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How much internet do I use?


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#1 JAOWG

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:19 PM

I have an unlimited download broadband internet link from Tesco, via a BT line. It's not the fastest thing in the world and I understand that I could get a faster system. However, I have to sign up to so many Mega/Gigabytes downloaded per month.

I work from home via a VPN link 3 days a week and use the internet to exchange MS office files and emails with other business contacts. V.v. occasionally I might download a iplayer programme if I miss something. I also let my brother hook up to the link and have no idea what he ends up doing on it, but the term 'online gaming' has occasionally cropped up

I would sign up for a limited download deal and have the extra speed, but it is vital that I don't run out of download 'mileage'. Is there any way I can monitor my download useage (in terms of x Mega/gigabytes per month on these deals) over a couple of typical months use and find out what sort of use I am making of the internet? Then I would know what schemes I could sign up to with a reasonable certainly of not exceeding maximum downloads on the system.

I am running a DG834G Netgear ADSL firewall router - one of the standard white box jobs, if that is any help.

I am assuming this sort of thing is possible, but don't know where to start - I suspect someone at BleepingComputer will :-) Many thanks in advance

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:26 PM

There are lots of data usage monitoring software packages out there, BitMeter2 is one. Do you use more than 1 computer with your router? If so, you will need to monitor each computer's usage and add them up.

Some routers may have that sort of thing built-in. I don't know if yours does but you could check with the mfr.

Edited by strolln, 28 February 2011 - 01:28 PM.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:45 PM

I own 2 desktop PC's and use a personal portable and a works portable via the VPN - I don't know if I could install monitoring software on the works machine - can one PC run the software and monitor the rest? My brother also runs another desktop and sometimes a portable, so it gets quite complicated. If I could do something at the router end of things it would help. I can log onto the router without problem what sort of 'named' routine/option would I be looking for if it had the capability built in please?




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