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I had a thread on the Tech board but, regrettably, the tech board doesn't get nearly the exposure it used to. So I would like to expand this to a general audience since I am sure we all have been on some data plan at some point

The issue is that we are going just slightly over our cap in data each month. We don't mind going to an unlimited plan if its what we need but most months we are fine. Tracking which device is using all the data seems like it should be easier than it actually is. I have a Motorola modem and I Neatgear Nighthawk router. According to the routers data meter we are not using as much as cox says. But I can't track it to an actual device.

We reset the router, turned off guest network, and changed the password. I know a little about wireshark and can use it for a point in time look. Anyone well versed in wireshark that can tell me which reports I actually want to look at would be greatly appreciated.

Online recommends possibly using an open source firmware that would give me more tracking options. DD-WRT and Gargoyle are the ones I saw mentioned. I am a little hesitant to do this but I will if that is the best option. Anyone else find similar difficulty in identifying a hog?
 
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A lot of internet traffic is ads. You can build some raspberry pi pi-hole ad blockers and it will help you not use as much bandwidth for ad traffic.

I have 2 pi zeros so there is some redundancy that have been working great for me.
I have one Pi that is loaded up with a retro arcade. I could just swap the sd but I’ve been looking for an excuse to get another anyway. Maybe if the newer ones are supporting retropi now I’ll look into this with the old one. Thanks.
 

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Also the year I first used the internet was probably in 1994, but not sure the exact date.
 

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That's not a gateway my company uses so I can't speak to it's specifics. But some general debug, can you use the gateway's UI to find all the clients connected to it? It may, or may not show the amount of bytes/packets sent/received by each client.

The UI may have a Broadband level which will show all packets ingress/egress the gateway, and you may be able to clear or reset those. May be a good idea to clear them when your billing period starts. It won't be perfect with what Cox says, but it should be in the ballpark.
 

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I was fine without going over the cap for a long time with COX, But when Covid happened, kids were home all day , wife was home all day and we started going over. But i think what pushed me over the edge, was when i got the 4K TV. Streaming in 4K shot me way over. Luckily where i live, we have options. I switched to EATEL and they do not have a data cap, and its the same price.

Also the year I first used the internet was probably in 1994, but not sure the exact date.
Started back in like 89 or 90 I had a C64 then an Amiga and would dial up to the local BB's and surf the forums and download games.
 
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That's not a gateway my company uses so I can't speak to it's specifics. But some general debug, can you use the gateway's UI to find all the clients connected to it? It may, or may not show the amount of bytes/packets sent/received by each client.

The UI may have a Broadband level which will show all packets ingress/egress the gateway, and you may be able to clear or reset those. May be a good idea to clear them when your billing period starts. It won't be perfect with what Cox says, but it should be in the ballpark.
i didn’t even think to look at the modem. The router is the only thing connected. I’ll check out it’s interface.
 
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I was fine without going over the cap for a long time with COX, But when Covid happened, kids were home all day , wife was home all day and we started going over. But i think what pushed me over the edge, was when i got the 4K TV. Streaming in 4K shot me way over. Luckily where i live, we have options. I switched to EATEL and they do not have a data cap, and its the same price.


Started back in like 89 or 90 I had a C64 then an Amiga and would dial up to the local BB's and surf the forums and download games.
ah! This is useful. I just got back on Netflix and they gave me 4K to try for a month free. I don’t even have a 4K TV yet so I need to turn that off. Thanks.
 

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I have one Pi that is loaded up with a retro arcade. I could just swap the sd but I’ve been looking for an excuse to get another anyway. Maybe if the newer ones are supporting retropi now I’ll look into this with the old one. Thanks.
Just checked pi-hole and it says it is blocking about 65% of DNS queries. That helps show how many ads are out there, even if they are not taking up that percentage of bandwidth.

Of course depending on how many sources you use to get ad domains, you could block more or fewer. Mine is currently blocking about 767k domains.
I have whitelisted a few and you can easily ad domains to whitelists.
 
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Just checked pi-hole and it says it is blocking about 65% of DNS queries. That helps show how many ads are out there, even if they are not taking up that percentage of bandwidth.

Of course depending on how many sources you use to get ad domains, you could block more or fewer. Mine is currently blocking about 767k domains.
I have whitelisted a few and you can easily ad domains to whitelists.
my pi hole has been known to say a lot of crazy things. That hasn’t been one of them yet. If I had named the pI I would have called it raspberryCorn. Would have made this conversation a little more fun.
 

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Just checked pi-hole and it says it is blocking about 65% of DNS queries. That helps show how many ads are out there, even if they are not taking up that percentage of bandwidth.

Of course depending on how many sources you use to get ad domains, you could block more or fewer. Mine is currently blocking about 767k domains.
I have whitelisted a few and you can easily ad domains to whitelists.
Interested in this. Thanks.
 

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Just checked pi-hole and it says it is blocking about 65% of DNS queries. That helps show how many ads are out there, even if they are not taking up that percentage of bandwidth.

Of course depending on how many sources you use to get ad domains, you could block more or fewer. Mine is currently blocking about 767k domains.
I have whitelisted a few and you can easily ad domains to whitelists.
Is it possible to do this kind of thing without Raspberry Pi? I'm sure it's simple, but I'm not game for even a gentle learning curve -- just no time for it.
 

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