Almost all ISPs have broadband plans which allow only limited free data transfer in a month.For example, in BSNL broadband plan-Home 250 you are allowed to use a maximum data transfer of 1GB per month.Any data transfer above that is chargeable at a premium rate.
Hence it becomes quite important to check your usage regularly.ISP make special pages where users can login and see their usage.But it’s best to check the usage yourself.There are plenty of tools to monitor usage but many of theme simply do not work at all.I have found a tool which I have been using form 3 months and quite satisfied with its reporting.
Tautology Bandwidth Meter
This freeware tool measure the in and out traffic by monitoring your network interface.And thus monitors the usage.
Salient Features of Bandwidth Meter
Apart from some advanced features ,this has regular features as
The one feature I liked the most was “configurable timing”.It means that I can set time when it has to monitor an when not.I have a BSNL broadband plan which allows unlimited download between 2am to 8am.Once configured this bandwidth meter does not monitor the traffic at that interval.
Please note that there will be a little difference between the usage it records and your ISP data.However this tool is a WORKING and is a must download for every broadband user.
Download here.And let me know if you get any better tool for this purpose.