Bandwidth usage in a house

From my place up in Grass Valley, the one with the slow 768kbps link. Recently upgraded to a screamin’ 1024kbps, which makes a bigger difference than you’d think. (800kbps is apparently a sweet spot for online video.)

I’m averaging about 11GB download a month. That’s 33 hours of fully saturated link a month, or about 5% of total capacity. I’m surprised there’s an average of about 2GB upload too. The asymmetric upstream speed is terribly slow, so I work really hard to never rely on it. Then again a TCP ACK packet is about 3% of the size of the data packet it’s acknowledging, so that accounts for 0.3GB of upload just to match the downloads. (Roughly, details vary.)

 

Date Download Upload Total
2014-04 10.47 GB 1.17 GB 11.63 GB
2014-03 17.38 GB 1.55 GB 18.94 GB
2014-02 10.10 GB 1.32 GB 11.42 GB
2014-01 7.57 GB 1.11 GB 8.68 GB
2013-12 10.35 GB 1.71 GB 12.07 GB
2013-11 11.17 GB 1.55 GB 12.72 GB
2013-10 4.15 GB 0.59 GB 4.73 GB
2013-09 10.04 GB 1.41 GB 11.45 GB
2013-08 11.66 GB 1.39 GB 13.05 GB
2013-07 13.97 GB 2.15 GB 16.12 GB
2013-06 14.92 GB 2.49 GB 17.41 GB
2013-05 13.06 GB 1.96 GB 15.02 GB
2013-04 12.97 GB 1.50 GB 14.46 GB
2013-03 10.81 GB 1.21 GB 12.02 GB
2013-02 10.79 GB 1.35 GB 12.14 GB
2013-01 10.93 GB 1.71 GB 12.64 GB
2012-12 15.97 GB 2.01 GB 17.97 GB
2012-11 4.57 GB 0.58 GB 5.15 GB