Measuring internet usage?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Charlie Hoffpauir, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. I'm on a local WISP for internet service, connected to a Cradlepoint
    router on my end. I'm not very knowledgable about 'net, but am
    wondering if there is an "easy" way to measure how much data I'm
    actually using? The reason for this is because the WISP service is
    expensive and slow (%100/m for 5 Mbps). AT&T Wireless service is the
    other option, providing 35 Mbps service, but gets really expensive as
    it's measured in 5 GB blocks. I think about $130/mo for 30 GB. So,
    since I don't know how much I'm using now, it's difficult to see if it
    might be worth changing. (Of course, I realize I'd probably use more
    if the service was faster.)
    Charlie Hoffpauir, Jan 10, 2015
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  2. Per Charlie Hoffpauir:
    My router keeps track of that and has a web page where it is displayed.

    Different routers... different capabilities... but it's probably worth
    looking into.
    (PeteCresswell), Jan 10, 2015
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  3. Jeff Liebermann, Jan 10, 2015
  4. Jeff,

    It's a MBR-1000. A look at their web site says it was discontinued in
    2011. I don't see a statement that it supports SNMP, but then I don't
    know what SNMP means, either, so I might be missing something that
    means the same thing.

    OK! I opened up the router settings and I find a page under "Tools"
    for SNMP settings. There are several boxes:
    Enable on LAN:
    Enable on WAN:
    Default port: (161)
    Get Community Name: (public)
    Set Community Name: (private)
    SNMP WAN Inbound Filter: (Allow All)
    Details: (Allow All)

    The settings in parens seem to be the defaults and I guess I could
    change them, there's nothing in the first two boxes yet.

    If I check one or both of the "Enable" boxes, the Inbound filter box
    allows me to select either Allow All or Deny All.

    So my guess as to what to set is check the first two Enable boxes, and
    leave everything else alone.

    Yesterday I downloaded a program called Networx which is supposed to
    allow recording traffic. I can't yet tell if it's doing it for all the
    computers, or just mine.
    Charlie Hoffpauir, Jan 11, 2015
  5. Charlie Hoffpauir

    Paul Hanson Guest

    Try using DSL Broadband as this is cheap and sometimes unlimited
    Paul Hanson, Jan 11, 2015
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    Also known as a WRT-384U and Kyocera KR2.

    SNMP is listed as a feature in the data sheet.

    SNMP is a protocol used to "manage" such devices. Among a zillion
    other things, it can be used to monitor traffic, 3G/4G signal
    strength, error rates, etc. All the major operating systems include
    tools to look at the router traffic using SNMP, usually from the
    command line. If you want to try these, you'll probably need a MIB
    (management interface base) file.

    Are you running Windoze, OS/X, Linux, Android, or something else?
    Yep, you found it.
    Enable on LAN, Disable on WAN.
    Port 161 is the standard SNMP port.
    Community name is a password. Leave the Get Community Name=public
    but change the Set Community name to something other than private to
    prevent accidentally changing router settings.

    I'm not sure this applies to the MBR1000:
    Allow All, for now. If you're worried about security on the LAN side,
    you will probably want to limit access to parts of the OID tree later.
    Networx will do the job as will some of the others that I've listed.
    I'll admit that setting up SNMP can be a major learning experience.
    For starters, you're probably better off with a ready-to-play graphics
    and traffic monitoring program. If doesn't do the trick, I can
    probably find something that runs SNMP that will do.

    Good luck.
    Jeff Liebermann, Jan 11, 2015
  7. I'd have to relocate about 20 miles to get DSL. There are 4 options
    for me, Dialup, Satellite, WISP, and Cellular. I've tried all four,
    sometimes using a couple at the same time. Cellular is by far the
    fastest but also the most expensive for high usage. WISP is next, a
    fair blend of speed and cost with unlimited useage. Satellite is a
    poor third and of couse dialup is next to useless.
    Charlie Hoffpauir, Jan 11, 2015
  8. Here's another way to measure usage. Find a router running DD-WRT. If
    you're really using 35Mbit/sec service, do NOT use an ancient Linksys
    WRT54G router. Something faster please:
    Put the router is series with the ethernet cable going to your various
    devices. The WAN port should go to one of the Cradlepoint router LAN
    ports. The various LAN ports on the DD-WRT router should go to your
    computah. The LAN and WAN Class C IP blocks must be different. For
    example, if your Cradlepoint is delivering IP addresses in the range, you'll need to set the DD-WRT LAN range to
    something like

    DD-WRT has built in monthly traffic graphs.
    Here's example of one of mine from 2011:
    The graph data is saved in NVRAM so it won't be lost with a reboot. It
    can also be downloaded and saved (one month at a time).

    While not the most elegant solution, it does to the job without adding
    a logging computer to your network, or requiring that a computer be
    left on all the time to collect traffic data.
    Jeff Liebermann, Jan 11, 2015
  9. Thanks Jeff, I'll give this a try. The 35 Mbps was only a speed test,
    run using my 4G cell phone. I haven't tried using it as a hotspot and
    connecting the computer to it (which is more like what it would be if
    I go to the AT&T service.... or morel likely a 4G USB modem device
    plugged into the Cradlepoint.)
    Charlie Hoffpauir, Jan 12, 2015
  10. Charlie Hoffpauir

    Sqwertz Guest

    The "Network Meter" desktop gadget (Vista/Windows 7) will measure your
    data usage for various time periods.

    Sqwertz, Jan 12, 2015
  11. That might work for me for what I need to accomplish. I looked on my
    computer (win 7 pro) and that gadget isn't shown. I clicked on the
    "Get more gadgets" and went to a MS web site that says gadgets have
    been discontinued. Do you happen to have a link to where I could
    download this gadget?
    Charlie Hoffpauir, Jan 12, 2015
  12. Charlie Hoffpauir

    Sqwertz Guest


    The CPU Meter there is also very useful for seeing unusual memory and
    CPU activity.

    Sqwertz, Jan 12, 2015
  13. Charlie Hoffpauir

    AnthonyL Guest

    If you are only measuring your computer's usage then I have for years

    which shows usage as well as showing speed in the system tray. Easy
    install easy to use.

    If you have more than one device using your connection then you are
    best to follow Jeff L's suggestions.
    AnthonyL, Jan 13, 2015
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