This article helps you understand how to monitor internet usage on home network. To make this work, you need to have a router which is capable of performing this functionality.
Not all routers have this functionality. You need to have a specific router which would monitor the internet and data usage. Check out our router recommendation at the end of the article.
Asus router with adaptive QOS feature have the capability to monitor internet usage. The internet usage can be monitored by configuring the appropriate feature in adaptive QOS.
The ASUS AX6000 WiFi 6 Gaming Router (RT-AX88U) which supports adaptive QOS is highly recommended. The details of the router is provided at the end of the article.
How to monitor internet usage on home network using Asus router
Bandwidth monitor is a section which is available in Asus adaptive QOS feature which is used to monitor the internet and data usage. A screenshot of the same is shown below. (Image reference from Asus portal)
The total upload and download data during the internet usage period on the home network can viewed as shown above. This would provide an insight of how your internet is being used on the network and the data usage at any point of time.
How to monitor internet usage on home network by device on Asus router
The bandwidth monitor feature can also be used to view the data usage of each device individually. The screenshot of the internet data usage by user is shown below. (Image reference from Asus portal)
The internet usage of each device on the network is displayed. The router also shows the upload and download data usage for the devices.
In addition, the internet application usage for each devices can be viewed.
Router that monitors internet bandwidth usage -ASUS AX6000 WiFi 6 Gaming Router
The ASUS AX6000 WiFi 6 Gaming Router (RT-AX88U) which supports adaptive QOS is a good choice for a monitoring internet usage. The dual band router also has inbuilt security and parental control features.
Can I monitor internet activity on my home network with this router
Yes. You can monitor the internet activity like websites visited on your network. The router has a feature called website history which maintains a log of the websites which are visted by users on the network.
You can also limit the bandwdith for each user and specifiy the allowed upload and download limit. This would ensure that the appropriate internet control is applied and bandwidth hogging by individual users are limited.
If you wish to monitor the internet usage on a home network, using a router would be the best choice. You can also monitor the usage using network analyzers. But this would require detailed knowledge of networks and how to set it up. Asus routers with adaptive qos feature are a good choice for routers that can monitor internet usage on your home network.
Check out our article – How to monitor websites visited on home network