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    How do i calculate the traffic of internet used by my system

    Hi Everyone

    I want to know how much traffic is involved while i am browsing? What are the parameters involved in the traffic ?

    If I am reading ... say 10 posts in AO ... each page contains the picture logo and text, will the size of the picture logo plus the text be the traffic (approx) .... for each visit

    In other words ... Does it mean that the picture logo displayed in the browser is treated as seperate downloads for each new post or each page I go ...

    Thanks
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    Well, you could use a packet sniffer to watch your session (such as ethereal) and then you could work out how much traffic is involved.

    This would also be a useful learning exercise as you could see the whole TCP/IP handshake etc....
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    What OS are you using?
    A good program in Linux is IPTraf (can only be run under root) which will show you exactly what info is going in and out through a certain network card, you should find this on your install CD. Or as R0n1n said ethereal for Windows.

    The results shown belove are taken from my Squid Proxy Server log files:
    GET http://antionline.com/
    107...7054.107 RELEASE -1 FFFFFFFF 46F8F2...DB6AFD2CD02E 200 107...7060 -1 107...7053 application/x-javascript 5437/5437
    GET http://mjxads.internet.com/Re...ads/...x280,468x60-2?
    107...054.495 RELEASE -1 FFFFFFFF E8F7F6CC85DBB8...CDC1 200 1076807060 -1 107...7054 image/gif 43/43
    GET http://mjxads.internet.com/...tm/it/...0326563353930?
    107...054.725 RELEASE -1 FFFFFFFF 6ADBDCBB470...3A2B2D320D000 304 107...32 -1 -1 unknown -1/0
    GET http://antionline.com/icom_inclu...foot.gif
    107...4.784 SWAPOUT 00 000000A8 BAF69...0CFEF416C8 200 1076... 995129654 -1 image/gif 344/344
    GET http://images.antionline.co...ns/icon4.gif
    10...054.808 SW...0 000000A9 10CFE5E5D10F4BC2A...C96FC 200 1...6732 99...70 -1 image/gif 340/340
    GET http://images.antionline.com/imag...1.gif
    10...54.964 RELEASE -1 FFFFFFFF 3C0987...6B2BF740 304 10...733 -1 -1 unknown -1/0
    GET http://antionline.com/icom_includes...ivide_foot.gif
    107...055.052 RELEASE -1 FFFFFFFF 678...73EFEFAAE801C 304 107...733 -1 -1 unknown -1/0
    This shows what information is being sent through the proxy server in order for it to then route it onto the internet and get the data.

    [edit] Abreviated in order to protect privacy [/edit]
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    along with the protocol analyzer (sniffer), you can use something like "iptraf" for linux.

    On windows... the utility "cool beans " seems to do it too. (just gives you the traffic in kb) though... not quite as good as "iptraf". It won't break it down to connections....

    I can't find a good program for windows that will do what "iptraf" will do...

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    There are several bandwidth monitor programs for Windows, like the popular DUMeter. NetLimiter does not only what it says (you can cap the bandwidth that different programs are allowed to use) but also keeps track of upload/download numbers for each program. Those are both shareware programs, so you might want to consider using a free program like Down2Home. Unfortunately its meters seem to go crazy when your upload or download is some 2 GB / a day and/or when you've got long uptimes... But if these aren't a problem then it's a good program.
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    Re: How do i calculate the traffic of internet used by my system

    Originally posted here by Richy
    Hi Everyone

    I want to know how much traffic is involved while i am browsing? What are the parameters involved in the traffic ?

    If I am reading ... say 10 posts in AO ... each page contains the picture logo and text, will the size of the picture logo plus the text be the traffic (approx) .... for each visit

    In other words ... Does it mean that the picture logo displayed in the browser is treated as seperate downloads for each new post or each page I go ...
    Yes, you have the general idea already There are some things to remember though. Your browser tends to cache pages and/or pictures thereby reducing the bandwidth used.
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    Thanks everyone

    I am using win 98se & IE. I'll try down2home to learn more.

    Is there any article/tutorial in AO regarding Bandwith, usage etc.,

    Thanks
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