I have Google searched and read dozens of "Find Out Who’s Eating Your Bandwidth" post/blogs/how-to's and either they don't apply to how the Home Fusion is setup or they are so full of pretentious techno babble that it's mind numbing.
So I have the standard problem of mystery chunks of data being eaten up when no one in our house is really doing anything different. One month we'll use 8GB, the next 16GB with no variation of net habits.
Yes, WEP enabled. Just me wife and I and about 6 devices.
Through the Verizon admin menu, I can easily see the devices and their IP's. But I cannot tell who is using up what. Verizon's usage data on our My Verizon page is unreliable in it's promptness (and it probably my only real complaint about Verizon's service so far).
I've downloaded Colasoft Caspa 8 as recommended from a technical how-to's. The software is awesome, but it only shows me the traffic produced by my PC and does not show me who else is doing what from the routers point of view. It seems to be a server side software.
So, age old question, is there anyway to monitor my devices to see who is downloading how much and when?
Back story: I am suspect of my wife's work laptop. I think when she VPN's into her work, her network performs an auto backup of her files. Using our bandwidth. But I can't prove it unless I can show how much bandwidth her laptop is eating per day.
> Yes, WEP enabled. Just me wife and I and about 6 devices.
You should be using WPA2-PSK (personal) with AES encryption. Do not use WEP, WPA/WPA2 mixed mode or TKIP encryption.
> So, age old question, is there anyway to monitor my devices to see who is downloading how much and when?
Not with what Verizon provides. You can add another router with usage monitoring. IIRC, the third party router firmware DD-WRT can monitor and limit usage by connection. You can install Networx on individual computers to keep track of their data usage. Networx is supposed to do usage monitoring of your whole network from a single computer, but setup is difficult and requires UPNP and SNMP which can be a security risk.
Networx is the same, it only works with Windows. I remember you talking about this before, but I couldn’t remember the name.
Mrlegoman - https://www.glasswire.com According to this forum post, Glasswire only does the host computer. After looking a bit more, DD-WRT needs a script for usage monitoring. The Craddlepoint MBR95 (manual) wireless router has usage monitoring for a better hardware solution.
Thanks for all the replies. We have an array of kindles, an iphone, my wifes work laptop (which is admin locked by her IT dept) and a couple home pc's. So I would not be able to install Networx or Glasswaire on all the devices. It looks like routing the HF router to a third party router is the way to go. I will work on that and update if I'm successful.
Best of luck to you.
I would be interested to know how your project turns out as finding new ways to monitor personal devices is always good information to share. Data usage is still the largest problem reported on the VZW forums and as you can see from this post, there isn't a whole lot that consumers can do to dig into those problems right now.
Considering you have multiple non-windows devices that you want to monitor, a custom firmware router or extra router with built in monitoring is going to be your best chance at success. Many times you can combine the logging on custom router firmware with additional services like OpenDNS that can shed better light on what is happening. DNS providers like OpenDNS have limitations too, they often charge extra for advanced reporting features so the best you can often get for free are summary reports with general info.
Hi - I have the exact same issue. We own a lake house where the only internet option is Verizon Wireless… Some device - I don't know which one - is chewing thru data at a rate of 1GB/day. I'd like to get a report on consumption by device. I have gone into the router settings but the reporting is useless. All you get is total bandwidth used across all devices. You can see what is connected, but not how much they are using...
My instinct was to buy a second router with better bandwidth monitoring software, connect it to my VZW router, and then disable wireless on the VZW router so that everyone has to connect thru the new router. Then I could get reporting...
If anyone can suggest the best router for the job, please do. I am reasonably technical - e.g. I have gotten this far - but I have no formal systems training so I don't want to be dealing with UNUP or SNTP (?? did I spell that right) issues as outlined in one of the other replies!