I need to monitor the bandwidth use at home, in terms of GB per month. The trick: I have a TV that has built-in wireless Netflix capabilities, and I think streaming HD shows are eating GB/month more than I realize.
I recently found that I had exceeded my 100gb/mo limit from my ISP, who don't do a darned thing to tell the user how much bandwidth they're using. How do I do it myself?
We have two wired Windows PCs, wireless TV with built-in streaming Netflix app, occasional wireless laptop access, as well as sporadic use of smart phones. I thought my torrent use would be the primary culprit, but the numbers they told me in terms of monthly bandwidth seemed too high for my one computer, so I figure a good chunk is going to HD Netflix streams.
I'd like to see how much bandwidth each item uses per day, or if nothing else, how much uploading + downloading is happening over the whole in-house network. I'm planning on upgrading to a higher monthly bandwidth cap, but last month we used a lot more than I expected.
I'm pretty sure we have the magical Linksys WRT54G (not at home at the moment, I'll verify later), but I haven't tried any 3rd party firmware, and I've thought of trying some out, but I'm wary of messing up the router. Is custom firmware the best way to monitor external bandwidth, or are there other Windows programs that could do similar monitoring?
I found one older question that is similar to mine, from 2008
, except my ISP is no help (I can call them and find out about my usage, but that's not the sort of thing I want to do on a daily basis), I'm not sure if the Netflix capable TV would make the situation any trickier, and I'm guessing there is newer software out there. Thanks!