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kiki
06-02-2004, 11:21 PM
Ok we've recently switched off jetstart onto the 256k jetstream home 1000 plan. Unbelievable I know. I'm guessing your thinking "who is dumb enough to go for such a bad deal." Its not like I had much choice in the matter, my dad required a faster connection for his home business.

Anyway I've been looking at the usage meter and already its at 966mb out of the 1000 and we've got till the 23 Feb till it renews itself again. I'm thinking this can't be all that accurate, no-one is downloading anything substantial, just general surfing. So how accurate is this usage meter?? Is there another way we can get a second opinion on how much has been used this month?

We live in Invercargill and the new wireless is out. I guess its a no-brainer to switch over to that. Unlimited traffic, same speed and for $59.80 per month. Thats about $10 cheaper than the Jetstream home plan.

Soem questions though. Who out there has some experience with woosh? How do you share the internet connection between 3pcs? We have a router/switch but can we hook that up to the modem. Or would we have to use something as evil as ICS?

I hear pings could be bad for online gaming is this true??

agent
07-02-2004, 12:31 AM
Firstly, yes, Woosh is not suitable as a connection means for real-time purposes (video conferencing, VoIP, playing games, etc) - apparently Woosh staff are told to try and convince people not to play games on Woosh.

Now, I know it might sound silly, but you should always take the usage meters with a grain of salt. They aren't exactly known to be 100% reliable.

What you should check is automatic updates and the likes on your computers. If each compter is set to automatically update, you could churn through a lot of usage easily. I would suggest setting up a proxy if you haven't already done so, and run all HTTP and FTP requests through it, which will decrease load times and usage. Also, turn off any automatic updates and download updates that are necessary once, to a server (or one computer); install them as necessary on all computers from that location. You may or may not want to keep them afterwards, but if you ever format, or anything like that, they may come in useful.

Another thing to look for (less likely though) are internet nasties. Scan all your computers for viruses, spyware, trojans, etc. AVG (http://www.grisoft.com), Avast! (http://www.avast.com[/url), Spybot - S&D (http://security.kolla.de), and Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoftusa.com) are free utilities you can use to do these tasks.

stu140103
07-02-2004, 11:27 AM
> Is there another way we can get a second opinion on
> how much has been used this month?

Depends on your ISP, as some ISP offer a separate usage meter from the telecom Jet stream usage meter.

Growly
07-02-2004, 11:55 PM
Usage meters that actually work? WHERE?

The only meter i can get into with telecom is the one that tells me the bills, and in that situation, how much download i used, LAST MONTH...

Where is this fabled usage meter? Do tell!

stu140103
08-02-2004, 10:53 AM
> Usage meters that actually work? WHERE?

Who is your ISP? Let me guess XTRA?

mejobloggs
08-02-2004, 11:43 AM
Is there a little program you can use that tells you how much you have used? Something on the computer, not on the internet.

whiskeytangofoxtrot
08-02-2004, 12:42 PM
> Where is this fabled usage meter? Do tell!

here (http://www.telecom.co.nz/usage)

whiskeytangofoxtrot
08-02-2004, 12:45 PM
There are a couple mentioned here (http://files.inspire.net.nz/index.php?category=14&title=Utils)

Try googling some, or checking out download.com or something.

As always, these will only monitor usage for one machine, not multiple machines on a network yada yada yada

heni72847
08-02-2004, 07:55 PM
i use DU meter..
i've heard there's another program fimilar but free..

Growly
08-02-2004, 08:58 PM
> > Where is this fabled usage meter? Do tell!
>
> here (http://www.telecom.co.nz/usage)


Cheers.


Ehehe, I actually found that a long time ago, but ignored it because i was too lazy to have to go and actually get my account number.

:'( I was hoping for something which used my login ....

whiskeytangofoxtrot
08-02-2004, 10:34 PM
> :'( I was hoping for something which used my login
> ....

