Monthly Download Cap

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Michael, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Michael

    Michael Serious Server Member

    I have a 10GB download/upload cap per month on my broadband connection. If my kids take me over it costs a small fortune ($50 per GB, Ridiculous). QOS is nice but throttling bandwidth with all the online video/games they use will still take me over. Could someone help me with a script that will shutdown my WAN link automatically when I hit 10GB. I currently use Shibby Mod 92 on a RTN-16.

  2. kyrios

    kyrios Networkin' Nut Member

    Use Gargoyle for your needs. It will be easier for you to cap monthly bandwidth.
  3. Bird333

    Bird333 Network Guru Member

  4. Michael

    Michael Serious Server Member

    Thanks for the information. I looked at Gargoyle but it doesn't seem to support my Asus RT-N16 router. I guess the best thing to do is by a supported router and shift over.
  5. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    The VM STM script does something similar but it has been designed for a totally different reason. This script is as a workaround for the so called fair-usage-policy applied by VM ISP in the Uk during specific hours of the day.
    So in that script there are 3 different period of the day with different quota, what the script does is:
    1) monitor the quota usage
    2) apply restricted QoS policy if quota is breached
    There's actually a "prevention" mode too but it doesn't do to me as it could literally disable you internet until the period is finished.

    Going back to your question: a monthly cap should be much simpler than the VM STM script actually. But what would it be the action when quota is breached? Disable internet? Not sure...
  6. fubdap

    fubdap LI Guru Member

    With a 10GB max, it won't take much to hit the max, especially if you have other members of the family using the same gateway. If you use Gargoyle, it will stop internet connections when you hit the max. That could be somewhere in the middle of the month. What would you do for the rest of the month for internet? You have to figure out a way where you have to turn off your internet for two or three days a week to be able to be below or at your max.
  7. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    An alternative would be to cap the maximum speed (via QoS) to something rather low, this way even doing P2P or heavy downloads you quota will stay under control.

    I've just checked on my tomato the worst month I had in the last 2 years went over 600GB where my average is about 200GB. This of course is possible with a 60Mbit connection unlimited that here in the UK costs 27GBP(about 43USD)/month. Again it really depends what you do.

    None of my business but does an unlimited connection cost that much in your area?
  8. lefty

    lefty Networkin' Nut Member

    In this scenario, i would set their game systems on a static DHCP lease, then perhaps use BW limiter to give them very little bandwidth, this way it doesn't cut any one off per say, but it will make sure to limit the bandwidth to the game system.
  9. kyrios

    kyrios Networkin' Nut Member

  10. Michael

    Michael Serious Server Member

    Next time I get a chance I will try and load Gargoyle on my RT-N16
  11. maurer

    maurer Network Guru Member

    gargoyle is based on openwrt code - it won't work on the rt-n16 without george kashperko's patches - not included in openwrt repo
    i have to agree with the rest 10gb/month is too less to be used for anything else then web browsing/email/IM
    you need to tune your qos to almost disable all p2p and videos like youtube.

    you should really try to connect to another ISP!!!
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