[clug] broadband usage on static IP
llib at computer.org
Mon Apr 11 02:43:29 GMT 2005
i'm wondering what the standard measure for "usage" is with a broadband
connection with a static IP. is it usual to charge for data even if the
account is not logged on?
my scenario is this: i'm a cheapskate, so i pay for the smallest
non-shaped transact plan that suits me ($19/month, 600MB peak, 5000MB
off-peak at velocity). towards the end of the month i'm nearing my peak
d/l limit, so i ensure that when i'm bit-torrenting i (automatically)
connect after midnight and disconnect before 7am (off peak times).
however, there are a large number of connection attempts from other
bit-torrent users once i've disconnected. these get counted by velocity
as data to me and charged to my account (this may not sound like much,
but it adds up).
do other ISPs have this policy?
[from velocity support:
This user was not logged on when the usage was recorded, however the
data that were recorded are still considered legitimate.
Since users have a static IP (and no other user would be using the same
data sent to that IP, regardless if the user is online or not, is
be only for that user, hence the owner of that IP address is charged for
This particular usage (on April 6) is because they have been using a file
sharing program called bit-torrent which broadcasts their IP address
Internet as a place to download a specific file. Even though they were
disconnected, other users on the Internet still had their IP address
listed as a
place to download the file from, which resulted in a lot of connection
even after they were disconnected.
This is a fairly common problem with file sharing programs.
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