Measure data usage on Toastman firmware

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Ravi Baskaran, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. Ravi Baskaran

    Ravi Baskaran Reformed Router Member

    I have a Data limited internet connection. I use toastman firmware on my router. Is there any way for me measure the data usage (in terms of Gb/month), where month can be defined by the user, based on my billing cycle?

    Thanks in Advance :).
  2. Grimson

    Grimson Networkin' Nut Member

    Seriously? Did you never look through the web interface? Go to Administration -> Bandwidth Monitoring.
  3. Ravi Baskaran

    Ravi Baskaran Reformed Router Member

    Bandwidth monitor does not give you control over the dates. It uses calendar month but my billing cycle does not follow calendar month.

    One nice to have feature, I was looking for is data warning feature (like in Android phones) aka. warn me if 80% cap is reached and suggest expected monthly data usage, as this can help me move to a higher or lower tier with my ISP.

    The current interface does not have any of these capabilities.
  4. Grimson

    Grimson Networkin' Nut Member

    Thats what the "First Day Of The Month" option is for.

    You didn't ask for this in your first post.
  5. Ravi Baskaran

    Ravi Baskaran Reformed Router Member

    My mistake that I did not mention all features that I was seeking earlier. Obviously, toastman distributed tomato router does not have the above mentioned features.

    Are there any scripts that I can run to get this information from the router?
  6. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

    Try a forum search ... I'm pretty sure this may have come up in the past.
  7. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    On paper you could run a script to monitor the last 30 days worth of data and redirect to a captive portal with a bypassable warning when you threshold is breached.
    In reality there's nothing like that available out of the box also I'm not sure if toastman supports captive portal but I might be wrong.

    I did contribute the STM script which does "partially" what you're talking about here but on a hourly basis. I admit it could be helpful for many users but I don't have the time to pick that up again to be fair...
    If you're willing to do so yourself take a deep breath and look at these threads:

    And finally the most relevant:

  8. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Uh, yes it does, at least the First Day of the Month setting.

    Perhaps you could just keep tabs on your data usage and figure out how much you're likely to use. I doubt anyone would add this functionality to Tomato (though you're welcome to) since most broadband connections don't have relevant data caps. Some are just very large to keep people from operating servers, but in the western world you generally just pay for a certain speed tier.
  9. V.Y.K

    V.Y.K Addicted to LI Member

  10. CharlieSummers

    CharlieSummers Network Newbie Member

    Gad, weren't we naive back in 2014...
    gfunkdave likes this.
  11. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    No, not really. I have a hard time breaking 100GB/month of usage. Try wasting less money on streaming services and try purchasing more media. Its amazing how little bandwidth you use when the data is local.

    Cellular providers (like Verizon) having data caps isn't really relevant, since they've always had data caps. Even AT&T/Comcast's caps aren't really all that small unless you're one of the everything-must-be-streamed-and-why-don't-I-have-any-money-left sort. Even then though you could just opt for a business class connection, which don't have any caps.
  12. CharlieSummers

    CharlieSummers Network Newbie Member

    Gee, that's nice. I don't use any streaming services, and on low-speed aDSL (764/128) I routinely do over 300G/month. When I make the inevitable move to Comcast, I expect that to easily double. Annoying when people generalize with phrases like, "try wasting less money on" whatever it is they themselves neither need nor want. I have no malice against those who use streaming services, dunno why you would. I'm thrilled you're a light user. Me, not so much according to Tomato:

    And you don't need to go to business-class, but can pay the robbers $50/month extra for unlimited bandwidth. For something that is effectively free to Comcast, and so all profit, all because they don't have any real competition thanks to the "Big 6" carving up the country and paying state legislatures to pass laws prohibiting competition.
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