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DGGSLF

join:2007-04-14
Lynn, MA

[Northeast] Available FiOS Internet usage meters?

Has anyone used or know of a usage meter/tool which will allow me to see how much data I'm using on a monthly basis with FiOS?

I work from home and my kids are big PC gamers, so I'm wondering how my usage would stack up against the 300Gig cap that Xfinity now has. I know FiOS has no such caps but I'm trying to run the numbers.

Feedback/suggestions?


danclan

join:2005-11-01
Midlothian, VA
»[southwest] How best to Monitor Usage Upload/Download FiOS data

read that and see if it meets your needs


aaronwt
Premium
join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA
reply to DGGSLF
Gaming doesn't use much data except if you are downloading a bunch of stuff. I was surprised how little it used. When my internet was down for five days from a botched 150/65 upgrade. I had to use my T-Mobile Hotspot for Internet service. I purchased the 1.5GB data to use. I was playing Modern Warfare 3 for several hours each day(on XBox 360s). It barely put a dent in my data usage. I didn't realize so little data was used while gaming. And MW3 supposedly uses more than other multi-player games.
Most of my data usage came from my PC usage and email.


birdfeedr
Premium,MVM
join:2001-08-11
Warwick, RI
kudos:9

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reply to DGGSLF
said by DGGSLF:

Has anyone used or know of a usage meter/tool which will allow me to see how much data I'm using

I took the time to research dd-wrt on a Netgear WNR3700L. It is now my primary router and it has a daily WAN usage count and a monthly summary number to show totals.

dd-wrt is a work in progress, and it can be very intimidating and confusing, as there are a number of people who tweak and modify it to their preferences (and of course make it available to others).

If you're on a MoCA WAN, you'll have problems until you switch to ethernet WAN, since the Actiontec MoCA chipset is not supported by dd-wrt.

edited to add screenshot and link. »www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Ne···WNR3500L

WAN Traffic for August

McBane

join:2008-08-22
Plano, TX
Cacti

Although thats probably not an option for everyone... you need a managed or smart switch that supports SNMP and a webserver with PHP and SNMP utilities, but it's great for historical usage information. I can see how much bandwidth I used any time going back to '08 when I first set it all up.

DGGSLF

join:2007-04-14
Lynn, MA
reply to danclan
Thanks! I think this info is good enough for what I'm looking for.


houkouonchi

join:2002-07-22
Ontario, CA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
reply to birdfeedr
Damn birdfeeder your usage is almost nothing!

I use a little script that parses MRTG data from snmp running on my router box into graphs like this:


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birdfeedr
Premium,MVM
join:2001-08-11
Warwick, RI
kudos:9
said by houkouonchi:

Damn birdfeeder your usage is almost nothing!

Besides two people on medium duty web and email browsing, there's some periodic vnc traffic, ftp uploading of weather data, and slingbox to the outside. I think I left a slingplayer running overnight on the 5th and 6th for bandwidth testing purposes. 40GB total so far in August! I agree, I am so not a power user. I do well enough on 25/25.


Smith6612
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join:2008-02-01
North Tonawanda, NY
kudos:24
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Use more data Birdfeedr! I've done more than you as well on just DSL.


Mannus
Premium
join:2005-10-25
Fort Wayne, IN
Reviews:
·Frontier FiOS
·Vonage
reply to DGGSLF


HD_Ride
Premium
join:2000-10-18
Jerseyastan
reply to Smith6612
Congratulations Smith6612 See Profile, if you are doing that with a DSL connection you are the pound for pound BW Champ. Not that it matters by I could track my usage with dd-wrt back to 12/2009. Generally after a new dd-wrt release that appears to be stable I always like to test by abusing my wireless connection, the last day of April 2011 was one of those days. Not too bad for a cheesy Dell laptop and a $45 router.


Dream Killer
Graveyard Shift
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join:2002-08-09
Forest Hills, NY
kudos:1

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if you have a desktop/laptop around that you can install two nics on, an x86 router-os is a good choice for flexibility. i run pfsense on a laptop and it lays out nice graphs like these:









it doesn't nicely break it down into monthly usage but the data is there (in/out pass, period). i used to have a package installed to keep track of traffic per individual lan ip but it ate up the router's CPU so i just settled with this.

i wouldn't use a program such as du meter as they only work per computer. you need something that can track it directly from the ont. that would be the router. snmp is a good way but i find it inaccurate because of the way it polls the service in intervals and not count directly from the interface.

with the rise of caps, even consumer routers today like the netgear3500L can track monthly data usage with the stock firmware:




there's nothing to be tracked because i use it as a wifi ap/ ethernet switch and it can only track via wan port.


Teasip

join:2001-05-14
Plano, TX
reply to Mannus
No love for Macs.


Smith6612
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North Tonawanda, NY
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I'm not sure if the Macs have a built-in utility for measuring data usage each month but I know their network interfaces show an accurate measurement of data consumption if the Mac is left on via Terminal or Activity Monitor.

May wish to try this though: »www.skoobysoft.com/utilities/utilities.html

McBane

join:2008-08-22
Plano, TX
reply to houkouonchi
Hey houk, what script is that? It's got nifty aggregate graphs


kingdome74
Let's Go Orange
Premium
join:2002-03-27
Syracuse, NY
kudos:5
reply to DGGSLF
A simple solution is to use DU Meter from Hagel on all of your computers. It will accurately record your daily/weekly/monthly/etc up and download activities. I've used it for years.


houkouonchi

join:2002-07-22
Ontario, CA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
reply to McBane
said by McBane:

Hey houk, what script is that? It's got nifty aggregate graphs

I just use MRTG which can work with pretty much anything that supports SNMP. The totals are graphed by another utility that parses MRTG logs for totals.
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