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    Bandwidth being sucked dry

    I was checking my Web Logs for my website this afternoon and my hair has gone grey. I have a 10Gb bandwidth allowance on my domain per month and it hardly ever hits the anything above 500Mb. I was rather shocked when on Thursday I was avalanched and I had over 3Gb of stuff downloaded.

    The only thing I can think of is that I emailed a "funny" mpg to a few buddies located in the back end of my site and it has proliferated. It appears that I am being hit by a site (top referrer) called www.claneev.net (Clan Expect Extreme Violence)from a post in their forum. On Thursday I had 3500 hits from that site and 3 Gb of data has been downloaded... I can't log onto this site and was wondering is this a known dodgy site.


    I have renamed and removed chunks of files in my folders to deter people downloading it as at this rate I will have no band width left.
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    Re: Bandwidth being sucked dry

    From the name, it sounds perfectly respectable. *cough cough*

    I'm working on a site that has sizeable images, and wrote a small ASP file to serve them. In there, I limit access to internal pages on the site (self-referred). The ASP Response is served as an image, and the src attribute looks like <code>src="getImage.asp?n=wxyz"</code> which both IE and Fx seem perfectly content to display.

    For purposes of sending email links, I have to send a link to the page that hosts the thumbnail or other type of link, and the user can click that to access the large version. The nice thing about this is that if I reorganize the paths to the large images, I only have to change the one ASP file, rather than all the pages linking to those images. Not sure what server-side technologies you have available, but you might try something similar.

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    Re: Bandwidth being sucked dry

    That is a clever idea.... sadly my site isn't set up for asp yet( I am on a budget <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>)

    Thought I would send you the stats grapg <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>
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    Re: Bandwidth being sucked dry

    Obviously, you've pulled the video. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Bandwidth being sucked dry

    Any way you can ban access to your website from that IP address?

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    Re: Bandwidth being sucked dry

    I don't think you need ASP -- I adapted the idea from a PHP page. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> But you do need something that can stream back an image file type, rather than a text file type...

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    Re: Bandwidth being sucked dry

    Thanks John, I slept on this last night and I came up with the same idea, I shall check.....
    Jerry

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    Re: Bandwidth being sucked dry

    I'm not so sure checking the referring URL would solve the problem entirely. If it's from a link on a specific web page then yes, but if folk start emailing it on and on, I don't think you have any option but to stop hosting large files yourself.

    You could always just publish the link to Google Video instead <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Bandwidth being sucked dry

    Cheers

    I have checked the logs today and it settled down on Friday to a slightly above usual level expected. There appears to be a delay on the Saturday and Sunday Logs which usually get dumped on my area on the Monday night download from my ISP. All I care is that the site is usable for tonight as I have files that need to be downloaded by some people <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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