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    for the past few months I/we have been going over our monthly download limit is there any software that allows me to see who( which account, me and three teenagers, so 4 in all) is using what % of the downloads.
    PC running XP.
    Kids download music and watch music vids on youtube, Daughter also uses webcam on MSN etc.
    The last week/10 of days the month are so slowwwww.....can someone help me?
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    David, there is a very simple but effective freeware program out there that resides on your desktop.
    Go to ----- http://www.metal-machine.de/readerror/ and then scroll down till you see "net meter".
    Download and install it and then right click on the face of the program sitting ( fadeable ) on your desktop to show customizable reports for usage.

    I use it, it works.
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    Which ISP?
    Most have a tool.
    This is a Firefox usage meter for most Aussie ISPs.
    http://netusage.iau5.com/
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/225
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    I have to get one of those meters I think - I don't get slowed down if I go over I pay for it

    The one month I went over I did watch a heap on youtube ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miaow View Post
    I have to get one of those meters I think - I don't get slowed down if I go over I pay for it

    The one month I went over I did watch a heap on youtube ...
    Telstra? Excess usage (not shaping) is so old school. Typically $0.15 / megabyte - sounds ok until you realise that is $150 / gigabyte - ouch.

    Compare: Internode sell data blocks (lets you instantly unshape - aka. unslowdown)

    http://www.internode.on.net/products...d/data_blocks/
    10 Gigabytes - $15.00 .... 1/100th of the Telstra price.

    Did I mention excess charges (and Telstra) are crook in Australia?

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    Nah Kym isn't telstra - Hotkey is owned by Iprimus I think

    Looking at that 10 GB for $15 that would be WAY better - Im paying $39 for 3GB - the excess is capped at $79 though but still - I basically paid about $78 for 4gb that one time I went over

    That really makes me think of changing over? Though i'm on a contract *ARGH*

    Edited to add: just got that firefox add in
    Last edited by Miaow; 23-06-2009 at 4:44pm.

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    I have actually gone into my modem and parental controlled youtube so it cant be accessed at all, as in 3 days my brother in law had downloaded nealry 2gb of clips, its just opening these things that causes it. since doing this we have had much less usage,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammi View Post
    I have actually gone into my modem and parental controlled youtube so it cant be accessed at all
    Some modems (as mentioned above) have URL filters (with IP exception rules you can add) so you could block sites like mentioned by Sammi. A lot of modems also have QoS (Quality of Service) so you can allocate bandwidth according to variable rules or apply restrictions only to certain times of the day. Perhaps investigate what modem you have and what features it has?

    Alternatively, there are programs like Netlimiter which you can use to monitor and control bandwidth across all connections on an individual PC or per-application control. I haven't used it for a few years now, but it was a very good application. It can be hidden from prying eyes, password protected and configured remotely too. Sounds like this might be more the sort of thing you're after.

    It's not free unfortunately, though there may be free alternatives I'm unaware of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kym View Post
    Which ISP?
    Most have a tool.
    This is a Firefox usage meter for most Aussie ISPs.
    http://netusage.iau5.com/
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/225
    I use this, and also got my girlfriend to use it at hers. Fantastic little add on, stays in one of the bars at the tops of your firefox screen and shows you a percentage of your download limit, with more details just by hovering the cursor over it.

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    i use DUmeter, tells your speed and it also tells you the amount of data transfer, I have an alarm set up if it get over an certain amount it rings an alarm, it's handy to monitor your connection, it's does fail when you have a home network tho...

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