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Topic # 175391 27-Jun-2015 15:06 Send private message

Hi guys

We are having a problem at our house where one person is using more than their fair share of out internet each month leaving others to suffer.

I was wondering if there is any software than can be installed on our home network to divide up the 150gb we get each month.

For example person 1 gets 50gb - their xbox pc and phone will be allocated to that 50gb, person 2 gets 50gb and their pc and phone is allocated to that and so on

Thanks

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  Reply # 1332596 27-Jun-2015 15:08 Send private message

Move to an unlimited plan would be easier

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  Reply # 1332598 27-Jun-2015 15:23 One person supports this post Send private message

WHat Johnr said, its probably going to end up costing the same at the end of the day

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  Reply # 1332599 27-Jun-2015 15:34 Send private message

if your using more than 80gb

you should be on unlimited.




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  Reply # 1332601 27-Jun-2015 15:38 Send private message

Your effort to do this is not worth it.

Go to unlimited plan as per johnr.





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  Reply # 1332610 27-Jun-2015 16:41 2 people support this post Send private message

I hate to say this, but you have a social issue more than a technical one.  If you can discuss your concerns with the person you'll probably get further.

If you can't discuss the issue then it is unlikely the person will agree to having their Internet usage "metered".

Failing that, I suspect the cheapest and easiest solution will be to change to a flat rate connection, where you have no usage charges.




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  Reply # 1332611 27-Jun-2015 16:41 2 people support this post Send private message

Unlimited is probably your best bet and well worth it. It may also be worth looking at a router that you can flash with gargoyle. 

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

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  Reply # 1332647 27-Jun-2015 17:02 2 people support this post Send private message

Maybe the next question will be we are now on unlimited and he's hogging the bandwidth.

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  Reply # 1332665 27-Jun-2015 17:43 One person supports this post Send private message

Gargoyle is a great option. Otherwise, as many others have said, an unlimited is probably the easiest and most cost effective route.

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  Reply # 1332688 27-Jun-2015 18:14 Send private message

tdgeek: Maybe the next question will be we are now on unlimited and he's hogging the bandwidth.


Yup, that's why I suggest unlimited and gargoyle.  Unlimited because these days it's worth it, but gargoyle will still allow the OP to set limits to prevent one person for example saturating their upstream bandwidth.

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  Reply # 1332745 27-Jun-2015 20:05 Send private message

Or buy a $50 computer with a 2nd NIC and setup pfsense m0n0wall or have a good look at clearOS

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  Reply # 1332758 27-Jun-2015 20:47 2 people support this post Send private message

shrub: Or buy a $50 computer with a 2nd NIC and setup pfsense m0n0wall or have a good look at clearOS


I would suggest pfSense is far more trouble than its worth. It will work very well but the set up to put quotas on users is not a standard set up. Gargoyle has quotas and bandwidth management built in and is pretty much what it has become known for.

Pretty much you get a TP-Link router, load up the Gargoyle binary and then go through the fun process of setting up groups, quotas, bandwidth allotment etc... The problem with Gargoyle is you will need to be fairly proactive with maintaining your device lists. The simplest way to apply quotas is by IP so you would look at doing static DHCP allocations to ensure clients always got the same IP range. This can be fairly labour intensive when the number of devices increases.

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  Reply # 1332763 27-Jun-2015 21:01 Send private message

I set up a prepay $10/GB system for my flatmates back in 2009 -- I could afford to pay the internet bill, they were all poor students, unlimited wasn't available, I needed a project.

If you've got no money and loads of time (and the necessary skill), by all means set up a usage metering/limiting system.  But if this is all because one person is using all your cap up, and won't stop, and doesn't care, then as @pdath says this is really a social problem.

Otherwise, as everyone else here has already suggested, unlimited is the simple solution, and these days it's pretty darn cheap too - $75/mo for Flip naked unlimited ADSL without a term contract.  Even cheaper elsewhere with a term contract.

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  Reply # 1332766 27-Jun-2015 21:15 Send private message

whitefoxxx: ... I was wondering if there is any software than can be installed on our home network to divide up the 150gb we get each month.


150GB is not enough for three users. Go unlimited.




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  Reply # 1332776 27-Jun-2015 22:23 Send private message

Seems like it is easier to go unlimited. We are on fibre and never have issues with there being a few people on a time its usually just the data limit thats the issue. Thanks for the input guys/girls

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  Reply # 1332849 28-Jun-2015 08:43 Send private message

But if it costs more, the HOG should pay!!

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