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McSummation
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meter in my machine

I've been using BWMeter for several months, just so I can see what my internet usage is. If AT&T starts metering, I'll have another piece of software looking at my DSL line besides AT&T.

nishiko7
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Pleasant Hill, CA
said by McSummation:

I've been using BWMeter for several months...
Thanks for making me (and others aware of BWMeter. Looks great, but it's also $30.

I've been using Networx (»download.cnet.com/NetWorx/3000-2···904.html) for about 6 months now (somone else on DSLR recommended (in the comments like this) once). I'm VERY happy with it. Just like with BWMeter, you can network other computers to get a better sense on your total network usage. BW Meter looks like it may be a bit more advanced, but for the price difference, I think many would be happy with Networx. If you are, you might consider throwing them a small bone, like we should for all great "free" software we use a lot to help support it.

Ideally, it is best to have this functionality on your router, but that's not always practical or convenient or cost effective. So this method is a second best way to get a read on your bandwidth usage. Of course, with all the individual non-pc devices being added to networks these days, this second pc by pc method will only give you a general read, but most non-pc devices also don't consume much bandwidth, so in most cases, this will be good enough.


maartena
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reply to McSummation
said by McSummation:

I've been using BWMeter for several months
This may work for a modem with 1 PC.

If you have more then one PC in the house, and those PC's also communicate with each other (think shared printing, files etc) BWmeter pretty much becomes useless.
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McSummation
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Actually, BWMeter works very well with multiple machines on a router with a single modem. I'm using it with an Ethernet connected machine and a WiFi laptop. I've set it up so that it separates the traffic by "LAN" and "Internet".


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dd-wrt bwmeter
i use dd-wrt on my router. has a pretty day by day graph and running total for each month. i'd love for AT&T to say I used more than what my router says.

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