Monitoring Internet Usage

Craig Treleaven ctreleaven at
Wed Aug 1 11:44:03 PDT 2012

At 1:44 PM -0400 8/1/12, Arno Hautala wrote:
>On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM, Bradley Giesbrecht 
><pixilla at> wrote:
>>  Have you looked at vnstat?
>That would show bandwidth usage, but not on a per app basis.
>Ideally, this would be something like nethogs [1], but that's not
>compatible with OS X.
>LittleSnitch [2] and Rubbernet [3] are options that show these stats,
>but I'm not sure if you can monitor their stats from across the
>network. If you're running one of the Lions on your machine and his,
>you could log in as a concurrent user to your sons machine to monitor
>these stats.
>There's also directly asking him. Let him know that the usage is an
>issue, you're looking into it, and he'll be responsible for any
>overages that he causes.
Thanks for the pointers.  I'd never heard of Rubbernet before but it 
is fairly close to what I think I want.  Now, if only it were free... 

BTW, I've discussed this many times with my son.  It came as a 
surprise to me just how much of our internet traffic he generates. 
(He often blames his sister for the videos she likes to watch.) 
Right now, I don't know how much bandwidth each activity uses (ie 
Skype v. World of Warcraft ... etc).  It would be much simpler if I 
could say "Activity X used Y GB per week--you've got to cut down".


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