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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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  • SuperG
    Hmm, Maybe I've just been luck but my ISP has never charged me for going over my allowance. (Wanadoo/Orange) Any other users had a similar experience?
    Still though, I think NetMeter is great. Been using it for a few months - Just in case. You never can be too sure of anything!
  • tlck9
    On A MAC
    how do I get my usage if I'm on Mac, I've checked my router and cannot see anywhere immediately that would give me usage?? its a belkin router so if its hidden please let me know.

    Any ideas
  • Dave Rowtree
    This is fantastic, thanks very much. Up to now I've been checking pure bandwidth with online checkers, but this is much more substansial. Thank you
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 28th Sep 07, 9:21 AM
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    Ken68
    Had it a week now, and projected use is 64.74 MiB, would that be 6.47 GB.
  • espresso
    Had it a week now, and projected use is 64.74 MiB, would that be 6.47 GB.
    Originally posted by Ken68

    Right click on the NetMeter taskbar icon, then Totals and it tells you in the Projected Tab, weekly and monthly figures.
    Blue text on this forum usually signifies hyperlinks, so click on them!..
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 28th Sep 07, 10:44 AM
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    Ken68
    Yes, Espresso, that what I dun, it says MiB not G.B.
  • espresso
    Yes, Espresso, that what I dun, it says MiB not G.B.
    Originally posted by Ken68
    Don't really understand your problem. It projects weekly and monthly usage.

    If you have used 64.74MB in one week, that would approximate to 280.5MB in one month. i.e. nowhere near 1GB. See here for explanation of KB, MB, GB etc.
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    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 28th Sep 07, 11:19 AM
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    Ken68
    My problem Espresso is that ISP's talk GB, your screenshots talk GB, yet my projected figures (for a month) talk Mib. Just can't believe that I am a very very very low user, with all the surfin I do and Radio 2 via bbc radio player, playing all the time.
    While you're here, another problem I have is having to come off low user with BT before knowing if the local exchange is unbundled for me to get a broadband/phone deal. If, say, Tiscali, who appear not so good, tho I am with them dial up can't do me a deal, then lumbered with BT full price at 10.50 plus calls instead of now 7.50 including all calls.
    Am silver surfer, as you know and normally do the gas board.
  • espresso
    My problem Espresso is that ISP's talk GB, your screenshots talk GB, yet my projected figures (for a month) talk Mib. Just can't believe that I am a very very very low user, with all the surfin I do and Radio 2 via bbc radio player, playing all the time.

    If you are surfing on dial-up, it is much slower in comparison to BB so you are not likely to be using up GB's of bandwidth while you wait for pages to download. When you do get BB, you will find that you can do much more in less time and your usage will rocket compared to your dial-up usage.

    While you're here, another problem I have is having to come off low user with BT before knowing if the local exchange is unbundled for me to get a broadband/phone deal. If, say, Tiscali, who appear not so good, tho I am with them dial up can't do me a deal, then lumbered with BT full price at 10.50 plus calls instead of now 7.50 including all calls.
    Am silver surfer, as you know and normally do the gas board.
    Originally posted by Ken68
    You can see what is available to you on your exchange by looking on Samknows

    There are hundreds of ISP's to choose from other than the big name rip off merchants. See here and here
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    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 28th Sep 07, 12:00 PM
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    Ken68
    Thank you Espresso. very good links. Reading them now. Looks like AOL, Sky, Talk or Uk online. Now to find a phone deal to go with it.
    • amizaki
    • By amizaki 27th Nov 07, 12:54 PM
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    amizaki
    In my flat we use 3 pc. so is there any way trace total usage without installing same soft in every pc & adding up ? can i trace from router ?
    thx
  • espresso
    In my flat we use 3 pc. so is there any way trace total usage without installing same soft in every pc & adding up ? can i trace from router ?
    thx
    Originally posted by amizaki
    Depends on your particular router but most have a Traffic Statistics page.
    Blue text on this forum usually signifies hyperlinks, so click on them!..
    • amizaki
    • By amizaki 28th Nov 07, 11:06 AM
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    amizaki
    i got NETGEAR Router DG834G.
    haven't found any traffic statistics page on that
  • espresso
    i got NETGEAR Router DG834G.
    haven't found any traffic statistics page on that
    Originally posted by amizaki
    Read Chapter 6 of the user manual - Viewing Router Status and Usage Statistics.
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    • patwa
    • By patwa 6th Jan 08, 9:35 PM
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    patwa
    For those with compatible routers, you can also change the firmware on it to alternative, open-source firmwares that often have far greater functionalities. For an example check out www.dd-wrt.com. That particular firmware works with many linksys and other brands of router. Open-WRT is another alternative, and there are many more.

    You should just, as mentioned above, be careful that you are only monitoring traffic going out the ADSL connection (WAN) and ignoring all LAN traffic including inter-system traffic. Also, if not using the router for statistical gathering but only doing this at a system level, remember to incude other appartus using the ADSL link, such as telephones (SIP/VoIP) or other services operating on your router (e.g FTP server).

    H.
    Know me for who I am, not for who I say I am.
    • FrugalFriend
    • By FrugalFriend 12th Feb 08, 9:48 PM
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    FrugalFriend
    For those still using dial-up there's a handy little program I used to use called Tick. It logs your internet connect, for example time on line, data throughput, days of the week, and time etc... It can be configured to show separate logs for different dial-up connections on one computer (i.e. if you want to use 2 or more dial-up numbers.) It can also be set to disconnect your connection at a certain time, handy if you have free calls up to 60 mins for example.
  • Southyorks
    Just like to say thanks been looking for something like this for a while.
  • saint_jon
    I have used netmetre for ages now and its an excellent bit of software i would highly recommend this.
  • opportunity_cost
    For people with one of the Entanet resellers (UKFSN, ADSL24, Vivacity, Freeola, Aquiss, TitanADSL, Xifos, Falconnet) there is EntaTool (which fetches your actual bandwith usage data straight from Enta Billing).
  • travel_freak
    Which version of this to download?
    Hello,

    I'm wondering which version of this to download.

    Since this article was posted there seem to be later versions of this software available - I've just been to the site (via the link in the 1st post) and there is a "1.1.3 (stable)" version - please does anyone know if the older version espresso mentions in the first post here ("1.1.0 (beta)") is better to download than the latest version - I am thinking about whether it has better functionality or is more stable/reliable/tested than the current version?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Regards,
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