Netgear's Bit Counter
That router, dubbed the WNDR3700, comes standard with a "Traffic Meter" that measures downloads and uploads on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, and allows for "customized alerts."
The emergence of that feature comes about 10 months after Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) initiated a new policy that keeps "excessive" use in check with a monthly 250-gigabyte consumption cap. Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), meanwhile, has mothballed Internet metering trials that would've charged customers more if they went over certain byte thresholds, but has left the door open to try it again later on. (See Comcast Draws the Line at 250GB, TWC Still Has a Mind for Metering , and TWC Mothballs New Metering Trials .)
Comcast and TWC have both promised to introduce bit counters of their own to help customers track their consumption, but Netgear -- which, by the way, has its own line of Docsis 3.0 modems -- is beating them to the punch with a version independent of the MSOs and other high-speed ISPs. (See Netgear Rises to the Wideband Challenge.)
According to The Associated Press, Netgear 's new router with the on-board bit counter will sell for $190 and become available sometime next month. Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) told AP that it's also looking at adding such a feature for its routers.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News