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Setting up bandwidth tracking on tomato USB

Tracking the data you are using day to day is way better than letting your ISP do it for you. Why would you want to trust the people who will make money off you to let you know your usage? You have no point of reference to argue if your being taken advantage of! I like how tomato’s usage is realtime so what the meter says, is what you are at, total bandwidth. Setting up bandwidth is a great way to track how much internet you are consuming at the WAN and at each device on your network. So if you share bandwidth this is the best way to track it all.

Most ISPs will warn you when you’re usage is reaching the cap but sometimes the warning comes too late. It doesn’t bother them at all when you go over because you foot the bill.

Setting up bandwidth tracking on tomato USB

To track your own data usage on TomatoUSB just enable bandwidth monitoring. Setting up a path is a good idea. I had no luck with cifs on mountain lion but on snow leopard all you need is to setup a share and point the cifs client to it. In windows you need to create a folder and right click it then select advanced sharing. Take note of the share name you use.
In OS X just hit COMMAND+SPACE to open spotlight and search for sharing. Then turn on sharing and SMB for windows sharing and create a name. A cifs share includes an IP address for the computer so make that static and take note of it as well.
Another option is to set a local path on your USB data partition. Just make sure you select create a new file. If you get a cstat or rstat error your path isn’t correct and the database file cannot be written to.

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