Internet data caps are a reality for most of us and can seriously suck. If you’re stuck with the limitation, the best thing you can do is monitor your usage to avoid overage charges or even getting cut off entirely. Here are a few options to help you keep track.
The video above demonstrates one of the simplest methods: DD-WRT. If you need more help installing DD-WRT on router, read this. Once you’ve got it set up, it’ll monitor your usage automatically. All you have to do is visit your router’s IP address (generally 192.168.1.1), click Status, and then click WAN. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you’ll see a graph displaying the bandwidth you’ve used each day (upstream and downstream). Rolling over will get you specific details.
If you’re looking for a method to use on your Mac, Windows or Linux PC, there are a couple of downloads that can help you out:
- Ntop can be compiled to run on any platform but is has binaries specifically for Windows and UNIX. It runs in a web interface and gives you a very detailed overview of your network usage.
- SurplusMeter is an internet usage monitor for the Mac that also allows you to set a daily cap and accumulate surplus. Simple Help has great, detailed instructions on how to set up and use it.
Overall, DD-WRT is really the easiest and simplest way to go. We’re sorry you’re stuck with a usage cap, but hopefully this will help you stay on top of it.