Internet Cafe in KyrgyzstanJPribe writes "So, the other day I got the following email from my brother, a peace corp volunteer:
I have a question. Do you know a free program to monitor internet usage, time and megabyte preferred but megabyte at the least for multiple computers. I am starting an internet cafe and need to know what to charge people. I know you are the computer genius who can help me in any area or with any question. (I hope that butters you up). When are you leaving? I am getting ready to go in less than two months, May 11th is the date to leave. I cannot wait, I will miss it hear but I am also ready to go home. How is the family. It was great ot talk to **** and see ***. Thanks for your help"
Obviously he thinks my genius just runs over — when in reality I merely appear to be a genius because I read
He has a basic residential wireless router and 5 desktops, running (no doubt pirated) copies of WinXP. I suggested he setup one of the desktops to act as the router and use the wireless router as just a switch. I drew a schematic for him and he will ensure it gets setup that way, but I'm not sure what the best monitoring solution would be. My initial thought was using a VM for DHCP and traffic monitoring on the one desktop but he has 5+ year old hardware. He thinks Linux is a prescription medication, so a windows based solution is the way to go.
Anyway — suggestions? What would you do?"