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# 18594 15-Jan-2008 19:31
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Hi, is there any way i can monitor how much of my monthly bandwidth each of my computers use?
Are any of these programs able to be done over lan or be "hidden" on the computer?

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  # 105043 15-Jan-2008 19:48
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With Xnet, you can use their bandwidth meter.

For a general purpose transfer meter, I use NetMeter. It very flexible, easy to learn and doesn't use much memory.

Also, I haven't really known of a single app that can monitor multiple computers at the same time.




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# 105048 15-Jan-2008 20:23
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I use Rokario Bandwidth Monitor. Its really good. (Single Computer)




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  # 105060 15-Jan-2008 21:10
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Is there any program that even after you exit still tracks how much bandwidth is being used maybe as a service or something?

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  # 105074 15-Jan-2008 22:09
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If you have a server I think that in Small Business server there is something that will do something along these lines.




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  # 105081 15-Jan-2008 22:29
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http://www.bandwidthmonitorpro.com/

I have used this before and it hides in the bottom right hand corner on the taskbar.

It accuratley monitors your usage.

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  # 105139 16-Jan-2008 09:34
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Bandwidth monitor pro is a good wee program and i imagine most of the others listed are too but from what ive seen none of these will do exactly what you want which is similar to what i wanted a while back.

To be able to accuarately measure the data used on each of the pcs in my house, especially my flatmates computer to make sure hes not using up all my usage.

bandwidth monitor pro can be installed on all the pcs and email you after every gig of usage but it can be closed all too easily from the system tray and doesnt monitor when its not loaded.

Unless someone knows of a better program i think your best option is to find a router that can do it, my tplink wireless 108m has a crude version of this but it gives you an idea atleast.

i imagine theres alot of routers that can do the job better, maybe one of the ones that can run a linux image or something....

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  # 105196 16-Jan-2008 13:42
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http://netlimiter.com/ might be able to do this, it runs as a service (I think without the app running also) and has a 'permissions editor'.  To be honest I'm not sure if it will do what you want, but it seems like there's a chance.  I've been using this program for a number of years now and it's very good, but I've never had a reason to forcibly monitor usage remotely.... give my kids a few years and then I will! :)

 
 
 
 




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  # 105215 16-Jan-2008 15:21
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To be able to accuarately measure the data used on each of the pcs in my house, especially my flatmates computer to make sure hes not using up all my usage.



This is exactly my problem, he uses up all the usage downloading everything he possible can :|. he's also the type of person that would just get out of the program while he is downloading.

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  # 105222 16-Jan-2008 15:42
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I use net limiter 2 pro at home to limit my uploads on P2P applications and its nice, reading from the website
it seems that as long as you have the pro version then it might do exactly what you want or close to it.
In the feature list it has the following:

"Statistics
Similarly to NetLimiter 1.x stats, NetLimiter 2 stats module is intended for long-term measurement of internet traffic. This feature lets you to track your internet traffic history since you've installed NetLimiter 2. NetLimiter 2 is able to automatically export statistical data to disk"


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"Permissions editor
With this tool, you can decide, which user is allowed to monitor or control network traffic."


This implies to me that it would work but whether you can still exit it without a password is not so clear.

Why dont you just install a bandwidth monitor on your computer/s and then check that against your isps usuage meter
at the end of each month and assume the difference is due to his downloading? a bit ruff but who's he to argue ;)

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  # 105259 16-Jan-2008 18:33

if you install something to monitor someone on the PC he has administrator access to thats just pointless because he can un-install it

my reccomendation is that if you can get an old pentium together put pfsense on it (128MB RAM minimum) and install the Ntop plugin. this will track all the IPs/hostnames each computer connects to, timestamped and with data and per-protocol breakdowns. you can also rate-limit certain protocols/applications and hosts.

I don't think you'll find a firewall that even holds a candle to pfsense without spending big bucks. keep in mind windows isn't exactly known for leet firewall features.




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