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    espresso
    How to check your Internet usage (bandwidth)
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    • 18th Oct 06, 12:30 PM
    How to check your Internet usage (bandwidth) 18th Oct 06 at 12:30 PM
    Many forum members subscribe to popular ISP packages which impose a monthly usage limit. When this limit is exceeded the user will then be charged, usually at a set rate for each extra GB (or part of) used that month. This limit may be set as low a 2GB which can easily be exceeded on a fast connection or even on dial-up!

    You may just be curious to know exactly how much bandwidth you are actually using, so that you can change to a cheaper package, hence saving money.

    There are various programs available to monitor your bandwidth but the one that I have used for a long time is NetMeter available to download for free from here. NetMeter will check dial-up as well as broadband usage.

    NetMeter is a small, customisable network bandwidth monitoring program for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista
    This is an excellent program which works very well and has new been further developed.

    EDIT: NetMeter 1.1.14 (beta) is now available - released 27 Sept 10.

    NetMeter is a simple but very useful program that is easy to configure to your requirements. Once installed on your PC, right clicking on it's icon in the system tray, will display Options, Totals, About, etc.

    In the General options tab, be sure to check the Load on windows startup box and then configure the other options as required:




    If you wish to set a Traffic volume alert, to warn when a pre-set figure has been reached, click on the Alerts + Reports Tab to configure your specific requirements:




    To check your usage, right click on the system tray icon and select Totals. As well as full daily, weekly, monthly and Total data transferred since last reset figures, there is also a useful Projected Tab which will display projected usage based on your current usage:




    All NetMeter data can be exported, for use in other applications in .csv format if required.

    Last edited by espresso; 29-01-2011 at 2:26 PM.
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    • mobile pundits
    • By mobile pundits 1st Sep 14, 11:39 AM
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    mobile pundits
    I am using Networx for my windows but your all the efforts you put in the forum post is appreciable. Entire forum is informative. Looking forward to read contents from you.
    • weeden
    • By weeden 21st May 15, 1:32 PM
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    weeden
    Hi,

    Mum has signed up with Moneysaver Telecom for phone and broadband with 5gb inclusive since October 2014. However, she does not have any items that can access the internet. She got it for her grandson who would occasionally use it on the laptop, when she was with her previous isp talktalk. Since changing providers, neither the grandson nor anyone else has been able to access internet via the routers security etc.
    Mum received a samsung tablet for xmas to skype brother emigrating. However, it too could not connect to internet. A troubleshooting afternoon (hogmanay) - 31st December - spent on phone with Moneysaver confirmed router had not been set up and that connection password had not been forwarded to account holder. This was duly confirmed and from then on internet was usable.
    Check dates...... sign up 23/09/14.......connection made usable 31/12/14 = 3 months of non usage!!
    Yet! over and above her 5gb of allowed usage, an 8gb over usage was applied to the account in Nov 14, and over usage of 11 gb applied on Dec 14 and an over usage of 5gb applied in Jan 14!
    I have contacted them on various occasions, letting them know of the concerns of over charging for something she was unable to use, yet they keep reiterating that the usage amount cannot be wrong as it is correct!!
    They cannot show me proof of this.... as the figures arrive with them at the end of the period and that is what is billed!
    "Confidentiality" will not allow them to share usage information! Surely with mum being the client, she should be privileged with this information?
    I have looked all through this thread to find out how we can check what her usage actually is.
    I know various isp's allow you to check your own usage on private portal within your customer accounts, so why can mum not have this information from Moneysaver.
    When pressed for this info, I was told that their carrier does not provide this.
    I asked for the carrier details and was point blank refused this information.
    A smart TV has been purchased and I now know that dad is accessing catch up tv through it, which I assume is why there is still an over usage on the account for Feb - 6gb, and March - 8 gb.
    There is no other usage in the household. There is no PC, nor laptop, nor smart phone being used in the house. I took the tablet from her to familiarise myself with it and not given it back yet.
    Is there any way she can check what her usage actually is, to enable us to compare the billing?

    Thank you for any help gladly received.
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