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NetNak Readme File - 2003 V1.0.1 - 30-day trial version
Copyright 1999-2003 Complete Software Solutions - Andy Erceg
NetNak in a "Nutshell"
- Shows your internet data rate easily.
- Warns you when you are about to exceed your allowed time or data on-line.
- Shows you when you are sending data unexpectedly.
- Enables you to keep track of you time and data on-line easily and in detail.
- Enables you to hang up when you are not "really" sending or receiving data.
- Enables you to have your computer shut down after downloading is complete.
- Enables you to monitor data rates through a shared modem.
- Enables you to remotely hangup a shared modem.
- Enables you to password protect the NetNak settings you need.
What NetNak does
NetNak shows your internet data rate. The data rate is displayed as both text
and on a histogram. The display can be either as a floating window or a docked
window (that can be set to autohide). You also have the option to make the
display unavailable while there is no active connection to monitor.
NetNak can also keep track of your time on-line as well as the total amount of
data you send and receive and the average send and receive data rate. You can
also get a warning if you are about to exceed your preset time on-line or data
limits to help control your internet access costs.
Further to this you can also see your statistics as both text and graphically on
a per month, day, hour and 5 minutely basis so you can see when your internet
connection handles the most and the fastest data, when you are on-line etc.
You can further cut your internet costs by using "Automatic Low Data Hang-up" to
hang up when you are not actually using the internet (but e-mail checkers etc
are keeping your connection alive) or when your internet data speed is too slow.
You can monitor the data through a shared modem from another computer so you can
know how busy the modem is.
NetNak will also check your version of Microsoft Dialup Networking, WinSock and
Windows NT service pack and give you a warning if it is an older or less
suitableversion - refer to the "Known Issues" further down for details on
updating these.
Using NetNak
The most important things to remember are:
- Right-clicking.
- If you have "Show Hints" enabled then as the mouse is moved over various
setting a hint box pops up with a hint about that setting.
- If you are using AOL, a cable modem, DSL etc and you are getting no data rate
displayed you probably need to go into "Properties" and set the data source
to "TCP/IP Monitor".
To change setting right-click on either the window or the System Tray icon and
select "Settings and Statistics" then click "Properties".
The easiest way to use NetNak is probably to:
- Have it docked.
- Enable "Make invisible when there is no connection" on the "Properties" page.
- Have "Show Hints" enabled on the "Properties" page.
The Main Display ...
If the program is not docked you can:
- Make the window wider and narrower by dragging the left or right edges.
- Find it by double-clicking on the System Tray icon.
To close a "docked" window right-click on either the window or the System Tray
icon and select "Exit Program".
To see what the height of the graph is click on it or the number next to it, the
number will show the height for several seconds. If you do not have "Show
average on the numeric indicators" selected and you click again the number will
show the average, over the last minute or since the last "Clear the graphs", for
several seconds.
Clearing the graphs also resets the height of the graphs.
If NetNak is docked you can set AutoHide on the right-click menu.
If you have NetNak docked but don't want NetNak on the top of all programs you
can temporarily disable this by selecting "Not on Top when Docked". This will
stay this way until you either restart NetNak, access the NetNak right-click
menu or double click on the System Tray icon. You can check the status of this
by moving the mouse over the System Tray icon. An example of when you may want
to use this is playing a game that uses the full screen.
Statistics ...
To see your time on-line and other statistics right-click on either the window
or the System Tray icon and select "View Statistics". Note that the average data
rates displayed are the average of all your time on-line since the last "Reset"
so this will include when you are on-line and uploading and downloading nothing
as well as when you are uploading or downloading lots of data. Also, if you have
several different users that logon to Windows(r) then the statistics are for the
currently logged on user only.
On the "Warning" page you can set when you want to be warned about your time
on-line etc. When the warning comes up you have the
following options:
- Snooze - this will hide the warning for 5 minutes.
- Ignore Warning - this gets rid of the warning.
- Hang-up Now - Hangs up the current connection.
You can also set a warning sound, the sound can either be a Wave or a Midi file.
You also have the option of having no warning and having the connection hung-up
immediately.
On the "Resetting" page you set up when you want these statistics reset.
Logging ...
Automatic logging is enabled by default and the default settings are set to be
the best for the average user. You can change the resolution of the logging
graph by right-clicking and selecting an option.
