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Windows 7: Measuring Usage

19 Mar 2011   #1

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Measuring Usage

ATT has just sent me a notice that starting in May, I will be charged for excessive usage, which is anything over 150GB per month.
I know how usage is affected by D/L pictures music etc, but would like to keep track. Can anyone suggest good software that will allow me to measure usage?

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19 Mar 2011   #2
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Don't have a recommendation as to what to use, but is there more than one computer on the connection (and a bandwidth monitor won't work if there is something like a Xbox or PS3 connected as well)? If so then whatever you go with will have to be installed on all computers to keep track. better is if your router can keep track of it in that case.

Also unless you are going to use it in case of discrepancy with ATT's own meter, looking around over here,

AT&T Northeast forum | DSLReports.com, ISP Information

the only meter that will matter is what ATT says you used which looks to be found here,

www.MyUsage.att.com
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19 Mar 2011   #3

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Thank you Rich
I received an email from them giving me information about their usage page etc, which shows no information, at present, about my usage, so I guess its not up and working yet. I feel that I am way under the allowed 150GB/month allowance, but just wanted to get a feel for how much I actually am using.
Im on line quite a bit helping out here and the Vista forum, check emails, surf the net, download vaction pictures, a bit of you tube etc.

Thanks for the NE Forum link, was not aware of that one.
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19 Mar 2011   #4

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19 Mar 2011   #5

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That's a good question, Rich. Does anyone know if there is anything built into Windows that can give you a daily, weekly, or monthly report???

I'll take a look at iTraffic monitor.
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19 Mar 2011   #6

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iTraffic Monitor is a nice tool.
There's also another nifty tool from AnalogX.
But in the end, of course, what matters is what your provider claims. :-(
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19 Mar 2011   #7
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sordid View Post
But in the end, of course, what matters is what your provider claims. :-(
This more than anything. Another thing to consider if you are behind a router, regardless of how many computers are connected to it, any program you use will only report what passes through the ethernet port without taking into consideration anything that will have been blocked at the router.
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19 Mar 2011   #8

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True.
I'm working for a big ISP and we measure any traffic between CPE and us, which is even more than between CPE and NIC.
Fortunately, we offer a real flat rate and measure for the records only.
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19 Mar 2011   #9

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Sordid:

Please spill the beans.

How long do you keep user logs and what level of detail do they contain?
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19 Mar 2011   #10

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I'm from Austria and we have a very strict law here regarding keeping records of personal connection details.
While we technically of course WOULD be able to monitor ever connection from every user, we simply don't.
All we keep track of is the total amount of traffic between CPE and our equipment.
As I mentioned earlier, our subscribers have a real flat rate but this data is valuable for future infrastructure plannings since we're not using single subscriber lines as in DSL but a shared network aka Cable.

Edit: In general, we only keep record of the total bandwidth use of all customers that form a subnetwork - peak times, total data transfer and the like - to be able to react before an actual shortage occurs.
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