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I know this has been asked quite a bit, but in case there is something recent and better that I don't know about I'll ask again. I'm looking for something that could sit at the router or really anywhere on the network, but keep track of all data incoming and outgoing data on the network not just 1 box. Is there maybe a linux distro of some sort, maybe something I can throw in a VM and have it monitor all data in and out of the network, but only calculate usage. Not concerned about certain types of traffic as much as I am about usage. I have DD-WRT running on an old wrt54gs, but I've heard the bandwidth monitor in that distro wasn't too reliable.

Thanks in advance.

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You could use an IDS (intrusion detection system) to log everything that comes in and out, or you could set up a box running a Linux distro with IP tables and Wireshark running on the background.

Your box will have to be pretty beefed up, to handle all the stress put by Wireshark and the network traffic.

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Hmmm, maybe should have worded what I'm looking for a little different, though those are all great monitoring solutions, what I'm looking for is basically something that will tell me how much data has been used per day, week, month, etc. e.g. my ISP has a monthly bandwidth limit of 250GB, so I'm wanting a solution to monitor how much traffic has been used.

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Not sure if you can do it directly in a router without custom firmware like dd-wrt(if its offered) but if you have desktop clients like vista or 7, there is a desktop gadget that shows total bandwidth used, just add up all the machines totals and reset them each month.

http://addgadget.com/

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This is nice piece of software that I use at home, but it will need to be deployed at each machine.

Or if you have a supported router, you could use DD-WRT as mentioned by Digip.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/freemeter/

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