If logging is disabled almost no other details about logging are available to
simplify program usage. On the "Logging" page you can select to have separate
logs for each user, you may want to use this to separately keep track of several
users on-line usage. You can change the resolution on the log graph by
right-clicking and selecting an option. The details on the "Logging" - "View as
Text" page are listed with the most recent at the top for quick access to the
latest data, on this page you also have the option of saving the logged data in
the format currently displayed.
Hanging Up .. (Requires a modem)
You can have a "Hang-up" button that is only visible while you are online, this
button needs to be double-clicked to hang-up (to prevent accidentially hanging
up.
Use "Automatic Low Data Hang-up" if you want to hang-up a connection where the
amount of data being sent and received is less than the limit you have set. A
typical use for this is to prevent a e-mail checker or adware keeping your
connection alive when you are not using it for anything else. Selecting "Restart
Automatic Low Data Hang-up" on the pop-up menu resets the hang-up timer. Note if
you change either the "number of minutes ..." or the "number of KBytes ..."
settings for "Automatic Low Data Hang-up" the timer is restarted automatically.
On the "Hanging Up" page the selecting 'Enable "Automatic Low Data Hang-up"'
causes "Automatic Low Data Hang-up" to be enabled when NetNak is started, this
can also be turned off and on from the main right-click menu. You can also set a
warning sound, the sound can either be a Wave or a Midi file
If you have "Automatic Low Data Hang-up" enabled you can get:
- A warning message with the choice of hiding the warning, hanging up
immediately and resetting the hang-up timer.
- A countdown progress bar, this has a black background that can flash red
during the final minute (or when approximately half the time has passed when
you have the "Automatic Low Data Hang-up" time set to less than 2 minutes)
before hanging up.
The "Automatic Low Data Hang-up" warning has the following options:
- Restart Timing - restarts the countdown timer for low data.
- Hide Warning - hides the warning and continues the countdown to hanging up.
- Hang-up Now - Hangs up the current connection.
- Disable "Auto Hang-up" - Deactivates "Automatic Low Data Hang-up".
Shutdown after Automatic Low Data Hang-up
Using this you can have your computer automatically shut down, hibernate, or
suspend after Automatic Low Data Hang-up. To enable this option you need to
allow it on the "Automatic Low Data Hang-up" page then you need to select what
you want to happen via the main right-click menu.
Data Warning .. (When you are not using a modem)
Use "Automatic Low Data Warning" if you want to be warned where the amount of
data being sent and received is less than the limit you have set. A typical use
for this is to get a warning when a download is finished. Selecting "Restart
Automatic Low Data Warning" on the pop-up menu resets the Warning timer. Note if
you change either the "number of minutes ..." or the "number of KBytes ..."
settings for "Automatic Low Data Warning" the timer is restarted automatically.
On the "Data Warning" page the selecting 'Enable "Automatic Low Data Warning"'
causes "Automatic Low Data Warning" to be enabled when NetNak is started, this
can also be turned off and on from the main right-click menu. You can also set a
warning sound, the sound can either be a Wave or a Midi file
If you have "Automatic Low Data Warning" enabled you can get:
- A warning message with the choice of hiding the warning and resetting the
warning timer.
- A countdown progress bar, this has a black background that can flash red
during the final minute (or when approximately half the time has passed when
you have the "Automatic Low Data Warning" time set to less than 2 minutes).
The "Automatic Low Data Warning" warning has the following options:
- Restart Timing - restarts the countdown timer for low data.
- Hide Warning - hides the warning and continues the countdown.
- Disable "Automatic Low Data Warning" - Deactivates "Automatic Low Data
Warning".
Shutdown after Automatic Low Data Warning
Using this you can have your computer automatically shut down, hibernate, or
suspend after Automatic Low Data Warning. To enable this you need to select what
you want to happen via the menu.
Sharing ...
If you share a modem you can enable seeing the data rate through the shared
modem from the computers that use that modem. You need to specify the "Computer
ID" on the computers that use the shared modem only if you have more than one
shared modem on your network.
Security ...
You have the option to prevent changes to various setting via the "Security"
page. You also can limit the options available when NetNak starts to do an
"Automatic Low Data Hang-up" or when the time online exceeds your preset limit.
You can also require a password to close NetNak down manually.
Requirements
Windows 95/98 or higher or Windows NT 4.0 or higher.
Installation Notes
If you are installing a new version of this software you should uninstall the
old version first, you may need to restart your computer to free all the files.
