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    Can I track the amount of data I download from my ISP?

    Is there some way to keep track of how much data I am downloading from my ISP to my computer? Sometimes my ISP sends me a warning with about 10 days left in the month telling me I have used 75% of my monthly quota. At that point I'd like to keep track of how much I'm using so I don't get hit with a large bill for overage.

    My ISP does have a place on their website with my totals, but they are daily totals, and they are not always updated until a day or two has passed. Ideally I'd like real-time monitoring with totals.

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    There are a number of network monitoring tools, but I don't know of one that only looks at internet traffic - internet traffic is the same as ordinary network traffic, so if you don't have a network you can use any of the tools.
    http://www.gfi.com/blog/the-top-20-f...or-sys-admins/
    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/monitor-internet-usage/

    cheers, Paul

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    Broadband Usage Monitor from the ThinkBroadband website seems to fit your needs.

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    I had the same question some time back and found this. Uses very little resources and if you use the default location in the task bar its always where you can see it. You'll also find it listed as #3 in Paul's second recommendation.
    http://www.floriangilles.com/software/netspeedmonitor/

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    I don't know if this will serve your purposes, but I like it because you can put a small flowing activity graph in the upper corner of your screen.

    FreeMeter v1.6.3
    http://miechu.pl/freemeter/download.aspx

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    If you have a Netgear Router, download and run Netgear Genie.
    http://www.netgear.com/home/discover/apps/genie.aspx

    It has a good traffic meter in the PC app at Router Settings > Traffic tab.

    Jerry

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    As jwitalka has written above, your router may have just the tool you need. I currently have a Netgear WGR614 that itracks both upload and download data and will email when I am approaching the limit. I used to use a Linksys WRT54G v 2.0 that ran Tomato firmware and it too had a logging capacity. These type of tools are better at doing a more complete tracking of data use than the individual machine tools others have listed. Good luck.

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