When you use a VPN connection, you want to be 100% sure that it's working as expected. Net Radar gives you insight in the real status of your VPN.
Thanks to the Setup Assistant you can set up Net Radar with just a few easy clicks. In most cases Net Radar will be up and running within one minute.
Net Radar uses clear unmistakable colors, symbols and warnings to indicate the current status of your private Internet connection.
Even if your VPN connection indicates that it's fully working, you never know for sure if that's really the case without a second opinion. That's where Net Radar comes in. Net Radar monitors your VPN connection status 'inside' your Mac by tracking VPN specific network configuration changes. After each change it uses an external GeoIP service to look at your Internet connection from the 'outside'. When both sides indicate a working VPN connection, then Net Radar will treat the connection as safe. Otherwise a clear warning will be shown.
The Net Radar Setup Assistant helps you configuring your VPN monitor in a few simple steps. In the first step, you must decide whether you want to use the VPN monitoring feature or that you simply want to use the geo-location function. In the next step, you have to select a GeoIp server from a list that matches your current geographical location. You do this while your VPN is off. The resulting data will be used as a baseline for VPN monitoring. In the last steps you have to start your VPN, to check the correct working of the chosen GeoIp server. And that's all.
As soon as Net Radar suspects a non working VPN connection, you will be informed immediately. You can choose to be alerted with a notification from the notification center, or by the info popup expanding from the menu bar, or by a modal dialog.
The Preferences panel let you adjust all important aspects of Net Radar. You can choose to automatically start Net Radar after login. The way Net Radar should warn you can be set. The look-and-feel of the map on the popup can be changed. And it allows you also to tweak some more advanced settings, to make sure that Net Radar works perfectly together with your VPN service.
|Feature||Net Radar Standalone||Net Radar Add-on|
|Show the geographical location of your internet connection||✓||✓|
|Popup with map and VPN connection status info||✓||✓|
|Detects the status of your VPN connection||✓||✓|
|Shows a modal warning when your VPN connection goes down||✓|
|Accessible from the menu bar of OS X||✓|
|Available in the Mac App Store||✓|
|Stops all active downloads in Download Buddy when your VPN connection goes down||✓|
|Accessible from the status panel in Download Buddy||✓|
|Available as In-app purchase in Download Buddy||✓|