Measuring internet usage?

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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.)

Re: Measuring internet usage?
Per Charlie Hoffpauir:
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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.
--  
Pete Cresswell

Re: Measuring internet usage?
On Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:44:29 -0600, Charlie Hoffpauir

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Any particular model Cradelpoint router?
When you find the number, check if it supports SNMP.  
<https://cradlepoint.com
<https://cradlepoint.com/support/routers/all/snmp
If it does, then you can use any of the the various SNMP monitoring
tools to produce traffic graphs.
<http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/
<http://oss.oetiker.ch/rrdtool/
<http://www.paessler.com/prtg
etc...

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Jeff Liebermann     jeffl@cruzio.com
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

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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.

Re: Measuring internet usage?
On Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:54:32 -0600, Charlie Hoffpauir

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<https://cradlepoint.com/sites/default/files/productdocs/CradlePoint_MBR1000_DataSheet_6-10.pdf
<https://wikidevi.com/wiki/CradlePoint_MBR1000
<https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Kyocera_KR2
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?

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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:
<http://cradlepoint.com/about/blog/snmp-network-management-protocol

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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.

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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.
<http://www.howtogeek.com/141135/it-geek-monitor-network-devices-with-snmp-simple-network-management-protocol/

Good luck.

--  
Jeff Liebermann     jeffl@cruzio.com
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

Re: Measuring internet usage?
On Saturday, 10 January 2015 14:45:24 UTC, Charlie Hoffpauir  wrote:
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Try using DSL Broadband as this is cheap and sometimes unlimited

Re: Measuring internet usage?
On Sun, 11 Jan 2015 08:29:07 -0800 (PST), Paul Hanson

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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.

Re: Measuring internet usage?
On Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:44:29 -0600, Charlie Hoffpauir

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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:
<http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/charts/router/view
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
192.168.1.xxx range, you'll need to set the DD-WRT LAN range to
something like 192.168.7.xxx.

DD-WRT has built in monthly traffic graphs.  
<http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/WAN_Traffic_by_Month
Here's example of one of mine from 2011:
<http://802.11junk.com/jeffl/crud/dd-wrt-wan-graph.jpg
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     jeffl@cruzio.com
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

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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.)

Re: Measuring internet usage?
On Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:44:29 -0600, Charlie Hoffpauir wrote:

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

-sw

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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?

Re: Measuring internet usage?
On Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:59:43 -0600, Charlie Hoffpauir wrote:

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GIYF:  http://addgadgets.com/network_meter/

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

-sw

Re: Measuring internet usage?
On Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:59:43 -0600, Charlie Hoffpauir

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If you are only measuring your computer's usage then I have for years
used:
https://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/

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.  

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AnthonyL

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