For a while, Beast III has been my personal computer, firewall, database, file/web server, and router. That gives me the possibility to monitor my throughput from the ISP. The ISP promises 150mbits/s and speed tests have shown values up to 180 mbits/s but I really had no idea of the magnitude of the traffic. So, I installed a little script that runs at 23:59 every night and stores the date and count of bytes received from the network.
echo `date +%F`”,”`/sbin/ifconfig eth3|grep bytes|sed -e s/^.*RX\ bytes://|sed -e s/\ .*$//` >> logeth3.csv
Date Download Use
2017-Jan-26 941.07 M
2017-Jan-27 13.29 G 12.35 G
I was shocked to find that in the first 24h period monitored, the draw was 12.3gB! OMG! No wonder browsers are filling up RAM. No wonder I see TLW constantly watching videos online… I expect that’s what’s happening. I certainly don’t draw much from downloads, just a few MB per day for software updates. I just download patches for my Linux builds, not the whole source-tree. I’ve read that the ISP has a 1TB limit. We could actually bump into that with visitors and such. We have three visitors in the house today and two of them know how to use a computer.
UPDATE – After three days of monitoring our drain, I compute the average download is 20gB per day. The peak day was 28gB when we had two extra visitors on the LAN. OMG! A TB per month is within reach. In the old days you could have downloaded the whole Internet in that… I hope we don’t blow a fuse. 😉