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While looking at another question/answer at: How can I monitor network traffic? and because I do not have enough points to comment I want to follow this up with another question:

I too am looking to monitor my Broadband Internet bandwidth usage.

My Current set up looks like this:

DSL Line from TELCO 
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Actiontech PK5000 dsl Modem(Not in Bridged mode if I understand the term correctly) 
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|Port 2 on the PK5000 to Any Port on the Netgear
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Netgear 24port unmanaged switch 
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Comp Comp TV Dish Wireless AP...etc

If I were to buy the Buffalo WZR-300hp(Actually I'd like to use a V1 WRT54G with dd-wrt loaded on it, and install it in my network, I'm assuming that I would place it between the Actiontech PK5000 and my Netgear 24port switch so it would look like this:

DSL Line from TELCO 
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Actiontech PK5000 dsl Modem(Not in Bridged mode if I understand the term correctly) 
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|Port 2 on PK5000 to ???? Port on the Buffalo or WRT54G.
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Buffalo WZR-300hp or V1 WRT54G with dd-wrt
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Netgear 24port unmanaged switch 
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Comp Comp TV Dish Wireless AP...etc 

Questions:

  1. Do I need to put the Actiontech PK5000 into BRIDGE MODE and then let the Buffalo do the authentication from my ISP? (Note: I actually called my ISP (Xmission in Salt Lake City) to verify that they and the Actiontech PK5000 will support this and they said yes, So I'm assuming the answer to this would be a "YES")

  2. If I do this which ports do I use on the Actiontech and the Buffalo/WRT54G? Right now the Netgear is plugged into Port 2(Just randomly) of the Actiontech, it is NOT plugged into the WAN port. I'm also letting the Actiontech handle some of the wireless traffic and it is also doing DHCP for wired devices.

  3. Do I need to tell the dd-wrt software which port is now acting as the WAN/Internet port and which one I'm using as the LAN/my network Port so it will know to pass the traffic through and monitor it and to also know how to do the DSL Authentication to login/etc.

Thanks in advance guys, I'm pretty good with most network stuff, I understand the basics but this level of setup is new to me, but I can't wait to see it all happen.

I did purchase a used PK5000 on eBay today and will use it to configure just in case I'm away and the wife discovers somethings gone crazy, she can unplug the dd-wrt device and the PK5000(Bridge mode) and just replace them with the old PK5000.

Mark

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