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Fair usage policies

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Raffaz, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Just got a letter today saying that ive exceeded the limits. Are there any programs i can use to monitor my downloads?

    I also cant seem to find any info about what the limits are. It just basically says not to download to much, but there are no upper limits applied, so how am i meant to know whats ok and whats not lol. Ive got an uncapped connection aswell so thats got me more confused.:)
     
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  2. Mr.Cheeks

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    netlimiter - > bang this on all computers and it monitors your upload download usage and results can be broken down to hours/day/weel/month/quarter/year.

    there are plenty of dfferent applications that do the same thing
     
  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    There has been a fair amount of ruckus about useage caps.

    IMHO the ISP should give an approximate figure as to what they deem 'fair', otherwise you have no way of complying.

    I see that Orange have just been slapped by ASA for not being clear about this.

    Harry.

    Edit: Also more info here.
     
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  4. twizzle

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    I use f2s.com as my ISP ( now owned by pipex ewwww). While they have a fair usage policy its not clear on what that actually is. My connection is supposed to be unlimited download capacity and so far i havent had any problems (and i've managed over 15GB in a month!).
    One good thing is that i can log into my account on thier site and see what my downloads have been for the month based on each day so can monitor it that way.

    Somone else i know, used BT and got banned due to excessive use. He claims he had only downloaded around 20Gb ina month albeit every month for 3 months ina row.

    For some ISPs its not even the amount you download but teh times that count the most. They let you download as much as you want during off-peak hours but will cap you at Peak times!
     
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  5. Sparky
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    I thought AOL had unlimited downloads? Must be capped now...
     
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  6. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Thats exactly what i thought. They put fair usage policies in place in Jan 2007, but they still say that its uncapped, so thats what has got me confused as they are contradicting themselves.:)
     
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  7. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Who is your internet provider?
     
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  8. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    AOL, and no im not gonna change lol:)
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Then stop downloading movies and pr0n. :p

    (and pr0n movies, ya perv!) 8)
     
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  10. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    No chance!:)
     
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  11. clsyorkshire

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    The problem with some monitoring software is it measures network traffic as well, so if you're on a home network and stream files between computers, it messes up the figures.

    I can log into my router config and it tells me how much bandwidth I've used since I last powered the router on.
     
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  12. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Raff,

    Check, but most ISP's policy is now based on say 8am - 6pm. what you download outside these hours doesn't matter.

    Si
     
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  13. wizard

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    Raffaz give the AOL employees their kebabs back and they'll stop sending you letters :D
     
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  14. Jakamoko
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    Netmeter

    I think it can also get round the issue of monitoring internal traffic as well, by specifying which interface you want to monitor, but now that I think about it - if you are going through a router, then it can only monitor the NIC in general. Still - great software though ... and free :)
     
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  15. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Cheers, running it now:)
     
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  16. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    wow, I am glad I dont have that problem, but I know some ISP are beggining to upgrade their technology allowing more bandwidth utilization.
     
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  17. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    No chance! And they aint getting their stella back either.:)
     
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  18. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    To be fair, i do download quite a bit.:)
     
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  19. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    oh yeah? honestly I didnt know that AOL had restrictions. Here is the thing the only time I heard of someone recieving a letter in the mail regarding the excessive downloading was one of my teachers who was constantly uploading stuff and he was asked to switch to a business line, but I mean he was uploading hundreds of gigs.
     
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  20. wizard

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    You have to remember this is AOL UK that is being referred to here.
     
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