DeadlyServers' basic plan (which is the one I think Donkey got) includes 25GB of bandwidth. I saw usage of ~80% max, with ~70% being average, but that's including a fair amount of my personal usage as I was using it for school stuff. Based on logs, I had estimated ~60% total bandwidth being used by HFM stats, which means if everyone sets HFM to 1 minute refresh, you WILL run out of bandwidth. I'd say 10 min is fine, but keep in mind bandwidth usage will go up exponentially as you increase refresh rate. Also, bandwidth usage includes people loading the site through a browser, so that'll add a bit
of usage over time.
If you want to do the math, I found each person's upload constitutes approximately 1MB every refresh. With a 15 min refresh, here's the math:
1 MB/ refresh * 4 refresh/hour * 24 hours/day * 30 days/month = 2,880 MB per month per person
With a 10 min refresh:
1 MB/refresh * 6 refresh/hour * 24 hours/day * 30 days/month = 4,320 MB per month per person
Note: the 1MB includes incidental communication, NOT just the actual size of data you see in the files. Every little thing is logged, and actually the "Test Connection" thing in HFM adds a surprisingly large amount of data usage (almost 1KB! What the hell is HFM sending!?)
Obviously, these are estimates (and a little on the high side), but there's a reason why I asked for 15 minute refresh. Also, I found that increasing the number of clients (and, hence, the amount of log data) adds a LOT of data usage.
Basically, it all adds up. Donkey, I think it would be best if the two of us check up on data usage regularly to make sure everything's running alright.
PS: You can save a LOT on data if you don't send logs. I noticed some of them (possibly only V7 logs, though I'm not sure on this) can end up being over 2MB, and HFM will send them every refresh.
PPS: I used a lot of bandwidth getting everything set up, so usage will look a little high this month.
PPPS: I love you guys
PPPPS: I keep forgetting to add things! Do NOT repeatedly connect to the same FTP account from different IP addresses. DS has automatic safeties in place to prevent hacking and such, so they will ban IPs like crazy if they find multiple people using one FTP account.Edited by audioxbliss - 12/8/12 at 7:47pm