Enforce Usage Cap

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ErnoRubik, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. ErnoRubik

    ErnoRubik Networkin' Nut Member

    I am going to school and living in a dorm. My internet bandwidth is restricted to 6.5 GB in any 24 hour period. This is quite generous and is definitely sufficient to meet my needs. However, the consequences for exceeding the limit make me nervous. If you exceed your limit three times, you lose access for the entire school year. I would rather not have to think about this every time I get on YouTube, play Xbox, etc.

    To me the way that they enforce the bandwidth limitation makes no sense. If you exceed 6.5 GB, it will continue to provide you with internet access for the rest of that hour, but that counts as a "strike". I would prefer that the system simply denies me any internet access beyond the limit.

    What I would like to do is enforce the limit myself, stopping any access after 6.4999 GB is reached. That would give me some peace of mind when using the internet, and allow me to be generous in sharing my WiFi with my roommate (he has his own separate connection but does not own/want to buy a wireless router).

    Could this be accomplished using Tomato? I am aware that the QoS feature can limit the rate of usage, but I need to limit the accumulated usage over the past 24 hours.

    Any input is greatly appreciated, thank you for your time.
  2. Kilack

    Kilack Networkin' Nut Member

    I don't think there is a way with Tomato unfortunately. I was just asking a similar question.
    You can check out gargoyle firmware as they have this feature, one of their most popular features too so no idea why it has remained out of tomato/dd-wrt.
    Hopefully one day it will make it in.
    With gargoyle you can set a limit per ip, and then decide to completely shutdown the internet for that IP or throttle it to a specified speed etc. Really well implemented.
  3. fubdap

    fubdap LI Guru Member

    There is a bandwidth monitoring tool in Tomato. You have to enable it to work. Do a search and you can see how to set it up. It does not have the shut down feature you are looking for, but if you check it every day you will be able to monitor your usage and manually shut yourself down.

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