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Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7

, 27 Jan 2010
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Displays the old "two monitors" icon in Windows 7 that flashed blue to show network activity on the System Tray.
Network Activity Indicator

Introduction

In Windows XP, I was used to turning on "Show icon in notification area when connected" and Windows would display a blinking icon to indicate network traffic on the System Tray.
In Windows 7, all I can get is a static icon to show I am on a network, no animation to show me the traffic.

I figured out that the animation feature had been removed from Windows 7, so I decided to create a simple application to satisfy those people (including myself) who want to see when data is coming and going on the network.

A long time ago, I developed a small utility called Network Lights which blinks keyboard LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) indicating outgoing and incoming network packets on the network interface. This utility with source code can be found here: www.itsamples.com/network-lights.html. I remade it to control the System Tray icon instead of keyboard LEDs and adapted it to Windows 7 environment.

Using the Code

The core of this program is a separate thread that obtains current TCP, UDP and ICMP statistics and decides which icon should be displayed on the System Tray:

void TCPThread(LPVOID pInfo)
{
	MIB_TCPSTATS  mibTcpStats;
	MIB_UDPSTATS  mibUdpStats;
	MIB_ICMP      mibIcmpStats;

	UINT nCounter = 0;
	DWORD dwSegTcpRcvd = 0;
	DWORD dwSegTcpSent = 0;
	DWORD dwSegUdpRcvd = 0;
	DWORD dwSegUdpSent = 0;
	DWORD dwSegIcmpRcvd = 0;
	DWORD dwSegIcmpSent = 0;
	DWORD dwLocalOutSegs = 0;
	DWORD dwLocalInSegs = 0;

	while(m_bWorkContinue)
	{
		if(m_bSetIconContinue)
		{
			m_dwPacketsSent = 0;
			m_dwPacketsReceived = 0;

			m_bSetIconContinue = FALSE;

			if(m_bDisplayTCP)
			{
				if(GetTcpStatistics(&mibTcpStats) == NO_ERROR)
				{
					dwLocalInSegs = mibTcpStats.dwInSegs;
					dwLocalOutSegs = mibTcpStats.dwOutSegs;

					m_dwPacketsSent += dwLocalOutSegs;
					m_dwPacketsReceived += dwLocalInSegs;

					if(dwLocalOutSegs > dwSegTcpSent && 
						dwLocalInSegs > dwSegTcpRcvd)
					{
						dwSegTcpSent = dwLocalOutSegs;
						dwSegTcpRcvd = dwLocalInSegs;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hActiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else if(dwLocalOutSegs > dwSegTcpSent && 
						dwLocalInSegs <= dwSegTcpRcvd)
					{
						dwSegTcpSent = dwLocalOutSegs;
						SetTrayIcon
						(NIM_MODIFY, m_hSendIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else if(dwLocalInSegs > dwSegTcpRcvd && 
						dwLocalOutSegs <= dwSegTcpSent)
					{
						dwSegTcpRcvd = dwLocalInSegs;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hReceiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else 
						nCounter++;

					if(nCounter == 10)
					{
						nCounter = 0;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hInactiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
				}
			}

			if(m_bDisplayUDP)
			{
				if(GetUdpStatistics(&mibUdpStats) == NO_ERROR)
				{
					dwLocalInSegs = mibUdpStats.dwInDatagrams;
					dwLocalOutSegs = mibUdpStats.dwOutDatagrams;

					m_dwPacketsSent += dwLocalOutSegs;
					m_dwPacketsReceived += dwLocalInSegs;

					if(dwLocalOutSegs > dwSegUdpSent && 
						dwLocalInSegs > dwSegUdpRcvd)
					{
						dwSegUdpSent = dwLocalOutSegs;
						dwSegUdpRcvd = dwLocalInSegs;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hActiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else if(dwLocalOutSegs > dwSegUdpSent && 
						dwLocalInSegs <= dwSegUdpRcvd)
					{
						dwSegUdpSent = dwLocalOutSegs;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hSendIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else if(dwLocalInSegs > dwSegUdpRcvd && 
						dwLocalOutSegs <= dwSegUdpSent)
					{
						dwSegUdpRcvd = dwLocalInSegs;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hReceiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else 
						nCounter++;

