Bandwidth meter for router?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Fontaine, Sep 3, 2008.

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  1. Fontaine

    Fontaine Registered Member

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    In light of the Comcast being overt about their monthly limits, I've been experimenting for a few weeks with meters that log my bandwidth.
    I like Net Meter but it falls short of what I need:
    1) monitor all bandwidth on network. So i guess this would have to mean at the router?
    2) when I stream movies or other files with a laptop on my network from my main pc, it logs it as bandwidth even though it's internal..this skews my bandwidth tracking as using more than I have.

    Any suggestions on how to fix the above and accurately monitor bandwidth usage on a network with multiple computers?
     
  2. KookyMan

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    I'll be honest. I have replaced my router with Smoothwall. Its a small Linux distro that runs on a PC. That, plus two NICs produces a wonderful little gateway machine. It tracks all my bandwith on both a per period (month, week, day, hour) basis and an instantanious basis. (Exactly what am I doing this moment.) It keeps current and past months records at a glance and I'm sure I could write a script, or modify it (as it is open source, and Linux) to provide more or different detail.

    Also, the stats are "As a whole" and per inside interface (IP) so you can track back if you have a significant usage, you can trace to which system.
     
  3. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    I am using Netmeter and just put it on each computer. Easy to get the total. In one instance my thinkpad, I am only interested in monitoring my broadband wireless use, so I don't have netmeter start on boot and just turn it on, when I go online with the broadband.

    Pete
     
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    Could you post a link to a source you trust to download NetMeter from, please?
     
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  7. Fontaine

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    Thanks all for the replies.
    I have a few solutions that I'm going to try that work at the router level that monitors bandwidth from all computers on the network. I'll post back with some results.
     
  8. Arup

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    If your other PCs are not directly connected to your PC and are accesing the router via a switch, you will have to individually install the monitoring utility and then add up the use.
     
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