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I'm looking for a network activity notification indicator for Windows-7 (Windows XP had, remember?).

I saw this SU question and, although it provides a 3rd party solution, it does not provide a solution for the notifications, but through hardware LEDs.

This question is VERY similar without the requirement of the solution to be a notification solution. In the answer there is a broken link and the above mentioned Network Lights.

Anyway to achieve something like this?

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You can turn on the activity animation, or use another product by the same creators of Network Lights, Network Activity Indicator. It will indicate incoming as well as outgoing traffic, and you can even change the blink duration:

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Network Activity Indicator displays the old 'two monitors' icon in Windows 7 that flashed blue to show network activity on the System Tray.

Unlike the original Windows XP utility (that has individual indicators for each interface), this program indicates outgoing and incoming network packets on all available interfaces.

Network Activity Indicator is freeware.

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Thanks! Tested it and it is exactly what I was looking for. – Shaihi Feb 1 '10 at 7:25

Here's a slick one I just found. Installed it and it works like a charm in Windows 7.

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Not only lights in the task bar, but also a popup with traffic graphs, etc.

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+1 that's actually the program from aforementioned 'broken link' :) – Molly7244 Jan 30 '10 at 23:29
I kind of figured it was, but didn't want to say it was when I didn't know. It's nice for sure, but personally I've got other, crazy-wasteful gadgets in Win 7 telling me this stuff already instead. :D Thanks for the pic add-on edit. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 31 '10 at 2:29

I think I may be missing something here. Do you just mean the system tray network activity?

activity light screenshot

Edit: ah, Vista screenshot. Why was this removed in Windows 7...

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You missed the Windows 7 part. – Jan 30 '10 at 23:33
No I... Oh. I may have not noticed what operating system I was running. – RJFalconer Jan 30 '10 at 23:45
(In my defense, a windows 7 VM and a windows vista VM don't look that different :( ) – RJFalconer Jan 30 '10 at 23:46

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