For two month I have been using a Broadband network connection at home. It’s an LTE connection, it’s fast and reliable. In my flat the network signal is strong.
I use Linux Mint on my laptop, so naturally I wanted to use a modem, which is working under Linux. I have a Huawei E3276 USB modem, which is working just fine.
The Internet service would be great, however my ISP does impose a transfer limit. I’ve got a contract for 15 GB of downloaded data per month. It looks like not much, but it’s enough for my usage. I work in IT, so I have enough computer and Internet access during my work. At home I just read articles and blog posts, some Youtube movies or even a bigger download.
When the transfer goes off, my connection speed is limited to 512 Kbit/s. Fortunately the connection isn’t cut off completely or I don’t have to pay additionally for bytes downloaded above limit.
To quickly check how much transfer is remaining in current month I wrote a Python script. The scripts in order to work needs vnstat Linux command line tool.
$ ./transferLimit.py Downloaded: 11661.48 MiB Limit: 11500 MiB Remaining: -161.48 MiB
The script is on my BitBucket: TransferLimitCheck