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Network icon - Bytes or packets

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Howdy,
When you let the mouse hover over the network icon in the sys tray, a text box appears showing the connection speed and the number of bytes sent and received. However, I've noticed on some computers that the network icon reports the amount of traffic sent/received in packets instead of bytes.

I've searched everywhere in the control panel for a setting to change this from "Packets" to "Bytes" without any success. Is it possible to change the way traffic if reported?     -Thanks in advance.

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GavinS
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by:Jman8R
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Hi,

I believe that the information shown depends on the type of connection. For example, a dial up modem will show the traffic in bytes, and a LAN connection will show the traffic in packets.

If this is incorrect, could you please post some information regarding the computers you have witnessed this on? Are they using the same operating system, etc?

Some network cards/adapters can use proprietry software to manage/monitor network traffic. If this is the case, then there will not be a registry setting as such - you would have to change the hardware in your PC and use the network cards monitoring software.
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by:GavinS
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Hi Jman8R,
Here at work for example all the computers hang off the same internal network. The network icon on my pc reports "Bytes" whereas the pc next to me shows "Packets". Both pc's use win2k. The only differance I see is that one pc has a pci network card and the other has an onboard network card.

The reason for my question came about after I had adsl connected at home. When I had a dial-up connection, the network icon showed "Bytes". However, my adsl modem is connected via a network card and now the network icon show the traffic as "Packets".   I would like it to be displayed as bytes sent and received.

Regards,
GavinS
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My assumption would be, then, that it will depend on the drivers that you are using as to whether bytes or packets are reported. As such, you probably have no control over what is shown...

You could try updating the drivers that you are using for your home pc, although I believe that it is probably the newer drivers that report packets instead of bytes.

I hope that you find a solutions tho!

If you simply want to see how many byte have been sent/received over your adsl connection, you may find more joy in looking for an additional program that will monitor the connection and bytes transmitted.
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by:GavinS
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Hi Jman8R,
I downloaded a program called "DU Meter". It has a neat little interface and displays exactly what I wanted.

Since this was also your suggestion, I've accepted your answer to give you the points and close the question.

Thanks for the help

Regards,
GavinS
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