Bandwidth Monitor - which total to use?

  bloo meeny 15:16 18 Jul 2009

Recently downloaded the 'Tautology Bandwidth Meter' as recommended here, to help keep track of my usage via mobile broadband (pay as you go).

It gives two sets of figures (selectable via Interface to Monitor)....

MS TCP Loopback interface (
IN (download) Today 42.14MB This Month 152.42MB
OUT (upload) Today 42.14MB This Month 152.42MB
IN/OUT Total Today 84.29MB This Month 304.84MB

WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface (
IN (download) Today 39.78MB This Month 175.07MB
OUT (upload) Today 3.64MB This Month 13.69MB
IN/OUT Total Today 43.42MB This Month 188.76MB

I'm curious to know what the first set of figures are, and how the (much higher) monthly total is calculated ..... but more importantly, am I safe to use the SECOND set of figures as a guide (yes, I know there's a disclaimer in the small print!) to my monthly usage?

Thanks in advance.

  johndrew 15:58 18 Jul 2009

I tried the Tautology Bandwidth Meter and found similar confusion so I migrated to NetMeter click here which I find far simpler and reliable. It also allows for adjustment to suit your usage based on whether you (or your IP) consider 1000 or 1024 Bits to equal 1kb - it can make a big difference to your monthly usage figures. Have a look, you may like it.

  rdave13 16:29 18 Jul 2009

My favourite is tbbMeter; click here

  bloo meeny 21:13 18 Jul 2009

Thanks for the alternative suggestions.

Still curious as to what the 'loopback' figures are, if anyone knows!

  rdave13 21:17 18 Jul 2009

Stuartli where are you? bloo meeny is(and so am I) puzzled. ;)

  Stuartli 22:17 18 Jul 2009

You use the LAN or WAN readings.

The TCP loopback interface ( doesn't use any actual bandwidth; it's the Local Host i.e. your own computer.

  rdave13 22:21 18 Jul 2009

Thanks. Still think tbbMeter is a better option. Have you given it a go?

  Stuartli 23:58 18 Jul 2009

No, I've been using Tautology Bandwidth Meter for several years.

  rdave13 23:59 18 Jul 2009

Obviously but sometimes something else crops up which might, just might, be a tad better?

Have a look anyway.

  Patrik 13:53 09 Sep 2010

what about bandwidth monitor try use ProteMac Meter click here use.)

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