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how monitor data/bandwidth usage on home network???(comcast data cap)

876 152 December 7, 2016 at 06:33 PM
due to comcast data cap now i need to monitor which device is using up all my data.
my equipment is
Nighthawk X4 R7500v2
Aris SB6141 modem
i have about 13 devices connected to the router, consisting of
3 laptops,1pc,4 consoles,4 cellphones
month of Nov i went over the data cap, thats one 1 month of courtesy so i wont get charge extra, but i dont want it to happen again.
any help or ideas to help me monitor and even throttle the devices ??
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Login to router.
Advanced
Advanced Setup
Traffic Meter
configure the traffic meter to match your billing cycle
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Comcast also offers a tool to check, this is the official way.

On the windows computers you can use https://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
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Comcast also offers a tool to check, this is the official way.

On the windows computers you can use https://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
Networx requires a fair amount of setup to monitor all of the computers on the network and that will still leave phones, tablets, and game systems unaccounted for.
The Comcast tool is alright - but his own router has the means to monitor the entire network AND send alerts.
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Networx requires a fair amount of setup to monitor all of the computers on the network and that will still leave phones, tablets, and game systems unaccounted for.
The Comcast tool is alright - but his own router has the means to monitor the entire network AND send alerts.
I didn't say it was an all encompassing solution. I said it could be used for the windows machines. Personally I use Networx on my own machines so I can see the amount of traffic going in and out super easily.
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With that kind of cap garbage and Comcas'ts horrid reputation, I would look to switch to Fios if available. My 2 cents.
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With that kind of cap garbage and Comcas'ts horrid reputation, I would look to switch to Fios if available. My 2 cents.
Still lots and lots of places where there is no choice. Fios stopped several miles away from my town and there are lawsuits against Verizon for not living up to commitments made years ago.

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I didn't say it was an all encompassing solution. I said it could be used for the windows machines. Personally I use Networx on my own machines so I can see the amount of traffic going in and out super easily.
Wasn't a rebuttal of your post it was some factors for the OP to consider.
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Still lots and lots of places where there is no choice. Fios stopped several miles away from my town and there are lawsuits against Verizon for not living up to commitments made years ago.

Not a fan of Verizon either, but if it is an option, it is still better than Comcast imo. Of course that is not saying much obviously.
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https://dataplan.xfinity.com/

you're probably better off getting a router that can manage the data cap independently and throttle or other fancy options. I never trust network-provider data meters. ATT is horrible at it and often times I find they don't tell me I've gone over a cap until well after the limit (what a COINCIDENCE?!?!?!?)
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i am running ipfire at home. it can run a report per device and throttle bandwidth.
but you need another computer to run it.
i am running ipfire as router instead of regular router.
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no one vote tomato Frown , but R7500 doesn't support. maybe downgrade to R7000, R6400, R8000

tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=69

the old version i'm using can't save IP monitor to NVRAM, Bandwidth monitor can but not for each IP, some version has bugs, make sure it's working.
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Login to router.
Advanced
Advanced Setup
Traffic Meter
configure the traffic meter to match your billing cycle
will this method pin point which device is the culprit or just watch traffic meter?
i just know its either one of the laptops or the pc, but i dont have access to them due to me not being the owner.
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will this method pin point which device is the culprit or just watch traffic meter?
i just know its either one of the laptops or the pc, but i dont have access to them due to me not being the owner.
i just looked at the manual and interface pictures, seems only for whole network.

if you don't want to do anything, you can enable QoS to limit the speed when it's almost reach cap limit (something like 100GB left), set a number even use 12hours per day still won't break limit.

or limit each connection's first 1mb fast ( in tomato you can do this, not sure about Netgear), then super slow, so this won't affect regular web browsing, because pictures usually less than 1mb. but videos will slow, force the user to manually choose 480p or lower.

maybe slow enough for them to only read ebooks at the end of the month. LMAO.
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What's your limit? In my area the limit is 1TB.
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will this method pin point which device is the culprit or just watch traffic meter?
i just know its either one of the laptops or the pc, but i dont have access to them due to me not being the owner.
No this method only provides total use and alerts for getting close to the limit.

For anything beyond that you are going to need DD-WRT, Tomato or, even better, Gargoyle which is a firmware aimed at bandwidth monitoring and caps. Best bet there is going to be a TP-Link router that uses an Atheros AR71xx chip such as one of the various C7 series.
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