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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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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.
Streaming 4K without unlimited data is rough.
 

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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.
You don't need to turn it off, you can't watch it without the tv so it won't show up as an option. That also means that you may want to get a cheaper package if you wind up keeping it.
 

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You don't need to turn it off, you can't watch it without the tv so it won't show up as an option. That also means that you may want to get a cheaper package if you wind up keeping it.
The other benefit of that package is how many different people can stream at once.
 
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Now I am seeing conflicting info. It seems that a raspberry pie can be set up to do all this and more. But I see elsewhere that without firmware capable of it on the router, it simply can’t be done. I’m not afraid of a pi project but it’s obviously a lot of work if it doesn’t work on my router. More digging to do unless someone knows the answer.

 

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