CNET Video: How to Track Your Bandwidth Usage for Free


I’m sure there are many you out there who are a little disappointed that Comcast has decided to cap monthly bandwidth usage to 250GB for home user accounts. What’s even more bothersome is that Comcast neglected to provide customers a way to dynamically check how far along they are in reaching their cap. Enter: Bitmeter (PC) and SurplusMeter (Mac) – highlighted in this Insider Secrets video by CNET.<

Drawback Alert: These tools are only capable of tracking the bandwidth usage of the PC they’re installed on (a fact not mentioned in this video). Linux users may want to read over this thread for app suggestions.

UPDATE: I’ve been doing a little research on this topic and found that one can monitor all traffic going through an SNMP enabled home router. Obviously, this would be the smarter way to track the bandwidth usage your account is actually accumulating. Doing a quick search pointed me to a product called ByteOMeter ($14.95) for Windows and MRTG (FREE) for Windows / Mac / Linux. If you know of others, please feel free to add them to the comments.




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1 Reaction to “CNET Video: How to Track Your Bandwidth Usage for Free”


  1. Emeriz says:

    If you have a Smoothwall Express 3.0 firewall (from http://www.smoothwall.org/), there is an add-on for it called Bandview pack (http://community.smoothwall.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25257) that allows me to monitor all traffic out of any network interface on the firewall.

    I simply monitor all traffic, both in and out, on the network interface attached to my cable modem and I seem to be running at about 10%-15% of the 250GB cap currently. But I work from home through VPN, and watch occasional movies online through Netflix, Hulu, and others.

    That’s my 2 cents, but YMMV.