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Monitor bandwidth use--need program

by stick joe / September 1, 2008 7:54 AM PDT

What is a good program to monitor bandwidth use? Comcast is setting a limit so I need something to monitor it for me.

I have Windows XP Service Pack 3 Home Edition.

And it needs to be able to monitor regardless of which browser I use, though I use Opera most of the time.


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Make the call.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2008 8:37 AM PDT

"Time-Warner Cable is currently trying out metered service in Beaumont, TX. Their caps are lower, but they do provide one thing: a page you can go to in order to check your usage."

Comcast needs to give you a meter to read.

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For many reasons
by Jimmy Greystone / September 1, 2008 8:41 AM PDT

For many reasons, just dumping Comcast in favor of some DSL provider in your area would be a very smart move. All the cable companies have vastly oversold access to their networks, and are dragging their feet about upgrading capacity. A lot of teleco companies are even offering digital TV these days in bigger markets.

That all being said, the bandwidth cap is 250GB/mo for Comcast, so unless you're a heavy P2P user, you're not likely ever going to come close to that amount in a month. If you are a heavy P2P user, I hope you just have a penchant for downloading Linux distributions or other legal content, otherwise a bandwidth cap might be the least of your worries.

As for your actual question, I don't personally know of any such program, but talk to Comcast. It seems perfectly reasonable to me, that if they're going to impose this arbitrary bandwidth limit on customers, that they should provide some means for customers to monitor their consumption rates. Odds are they'll have something similar to what cell phone companies have, where you log in to a website, and it gives you an estimate of your usage as of an hour ago or a day ago, or something like that. You might also want to look for some European or Australian forums where bandwidth caps have been a way of life for many years. Odds are, if such a program exists, someone there will know about them. By and large Cnet is a North American oriented company, and our friends from across the pond don't find their way here all that often, so you'll need to go to them.

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by stick joe / September 1, 2008 8:48 AM PDT
In reply to: For many reasons

Comcast has nothing to offer to monitor use. See this ABC news article for Comcasts comments :

My sister is the one with the Comcast internet account and for now she's not switching but waiting to see if our use reaches this cap and what Comcast will do about it when it does. Personally I think it WILL reach this cap in about 2 months-like right now, I'm downloading season 11 South Park episodes (imagine the bandwidth that's sucking up!). So unfortunately we need to monitor our use till my sister realizes we'll suck it all up most months (which I predict).

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(NT) Look at your other post.
by Coryphaeus / September 1, 2008 9:26 AM PDT
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Bit Meter
by brian619 / September 5, 2008 2:31 PM PDT

I use has hourly, daily and monthy statistical data as well an option to alert you when you've reached you a certain amount of data uploaded or downloaded as well as a setting for ISP restrictions. It's only good per if you are using two different computers (desktop and laptop), you'll probably have to upgrade you router if you have a home network setup.

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