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Internet Monitoring Program over a Home Network?

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Hello there fellow TPU members, i was wondering if any one knows of a program that can monitor internet downloading/usage from multiple computers at home on the network? So i can see how much each person has downloaded so i can then have proof of how much each person has used by the day/month and so on.

I already have a program that can do everyone at once but thats not realy what i was looking for. Its called MUM and its from internode.

Any info would be great thanks :toast:
 

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you cant do it the way you're thinking. its not possible for one machine to report results centrally - you could put a program on each machine, but that'd show LAN traffic as well as internet (and they could quit the program/end the service, to get away with extra downloading)


The only way to do it reliably is how i've done it - with a seperate machine running linux (PFSENSE) between the modem/router and all PC's on the network.

Theres a plugin (BandwidthD) that records (permanently, so you can do last week, last 30 days etc) of bandwidth per IP address - you just need to make sure everyone has static IP's (since you can block all IP's except a whitelist, its easy enough to prevent people from using other IP's to fudge their numbers)
 
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Thanks for the info Mussels, its what i sorta thought might be the answer, bugger, but a program that i could run on each machine would be ok as the LAN traffic isn't much here, so that wouldn't be much of a problem.

What program would you use for each computer to monitor internet usage?
 

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Bandwidth meter pro, or netlimiter. neither are free, and netlimiter currently doesnt work with 7 (dont try, it causes BSOD's)

netlimiter can tell the difference between LAN and internet traffic, but as i said - people can just kill the service and get away with 'free' internet usage.

BTW, my PFsense box is only a celeron 500 with 128MB of ram and a 4.3GB HDD - you dont need much to make a smoothwall for this job, mines running an adsl2+ connection with no problems.
 
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you could maybe use internet sharing and then monitor the main box
make sure that it only monitors the LAN port thats headed out not all of them together!