Is there a "bandwidth usage meter"?

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I'd log into your account with your ISP. They should have a section detailing how much you've used. I just did this a couple days ago and for the first time and found I've only used about 18 gigs out of 300 with four days left within the cycle. Right now I surf and game, but am thinking of dropping my cable TV, hooking up my antenna on the roof for local HD, and signing up for a couple streaming services. Its good to know I have about 220 gigs to play with.
 
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Originally Posted By: daves66nova
One reason for this,is that I want to know how much an Ooma voip uses at idle.
It should use nothing or next to nothing. Why is this a concern for you?
 
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Also, what router do you have? If your router supports it, you could install third party firmware on it such as Tomato, which can monitor bandwidth consumed by each device on LAN, both real-time and historical.
 
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You want a program called NetLimiter. http://www.netlimiter.com/products You can track your bandwidth "on the fly" You can throttle connections, and in the gaming community, some use it for intentional "lagging" in games. They have a trial version if your not interested in purchasing now, but I highly recommend the full version. Very stable, and being currently developed, Windows platforms only!
 
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Originally Posted By: Vern_in_IL
You want a program called NetLimiter. http://www.netlimiter.com/products
That's great for a PC, but how would he install it on Ooma device which plugs directly into the router? The only way to measure its data usage is at the router level. Unless you have a PC that you're using as a router...
 
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Unless you have a PC that you're using as a router...
It would be a great project. A cheap PC is a dime a dozen, you could probably build a P.C. router for under 50 bucks. Like the guy said above, NetGear has usage monitor built into it's web admin access. My router has one. But he is asking for a "bandwidth" meter, not data usage. If he has a cisco router and supports netflow, perhaps he can try PRTG. http://www.paessler.com/router_bandwidth_monitor Check out this thread, they talk about flashing a Linksys router to get the feature. http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r26670695-Wireless-Routers-with-Bandwidth-Monitoring-Capability
 
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Originally Posted By: Vern_in_IL
It would be a great project. A cheap PC is a dime a dozen, you could probably build a P.C. router for under 50 bucks.
I agree that it would be a neat project, but I highly doubt you can do it for under 50 bucks. You'd want a motherboard with two NICs to begin with. Then there is the power consumption issue. A typical PC will chew up 100W, 24x7.
 

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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: daves66nova
One reason for this,is that I want to know how much an Ooma voip uses at idle.
It should use nothing or next to nothing. Why is this a concern for you?
Just curiosity. I wrote to Ooma just to find out and they didn't give me a straight answer.So that made me more curious.My router is Actiontec model GT784WNV.Thanks for all the info.
 
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VOIP services like ooma use basically nothing. Watching a single 3 minute youtube video likely uses more data than the average person would use in a month via ooma. It's not enough worth worrying about.
 
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