How to View Internet Usage at Home

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Although it is easy to think of the Internet as an unlimited resource, it is, like most good things, in limited supply. As more users log on for the first time every day, Internet service providers (or ISPs) have been charging more for their services to help pay for the extra bandwidth needed to continue providing Internet connections. To help ease the strain on customers, a cap system has been introduced in some regions, which limits the amount of data one can transmit or receive in a given month. If you need to track your Internet usage for this or any other reason, it is very easy to do so with the help of some freeware.

  • Download and install free Internet monitoring software. A good, open-source choice is BitMeter II. See the Resource section for a link to more information.

  • Launch the software and enter your connection information. If you are unsure about the specifics of your Internet connection, you can use the "connection helper" wizard in BitMeter II.

  • Keep the browser tracking software open at all times. In order for the software to accurately track your browser usage statistics.

  • Track usage remotely. Several interent usage applications allow you to stream your useage metrics anywhere in the world. Simply enable this option in the "Settings" menu if you are using BitMeter II.

  • Set alerts. Depending on your program, you may be able to set alerts when you are close to, at, or exceeding your desired bandwidth usage. This will help keep you focused on keeping your browsing habits in check.

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