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Topic # 113368 15-Jan-2013 11:26
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I have a remote webcam system that uploads images to an ftp server via the Telecom Xt network.  The webcam system consists of a PC running Ubuntu server.  It connects using an MF636 modem.

I want the webcam system to be able to get access to the Telecom usage meter to control the number of image uploads and stay within my monthly data cap.

I have no problem monitoring data to/from the telecom network as measured by the webcam box.  I run vnstat on the box.  I understand that at least some of the data packets going to/from the network are not measured by Telecom.  If so, this means that reading traffic flow to/from the network with vnstat will overstate the data usage compared to the Telecom usage meter.

The on-line Telecom usage meter webpage is OK for human viewing but would be difficult for a machine to read and understand.

Is there a facility to allow machine readible access to the Telecom usage meter??


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  Reply # 745000 15-Jan-2013 12:31
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There is no public API, but other online use the mobile version of the mobile usage meter at and that gives an easier html page to extract out the data you need.

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  Reply # 750091 24-Jan-2013 11:51
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I want to develop a script that will search the webpage for the traffic info. I want to do that on a PC with wired connection to the internet rather than the wireless and headless box.

I can log-on to the page above from my wired PC. I believe the log-on password screen is not shown when the PC connection is via a T-stick modem.

Is the web page showing traffic I see on my PC by logging-in the same as the webpage I would see on a mobile device with the modem?


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  Reply # 750114 24-Jan-2013 12:39
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A bit of Googling around will give you what you are looking for (hint google for "wget amdistauth")

wget --no-check-certificate --save-cookies=cookie.txt --keep-session-cookies --post-data "IDToken1=027xxxxxxx&IDToken2=**YourPassword**" "" -q -O - | grep "remaining data" | awk "{print $1}"

That will work when you're not coming in over 3G.. Otherwise you can just go to and pick it up directly as over 3G you don't need to login.

To logout use:

wget --no-check-certificate --load-cookies=cookie.txt "" -O -

Otherwise you run into issues where if you have established more than 5 sessions you can't login.

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  Reply # 750821 25-Jan-2013 15:37
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There is no way I would have found those key words by myself for a Google search.


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  Reply # 866884 26-Jul-2013 22:59
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wget works for accessing the telecom usage page but Iam writing in perl and I want to use the module
LWP::Simple to so the same thing.   LWP provides a reliable return status (undef) if the web page request fails.

The problem is that LWP doesn't return the page. 
I have read that Apparently this can happen if the site owner is only willing to provide accessto browsers, and has configured the site to return an error forunrecognized user-agent strings.

Has anyone else successfully used LWP from the mobile network?

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