BT Home Hub 5 usage – follow up

The BT Home Hub project is now almost finished, its just the last few quirks to work out and fix. For the last time, I’ve added a new module to my monitoring dashboard which allows me to see usage against time.

A spike in sent and received usage @ 2am
A spike in sent and received usage @ 2am

While checking out whether this page was working, I noticed an interesting spike in both sent and received traffic…

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Making a radio controlled tank – Part 2 – PCBs

With the mechanics somewhat decided on, the control circuitry was the next on the list. After ‘mastering’ radio control, temperature sensing and internet connectivity, I was pretty well versed with the Arduino ecosphere, and felt pretty comfortable making my own PCBs with the help of OSHPark.

I felt the tank needed multiple separate boards, not only to compartmentalize functionality but to work around the maximum board size in the free version of Eagle I was using to design the circuit boards. After much deliberation, I settled on 4 boards; control, connectivity, LED, and power.

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Monitoring BT Home Hub 5 usage

I’ve been working on collecting BT Home Hub 5A usage by connecting with PHP + cURL and extracting data from the status page. The last piece of the puzzle is figuring out the roll-over point of the data counter; it resets when it reaches a high enough level.

BT Home Hub 5A helpdesk screen
BT Home Hub 5A helpdesk screen

I collected data every second for a few hours while repeatedly downloading linux torrents (I have unlimited usage) and here are my results.

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