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Topic # 151227 18-Aug-2014 15:02
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Sister trying to find out what one of her kids are using internet for (going over the datacap). Could people recommend a wireless router i can get that is good for something like wrt or tomato so i just run bandwidth monitor on it.




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  Reply # 1110557 18-Aug-2014 15:07
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Without going into any form of deep packet inspection, or monitoring based on ports (which isnt accurate anyway) a router cant tell you that the data is being used by X Service.

narrowing it down to a certain member in the house is possible depending on implementation however...



if the household is large enough, would moving to an unlimited connection not be a better option than going on a witch hunt however?

a simple steam game could easily be 20GB+ a decent quality youtube video could easily be a GB or so a pop.






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  Reply # 1110585 18-Aug-2014 15:44
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hio77: Without going into any form of deep packet inspection, or monitoring based on ports (which isnt accurate anyway) a router cant tell you that the data is being used by X Service.

narrowing it down to a certain member in the house is possible depending on implementation however...



if the household is large enough, would moving to an unlimited connection not be a better option than going on a witch hunt however?

a simple steam game could easily be 20GB+ a decent quality youtube video could easily be a GB or so a pop.




What i may of not explained myself. Looking for a router that allows my sister to monitor bandwidth usages, that is all, a simple chart showing MAC address/IP Address and how much data has been used within 30+ days. Thinking a WRT or Tomato Router asking here for some ideas.




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  Reply # 1110590 18-Aug-2014 15:52
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Ah well then. Got the wrong end of your question.

I'm particle to tomato since my last use of it.

Have not toyed with any recently though...




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  Reply # 1110655 18-Aug-2014 16:56
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We have Tomato 1.28 running.
I can look at data totals per IP on a daily basis (periodically saved to a USB drive for persistence). I map static IPs so I know how much data a specific node is using.
However, these are just overall totals. There is web log, which you could use to determine surfing behaviour.

For more fine grained analysis I think you'd either need a more expensive switch or setup a transparent bridge of your own for capturing traffic (not as hard as you think).

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  Reply # 1110666 18-Aug-2014 17:12
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Beside tomato, you also can check out Gargoyle .

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  Reply # 1110695 18-Aug-2014 18:04
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gargoyle is perfect for what you need but you need a specific router and version# to get it working. http://www.gargoyle-router.com/wiki/doku.php?id=supported_routers_-_tested_routers
I have been using it for a couple of years but now that I'm unlimited i dont even use it anymore

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  Reply # 1110698 18-Aug-2014 18:09
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Gargoyle is the best choice for this. Has the best bandwidth and quota tools and can be run on a $100 router.



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  Reply # 1111035 19-Aug-2014 08:34
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michaelmurfy: Meraki ;)


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  Reply # 1111966 20-Aug-2014 12:25
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zaptor: We have Tomato 1.28 running.
I can look at data totals per IP on a daily basis (periodically saved to a USB drive for persistence). I map static IPs so I know how much data a specific node is using.
However, these are just overall totals. There is web log, which you could use to determine surfing behaviour.

For more fine grained analysis I think you'd either need a more expensive switch or setup a transparent bridge of your own for capturing traffic (not as hard as you think).


Agreeing with zaptor for daily totals.

I set this up for a friend using Tomato, specifically Shibby's version, on a Netgear WNR3500L.

Tomato has a wide range of supported routers (just be careful of the specific versions, e.g. it runs on a E4200v1 but not an E4200v2)

See  http://tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=69 for supported routers.



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