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DownOff: Auto Shutdown PC When Download Rate Drops Below Defined Speed

Posted In Windows - By Jack on Sunday, October 9th, 2011 With No Comments »

There must have been a lot of times when you had to keep your PC On overnight for a download to finish. The problem is, the PC stays On even when the download is finished. This not only wastes a lot of energy but also adds up to your electricity bill. Down Off is an application which automatically shutdowns your PC when the download rate reaches a minimum level set by the user. It can be used to manage large file downloads and large file transfers on a network when the PC is left unattended by the user.

Down Off shuts down your PC by monitoring your download speed. You can set a minimum average download rate; if it reaches and stays below the minimum limit for a specified time, DownOff will initiate automatic shutdown of your system.

You can configure system shutdown parameters used by program while the program runs neatly in the system tray. You can set the download threshold and download delay for activation and time delay for initiating shutdown.

It starts monitoring the download rate after the time specified in Activate After field. When you first run the program it is not activated. It activates after 2 seconds. You can change this time later from the configuration panel.

After that time is up, it starts monitoring the download speed. If the download speed remains below the defined limit for a specified time (We set it to less than 2 KB/s for 300 seconds), it initiates the shutdown timer.

DownOff also lets you choose between Hibernate, Monitor, Power off, Reboot, Shut Down and Standby. The application maintains logs to let you analyze the previous system shutdown information. You can specify the log level, meaning the amount of details that you want the program to save about its behavior. You can review the log file by clicking View Log.

It must be noted that when your internet connection is idle, you will have to manually disable the program to prevent it from shutting down your PC. It requires a registration code to run which can be obtained for free from the product page. After completing the registration form you will receive an email with your username and registration code. DownOff supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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