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I'm about to get a new ADSL internet connection and the data available is split between me and two other housemates. As i am going to be the Administrator, i was wondering if there is any way to monitor the usage of each person from my own computer.

I've read about QoS but it only helps in setting bandwidth limitations for programs such as bittorrent. And my modem is definitely capable of QoS

Can i use the QoS feature to set limitations using ip addresses? If not, what other alternative features can enable me to do this?

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Can I ask what benefit you are hoping to achieve? Are you looking to split costs by consumption... Or perhaps throttle to prevent bandwidth-hogging? – BrianAdkins May 28 '13 at 2:00
using tc on linux, you can put the traffic into buckets but then not throttle the bucket, and check the bucket traffic counts to work out the usage. – Sirex May 28 '13 at 2:15
@BrianAdkins Yes primarily splitting costs by consumption. – Jay May 28 '13 at 2:19
@Sirex Could you provide any links on how that works? – Jay May 28 '13 at 2:20
Mmm so your device is the router. So, to measure the bandwith, you either have to make each machine count its outgoing traffic (hence you have to trust your roommates don't cheat) or put a box in front of the modem, could be an old recycled computer or a dedicated router; what are your thoughts? – Patrice Levesque May 28 '13 at 5:23

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I can suggest untangle, I tried it, and it's very powerful and gives a lot of info too. Free and commercial versions, easy to install ... Hope it helps :)

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