I run a server on my laptop (with Windows 7) to share some data with remote users. I do not want to shut down the laptop while others are downloading – therefore, I constantly need to monitor my server's activity.
It is possible to use Windows' resource monitor or advanced network-monitoring packages (like wireshark), but they do not offer on-screen indicators. In this case, each time you needed to check, you'd have to open the program, find the running process and check if it has network activity.
I'm looking for something that's always visible, like a tray indicator or a widget.