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Nictech
08-06-2009, 02:47 PM
Hey guys.
Can anybody tell me a good way to keep a track of how much data is being downloaded through the internet on each of the 3 computers being used in my flat. Our data cap keeps getting obliterated each month & I want to know who is using so much, especially since Orcon put up its excess data charges.

Cheers,

Blam
08-06-2009, 03:21 PM
2 options

WebGauge (http://www.webgauge.co.nz/default.aspx)

Stick a BB monitoring program on each PC:

Something like this:
http://www.taotoon.com/tongsoft/RASMonitor/

Blam

Nictech
08-06-2009, 03:33 PM
Thanks Blam. That webgauge one is what I want but I can't afford to pay for it. The RAS monitor one doesn't look too legit. This is harder to find than I thought it would be.

nofam
08-06-2009, 07:22 PM
If you're comfortable with Linux (or willing to learn!) and have a reasonable grasp of networking, you could re-purpose an old PC (I use and old P3 550) with Smoothwall - all you need is a spare PCI slot for an extra NIC (you need one for incoming traffic, and one for outgoing).

It's an open-source alternative to Microsoft's ISA server, and part of what it offers is usage monitoring.

:thumbs:

Blam
08-06-2009, 07:59 PM
Few more alternatives:

http://download.cnet.com/WatchWAN/3000-2381_4-10520334.html
http://www.netlimiter.com/
http://file.xtreme.googlepages.com/bm.html

Nofam, thats a great idea:)

I use IPCop with this addon for monitoring usage:
http://blockouttraffic.de/nt_index.php

I think monowall would probably work also

Blam

BTW What is your current router?

Nictech
08-06-2009, 08:45 PM
If you're comfortable with Linux (or willing to learn!) and have a reasonable grasp of networking, you could re-purpose an old PC (I use and old P3 550) with Smoothwall - all you need is a spare PCI slot for an extra NIC (you need one for incoming traffic, and one for outgoing).

It's an open-source alternative to Microsoft's ISA server, and part of what it offers is usage monitoring.

:thumbs:

Unfortunately that is a bit far beyond my means, good idea, but not for me at the moment. Thanks anyway.

webgauge
08-06-2009, 09:15 PM
@Nictech: The problem you're having with your flatmates seems to be quite a common one, and was one of the reasons for developing WebGauge. I have literally spent hours searching online for something which would do the job, and simply could not find anything.

One option is to install software on each flatmate's PC which keeps track of how much data they're using. I think I've seen blam6 recommend some software (Netmeter I think it was called) to others before, however this of course relies on your flatmates being honest and not disabling it.

If you have any questions regarding WebGauge, please don't hestiate to get in touch via the website, or this thread.

PS:
@blam6: Thanks for the recommendation.

Nictech
08-06-2009, 10:46 PM
Webgauge, I am going to assume that you work for webgauge & if that is correct then I commend you for responding to a question about your product/service.
The webgauge product is 100% what I want & need but unfortunately is not a viable option for me at present & I already have a modem router but I will definately look at your product again if I come up with the money.
Thankyou

webgauge
09-06-2009, 02:25 PM
Webgauge, I am going to assume that you work for webgauge & if that is correct then I commend you for responding to a question about your product/service.
The webgauge product is 100% what I want & need but unfortunately is not a viable option for me at present & I already have a modem router but I will definately look at your product again if I come up with the money.
Thankyou

@Nictech: Thanks for your feedback.

Speedy Gonzales
09-06-2009, 02:32 PM
What about this ? (http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/). Its small and free