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OK.......For what we pay for this crappy service, we should not have to do any of this however, I finally found 'Task Scheduler' and rescheduled ALL the tasks to run in the middle of the night on my laptops.  Question....if the laptop goes to sleep if not in use do the tasks still run?

I deleted a bunch of Apps off my smartphone and I have not watched one single 'on demand' or 'Neflix' program and I cancelled my HULU account since it doesn't work with Exede anyway (not happy about that).

I have 15 days remaining in my billing period and have used 7.6 GBs of 15 GBs, last month I had nothing left after 15 days.  Pretty strange.

Hmmmm.......I downloaded the NetWorx.  It says I have used 579 MB over
the past 3 days however the Exede meter says I used 4 GBs or so.  I
think something is wrong with this picture.
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Yes, about 0.5 GB usage per day is pretty normal Every email, page you load, flash anything, updates, anytime any device connects, that's all usage. Some sites load videos whether you view them or not, those gobble data.

You need to turn off autoplay on Facebook and get a flash blocker and, adblocker to reduce usage. Then turn off wifi on anything that has it except during the free zone, or simply get a higher GB plan and relax a little.
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Just turning off the Genie and Smart TVs will not stop it from using data from the internet as it really only is OFF when you unplug the thing from the wall, otherwise it is in a semi sleep mode, still checking the internet and maybe even downloading stuff. The best thing to do is to unplug the Ethernet cable from the Genie and Smart TVs when you don't want to download something, or for the wireless connected TVs or DVRs, make sure the wireless ability is turned off. 
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May as well just turn off the modem or the router. Thanks Steve.
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this might be a dumb sounding question, but I have no experience with anything to do with my tv being connected to my modem, except for the roku I just recently got...guess my tv isn't THAT smart....so are you saying that newer tv's are hooked into your wireless network, and if so, what is the purpose of doing that?  I mean, what do you get for doing that that makes it worthwhile?  
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Lorrie, it is not a dumb question. Many of the new TVs are "Smart", in that they have the ability to connect to the internet either by wireless or Ethernet cable to a router. They allow people to surf the web and allow you to watch TV programs from the various network websites, or Netflix. I don't have one, and except for using one during the LNFZ, using them on Exede is not a good thing. It only makes sense if you have high or unlimited data caps on your internet.
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thanks...sort of a built-in Roku thing only not really?  the wave of the future..I can hardly imagine what it will be like in the not too distant future...we will be able to watch ANYTHING ANYWHERE on our smarter and smarter tv's...if we only have an unlimited data usage and/or are rich enough....virtual life....we can watch it all happening and don't even have to participate!  hmmmm
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Barb, No one could say you aren't doing everything you can think of to solve the problem.  What i really don't get is the cases like yours where networx says you have used SO much less than what Exede says...my numbers match and so do those of some others, so what is going on , for real, when they dont match.  Last night I started reading the networx help section, and I noticed they specifically say that you can use networx to monitor for any "suspicious" activity and can zero in on your router in certain ways to monitor activity as well..and they do mention the hacking issue...I am reading thru this trying to understand, but it is going to take me a while...I don't speak tech language that well.  but I am seeing that there is a lot more to networx than just looking at total usage....like looking at specifically what is using the data when and how much was used.  if i can figure it out.
Barb what is task scheduler and how to I access that?  sounds like you are saying this is a centralized place to look for any data eating updates/downloads?  I am not losing any data now but I would like to know about this in case any problems develop.  You can also set networx in a number of ways to alert you at a certain point of usage, or if usage goes above a certain amount per period of time, and you can also set it to shut the system off if it exceeds a certain point of usage...all of these allow for ways to pinpoint exactly when high usage occurs and a way to stop it in its tracks so you can then go look at it.  
I can't really get into a debate with anyone about whether the customer SHOULD have to do any of this kind of time consuming monitoring if they develop an excessive data problem.  I don't know the answer.  I don't know if it is realistic or not to think that an ISP should be set up to have an infrastructure and staff who can, when I report excessive usage, immediately check it somehow and be able to tell me exactly what happened...so the problem can be corrected by me or them, depending on where the problem is...sure would love to see that. I think, but i have no idea how much that costs a company to be able to do that...
Maybe I'd rather see a co work harder and faster toward giving me WAY more data to use for a good price....do I realistically need to choose between those 2 options, or should a co be able to do both of those things without needing to charge me more per month for the additional pinpoint surveillance of usage?...I don't have those answers...I am not into wasting my anger on issues where I don't know what is right and reasonable.
I look at my options, take what seems best for me, and work on problems as best I can and then move on.  I do get very angry and frustrated along the way, but try not to stay there because it just makes me unhappy and messes with my blood pressure.
Barb hope you will let us know what you find out.
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Last night I downloaded a couple of episodes of a TV show from Netflix.  Networx says I used 141 MB for the day and the Exede meter says I used 5 GBs.  Now that is indeed a huge difference so something is not right!!!

The way I found Task Scheduler Lorrie was using the search feature on the Start Menu in Windows.  Then I sent it to my desktop to create a shortcut so I can find it again.  But i would still like to know if those evening tasks still run if the hard drive is asleep.

Yes Lorrie, I try very hard not to let my anger show in my posts but sometimes I fail.  I do however do not intentionally insult people like a few of the ones do here.  BTW is that a Yorkie in your profile picture?
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Barb, I must apologize...I don't find your posts to be anything but honest and informative...I wasn't speaking directly to you with what i said about the anger stuff..
Any anger I have seen you express hasn't been excessive at all in my opinion. I was saying what i said as a general statement about the kind of "rants" that often are seen here.  The ones where people sometimes use a lot of emotional language but without saying anything about what are possible solutions which is more what I am interested in.  I believe there is a place for anger here...a lot of it...but I feel strongly about it being expressed without aggression or disrespect, and about it being based on facts.  Which you always do.  Sorry if it sounded like I was speaking to you specifically.
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OH! and yes, that is Gracie, one of my yorkies...
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Oh NO Lorrie, I was just making a general statement.  No need to apologize for anything.  :-)
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Barb,

Yes, it is possible to awaken your machine via task scheduler when it's asleep. See:

http://www.howtogeek.com/119028/how-to-make-your-pc-wake-from-sleep-automatically/
   
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Thank you Lab Rescuer, this was most helpful!
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From netflix's own website, one hour of content in standard definition is .3 GB (333 MB).  i do not know if this is AVERAGE, or if they do their own encodes so all of their content fits this same size.  Clearly, unless you downloaded a single half hour of video from netflix, you used more than 141 mb.  Your networx is not reading your netflix. 
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Thank you Starring.  I just went into settings and checked the box on the advanced tab.  Hope that helps.  I am not a techie person whatsoever, so we shall see what happens.  Especially since the Networx says I used data when I clearly was NOT online.
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Barb,


A Task Scheduler will help you maximize your data. I found this site that may answer your question about your Laptop going to sleep while task are being scheduled.  I hope this helps.  If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by sending a email to exedelistens@viasat.com.
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Thank you Karmin, extremely helpful.

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