Ivor O’Connor

November 9, 2008

EVDO?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 11:03 am

ifconfig eth0 | grep “RX bytes” tells how much bandwidth was used since the last reboot. I rebooted this morning and in the couple hours I’ve been on I’ve used .4GB. Since Verizon and Nextel are the only EVDO providers here and both have 5GB limits EVDO could be expensive. I looked at http://lartc.org/lartc.html hoping to limit myself to 4GBs a month but it does not seem to be an option.

Getting networking in Linux working has long been a challenge, especially for wireless connections. The new Network Manager is a great improvement over the previous release. It allows your Ubuntu machine to connect to the network before a user logs in, supports 3G connections, multiple simultaneous connections, and PPPoE.

Getting networking in Linux working has long been a challenge, especially for wireless connections. The new Network Manager is a great improvement over the previous release. It allows your Ubuntu machine to connect to the network before a user logs in, supports 3G connections, multiple simultaneous connections, and PPPoE.

Ubuntu 8.10 has a network manager. (It’s not in the 8.04 version I’m using.) This network manager is suppose to make connecting to EVDO cards easy. Perhaps it has something in it to monitor the total bytes transmitted starting at a given date? Probably not but I’ve just burned a disk and will boot off it to see…

… I tested it. No luck. Seems like the best solution would be to write a daemon that starts when the computer is logged on. That writes the data out every few minutes to a sqlite database. Hopefully a sqlite database viewable from an firefox. If on any day the usage goes beyond the average allocated useage the daemon starts firefox up with the sqlite data?

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