How to Meter Your Internet Usage

Paessler's PRTG Network Monitor is an Internet usage meter that measures Internet usage in a SNMP enabled network. In mere minutes, it can be set up to read traffic data from your router, which will then be displayed in clear, comprehensive graphs. With this Internet usage meter, you can measure Internet activity over the last 8-96 hours, and transferred data counts over the last days or 12 months. Naturally, this means that the bandwidth meter has to be left running constantly, or the results won't be accurate. So PRTG runs as a service to collect data even if you are not logged in.

As a comprehensive network management software and analysis tool, PRTG Network Monitor supports data acquisition via SNMP, packet sniffing and NetFlow protocol. Using its built-in Internet usage meter, PRTG LAN Monitor can classify network traffic by IP address, protocol or user-defined, custom parameters. Analyzed results are displayed in a variety of easy-to-read graphs and tables, which can be generated almost instantly for near real-time Internet usage reporting. Fully configured reports are available in HTML, Excel, TIF, RTF, or PDF formats.

PRTG Network Monitor

This network traffic monitor is available in two editions. For basic, free bandwidth check functionality, the free network monitor may be downloaded and used for personal and commercial use completely free of charge. Commercial editions are available for more advanced bandwidth monitoring needs.

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Our Internet usage meter has received a lot of positive feedback from customers as well as industry insiders. Here's what a few of them had to say:

"[...] PRTG is handy and easy to use. The thing that I like best about it is that it isn't overly complicated. It's nice to occasionally find a network tool that doesn't require an in-depth study of the documentation and an hour of trial and error." -Brien M. Posey on TechRepublic

"We have purchased the PRTG software which I must say was a very easy product for us to install and has put our own MRTG installations to shame! A very good product." -Simon Jones, www.talk-101.com

"We just purchased PRTG and think it's fantastic and better than MRTG (not to mention it can be installed by a monkey)"  -Matt Brown, Data Sanctuary Internet Backup

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