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    Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    There is sporadic talk in the UK by broadband ISPs of capping the amount of data downloaded by a user to a specific limit, say 1 GB/month, to prevent the system being overloaded by heavy downloaders of video, MP3, Windows updates, etc.

    However, I 've never heard of a software monitoring tool which could be installed on your PC which could measure and total the number of MB of data downloaded over specific periods (a day or a month, say). Perhaps it's just my ignorance?

    Thanks!

    PS When I say "downloaded" I presume I mean the total amount of data transferred from my ISP to my PC, including web browsing, email, etc, not purely the downloads of files or updates...
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    Don't know what the tool is, but there are a number of broadband contracts on the Continent where there are specific caps - such as these. As you know, website traffic is monitored for charging purposes. This should be extensible to the IP address assigned to the broadband user. Some broadband ISPs use a KISS policy and only charge when there has been a breach of "fair use". HTH (or have you parked yourself in pedant's corner? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>)
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    My cable ISP provides a service whereby you log in with your username and you're presented with the stats and a little graphical dodah showing same. Maybe your provider would provide similar if they started capping MB.

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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    John, I used to use DU Meter but haven't run it for some time now. And, when I was using it, I didn't investigate the details of its "logging" capability, so I don't know for sure if it will do EXACTLY what you want. Maybe it's worth a look-see though.

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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    Al

    Thanks for the suggestion - DUmeter looks just what I want -- but it costs $19.99 ...! There are a lot of this sort of utility that you would use occasionally, but which aren't really worth purchasing for the limited use you would make of it...
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    I was gonna edit my previous with this link that I forgot, but you beat me to the punch. There's a lot of <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> stuff at List of Lists but I haven't looked through it for "metering" software. Let us know if you find something good.

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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    Al

    I've downloaded and installed DUmeter (for 30 days) and "Down2Home" (from your <big>list</big> of lists of lists, and they seem fairly similar, but DUmeter has more features.

    I like the ability to make the monitoring window transparent, but it;s a bit frustrating that you can't click on a button thats beneath the monitoring window, but which you can still see!!
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    Doesn't this little doodad in the tray do it for you, John, or am I not understanding your description? By the way, I didn't want to contest your statement earlier, but if you're looking to a utility like this to monitor your internet use, that's a 24/7 job and a lot more than occasional use. Well anyway, it's a shame you didn't have an older version to upgrade - they're running a $12 special for owners of older versions. When I went to the site this AM to get the link for you, I noticed the LONG list of fixes since my 3.00 version, so I downloaded the latest. I usually get my monthly use number from my ISP's billing system, but maybe I'll start leaving DU Meter running again (for awhile at least). The only reason I stopped using it is when I was trying to find out why the tooltip popups in the tray area would frequently disappear. After concluding that it was screensavers, I never turned DU Meter back on.
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    Having been a happy user of Down2Home for several weeks, it has started giving me "rubbish" numbers. I am now using the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> version of PRTG. This may be far more of an industrial strength tool than you had in mind, but it does deliver robust tracking info..
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    Some ISPs already charge for downloading ove rsome qutoa.

    It's not really fair because the person owning the files cannot control intentional/malicious, even unintentional, excessive downloading.

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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    Yes, that was the reason I tried the Byte Meters... I found that over a period of about a month I "did" about 1
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    Hi John,

    I know it might just not be the kind of meter soft you're looking for (moreover you've been given more specific alternatives) but Zone Alarm will measure the inbound / outbound traffic. It's a per session record it keeps. Don't know if it's logged somewhere once you shut down your computer.

    Note: after going WinXP I had to update my ZA version because the one I was using would not work. I didn't DL the latest - I used a newer version I had DLed sometime before. And, now that I try to verify that it does monitor traffic, well... I can't find the feature!! Maybe the latest release has reincorporated it, but a common commercial sense suggests it hasn't. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    I've moved from the free Zone Alarm to Norton Internet Security 2004 -- and haven't (yet!) regretted it.
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    Re: Monitor of total bytes downloaded

    In order to use such a tool, I'd have to be able to run the tool on the web server, but I have no control over the web server.

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