Automatically backup bandwidth data?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by LDL707, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. LDL707

    LDL707 Addicted to LI Member

    I just installed Tomato on my WRT54G router.

    While I am hoping that the firmware upgrade solves the problem, in the past, I have had connectivity issues that have caused me to power cycle my modem and router several times a week.

    It is very important that I monitor my monthly bandwidth. Obviously, if I have to power cycle my router, though, I will lose the bandwidth history.

    I do not have a computer that is always on, so I can't save the bandwidth history to a local computer.

    What is the simplest way to automatically backup and restore the bandwidth logs?

  2. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    Try saving them into the nvram.
  3. LDL707

    LDL707 Addicted to LI Member

    I thought about that, but it says not to save frequently to nvram. Is it safe to do so?
  4. astehn

    astehn LI Guru Member

    Your computer doesn't need to always be on in order to set Tomato up to save to a CIFS share. I have mine to set up to save every hour to my CIFS share, even though my computer isn't on more than 10 hours a day. But whenever it IS on, the save happens hourly, and when it's NOT, there's an error message in the log, but no harm.

    The only problem with this method is that if Tomato reboots while the CIFS computer is off, the incremental data between the last save and the reboot will be lost (of course, the data from the last save is preserved on the CIFS share and syncs up nicely next time the CIFS computer comes online).

    While the CIFS method isn't perfect, I vastly prefer it to risk wearing out the NVRAM. If you are going to save to NVRAM, make sure you set it up to save infrequently.
  5. luckymother

    luckymother LI Guru Member

    I've been doing this since June of 2007. Save the the bandwidth data to a share on a network drive, no need to leave a computer on. I have a WD 120 gig passport drive connected to an NSLU. It saves the data to a share onthe drive every hour.
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