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Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 353

by omnichad (#47777277) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

I track it at the router (Tomato installed on Asus RT-N16). That only keeps track of actual delivered traffic. It certainly doesn't cover encapsulation and transit and retransmits (except retransmits from my side).

To find out your cap, Google it. It's going to be fairly standard if you're with a national ISP.

Comment: Re:What are you downloading? (Score 1) 353

by omnichad (#47777013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

I thought I'd log into my modem and find month after month of > 150GB. I don't use as much as I used to. I'm really shocked that I haven't peaked above 100GB in the last year. My Netflix usage is way down lately, and I'm not downloading a lot of ISO files, but 150GB still isn't hard to do. It's only double my average usage, and my wife and I are a household of only 2.

Date, DL, UL, Total
2014-07 75.69GB 13.27GB 88.96GB
2014-06 67.32GB 16.88GB 84.20GB

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 353

by omnichad (#47776745) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Encapsulation takes bandwidth

What do you define as bandwidth? With DSL, each user has a dedicated pair of wires back to the DSLAM. Any encapsulation is borne by a dedicated link. Spare capacity can't be used for ANYTHING. The DSLAM is backed by fiber to the CO. There is no bottleneck there, so really no reason to worry about overhead. It's only when it goes out on the open Internet from the CO where bandwidth usage matters.

Cable Internet is the one where last-mile overhead has a true impact. And I don't think they count it toward caps like AT&T seems to be doing.

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