hmm .. i have this question in mind long long time ago..
The question is:
Why does the Bandwidth usage show on the cpanel home different from any other stats program?
I know the bandwidth usage on cpanel home does not update very often.. but everytime it updates, it will show more bandwidth usage than other stats programs like urchin and awstats.
Is the bandwidth usage on cpanel home a guess? So what do you think if it showed that i've used up all of my bandwidth but in the real case i havent use up all of them? will that lead to a suspension?
This question has been in my mind for so long. I've experienced it on every host using cpanel. I've asked them and what they told me is that do not trust stats program and they will base on the stats of cpanel home.
I think someone here could make things clearer to me as there are so many pro in hosting industry here.
awastast etc are recording the 'http' throughput via your logs.
cPanel uses dcpumon which also records http,ftp, mail i think.
however TRUE bandwidth is recorded by bandmin , and the most accurate is mrtg etc. which monitor the hardware port directly via snmp.
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Originally posted by AH-Tina Also, its not really "bandwidth" but data transfer.
I hate when I see the term 'bandwidth' used. Bandwidth is more or less referring to the speed of the internet connection. Tina is correct. AwStats will only record traffic via HTTP for visitors to your site. CPanel will record HTTP, mail, and FTP. Though, I wouldn't call CPanel accurate . MRTG, which produces those 'pretty' graphs is by far superior to anything I have ever used.
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Your best bet would be to use the stats your provider supplies, as they are the ones who are billing you. As several have mentioned here, some of the options discussed only monitor X,Y, and Z services as opposed to your actual usage through the port.
They would not show for example, if you ran some third party application that was sending/receiving on an unmonitored port.
but it's kinda weird that actually the bandwidth usage is much more greater that awstats ... when i did not upload or update anything .. nor receiving any mail .. and im the only one who hold the ftp account.