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Use custom firmware on your router to track bandwidth usage

Have you ever wondered just how much bandwidth you use on a monthly basis? If you don’t do a lot of downloading or streaming, then it really shouldn’t be much of a concern. However, if you’ve got two devices in the house that seem to be always streaming Netflix to them, along with downloading games from Steam to different computers, you might get concerned about it. If your ISP doesn’t offer some sort of way to check your monthly bandwidth usage, you might want to start monitoring it yourself.

Monitoring your bandwidth isn’t the easiest of tasks, since you need to check on the traffic going to all of your devices, not just one PC. Thus, the tracking must be done on the router, which all of your internet devices go through. Over at How-ToGeek they have a great tutorial on installing Tomato, an aftermarket firmware, on your router. You can then use this software to track the usage of each device, letting you know how close you’re getting to your ISP’s data cap. It may be a bit complicated to set up, but it’s better than getting a letter in the mail telling you that you’ve gone over your limit.

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