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Netgear's Bit Counter

5:50 PM -- Netgear Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR) is reportedly close to launching a router that bakes in a meter that lets users track their bandwidth consumption.

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

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:00:21 PM
re: Netgear's Bit Counter

The specs don't go out of their way to distinguish whether or not retransmitted packets count toward the total, but we've asked Netgear to clarify that point. But they'd be smart to filter out retransmitted packets since those packets could impair the accuracy of the meter. But these older examples don't indicate that the meter can make such a distinction...looks to me like it's just measuring everything that's flowing up and down.  JB

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:00:21 PM
re: Netgear's Bit Counter


Do retransmitted packets count or only the bandwidth that was sucessfully consumed?




rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 4:00:17 PM
re: Netgear's Bit Counter

price point seems a bit high.  I used ntop for awhile but got bored at looking at it after a few months.  On retransmits, it's probably a good idea to have both - maybe something like "effective" and "actual"  where if percentage of (actual - effective / actual) gets to high then raise an alert.

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:00:03 PM
re: Netgear's Bit Counter

We got a response from Netgear regarding the Traffic Meter feature on the WNDR3700 and they say that the meter will indeed count the retransmission packets. Thanks, JEff


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