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Old August 3, 2012, 12:33 PM
Ardric Ardric is offline
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Mikrotik routers are powerful and cheap. They can easily do per-IP accounting. Their RouterOS can also be run on x86 like an Atom box, but it's not free software.

Actually Tomato can probably do per-IP accounting too, but you'll have to get out of the GUI and into a bash shell to do that. How? Configure an iptables dummy ACCEPT rule for each LAN host, then look to the iptables counters for packet and octet counts. This can be SNMP polled for RRD graphs and etc.

Personally I prefer to make my main router and my wifi AP to be separate devices rather than an all-in-one, so I can manage and upgrade them independently. Any old consumer router with wifi can be made to be a dedicated AP by just disabling the NAT and DHCP stuff and then bridging the LAN ports to the wifi.
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