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Old May 16, 2011, 06:39 AM
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Hey guys,

Recently I've been having arguments about internet use at home, basically I want to be able to tell who's been downloading what, using what (Bittorrent, http downloads, sizes, bandwidth use, etc)

Most of the solutions I know are for Enterprise use and they all come in Firewalls or expensive switches.

Do you know of any alternatives for PC users? Maybe an addon I can install on my router that would allow me to filter these type of stuffs?

I'd love to hear some ideas!

Edit: I know that I won't be able to monitor or control the traffic on my network for other users unless they all connect to the internet through my computer. I was sort of asking in the sense of what I can do at the router level
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What kind of router is it?
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Old May 16, 2011, 07:03 AM
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I would start with firmware like Tomato or DD-WRT. Then you could set up QOS per port or outright kill certain protocols, etc.

Without going to a expensive parts I think you're only going to be able to "half ass" it.
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Old May 16, 2011, 07:40 AM
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Yeah it sort of looks like it unfortunately :(

I think I might setup my PC as a proxy and have the users connect to the internet through me instead. That way I can monitor & control the network traffic using tools.

The router is a Linksys E1000 (cisco)
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you sound like the government now :P why do you even care?
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you sound like the government now :P why do you even care?
Might be worried about exceeding bandwidth cap or something similar?
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who's been downloading what and etc wouldnt make a difference, then ;)
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pfSense and Squid maybe? Might be a little tricky to get up and running though.
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Old May 17, 2011, 06:46 AM
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I'll look into those JD.

@LarkStarr I need to cap the users if need be when they are reaching our monthly limit. I also want to be able to show proof that they are using more than what they are telling me
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i would also take a look at smoothwall. It has a number of transparent proxies. There are also some thirdparty bandwidth tools as well. (these need to be installed though)
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