This guide is to help step you through setting up PeakHour for the first time.

Getting Started

When you first launch PeakHour, the Configuration Assistant will appear and walk you through configuring your first device (or 'Target') to be monitored.

A few things to know about Targets:

  • A Target is a network device (such as your Internet router) or a network interface that is monitored by PeakHour.
  • When a target is monitored by PeakHour, you'll be able to see how much data the target is uploading and downloading. You can monitor the usage of the target over monthly period, view the history of usage over time, log the usage to a file and lots more.
  • You can configure and monitor as many Targets as you wish.

Search for Devices

Search for Devices in the Configuration Assistant makes it as easy as possible to find compatible devices on your network.

PeakHour will automatically show UPnP-enabled routers that are found. If your router does not show up, check your router to ensure UPnP or "Universal Plug and Play" is enabled. If you're still having trouble, see our UPnP Troubleshooting guide.

SNMP devices do not automatically advertise their presence. To add an SNMP device, you can either enter it's name or IP address manually via the Add SNMP Device... button  or you can use the Scan for SNMP Devices option to actively search your network.

For detailed instructions on how to add an SNMP device, click here.

Verify settings

The Validation screen analyses the configuration and attempts to show a real-time view of bandwidth throughput.

The following describes the what the analysis means:

Responding to queriesWhether or not the device is responding to (SNMP or UPnP) queries and returning meaningful responses.
Reporting bandwidthWhether or not the device appears to be reporting bandwidth correctly. This will be Yes if PeakHour can see that the device / interface is reporting traffic moving through the device. Note that this can be Yes but the device or interface may not report bandwidth correctly. In order to ensure whats being reported matches up with what you expect, we recommend a test by either downloading a file of a known size or using a site like
High Capacity Counters (SNMP only)If this is Yes, the interface supports High Capacity (64-bit) counters. See High Capacity Counters for more information.

If the graph appears to be showing throughput as you'd expect, click Next.


The last screen in the Configuration Assistant lets you set a few important parameters:

DescriptionThe name or description you wish to associate with this target.
Hide if unreachableOnly show this target if it can be seen and monitored by PeakHour.
Swap inbound and outbound dataSome devices may report uploaded data as downloaded data and vice-versa. Check this box to swap download and upload data around.
Display: Graph+Details View vs. Details Only view

Graph+Details means the target is shown with a graph in the main display. Details only means that only a summary is displayed.

Show in MenuShow this target's details (current upload/download speed and minigraph) in the menu bar.


Once you're done, click Finish.

You should now see PeakHour running the menu bar, showing upload and download bandwidth:

Click on it to open the main PeakHour window and see a detailed real-time graph:


Didn't find any UPnP or SNMP-compatible devices?

Check out our FAQ on how to enable SNMP on Macs, Windows and Linux PCs.

What's next?

  • Check out how to set up Usage monitoring.
  • Find out how to look back in time and report on long-term trends with the History view.
  • Explore advanced configuration and features: Targets Tabs.

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