Figuring Things Out with Tomato

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Comcast made a lovely announcement last week that they were imposing bandwidth caps for their users. The limit is 250 GB a month. I have no idea how much bandwidth I use. Funny thing is Comcast is not giving users a way to determine how much bandwidth they actually use!

Comcast suggests using one of the “many online tools…to measure [your] consumption.” The problem I had was trying to find a tool that could measure all the devices in our household that access the Internet. You would think Internet access is limited to computers, but in this day and age there are many devices that access the Internet for information. We have two laptops, one desktop, two iPhones, an XBox 360 and a Nintendo Wii. I think that covers everything. So what tool would work for all these devices?

Luckily my searches stumbled upon a firmware alternative called Tomato. It did require me to purchase a Linksys WR54GL router, but I lucked out as it was on sale at Fry’s. The setup instructions were straightforward. I was up-and-running in less then twenty minutes. I am now set to track how much bandwidth I use.

I’ll let you know how it goes at the end of this month.

4 thoughts on “Figuring Things Out with Tomato

  1. Melissa Mendoza

    Hello!Thank you for the feedback. I work for Comcast Corporate and I just wanted to let you know that we are working on a bandwidth metering tool for our customers to use. We appreciate your sentiments and the efforts you are making to help others until our system is rolled out. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at We_Can_Help@cable.comcast.com. We’re here if you need us.Kind Regards,Melissa MendozaComcast Customer ConnectNational Customer Operations

  2. Melissa Mendoza

    Hello!Thank you for the feedback. I work for Comcast Corporate and I just wanted to let you know that we are working on a bandwidth metering tool for our customers to use. We appreciate your sentiments and the efforts you are making to help others until our system is rolled out. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at We_Can_Help@cable.comcast.com. We’re here if you need us.Kind Regards,Melissa MendozaComcast Customer ConnectNational Customer Operations

  3. Melissa, thanks for finding my blog post and responding. I heard about the bandwidth tools Comcast will be providing in the future. Hopefully they will be able to monitor more than one computer at a time to get the total bandwidth used.

  4. Melissa, thanks for finding my blog post and responding. I heard about the bandwidth tools Comcast will be providing in the future. Hopefully they will be able to monitor more than one computer at a time to get the total bandwidth used.

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