Then try your ISP which, according to a little investigation on my part, seems to be Xtra (or a VISP using the Xtra IP range).

Their usage meter is available here (http://www.xtra.co.nz/myaccount) and should use your normal login details.

I won't bother chastising you for using Xtra, but seriously, consider changing.

PoWa
08-02-2004, 11:02 PM
Did anyone see the massive profits telecom made last year? $360million or something crazy. Blimin price hiking monopolistic nazis.

whiskeytangofoxtrot
08-02-2004, 11:08 PM
> Did anyone see the massive profits telecom made last
> year? $360million or something crazy. Blimin price
> hiking monopolistic nazis.

Yup... think you're preaching to the choir a bit here though. Absolutely ridiculous amounts of money yet they can't afford to upgrade exchanges etc etc ad nauseum, and need to increase rental costs to cover increased costs of delivery, except where there's competition like Wgtn and ChCh

Growly
09-02-2004, 09:39 PM
I appreciate that My ip is public knowledge, but next time, save yourself the trouble and ask, I like to hide on numerous computers behind firewalls anyhow :D

Oh and the xtra site tells me NOTHING. but i am known to not be observant.

Growly
09-02-2004, 09:40 PM
Well there you go, i didnt tell me anything till i clicked the link in your post :p

PoWa
09-02-2004, 10:29 PM
> I appreciate that My ip is public knowledge, but next time, save yourself the trouble and ask, I like to hide on numerous computers behind firewalls anyhow

> Oh and the xtra site tells me NOTHING. but i am known to not be observant.

Whats going on??? IP what/>?

Try this url: jetstream usage meter (http://www.telecom.co.nz/chm/0,5123,200343-202546,00.html) FOR NON XTRA USERS. Read down the bottom for logging in as a first time user. lmao. I think wtf is taking the piss because he raves on at others for saying xtra is the only isp, yet provides an Xtra only jetstream usage meter link. lmao.

whiskeytangofoxtrot
09-02-2004, 11:39 PM
> Whats going on??? IP what/>?

Oh I sorta traced Growly's IP to work out his ISP so I could link him to the right usage meter :D

The Telecom JetStream meter was covered earlier in the thread. Direct link (without all the , and - ed (I hate those content management packages) URL is available below:

http://www.telecom.co.nz/usage

falvrez
10-02-2004, 07:15 AM
We have been having huge problems with the Telecom (not xtra) usage meter for 18 months now. It is crap, to be polite.
I have installed a software monitoring package (any@web) which is installed on a PC that's connected to a hub which sits between the hardware firewall and ADSL router.
Since installing the software late last year (October I think) mostly the Telecom usage meter is double our actual usage. And we are logging every bit of data through the hub remember. This has costs us hugely in overcharging costs and having to have a larger data cap than we actually need.
Telecom cannot give us any breakdown of websites, emails, ftp etc but I can. I'm just waiting for this billing period to finish so I can draft a letter to Telecom basically demanding an answer and also some financial recourse...

flying_green_leprachaun
10-02-2004, 12:49 PM
Telecom cannot give us any breakdown of websites, emails, ftp etc but I can. I'm just waiting for this billing period to finish so I can draft a letter to Telecom basically demanding an answer and also some financial recourse...

damn straight...

are you serious when you say Xtra CONNOT provide a breakdown of how your bandwidth is used? If they are providing a capped service for which you pay if you go over, isnt it a requirement to provide proof for billing?

falvrez
10-02-2004, 02:53 PM
It's not Xtra it's telecom.
But yes they can (if we email them) give us a spreadsheet of usage by the hour (if you are lucky) but often it's in one or two day blocks with simply total upload amount and total download amount - no indication of email or web etc breakdown.

Who knows if it's a requirement for billing? I mean to say, that when you sign on the line to get Jetstream you are agreeing to their requirements in the document and I doubt that they are going to leave themselves open to doubt.
But that doesn't mean we will sit back - with comparison figures like what I've got we could (and should) be owed thousands...