Bandwidth vs. IP Traffic

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by WaylonCovil, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. WaylonCovil

    WaylonCovil Serious Server Member

    I'm running shibby's firmware version Tomato Firmware 1.28.0005 104 ND VPN and I've noticed that the Bandwidth and the IP Traffic don't add up.

    For example, my total bandwith upload for a particular day shows: 0.14 GB
    Whereas my IP Traffic Upload for my VOIP Device shows: 0.34 GB
    Also, my total IP Traffic Upload for the day was: 1.95 GB

    My Bandwidth total upload is 1.95 GB and my IP Traffic total download shows 44.99GBs.

    I've reviewed the post discussing this behavior how the Bandwidth monitors what goes on between my network and the Wan whereas IP Traffic monitors traffic on the network.

    I still don't fully understand it.

    If one of my devices downloads GBs of data, if it isn't doing so with the internet, where is it downloading the data from? I don't have anything that interesting on my home network.

    I mentioned earlier that my VOIP device in IP Traffic shows that it uploaded .34 GBs. IP Traffic also shows that it downloaded .36 GBs. Regarding a VOIP device, it makes sense that the totals would be similar since it's carrying on a conversation that's two-way. But the upload of my VOIP device is more than the total upload traffic shown on my Bandwidth total.

    I'm more inclined to believe the IP Traffic numbers than the Bandwidth numbers. But it seems excessive that I would download ~50GB of data in one day.

    Fortunately (or unfortunately depending upon how you look at it :)), Frontier doesn't track my bandwidth so I can't compare my numbers to what they are showing.

    Does anyone have any additional thoughts on this?

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