cap on download limit

i'm a home office user and i've got a problem with road runner who's putting a cap on my downloads to 15Gb per month, that's 500mbs a day spread out over several users. if i go over it they're gonna charge me $5 a Gb or my other choice is increase to their $100 a month plan. when i signed up for their service they were alluding to unlimited use. i can't really increase to a $100 a month plan for budget reasons and there are no other local broad band services. so i need to know if there is some sort of software solution i can track my downloads with on a per month basis other than calling in to their office like they suggested or setting up some sort of server to pass the connection through.
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  1. Some routers have statistics monitoring of number of packets and number of bytes transmitted and received. My Netgear RP114 does. Just check it once in a while, and if you get close, tell your employees to back off a bit on the usage. Just reset it once the month is over.

    umheint0's phat setup --> <A HREF="http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~umheint0/system.html" target="_new">http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~umheint0/system.html</A><--
  2. Do you have several users on a single computer, or several computers?

    As a side note, if you are going over 15GB in a month you must be downloading quite a bit, make sure you have a good Antivirus software, and you should have a spyware program like <A HREF="http://www.lavasoft.nu" target="_new">Ad-Aware</A> or Spybot.

    Programs like Imesh and Kazaa contain spyware, but you can get imesh lite and kazaa lite which don't have spyware. And all the file sharing programs are targets for viruses.
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