					if(nCounter == 10)
					{
						nCounter = 0;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hInactiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
				}
			}

			if(m_bDisplayICMP)
			{
				if(GetIcmpStatistics(&mibIcmpStats) == NO_ERROR)
				{
					dwLocalInSegs = 
					mibIcmpStats.stats.icmpInStats.dwMsgs;
					dwLocalOutSegs = 
					mibIcmpStats.stats.icmpOutStats.dwMsgs;

					m_dwPacketsSent += dwLocalOutSegs;
					m_dwPacketsReceived += dwLocalInSegs;

					if(dwLocalOutSegs > dwSegIcmpSent && 
						dwLocalInSegs > dwSegIcmpRcvd)
					{
						dwSegIcmpSent = dwLocalOutSegs;
						dwSegIcmpRcvd = dwLocalInSegs;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hActiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else if(dwLocalOutSegs > dwSegIcmpSent && 
						dwLocalInSegs <= dwSegIcmpRcvd)
					{
						dwSegIcmpSent = dwLocalOutSegs;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hSendIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else if(dwLocalInSegs > dwSegIcmpRcvd && 
						dwLocalOutSegs <= dwSegIcmpSent)
					{
						dwSegIcmpRcvd = dwLocalInSegs;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hReceiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
					else 
						nCounter++;

					if(nCounter == 10)
					{
						nCounter = 0;
						SetTrayIcon(NIM_MODIFY, 
							m_hInactiveIcon);
						goto done;
					}
				}
			}
done:
			m_bSetIconContinue = TRUE;
		}

		Sleep(m_nDuration);
	}

	m_hTcpThread = NULL;
}

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.

History

  • Initial post: November 20, 2009
  • Updated: January 14, 2010

    Version 1.2 allows you to display ICMP and UDP packets, show selected Network Interface traffic in bytes, use Vista-styled icons, and access the "Network Connections", "Windows Firewall" and "Network and Sharing Center" applets directly.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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About the Author

Igor Tolmachev
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Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionNetwork Status PinmemberMember 2917154-Sep-13 0:24 
QuestionAny chance? PinmemberMember 833118513-Jul-13 20:31 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMember 833118513-Jul-13 20:27 
QuestionWhen they took this away... PinmemberMember 833118513-Jul-13 20:20 
QuestionNetwork Activity Indicator for Windows 7 PinmemberVaKa11-Apr-13 4:36 
Question64-bit version Pinmembergauravkale14-Mar-13 3:09 
QuestionSleep( X ) PinmemberBlake Miller30-Nov-12 9:55 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembergndnet27-Jul-12 10:30 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMetoo_nz27-Jan-12 16:33 
QuestionInternet connectivity Pinmembergauravkale18-Nov-11 1:52 
GeneralGreat solution! Pinmembertuckertje19-Oct-11 22:12 
QuestionExcellent idea but... Pinmemberbrakto17-Aug-11 7:52 
QuestionWonderful! Any chance of the globe icon? PinmemberMember 815486811-Aug-11 13:04 
QuestionThanks for this...great stuff Pinmemberbaseman119-Jul-11 11:39 
GeneralThank you, spacibo! PinmemberMember 80550463-Jul-11 10:11 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PingroupSahir Shah2-Jul-11 8:33 
GeneralWonderful PinmemberMember 794397721-May-11 22:24 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberusbchris21-May-11 3:34 
GeneralExcellent! Pinmemberwhawn26-Apr-11 9:12 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberScott Wichall27-Feb-11 22:45 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberWaleed Eissa20-Feb-11 2:02 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembergndnet16-Dec-10 14:21 
GeneralAnother 5 vote from me! Pinmembercode_junkie2-Dec-10 3:46 
GeneralGreat app, 5 points. Pinmemberdickdickson22-Oct-10 11:29 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberEFEaglehouse12-Oct-10 8:45 

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