Affordable Bandwith Usage Cap on wireless router
Posted on 2007-08-06
I currently live in a shared house where we are hoping to get broadband. However, the ISP doesn't have a cap on the bandwidth and as such our landlord would run the risk of someone running up the bill and running of before the he gets the bill and can split the cost among the inhabitants. On the side, this would also be unfair for those of us who just use it casually for email and such.
Everybody coming in will have to bring his/her own computer as this is not part of the lease. As such a software solution seems out of the question.
In order to prevent this we would need to cut of the WAN line when we get near the XX Gb limit that is being purchased. The ISP won't do this (they just charge outrageously for every Gig over the limit) so the landlord has asked me to investigate doing it on the wireless router (I'm pretty sure this should be possible, right?).
My problem currently is that I wouldn't know what questions to ask or google for to find out if a router were capable of doing this, so I turn to you fellows :)
So, in order to solve my problem I would need an answer to any (or all) of the following questions:
- Is there affordable wireless routers available that can be set to a specific usage limit per month? (Make and model would be nice)
- Is there optionally a router that would be able to do this using alternate (open source?) firmware (Some asus models have an alternate linux distro I think?).