Originally Posted by Stilgar
3rd party OS solutions such as Tomato or DD-WRT
Yes, I have come across these being mentioned in my "research".
People looking for apps to try and measure usage in different ways.
ie. To be able to track and graph usage on the LAN side by user, or port, or MAC address. By day, month, week etc.
Because in order to be able to manage anything ... you've got to be able to measure it first - on a user by user basis.
Tomato and DD-WRT applications? I guess these OS applications are some how added to your router? [We've got a Linksys 8 port]
Originally Posted by XM4243
Sounds like your renter should pay for his own internet.
Yes. Thanks. May be true. This was mentioned by the owner.
" From now on ... they get their own internet ! #$&* ! "
And sadly may be true. Mr Hog has a spare coax cable wired up to his room. We anticipated the possible need that the 3rd party in the place might want or need their own "high speed internet service" in their own name/ have their own modem / and pay their own bill.
Jshel101 - Ya, good ideas. Network management is not an easy thing. Would be nice if we could set up something like that for just one user.
ex. Once user x has passed a certain usage, then the speed of his connection slows down -or- is stopped.
Sharing the internet under these conditions is difficult.
Some more thoughts I have:
1. For Flow Control - What sort of Kb/s numbers would be appropriate as a limit ?
[ ie. can anyone suggest some approximate starting numbers ? KB/s Kilobyte per second limits to start at ... for limits ? ]
I know this is probably going to "hurt" Mr HOG's gaming - cause probably if it gets ANY slower at all - it will ruin the gaming experience. I guess there is like a threshold past which the gaming becomes "no good".
Same with VOIP or Video Streaming - once you go below a certain limit - the thing does not work well enough - and just becomes frustrating.
Maybe we could quietly start at something fairly high / not to noticeable at first ... and throttle it down slowly ... so as to WEAN the user off his addiction.
And see where the threshold of "complaint" or "inquiry" is reached with Mr HOG.
As the game becomes less entertaining - cause it gets a little slower ... the user will slowly lose interest and move on to other things. Other more important things - one would hope.
[ or else throw a tantrum / or have withdrawal symptoms ]
2. Partly already answered. But wondering about Usage Monitoring tools. Usage management tools.
To "know" or "be able to find out" when we are approaching our monthly limit / or have passed our monthly limit.
To be able to measure and see who is using what and when and how much.
On the router? On the modem?
The ISP allows you log onto an internet application of theirs to check your accumulating usage for the month - but you've got to go online billing / paperless billing - and the owner prefers to keep getting a paper bill - and I agree with that.
I think the ISP sends an email or a message once you're near / have just passed your monthly limit - and that is good.
Also, we called the ISP and their Tech support looked it up for us once.
Mr HOG had used 20 GB already - only 3 days into the monthly usage cycle (!)
What'ddya do with a guy like this ? Yikes.