Registration
Please go to http://www.nakware.com/netnak for information about registration.
Differences between the 30-day trial version and the registered version:
- No 30 day limit.
- Priority when asking for technical support.
If you represent an Internet Connection provider (or similar business) and you
are interested in a customized version for your clients please contact the sales
e-mail address below.
Known Issues
Automatic Low Data Hang-up not happening
The most common cause of this happening is setting the data rate too low (or
at 0 KBytes per minute. Often there are small amounts of data that are send
and received and these can keep NetNak from doing the Automatic Low Data
Hang-up. You could try out higher values. If you have ad-sponsored software
16 KBytes per minute is a good setting to try.
Audio Warnings
Due to a Windows limitation only one program can play a wave file at a time so
if there is already another program playing a wave file NetNak will not play a
wave warning. This is also the case with MIDI files, but you can have a MIDI
warning while another program is playing a wave file and visa-versa.
"Unable to open log file - NetNak.DAT" error message.
The most common reasons for this message is if the file has been opened by
another application or if the file has been set to read only.
Data logged when offline
On a very low number of computers NetNak records that there has been data
transferred when offline - this appears to be a problem with Microsoft Dialup
Networking statistics. To prevent this select "Only record when online" -
selecting this will also reduce CPU usage by clearing the graph until next
online.
Windows 95 - Microsoft Dialup Networking
If you are using a Windows dial-up connection and get "0 Bps" all the time you
may have an old version of Microsoft Dial-up Networking. If you want you can
download the latest version from Microsoft
(http://www.microsoft.com/downloads).
If you are using an older version of Microsoft Dialup Networking you will get
a warning only once - so you can keep using the older version if you want to.
Windows 95 - WinSock
If you are using TCP/IP Monitor and get "0 Bps" all the time you may have an
old version of WinSock. If you want you can download the latest version from
Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads).
If you are using an older version of WinSock you will get a warning only once
- so you can keep using the older version if you want to.
Windows NT - Service Packs
If you are using TCP/IP Monitor and using Windows NT 4.0 you should have
Service Pack 4 or later. If you want you can download the latest version from
Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads).
If you are using an older Service Pack you will get a warning only once - so
you can keep using the older version if you want to.
Windows 95/98 Only
The monitoring of the data rate to and from your modem works only for the
first four modem devices set up as dial-up adapters (most people only have one
so this not likely to cause any problems).
Windows NT Only
Some Windows NT drivers can cause a very slow memory leak when using
Microsoft's Windows NT Performance Monitoring. You can use NetNakRestart
(available via the NetNak FAQ page of our web site).
If you are using TCP/IP Monitor you should have service pack 4 or higher
installed.
Getting "0 Bps" all the time
There are several possible reasons for this and to ensure the most up to date
solutions we suggest you visit the NetNak FAQ page.
Sharing a Modem
When you select "Computer with the modem used by other computers" you will get
the data rate information made available on your local network. This enables
a computer on your network that shares the modem to see how much data is going
through the modem. A side effect of how Windows handles shared real-time data
is that a small amount of data is also sent through the modem since this is
still part of your local network. By specifying you local domain name in the
"Sharing" setting Windows does not allow this data to be received outside your
domain. Apart from this the data contains no personal details - it is only the
data rate information and computer name in a condensed format.
"Unable to start the TCP/IP Monitor"
This message usually indicates that the file inetmib1.dll is missing and needs
installing. Under Windows 95 the update to WinSock Version 2 needs to have
been installed as well.
Shutdown after Automatic Low Data Hang-up/Warning
Not all computers support all the shutdown options presented. Most do support
"Shutdown".
Using TCP/IP Monitor and getting pulses only
Some systems update the TCP/IP statistics less often than others. To improve
the display set a slower display update speed under "Properties".
Using TCP/IP Monitor on a LAN
The TCP/IP Monitor counts the total TCP/IP traffic to and from a computer and
so will include TCP/IP traffic to the internet and to other computers. As
NetNak does not have direct access to the TCP/IP traffic addressing this can
not be separated.
Contact Details
Complete Software Solutions WebSite
www.nakware.com
or www.comsoft.co.nz
Product Web Page
www.nakware.com/netnak
or www.comsoft.co.nz/netnak
E-Mail Address
- Product Support
netnak@nakware.com
- Sales
sales@nakware.com
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