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Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

DamBuilder
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Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

I'm on Unlimited Fibre Extra so doesn't really matter but was curious why quoted usage differs noticeably between PN (always higher) figures and those of my router.
Last 5 days PN vs Router
Sun 11.54GB vs 9.82
Sat 21.65GB vs 18.84
Fri 15.28GB vs 12.60
Thur 28.25GB vs 25.90
Wed 48.66GB vs 41.19
Any ideas why this would be?
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

have you included the upload figures
DamBuilder
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

Yes both upload and download in both sets.
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

The figures are also reset on the Router if your PPP session restarts.
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

My Fritz!Box retains bandwidth usage through PPP drops and DSL resyncs, it also appears to be recording noticeably less (around 9% different on yesterday's figure) than 'VMBU'.
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

Not retained on the 2704n (when I last experimented) can't recall with the 582n, will need to check.
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

FYI, I believe that OP is using their own router (well, we didn't send one on their provision).
I'd be intrigued to see which model it is.
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

Could it be the difference between 1GB being 230 as opposed to 109
i.e.
1,073,741,824 vs 1,000,000,000
But that would still only account for about 7% difference
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

Ah, another thought, Plusnet's figures will also include traffic to the modem/router that your Router Firewall is blocking (unsolicited traffic). Do you have the Plusnet Firewall in the Member Centre turned on to help minimise such traffic?
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DamBuilder
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

I'm using an ASUS DSL-AC68U and it retains usage figures between re-syncs not that it does that unless I make a change.
I'm not using PN Firewall but the one on the router is active.
I also thought about different way to calculate GB but came up with the same conclusion.
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

If you don't need any of the ports that the PN Firewall blocks on the Low setting, I'd recommend you set it to that Wink
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

Thanks for the advice. The router firewall is pretty good and customisable. The grc.com site gives me full marks for stealth etc.
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

I think you are missing my point. It blocks a fair bit of unsolicited traffic from being delivered to your connection - this traffic gets counted as usage! It has nothing to do with how good or customisable your Router Firewall is.
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

Ah right I see.
So going back to my question are you saying that this unsolicited traffic (if there is any) will be getting counted by PN but not my router.? If so that a LOT...!!
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Re: Quoted Usage - PN vs Router

It won't get counted by the Router because it doesn't get passed through the Router if the Firewall is blocking it Wink