Monitoring bandwidth by month on a system using an SSD Drive

  • I'm a newbie with pfSense and I apologize in advance if this has been covered elsewhere, the only results I see are from years ago and I need an up-to-date recommendation.

    I'm running pfSense 2.4.4 on an i5 based system with Intel NIC's on an older 56GB SSD drive.

    I need a "Simple" way to monitor monthly bandwidth usage on my WAN connection, log it, and display it in a "Simple" report so I can document it.

    IF I need to log to another machine I do have a Linux based NAS that I can run that database on, as long as I have "Simple" instructions on how to set it up. I also have a Windows 2016 server I could log to.

    I just moved into a Comcrap service area, this is my first time dealing with these crooks, and each month they keep bumping my usage up to the point that I have exceeded 1TB in the last two months. There is no way and I've read elsewhere that it's a scam. How I miss my Brighthouse, they don't cap, complain, they just provide a service that works...

    I'm putting in my own modem before the end of the month and would like to have this up and running.



  • Both the RRD_Summary and Status_Traffic_Totals packages can provide this information. The 'traffic totals' package requires some setup before it will begin collecting data. The 'rrd summary' package is simpler and requires no setup.
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  • Where is the data stored and do I need to worry about it running on my SSD drive?

    I don't want to see my SSD drive die an early death from excessive read/writes...

    As I mentioned I have access to a Linux system, Windows server, or I could even put a secondary drive (an actual hard drive) in the pfSense box if needed.



  • I don't think that is much of an issue with modern SSD drives. Disk writes like these were problematic with unmanaged flash memory like CF-Cards and USB sticks, but it should be safe to treat an SSD like any other disk. If you installed using ZFS, I believe TRIM should already be active.

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