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Topic # 71621 14-Nov-2010 03:11
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I need a way (whether it be hardware or software based) to resrtict the amount of data any one user can use in a monthly cycle. (i.e set one computer/user to have only xGB for the month and for it to reset at a certain date).

I will need to get a new router soon anyway... so if it is hardware based that isnt too much of a problem... but I would really prefer something software based if possible. If I could restrict the maximum speed the user can use at ony one time aswell it would be good... but its not a major if I cant.

So as usual... any ideas would be appreciated.

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  Reply # 404373 14-Nov-2010 03:27
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I used a product called cyberproxy (from memory) to limit the kids access at home for a while.

This allows you to set data limits and times etc and can filter by ip or mac address.

It's a proxy server solution that may work for you.

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  Reply # 404437 14-Nov-2010 11:21
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If you got a spair PC, you could setup IPCop firewall, theres several mods you can add to do this kind of thing




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  Reply # 404446 14-Nov-2010 11:54
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Buy linksys wrt-54gl and load up the 'gargoyle' firmware on it. Will let you do what you are after and much much more.

http://www.gargoyle-router.com/ 




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  Reply # 404492 14-Nov-2010 14:57
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c71931f:
paul151: I used a product called cyberproxy (from memory)


Wrong name.

OP what's your budget?..

 


Yeah... I thought that that might have been the wrong name... tried googling etc but couldnt find anything... thanks paul151 anyway.

I suppose my budget isnt that high... maybe up to $250 as long as it is a wireless router solution as well... maybe pushing $300 if necessary.

... What did you have in mind?

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  Reply # 404499 14-Nov-2010 15:27
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billgates: Buy linksys wrt-54gl and load up the 'gargoyle' firmware on it. Will let you do what you are after and much much more.

http://www.gargoyle-router.com/ 

TIL about Gargoyle, thanks! /hijack

I've looked at Tomato and pfSense in the past to do what OP wants.

Tomato is very good (IMHO) at overall congestion management, but can't do it per computer very well.

pfSense is even more powerful at QoS than Tomato, but very very steep learning curve. I could never get it quite right. There may be a plugin for it that does that, but if one exists I couldn't find it a year ago when I was looking. 

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