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Topic # 114130 9-Feb-2013 16:10 Send private message

I'm looking for some affirmation that I'm making the right choice here...

Our household is on the TelstraClear Warpspeed broadband plan. We do regularly have a high monthly usage, but this month we blew our cap and I couldn't tell which PC or device was responsible.

I want to put in a DD-WRT router so we can start watching the usage on all internet devices. The Netcomm NP803N supplied by Telstra isn't listed as compatible. But the TP-Link TL-WR1043ND looks like it's firmware compatible and has a highspeed WAN port that'll take advantage of our broadband plan. Plus it's a fairly decent price.

Can anyone see a reason I should pick one of these up? Or have a better idea for me to consider?

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  Reply # 758719 9-Feb-2013 16:20 Send private message

how about just using a free bandwidth monitor software?
http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/



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  Reply # 758723 9-Feb-2013 16:37 Send private message

Thanks for the suggestion. I did start using Networx on a couple the PCs but one of them kept bluescreening...

Also, I want to keep an eye on the tablets and phones. Our resident tween likes to watch a lot of YouTube. I also hope to identify which websites or apps are consuming the bandwidth.

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  Reply # 758737 9-Feb-2013 17:45 Send private message

Problem with networx is that the users can turn it off. Also have had all sorts of weird bugs with it ranging from blue-screens, to disabling network interfaces, and network drop outs.

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  Reply # 758819 9-Feb-2013 22:15 Send private message

The TP-Link TL-WR1043ND can be flashed with Gargoyle Router which has better bandwidth monitoring inbuilt than DD-WRT last time I checked

http://www.gargoyle-router.com/



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  Reply # 758919 10-Feb-2013 12:27 Send private message

Wow - I hadn't heard of Gargoyle before. It looks like it does everything I need it to. They even include firmware to roll the TL-WR1043ND back to stock if all else fails. I think I'll give this a go.

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