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Turning on animation of the network icon in the system tray

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Mortimer, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Mortimer

    Mortimer Flightless Bird

    In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.

    In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the icon,
    there's an option "Turn on activity animation".

    Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?
     
  2. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message news:7r73v3Fe1nU1@mid.individual.net...
    > In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    > wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.
    >
    > In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the icon,
    > there's an option "Turn on activity animation".
    >
    > Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?
    >


    Microsoft removed the flashing lights so now if you want to
    have any indication of network activity you need to use
    third-party software. I've tried this one on Win7, seems ok:

    Network Activity Indicator
    http://www.itsamples.com/software.html
     
  3. Mortimer

    Mortimer Flightless Bird

    "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    news:vd2dnaQ3NOEZRtPWnZ2dnUVZ8vidnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >
    > "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    > news:7r73v3Fe1nU1@mid.individual.net...
    >> In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    >> wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.
    >>
    >> In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the
    >> icon, there's an option "Turn on activity animation".
    >>
    >> Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?

    >
    > Microsoft removed the flashing lights so now if you want to
    > have any indication of network activity you need to use third-party
    > software. I've tried this one on Win7, seems ok:
    >
    > Network Activity Indicator
    > http://www.itsamples.com/software.html


    That does the job perfectly. Thank you.

    It's odd that Microsoft removed the capability. I did a bit of research
    after posting my question and they said it was because the flashing lights
    distracted users. Well that's why the animation could be enabled or disabled
    on Vista. I wonder why they couldn't have done the same on Win 7?
     
  4. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message news:7r899jFao6U1@mid.individual.net...
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    > news:vd2dnaQ3NOEZRtPWnZ2dnUVZ8vidnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>
    >> "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    >> news:7r73v3Fe1nU1@mid.individual.net...
    >>> In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    >>> wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.
    >>>
    >>> In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the
    >>> icon, there's an option "Turn on activity animation".
    >>>
    >>> Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?

    >>
    >> Microsoft removed the flashing lights so now if you want to
    >> have any indication of network activity you need to use third-party
    >> software. I've tried this one on Win7, seems ok:
    >>
    >> Network Activity Indicator
    >> http://www.itsamples.com/software.html

    >
    > That does the job perfectly. Thank you.
    >
    > It's odd that Microsoft removed the capability. I did a bit of research
    > after posting my question and they said it was because the flashing lights
    > distracted users. Well that's why the animation could be enabled or disabled
    > on Vista. I wonder why they couldn't have done the same on Win 7?
    >


    Maybe the change was part of the 'streamlining' of Vista.
    I now use DuMeter, which logs network info and also provides
    a flashing tray icon. Unfortunately it's not free. :-(
    http://www.dumeter.com/
     
  5. Mortimer

    Mortimer Flightless Bird

    "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    > news:7r899jFao6U1@mid.individual.net...
    >> "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    >> news:vd2dnaQ3NOEZRtPWnZ2dnUVZ8vidnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>>
    >>> "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:7r73v3Fe1nU1@mid.individual.net...
    >>>> In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    >>>> wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.
    >>>>
    >>>> In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the
    >>>> icon, there's an option "Turn on activity animation".
    >>>>
    >>>> Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?
    >>>
    >>> Microsoft removed the flashing lights so now if you want to
    >>> have any indication of network activity you need to use third-party
    >>> software. I've tried this one on Win7, seems ok:
    >>>
    >>> Network Activity Indicator
    >>> http://www.itsamples.com/software.html

    >>
    >> That does the job perfectly. Thank you.


    Just one minor annoyance. I've set it to start automatically when Windows
    starts, and it warns that the program has not been certified and asks my
    permission to continue. Is there a way of configuring Win 7 so it doesn't
    check certification for trusted programs?
     
