My family (2 adults, one 13yr old kid) has gone over the laughable 60gig bandwidth limit about 6 days before the end of the month. I check my usage for that time and was totally shocked to see a HUGE amount of usage on the 25th July - 14,953MB of downloads! My highest over the last year or so has been around 6000 when my wife has a slow day and streams s**t quality movies on YouTube... So 15,000MB is 15GB right? Well by Rogers own figures here's what 20GB will get you:
Watch over 70 hours of SD streaming video online OR
Watch 18 hours of HD streaming video online OR
Download 10 HD videos
So, in 24 hrs my wife would have to have watched just under 70hrs worth of streaming video!! - which she couldn't because she was working that day. My typical 13yr old kid woke up at about 11 and I got home at 3pm - so HOW THE did we use 15GB of usage??
So, at the risk of sounding like I'm implying something ! - how about you check your own usage for that day and let me know if you have a similar finding...
Thanks, Chris. The very reason I didn't get Netflix is because I knew I would run into D/L issues... Someone shouldn't have hopped on the Wi-Fi since it is secured and we don't stream HD movies. 15gig is way more than double my maximum ever usage. We are pretty constant at around 1gig a day. Yesterday it was 219megabytes with no unusual efforts to reduce usage. I'm thinking it was an error and I have sent an email to Rogers to look into this - but how the heck am I going to argue when they turn around and say "Nope, sorry, it wasn't an error."...
Yeah, I did go over the 60. Today is the last day but it only went over by $4. Still it's the principle of the thing... Rogers was useless in getting back to me other than telling me how to check my useage (duh, that's why I wrote!) and saying they can't check daily useage re hours used.
I am now going to be checking my usage almost daily so I can remember exactly what the computer was used for soon after the fact.
Yes, I do have a wireless router. Any clue as to how to go about checking the useage on a router?
It depends. If the equipment belongs to Rogers I don't believe it offers that ability. Most comercially available routers usually need to have their firmware reflashed to a third party version. A bit techy and a bit of work but dd-wrt is one site to start the homework phase.
the "Tomato" firmware for, amongst others, the Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GL routers will allow you to track total data usage for all equipment/users connected to your internet connection. To the best of my knowledge, DD-WRT firmware does not include that functionality.
Other router types are also supported, but you should go to the URL's listed below for detailed information on hardware compatibility.
Here are the URL's for further information:
If you do a bit of Googling on various keywords related to this topic you will find lots of information on which routers will work, and what you can do with routers that use the Tomato firmware. There is lots of good discussion out there to help us.
I have used Tomato on several versions of the WRT54G and it works quite well. It will certainly provide you with the daily usage information for network connection and provide you with the data you need to determine if you have a problem.
check carefully the model and version number of your Linksys router. There are only certain models which can be flashed with third-party firmware. And even more confusingly, a given model of Linksys router will come in various "Version" designations. Each version has different internal hardware, memory, processor speeds, etc.
If you check the Wikipedia article here:
it will give you text and verse on the various Linksys WRT54G and related models, their internal hardware details, and whether they will run third party firmware.
I did not know there was an add-on to DD-WRT which would give usage tracking. I will have to check out that item. I do know, however, that Tomato seems to be a much skinnier firmware implementation, and may have advantages if you don't mind the less fancy user interface.