With all this talk of download capping I thought I'd check to see how much I use. I installed KNetload which is similar to the Windows Internet monitor, but the Linux version.
Anyway, when I'm not using the Internet, with just the desktop open I noticed there was a lot of activity going on in the background, here's a screenshot of my desktop, you can see the monitor down in the bottom right corner of the screen: click here
I did a bit of digging and run Ethereal which is a packet sniffer and this is what it found in just a few seconds: click here
I did a whois and they are all packets from my own ISP NTL.
It makes trying to gauge my download a bit of a nonsense really. I did run the Windows monitor and got exactly the same result by the way.
I expect its all probably quite normal, any ideas?
I think you missed the point, I'm not using the Internet, those pictures in my links are of my desktop, nothing open at all, no browser, no email client, no FTP client, just the desktop, firewall is blocking all ports as well.
I've done a bit of digging around. These packets are Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) basically its the server asking all of the computers on its network "are you there and what's your address?" seeing as the network card is connected to the network all the time its still receiving broadcast packets from the server and the network card answering it with its address, even though as far as you're concerned there's no Internet activity, this is all going on in the background unbeknown to you.
So broadband really is connected all the time!
There again, I don't suppose anyone is interested anyway, good night.
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