Find out which device is using most bandwidth on my network

January 18, 2015 at 16:58:03
Specs: Windows 7, Intel i7 / 4 GB
We just moved and changed from Charter to Comcast. I'm not sure if it's just the area we live in or if it's Comcast in general, but they have a cap on our data now. We're allocated 300 GB a month. It's our second month. They're giving us 3 50 GB courtesy refills. We're on our second already half way through the month. I need to find which device is using the most bandwidth and the it would be nice to somehow have whatever the device that is monitoring the bandwidth to maybe even report which TCP port is using the most bandwidth, or even better, which application or what the data type that is using the bandwidth. Is there anything like that which is within a home consumer's price range?

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#1
January 18, 2015 at 17:14:29
Who's streaming all the video & music or using the torrents?

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#2
January 18, 2015 at 17:25:26
We use Netflix only.

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#3
January 19, 2015 at 01:18:17
If you are only using Netflix then surely you don't need to know what application and data type is using the bandwidth. (Hint - it is probably Netflix.)

Just ask everyone who is using it to keep a rough record of what they watch, and for how long, and the culprit ought to be fairly obvious. If it is a problem then perhaps you need to revert to an ISP with unlimited downloads.


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#4
January 19, 2015 at 06:40:30
"We use Netflix only"

There's your answer. According to the following article: "North American subscribers who “exhibit” cord-cutting behavior (which it defines as the top 15 percent of streaming video users) consume on average 212GB per month — that’s more than seven times the 29GB consumed by the “typical” user".

Netflix and YouTube Still Rule Bandwidth Usage in North America


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#5
January 19, 2015 at 07:02:21
Large video downloads means large files and high network usage. Limiting it is therefore in your own hands.

There are free bandwidth monitor program to help you know where you stand:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/free-...
I can't vouch for any of them personally - haven't used one since dial-up.

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#6
January 19, 2015 at 10:21:04
Most routers allow you to enable and monitor bandwidth usage. Some give you the ability to cut internet once you have reached your limit.

My household watches Netflix a lot and doesn't get any where near 300GB. More likely you are part of a botnet/malware infected which is driving the bandwidth usage up.

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#7
January 19, 2015 at 10:39:42
In the light of the last para in #6 we could do a quick malware check. Download this program from here (green button top right):
http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...
Before you run it go to "Settings > Detection and Protection" and put a check mark in "Scan for rootkits". I appreciate that you are likely to have an antivirus but this often finds what they miss.

If it finds anything please copy/paste the log on here.

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#8
January 19, 2015 at 18:30:03
I don't have any malware. I just formatted and reloaded my PC. My wife's PC is running Linux.

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#9
January 19, 2015 at 18:46:55
Does anyone know how to find an ISP with unlimited downloads? I think those are getting pretty rare these days.

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#10
January 20, 2015 at 07:31:40
I'm in the UK and use "Tiscali" which has unlimited downloads. Not sure if they exist where you are.

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