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3 people share metered internet. How to monitor bandwidth.

by ohseenet / March 4, 2017 11:05 PM PST

Three people will share one internet service. Their internet service is not unlimited. It is metered and pricey.
Albert will have just one laptop.
Bob will have a laptop and smartphone.
Charlie will have a Linux Mint desktop, a Linux Mint laptop, an Android tablet and an Android phone.

Most likely, all will be connecting via WiFi (as opposed to ethernet cable).


What do we need to see how much each person has used per month?

Ideally, each person has their own login username and password.
Ideally, each person can check their own usage for the month by going to some IP address to see their current usage. (The admin would have access to everyone’s bandwidth/network info.)
It would also be nice if there was a way to cap usage for a certain person, or when the group hits X gigabytes. (Because there may be overage fees.)

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Re: metered Internet
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 5, 2017 1:47 AM PST
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You really don't want this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2017 8:36 AM PST

It's a lot of work to implement your first time out. That is, you would setup a SQUID server (see the web) and then craft all those report pages.

Better routers do have usage counters per IP so in the router be sure to reserve IPs so the users get the same IP and usage is added to their IP log in the router.

Post was last edited on March 8, 2017 5:47 PM PST

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I bought a router that can run OpenWRT / Lede
by ohseenet / March 8, 2017 5:26 PM PST

I bought myself a router that can run OpenWRT/Lede. I hope that this will be a not-so-difficult way of reaching my objective.

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Squid is still needed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2017 5:49 PM PST

Why? You are on a metered connection and Squid's caching can avoid a lot of duplicated downloads and pages.

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Squid on OpenWRT/Lede-flashed router
by ohseenet / March 8, 2017 7:18 PM PST
In reply to: Squid is still needed.

Can squid software be installed on a router running OpenWRT?

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I think you need to try that question on Google.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2017 9:22 PM PST

Here my answer is no. Routers usually don't have enough flash memory or ram to run Squid.

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