Looking for a decent bandwidth monitor

Had another letter from our ISP - exceeding their fair usage policy.

Second time we've had it, and previously had to tone down the stepsons usage of their laptop/PS3/Wii/Xbox etc.

Now it's getting serious and am looking for suggestions as to ways I can monitor bandwidth usage at router level and perhaps start blocking beyond certain usage.

As this isn't the NAAFI, I've already ruled out castration - although it's a serious consideration - perhaps they'd listen to me then.

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Most routers tend to be a sack of crap in this regard. I've had a similar issue in the past, also with stepson unable to step away from the youtube/titborrent (or the yourporn but his mum still isn't aware of that one).

You could try getting a bandwidth monitor on each PC, however that won't help you with PS3/PSP etc.

If you have or can get hold of a router which can be flashed around with, there are a few custom firmwares which can be flashed onto them which allow data usage tracking, or quotas per MAC address on the LAN, or both.

Try googling for WRT-54GL, 'gargoyle router', 'DD-WRT'. Gargoyle would be your most obvious bet.

Or do what I did eventually ... switch to a different ISP with higher caps, and sit down and patiently explain how trackable his IP address and accesses are, and the consequences if he gets 'caught' downloading illegal video/audio.

Failing that dry bum him (I know its not naafi but its been that sort of day).

edit to add : Are you on ADSL or cable?
Thanks for the replies chaps.

stapd - Am on DSL - will take a look at your suggestions - not sure if I can write to this router.

Seriously considering another ISP as well.

On my BT router I can block any device I want at any time I want.

Ive never done it to the lads but its a good bargaining tool
If you're capable of building your own computer you could try using Smoothwall Express as a router/hub/ADSL modem.

The hardware required is very basic and wouldn't cost any more than a commercial router. The only downside is that it is a dedicated PC with the associated noise.

I used it for a number of years and I was impressed by it's security and features, the software element is totally free (as in beer) and easy to get a handle on. However, as already stated, you have to build the machine and install (easy) yourself.
Can you not let him play outside, with some mates?

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