  6. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message news:7r8mtmFv0oU1@mid.individual.net...
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    > news:Wfednc_7TOX0ZdPWnZ2dnUVZ8vadnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>
    >> "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    >> news:7r899jFao6U1@mid.individual.net...
    >>> "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:vd2dnaQ3NOEZRtPWnZ2dnUVZ8vidnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>>>
    >>>> "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:7r73v3Fe1nU1@mid.individual.net...
    >>>>> In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    >>>>> wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the
    >>>>> icon, there's an option "Turn on activity animation".
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?
    >>>>
    >>>> Microsoft removed the flashing lights so now if you want to
    >>>> have any indication of network activity you need to use third-party
    >>>> software. I've tried this one on Win7, seems ok:
    >>>>
    >>>> Network Activity Indicator
    >>>> http://www.itsamples.com/software.html
    >>>
    >>> That does the job perfectly. Thank you.

    >
    > Just one minor annoyance. I've set it to start automatically when Windows
    > starts, and it warns that the program has not been certified and asks my
    > permission to continue. Is there a way of configuring Win 7 so it doesn't
    > check certification for trusted programs?
    >


    I was using version 1201 which worked ok, but now I have downloaded
    version 1205 and I can't get it to load with Windows. I'm running Win7 64bit.
    Anyway, try right-clicking the NetworkIndicator.exe file, selecting 'Properties'
    and then see if there is a button marked 'Unblock'.
    (Win7 has a habit of tagging anything from the internet as unsafe.)
     
  7. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    news:7r73v3Fe1nU1@mid.individual.net...
    > In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    > wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.
    >
    > In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the
    > icon, there's an option "Turn on activity animation".
    >
    > Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?


    I used this program, LanLights 1.1, for a while
    http://downloads.zdnet.com/abstract.aspx?docid=672201
    Works well in XP, Vista, and 7 even though they aren't specifically listed.
    I run ZoneAlarm and it shows all activity in the systray, but one of their
    updates disabled that function so I installed LanLights. ZA had a later
    update that restored it, so I uninstalled LanLights, but it was a good
    program. It also has the ability to customize the icons if you feel like
    playing around with it.
    --
    SC Tom
     
  8. Lord Vetinari

    Lord Vetinari Flightless Bird

    "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    news:7r8mtmFv0oU1@mid.individual.net...
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    > news:Wfednc_7TOX0ZdPWnZ2dnUVZ8vadnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>
    >> "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    >> news:7r899jFao6U1@mid.individual.net...
    >>> "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:vd2dnaQ3NOEZRtPWnZ2dnUVZ8vidnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>>>
    >>>> "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:7r73v3Fe1nU1@mid.individual.net...
    >>>>> In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    >>>>> wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the
    >>>>> icon, there's an option "Turn on activity animation".
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?
    >>>>
    >>>> Microsoft removed the flashing lights so now if you want to
    >>>> have any indication of network activity you need to use third-party
    >>>> software. I've tried this one on Win7, seems ok:
    >>>>
    >>>> Network Activity Indicator
    >>>> http://www.itsamples.com/software.html
    >>>
    >>> That does the job perfectly. Thank you.

    >
    > Just one minor annoyance. I've set it to start automatically when Windows
    > starts, and it warns that the program has not been certified and asks my
    > permission to continue. Is there a way of configuring Win 7 so it doesn't
    > check certification for trusted programs?


    I'm nearly 100% certain that you can whitelist them....but I forget where
    it's done.
     
  9. FiOS-Dave

    FiOS-Dave Flightless Bird

    I have been using the Network Meter Gadget for several months now and
    find that it gives me all the information I need.
    It does take up some screen space, but I have dedicated the right edge of
    my 17" screen for Gadgets and seek to have enough desktop left for
    everything
    else I need.

    Dave


    "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    news:vd2dnaQ3NOEZRtPWnZ2dnUVZ8vidnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >
    > "Mortimer" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    > news:7r73v3Fe1nU1@mid.individual.net...
    >> In XP, the network icon (two computer screens for Ethernet, one for
    >> wireless) lights up when network traffic is being transferred.
    >>
    >> In Vista, it doesn't do this by default but if you right-click on the
    >> icon, there's an option "Turn on activity animation".
    >>
    >> Is there any way of doing the same thing in Windows 7?

    >
    > Microsoft removed the flashing lights so now if you want to
    > have any indication of network activity you need to use third-party
    > software. I've tried this one on Win7, seems ok:
    >
    > Network Activity Indicator
    > http://www.itsamples.com/software.html
    >
    >
     

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