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Old 06. Mar 2009, 10:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Crazy numbers

I've just done my first ISP/Netmeter comparison. Bitmeter wasn't close to Netmeter or the ISP, but Netmeter isn't all that close to the ISP Download/Upload daily totals either.

On Feb 18th, the ISP said we racked up 3.9 Gb of our 5+Gb monthly allowance.

I had one PC monitored by Netmeter on 2/18. The Netmeter total for that PC on 2/18 was .1 Gb. If the ISP is right, the PC that didn't have Netmeter on the 18th had 3.8 Gb of U/D loads. I doubt that. I browsed the Google Desktop Internet timeline for that PCs on the 18th, but I saw no indication of heavy video or music downloading. I just saw what looked to be a bunch of medical inquiry web pages.

When I excluded that monumental discrepancy day from my sample of days, my average Download discrepancy for 10 days in February was 14.67% (ISP recorded more than Netmeter); the average Upload discrepancy was 4.62% (ISP recorded more than Netmeter); and the total D/U load discrepancy was 13.10% (ISP recorded more than Netmeter).

I don't know if that level of disrepancy is considered tolerable, but that sounds like more than enough.

And I'm baffled by the ISP's 3.9 GB Download on the 18th. Like I said, I can get Google Desktop Internet timelines for both PCs for the 18th, but only one had Netmeter installed and it's hard to know where to look for Download/Upload usage at any Google Desktop timeline website. Any ideas how to sort out the 3.9 Gb number? Is there any possibility that I might have a trojan that Netmeter somehow doesn't record?

I'm sure that I will knock heads with GCI at some point, so I want to know what to make of these discrepancies.

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Old 07. Apr 2009, 06:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Default Crazy..yes, but lets look at it a different way.


I've very curious to see this through. I've actually just started helping someone with a similar issue. He is only using 1 computer so it makes it easier but it also brings something to mind regarding your situation.

Just so you know I operate from a "process of elimination" approach...

Anyways, I noticed
Originally Posted by dubina6
On Feb 18th, the ISP said we racked up 3.9 Gb of our 5+Gb monthly allowance.
Originally Posted by dubina6
And I'm baffled by the ISP's 3.9 GB Download on the 18th.
You used Gb(Gigabits) at first and then GB(GigaBytes). If you have your monitor set for bits vs. bytes then you're talking a x8 difference. 3.9Gb~487.50MB and 3.9GB~3,900.00MB. That could an issue. I know I've overlooked that when trying to figure out Internet Speeds and appropriate Network Hardware.

The other thing that comes to mind is there is probably a lot of background traffic from services (likes Automatic Updates for the OS or AntiVirus), but I doubt enough to make up the difference.

Now this last idea is a longshot but could definately explain things. If you have Router/Modem (I have an Aunt who has a 2wire device like this) combo unit there could be a possibility that the Modem (since it is also handling your LAN traffic) is sending your ISP all traffic it sees. If that is the case then the ISP needs to help you find a way to separate out your LAN vs. WAN traffic (this could also be the case with your monitoring software). They could argue that, from the data they receive, it just looks like Peer2Peer file sharing (which is true...but it's in your LAN, not their internet service).

Thats just a couple of things I'd wonder myself. I might be way off the mark, but if I'm not, then I hope that can help. If I am wrong then it narrows it down all the same.

I personally deal with a Cable ISP and they don't set limits (yet) so this info should prove just as useful for me when I help others in the future.

Please let me know if I need to clarify anything. I typed this up quickly and might have missed something, but, I feel getting the points/ideas accross were more important than perfect compisition.

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Old 05. Mar 2010, 04:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Wow, so many software! I still don't know which one to prefer.
But I'm using a very old software called netpersec which shows the same DL value with Netmeter you mentioned if start at a right time (I tried many times later, didn't get the previous results)!
FluxEye can restrict the DL speed, but I'm not sure whether it's accurate.

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