FTP transfer.

  • Check the transfer rate from the task bar.

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