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NetLimiter VS NetBalancer: Which Is Better?


Enigma

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#1
OK so i'm looking to buy some bandwidth shaper software since i'm frequently limited on bandwidth and don't have a reliable Internet connection at home. NetLimiter and NetBalancer seem to be the most obvious choices, but which is better, in terms of features, functionality, full compatibility with Windows 8, etc. I also would like to know the upsides and downsides of each program, and whether either has features that the other doesn't have, and, if so, which ones. I tried the trial version of NL about 6 months ago on win7 ultimate x64 and it froze my computer at random times for no apparent reason. I did a little research recently and found that the issue was most likely me trying to run bittorrent/p2p apps and NL at the same time, which seems to cause issues for some people. I also read that it has something to do with NL's built-in firewalling functions either being enabled or not. Also, it states on the NL website that there will be a win8 compatible version probably released sometime this month, whereas the NB website already claims to havbe win8 compatibility.

So, who has any experience using these programs (please don't reply if you've never used either). what are your opinions? both cost the same, just want informed opinions from other users first.

Thanks for any help/advice!
 

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SLeePYG72786

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I've used NetLimiter and it was pretty easy to use (I didn't use the built-in firewall though since I use Comodo), but I've never used NetBalancer. When running torrents I'd recommend using the program's bandwidth limiter (uTorrent's is good).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    CPU
    Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53GHz) @ 3.3GHz
    Motherboard
    EVGA 750i SLI FTW (SZ1K BIOS)
    Memory
    4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 @ 933MHz (5-6-6-22)
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    MSI GTX 460 SE v2 1GB
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    Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium (PCI-E)
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    ASUS VH202T-P [ 20" ]
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Enigma

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Thanks for replying. From what i can telll NL seems to be more popular andi think it's been around longer. but ive also heard that both apps have a tendency to freeze/not respond/crash,especially BSODs with NL. on the other hand,itdoes appear that NB has slightly more features/functionality, although i couldbewrong. havealso heard that NL customer support rarely responds, which is obviously important since im planningto pay. if support wontrespond then its not worth paying for, in which case im either better off looking elsewhere, or pirating. More important than anything else though,is that neither app shouldcause system instability issues.

Thanks in advance for any additional help/responses provided!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G700
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-3632QM, 2.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    6 GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 720M, Intel HD 4000
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 (max)
    Hard Drives
    1 TB HDD (5400 RPM), 1.5 TB HDD (5400 RPM) installed in a 12.7mm disc drive caddy
    Case
    Lenovo
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    Laptop/notebook keyboard/touchpad
    Internet Speed
    It varies, since I'm mobile most of the time
    Browser
    Chromium (the open-source browser which Google Chrome is derived from)
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Spybot, Privatefirewall
    Other Info
    I will add more information here later

SLeePYG72786

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#4
You have a good point with the support issue. I don't know of that personally because I took the route of 'trying before buying' with NL, though I never bought it. On the other hand, I don't really need it either so it's been long gone from my storage. Either way, I would suggest to keep looking at reviews and other products - and don't forget about the freeware either (from what I've found by searching, there aren't many freebies out there though).

Good luck to you.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    CPU
    Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53GHz) @ 3.3GHz
    Motherboard
    EVGA 750i SLI FTW (SZ1K BIOS)
    Memory
    4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 @ 933MHz (5-6-6-22)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 460 SE v2 1GB
    Sound Card
    Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium (PCI-E)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VH202T-P [ 20" ]
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900
    Hard Drives
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
    Seagate Barracuda 120GB ATA-100
    PSU
    Antec EA-750 (750W)
    Case
    NZXT Tempest
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Logitech K350
    Mouse
    Logitech MK510
    Internet Speed
    12Mb/s down - 4Mb/s up

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