How to Track Broadband Wireless Internet Usage

By Mark Robinson

Tracking your wireless connection broadband bandwidth is important, especially since many Internet Service Providers (ISP) are instituting limits on the amount of bandwidth you can use monthly. Use a bandwidth monitor to keep track of your broadband wireless Internet usage. Use monitors that are installed on your computer, or use the bandwidth monitor featured on your service provider's Web page, if available. Some wireless routers have their own bandwidth meter that can be used to track the amount of bandwidth used.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router
  • Bandwidth monitoring software

Step 1

Use your wireless router's built-in bandwidth meter. Some wireless routers feature a built-in meter that tracks bandwidth from uploads and downloads. Consult your wireless router's user guide to find out if your router has this feature.

Step 2

Use the bandwidth consumption monitor feature on your Internet Service Provider's website. These bandwidth monitors may not be as accurate as software-based monitors, but you will be able to get a rough estimate of how much bandwidth you have used.

Step 3

Install a software-based bandwidth monitoring solution on your computer. Download the software package onto your computer's desktop or load the supplied installation CD into the computer's CD-ROM drive. Click on the setup icon and follow the instructions on screen during the installation process. When finished, click on the program icon that appears on your computer's desktop to start the program.