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Best Way to Monitor/Measure Real-time Bandwidth on Site - Background Video Issue?

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  • andrew.n
    If you login to cPanel you will have the option to review stats there. Choose AwStats which will show you exactly where the bandwidth coming from.
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  • cPRex Jurassic Moderator
    86400 seconds per day, so the video plays 7200 times if left open on a page constantly, so that amount of bandwidth seems more than reasonable if the video is streaming. As @andrew.n said, AWStats will be the best place to check the bandwidth usage.
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  • jethrodesign
    Hi, thanks for the replies. Yes, I am familiar with AWStats, Webalizer, Bandwidth, etc. And these did help me verify that it was the video that was causing the bandwidth, and that it was coming from my IP. I do wonder they they vary so much from each other, though. For instance, AWStats says total bandwidth for Oct = 17GB. Webalizer = less than 10GB; viewing bandwidth usage in WHM = 7.7GB (where limit is set as 9.77GB); etc. But they are more daily/monthly snapshot type of reviews. I guess I was hoping for something a bit more realtime. That way I could immediately see if just having the video visible in an open tab was causing a steady stream, and if enabling caching or some other configuration change on the video would cause it to immediately stop. I'm open to anything additional in WHM, possibly command-line (with decent instructions), or even a separate service or tool. - Thanks.
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  • cPRex Jurassic Moderator
    We've recently been working with Nixstats:
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  • jethrodesign
    Hi, was just wondering what exactly running 'Process Statistics for User' in WHM (see:
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  • cPanelAnthony
    Hello! Stats and bandwidth may be related, but they are also separate. Running 'Process Statistics for User' will pull data from the Apache logs to determine usage. It will gather the "current stats" as explained here. It would be possible to set up a cronjob to update the statistics more often. However, I cannot safely say what a good interval for this would be; it might be worth doing some testing to see how long the process takes each time, and how much server resources get devoted to the process.
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  • jethrodesign
    OK, thanks for the insight. I had always wondered why the different bandwidth metrics tools varied so greatly in what they were showing (they are usually ALL pretty different). That article seemed to indicate that the Bandwidth app would be the most accurate. Unfortunately, it only breaks down stats per day, so probably not going to be too useful to me. I'll keep searching for an easy-to-use tool that will offer more real-time bandwidth statistics to help me get to the bottom of my issue.
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  • cPanelAnthony
    Thank you for the confirmation! Perhaps some users here will offer input regarding useful tools for bandwidth monitoring.
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