How Bandwidth Calculation Works on a ReliableSite Server

April 2018

If you’re thinking about purchasing a dedicated server through any hosting company, it’s important that you have a solid understanding of how they calculate their bandwidth. After all, different hosting companies tend to handle this in different ways, and not knowing how your host operates could lead to costly overages. At ReliableSite, we allow for unlimited bandwidth but you should still have a clear understanding of how much you’ve used on your dedicated server.

How ReliableSite Calculates Bandwidth Usage

One of the more common questions we receive about bandwidth usage has to do with how it’s calculated for those who have multiple servers with us. Please keep in mind that bandwidth between servers cannot be collectively pooled.

Instead, each server has a specific allocation that is not able to be shared. In this sense, if you go “over” your bandwidth on one of your servers and are “under” on another server, you are not able to use your leftover bandwidth from the second server to cover overages on the first. Unfortunately, our system does not allow this to take place, and this is standard practice among hosting companies.

All bandwidth usage is calculated on a rolling, 30-day cycle. Because of the rolling cycle, your bandwidth usage will not automatically reset to zero at the start of each new cycle. Instead, your bandwidth is re-calculated daily for the past 30 days of service.

For example, if the current date is November 9th, your bandwidth usage will be calculated from October 9th through November 9th; your bandwidth would not be automatically reset to zero on November 1st. We believe that this is the more fair and accurate way to gain perspective on your bandwidth use.

Need More Bandwidth? Consider Unmetered Hosting!

If at any time you notice that you’re in need of more bandwidth, you have plenty of options to increase your allocation. For starters, you could speak with one of our representatives to simply add more monthly bandwidth allowance to your account. This is ideal if you know how much more bandwidth you need, or at least have a pretty good idea. On the other hand, if you don’t want to have to worry about bandwidth overages and allocations, another option that may be worth considering is to upgrade to unmetered hosting.

Unmetered hosting allows you to essentially have an endless cap for bandwidth, so you don’t have to worry about the possibility of going over. You’ll also enjoy the peace of mind in not having to check your usage regularly to ensure you’re within your monthly allowance.

If you’re interested in finding out more about unmetered hosting or if you simply have any questions or concerns about bandwidth calculations, our team is happy to help. Contact us today, and we can answer any questions you may have or even help you set up your unmetered hosting account.