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badjer
18-11-2010, 11:07 PM
I'm sure this question's been asked before, but haven't seen any really useful answers ...

I'm on a fixed broadband plan and have to watch carefully so that I don't exceed my limit towards the end of the month and don't get hit with massive excess charges or braking back to dial-up speed ...

Can anyone recommend an open-source or freeware broadband usage monitor program - something geek-free and genuinely user-friendly, that will sit in the background, that I can pre-program to let me know when I'm getting close to my limit, and give me a moment-by-moment indication of where my usage is?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Speedy Gonzales
18-11-2010, 11:11 PM
What ISP are you with?

Chilling_Silence
18-11-2010, 11:12 PM
A router such as the Linksys WRT54GL running Gargoyle firmware is the best / safest / reliable / ultimate solution.
Surprisingly easy to setup too!

Snorkbox
18-11-2010, 11:55 PM
I use this one.

http://www.tuc.co.nz/

tuiruru
19-11-2010, 09:47 AM
Hi Badger

I'm in the same sort of situation and use NetMeter 1.1.4 Beta (http://www.metal-machine.de/readerror/index.php?action=tpmod;dl). It's free, you can set a data amount to give a warning, gives daily, weekly monthly readings and works with my wireless modem.

Hope this helps

kahawai chaser
19-11-2010, 09:52 AM
I have been using NetWorx (http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/). Has daily, hourly charts, etc. In the end I got put off due to our high use, so increased incrementally by changing plans. So just go by the telecom stats, since now found our regular daily use bandwidth.

NoTerra
19-11-2010, 11:51 PM
I agree with Kahawai, NetWorx seems to be good.

b....
20-11-2010, 10:31 AM
I use Networx, and NetLimiter2 Monitor.
NetLimiter shows which programs are accessing the internet, and how much bandwidth each program has used.

Agent_24
20-11-2010, 01:00 PM
Hi Badger

I'm in the same sort of situation and use NetMeter 1.1.4 Beta (http://www.metal-machine.de/readerror/index.php?action=tpmod;dl). It's free, you can set a data amount to give a warning, gives daily, weekly monthly readings and works with my wireless modem.

Hope this helps

That's what I use. Not very helpful if you want a Per-PC account but if you don't care (like me) or only have one PC it works great.

decibel
20-11-2010, 06:54 PM
Netmeter used to be my favourite until I installed my NAS box in the garage (and Netmeter couldn't distinguish between data to it or the internet)
Also, multiple computers are a problem.

So I now use the one Snorkbox uses - TUC - and I'm happy.

Agent_24
20-11-2010, 09:06 PM
That's what I use. Not very helpful if you want a Per-PC account but if you don't care (like me) or only have one PC it works great.

Whoops, I meant Traffic Usage Checker. Quoted the wrong post!

Netmeter is nice to get a graph of your throughput though.