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Old 30. May 2009, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, first post here be gentle

Here's my situation:
  • ISP Plan is 12G per month which is now used up and I'm slowed
  • 5 PC's regularly connect to the internet
  • nobody knows nothing (typically) or why it was used up

I want a freeware program that:
  • reports to me what each PC on the network has downloaded (in size)
  • reports when the downloads occurred (ie. DD/MM/YYYY HH24:MI:SS)
  • anything more than the above is just a BONUS

I'm not after a 'snoop' application reporting such things as what was said in chat or whatever. I just want to be able to find the PC responsible and why it happened, if or when this happens again.

Oh one option is to obviously upgrade my plan but I have had this plan for the last 5 years and never blown the quota (normal max usage around 8Gb).

Thanks in advance
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Old 01. Jun 2009, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think this might do it but am not sure as I don't understand all that stuff
http://www.trafficstatistic.com/index.html
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http://mispbo-network-monitor.mispbo...ware4free.com/

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Old 01. Jun 2009, 11:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, I'll checkout the 'safe' options and get back to you.
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Old 01. Jun 2009, 11:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmmm....Site advisor says it is OK; http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/dow...tware4free.com Although some user reviews are bad!

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Old 11. Jun 2009, 12:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not sure if any of these are what your looking for or how well they work but they're free.

http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/09/09...ge-in-windows/


http://www.softpedia.com/progDownloa...oad-23932.html

http://www.geckoandfly.com/2008/09/0...ndwidth-usage/

And as for Linux: (bottom of forum)

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopi...24033&p=149667

As for who downloaded what probably going to have to dig through the browser history in correlation to the time stamp on the meter to see what happened.

If you want a good web history to look through with date/time stamps and sites that were visited in a list and calendar format you could create a Google account(s). It is the easiest to navigate and most informative browser history I've seen so far.

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Old 11. Jun 2009, 12:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks littlefuzzy,

I will check these out and I appreciate your input. I've downloaded the previous suggested idea's here and some other freeware idea's I have found and there is nothing that stands out as something I wish to go with. Thats not the products fault, that's mine because I have a lot of trouble understanding this stuff (networks), it's not my area, I'm more into database administration.

Although I haven't set it up yet, I'm heading towards using SmoothWall which riquires a no-thrills server between the modem and the router/hub.

This might be the way to go, I'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile I now have some other options to look at.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 11. Jun 2009, 01:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The problem with all suggestions that have been made here is that they don't do what defalco wants. At least not the easy way.

What defalco needs is something that should happen at the router actually. Measuring the internet traffic from and to each device in his LAN. Best would be a software that tells you the traffic usage of each home device (Office Laptop, Living room PS3, etc.)

By installing one of the products suggested above on your workstation, you will only be able to measure the traffic on the workstation you install it on. It will not measure the other devices in your network.

If you like you can install one of the products suggested above (e.g. NetMeter) on each of your computers so it permanently measures the traffic used. At the end of the period you check all the computes and can see who the traffic eater is. However, if you have devices like a PS3 or other Internet capable systems you will not be able to install it on.

Another alternative would be to look into replacing your router with a more sophisticated one that actually can do all that measuring for you. When you pass a professional computer store next time why don't you strive in and ask about the options.
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Hi George,

What you are saying is quite true although some of the products I have found actually load agents onto each of the other PC's/devices that report back to your main server. However, as you say, this normally will not suit platforms such as PS3 or XBox (least I don't think so).

The SmoothWall I have mentioned actually does what you are suggesting which is to replace the existing router/firewall with this specialised OS which is designed (in part) for tracking IP traffic down to the individual IP level. This is exactly what I want and basically what you are suggesting (this will include all traffic comming from and going to the Xbox and PS3. It is a Firewall that can perform this tracking of all the data that flows through it.

I haven't set it up yet but it looks interesting and has been around for some time. If anyone is interested you can get some idea of this tool at http://www.smoothwall.org/

The only disadvantage that I can see is that you need a spare PC which doesn't have to be powerfull (with 2 or more network cards) to convert to a firewall then out to a switch/hub. Luckily enough I happen to have one lying around :-) once configured, I can remove the monitor, mouse and keyboard and connect to it via browser or ssh.

Sounds cool. Thank you for your help.
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