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Roomie

@cox.net

How should I divide 50 GB Internet Quota Among Roommates?

*I* am paying fully for the internet myself.

Roommates are NOT paying for internet at all-- I'm only sharing my internet service that *I* pay for by myself with them as a favor.

I have a 50 GB per month Internet plan data usage quota.

I am wanting to set up QoS and bandwidth caps to 1) make us stay at the 50 GB per month quota, and 2) keep our internet running ok.

How should I divide 50 GB per month among us?
Bandwidth limit is 3 MBPS, monthly data use cap is 50 GB.

How many kbps should I give each roommate?

Like I noted, *I* pay for the internet, and I don't want to go over quota on the plan I pay for. I want to block P2P services-- 1) liability, and 2) slows the internet down for everyone. I'm paying for it and it's in my name-- I don't want P2P on what I pay for.

How many KBPS should I set our router to allow for each device?

kherr
Premium
join:2000-09-04
Collinsville, IL
I'd say it's time that they get their own service since the cap is so low. How much is your connection???


roommie

@cox.net
It's $50 or so a month.

I told them I would share mine, so I want to let them have some.
I just want to block the ridiculous downloading, etc. they do.


Hank
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You make a personal decision and then you expect everyone else to tell you how to manage the decision you made. You probably had something in mind when you made the decision so go by your initial decision. If they don't like it too bad, your paying for the service. If they want more than you offered then let them purchase their own service.


roomie

@cox.net
I'm asking for advice on how to calculate and divide 3mbps.

250 kbps per device?
500 kbps per device?

None of the calculators I've foudn are useful in telling me what max speed I need to keep in order to use only 50 GB per month total.


tschmidt
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said by roomie :

None of the calculators I've foudn are useful in telling me what max speed I need to keep in order to use only 50 GB per month total.

That is a simple calculation.

First convert 50 GB (gigabytes) into 50 gb (gigabits) multiply by 8
You have 400 gb (400,000,000,000) to use per month.

Connect speed is specified in bits per second so you need to determine how many seconds are in a month: 30d x 24h x 60m x 60s
Assuming a 30 day month there are a 2,592,000 seconds per month. If you want to be more conservative use 31 days for a month.

Dividing your cap by seconds per month yields 154.3 kbps.

That is the total for the connection, you then need to figure out how to divide it up among all the users.

50 GB sounds like a lot but not when you think about it on a sustained basis like streaming or game play.

/tom

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I don’t think you want to limit your connection to ~150Kbps—that’s the speed I had 20 years ago—and, if you have three users, that’s 50Kbps per user, which is akin to a dialup line. That said, in my opinion, you should prioritize your traffic over all else and simply set a limit for your roommates collectively. For example, tell them they all have 25GB per month and shut off their access after that. If you can setup a simple site that displays their collective usage in near real time, you can let them attempt to manage the usage amongst themselves. If you can go one step further and have the site reflect usage per roommate, you’ll prevent them from finger pointing when they eventually hit the 25GB limit.

switchman

join:1999-11-06
reply to kherr
said by kherr:

I'd say it's time that they get their own service.

What kherr said.

De Astra

join:2005-06-04
Australia
reply to Roomie
If you would still like to give them the use of your plan as a favour, divide it equally. Or it WILL get ugly.

medbuyer

join:2003-11-20
kudos:4
reply to Roomie
with only 50GB to share and not knowing how they'll be using it....make sure that you all have an agreement that just in case your usage goes over the quota and are levied extra charges, you or they will all contribute to those fees...

because I am pretty sure that even if you implement QOS or whatever to allot a certain amount of bandwidth for them, they WILL contest that...

better yet, tell them to get their own connection or pool money to get a faster connection with a bigger quota...

you're just too good to do that and in the end might end up arguing with them...

50GB? that's the lowest cap / quota I've heard...

LLigetfa

join:2006-05-15
Fort Frances, ON
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reply to switchman
said by switchman:

said by kherr:

I'd say it's time that they get their own service.

What kherr said.

Or get them pay the difference to go to the next tier.
--
Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it. -- Stephen Vizinczey

switchman

join:1999-11-06
When you ask them to pay $, you can no longer dictate no P2P traffic. The account is still in OP name and he is responsible for the trafic.

It just depends what is more important.

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reply to Roomie
said by Roomie :

*I* am paying fully for the internet myself.

... as others have said, that's grounds for "50GB for me, none for anyone else" especially if bandwidth-heavy apps
like P2P or Netflix, etc. is part of the equation.

If you have no way to accurately measure how many Gbytes anyone actually used -- tied to a traceable IP / MAC address
of the gear on your LAN right now -- you don't need a crystal ball to see this plan failing in a really bad way, especially
when you get that dreaded call from the bandwidth abuse department saying "hi, we are shutting down your internet now
because you used x GBytes in your last billing period." Queue the finger pointing, and everyone whining how it's not their fault,
and you're stuck with the headache of sorting it out.

Regards

LLigetfa

join:2006-05-15
Fort Frances, ON
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Around here the cable company offers packages with one gig caps. 50 gigs these days is paltry. 250 gig caps are common.


SoonerAl
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said by LLigetfa:

Around here the cable company offers packages with one gig caps. 50 gigs these days is paltry. 250 gig caps are common.

It appears the OP is using Cox HSI. Cox has 5 different tiers of HSI service and subsequently 5 different monthly prices depending on the market. Some markets may not offer all five tiers. Depending on the tier your subscribed to the cap can vary quite a bit.

»ww2.cox.com/aboutus/oklahomacity···sage.cox

It simply comes down to what a person can or wants to spend on internet access with Cox.

FWIW I am in the preferred tier for my Cox HSI. My wife and I are pretty light users of our service and we never come close to using up the quota...


cdru
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reply to switchman
said by switchman:

When you ask them to pay $, you can no longer dictate no P2P traffic. The account is still in OP name and he is responsible for the trafic.

Baloney. Even if he accepted money he can dictate whatever he wants since it's his account. His roommates are able to take it or leave it.


cdru
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reply to tschmidt
said by tschmidt:

That is a simple calculation.

First convert 50 GB (gigabytes) into 50 gb (gigabits) multiply by 8
You have 400 gb (400,000,000,000) to use per month.

Connect speed is specified in bits per second so you need to determine how many seconds are in a month: 30d x 24h x 60m x 60s
Assuming a 30 day month there are a 2,592,000 seconds per month. If you want to be more conservative use 31 days for a month.

Dividing your cap by seconds per month yields 154.3 kbps.

You can do all that, or you can just google "50 gigabytes / 1 month in kilobits per second" and get approximately the same result.