Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.
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
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.
To Err is human; to really foul things up requires a Bleeping Computer!
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?