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This is my first post from my new house, using xfinity.  I went with Blast at 75Mbps download speed.  I need to speedtest it to see what the upload is.  $39.99 a month for 12 months. 

 

I hooked up my pfSense router running 2.1.5.  Looks like there is an update waiting for me as well.  I haven't used it in a while!  Traffic.  I have a cap of 300Gb and have no idea what I use monthly.  I know where to find traffic graphs in pfSense but can't recall if there is a way to start a running usage tally somehow.  Anyone doing this? Plugins maybe?

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cskenney

Interesting timing.  I am switching to TDS Fiber tomorrow.  No bandwidth caps (yet) and I am signed up for 100Mbps down /60 Mbps up service.  I have it bundled so my price is $35/m plus $5 for the gateway device.  I was paying $60 / month for Charter internet which was 60 down and 4 up.

 

Anyways, I am really interested in seeing if there is a way to maintain a running total on my monthly bandwidth usage (including any data going through a VPN).

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I just did a speedtest on it.  58 down 12 up.  At my other house on fiber I pay $55 for 25 down 25 up.  For the majority of my time there it was 25/5 however. Just the past few months have been 25 up.  I also had a static IP address so that was nice too.  Oh well, i'm a cable internet guy now I guess.

 

I'm playing around with RRD graphs now to see if I can make this happen but I have to turn it all off and re do the cabinet and shelves.  It's a mess.  Can't wait to put eero over here too!

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Oh, and then relearning port mappings with pfSense.  I'm way too spoiled with easy setup routers!

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Drashna Jaelre

Well, Sophos UTM (not sure about XG Firewall) has the option to send you daily/weekly/monthy reports about usage. You can see which clients are hogging all your bandwdith, and how much you've used. (1.5-2TBs/month for me :) )

 

 

Otherwise, well .... Dave, did you RTFM? :P

https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/How_can_I_monitor_bandwidth_usage

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Ha Ha. No, I actually didn't.  But...mission accomplished!  I throw you guys softballs all the time!

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Drashna Jaelre

Ha Ha. No, I actually didn't.  But...mission accomplished!  I throw you guys softballs all the time!

 

:)

 

When I was using pfSense, I was using BandwidthD, and that worked very well.  

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GotNoTime

pfSense supports exporting Netflow data to a collector such as ntopng which will give you a very fine grained view into what is going in/out of your network. You'll be able to see the details of individual connections and how much data was transferred. It doesn't log the actual data transferred. Just source/destination etc...

 

Netflow is widely used by higher end routers/firewalls so has good support with many different collector packages available to process the data. It might be a little over the top for just keeping an eye on bandwidth usage though...

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mercblue281

This thread reminded me I have to apply a pfSense update as well.  I log in only to see it reporting uptime as 223 days!

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