DAILY DATA USAGE

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I would like to know how much data I use daily so I can figure out what it is being used on. Can I get such a report?
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Niki Claudia Lajoie Good

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My ASUS router gives me all the detailed information I need, what device used what, and at what time of the day, applications that used data, and how much. There are many other routers that have good traffic reporting too.
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Saraba LAThomas

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Windows 10 has a data summery built into it.. 
Click on your start menu. "the little square window box on the bottom left"
Click on settings, The little gear icon 
  Your Windows Settings box will show up..
Click on the Network & Internet icon ..
ON THE LEFT!.. you wil see a little link that says Data Usage.. it will be the second from the bottom..
Data Usage will tell you how much data has been used from the last 30 days..
Check all of your  computers. 
so.. the answer to your fear is.. 
YES  EXEDE IS RIPPING US OFF
They always claim we are using more data than we really are.  I don't  know how to fight them about it.
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Saraba, the problem with the Windows 10 data summary is that it does not count data used during the system updates, since Microsoft does not consider that as data. Those of us on a metered service however have to have all data counted, including updates to the Microsoft systems.

My ASUS router indicated all data used by my devices, and is within a half a GB of the Exede meter, even with my usage above 100 GB during the month.
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I agree that a Good router will show you all data.

But I don't agree that windows does not report the system updates in the data summary. I was able to speak with a "REAL" Microsoft technician yesterday while he was helping our Network Admin update one of our client servers. I asked him if Windows updates were included in the data summery. he informed me that they were. He said all data is recorded. So unless he was mistaken or lied to me I did not have a reason not to believe him. 

We are paying for the 150GB Freedom plan. We have 6 computers in the house. In the data summery all computers combined equals no more than 60GB.  So if you are correct, can you tell me what update is freaking 90GB?????  because this month we have 90GB un accounted for.

And before you say.. Maybe a neighbor is stealing your internet. Well.. ya We live in the country. Closest neighbor is about 100 yards away. Besides any of my neighbors aren’t smart enough to program a coffee pot not to mention hack a wireless router.   so.. ya

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That may in fact be true but dependent upon what Windows 10 version you're running... I believe there were some chnages made in the Windows 10 Creators Update just rolling our. Among other things it was being touted as being able to now tag Ethernet connections as metered (not simply WiFi) and a better itemization of how Windows Update was using data - specifically WIndows Update itself vs Windows Update Delivery optimization.

Most of us have gotten around the uncertainty of what's included in the Windows stats by using Glasswire, which give a better overall breakdown.  
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I LIke Glasswire :) 
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I'm surprised more don't use it - it's frequently mentioned around here and leaves little doubt as to when, how and what is consumng data on Windows. Also available now for Android apparently. The free version (all that most will need) is at:

https://www.glasswire.com/

Coupled with my router's traffic analysis/monitoring and cumulative counts - I can verify/validate accuracy of the Exede usage meter (or not as the case may be) -  I've yet to find a discrepancy to be concerned about, but as they say... YMMV. I might have had I not prevented my Dish TV installer from settnig up network access - he asked for the password but I'm no fool. Sometimes the deranged data killer is unknowingly calling from inside the house with today's IoT. 
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My Dish installer wanted it also. I didn't want to give it to him because we were on the 25 gig plan at the time. He said Dish really pushes them to get the hoppers connected to the internet. I originally just blocked it via my router for it to only have access during the free zone. 
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Ohh ya.. forgot to mention there is a program "free" nice. We install it when asked on our clients computers who have data limits like myself.  Its called GlassWire Its simple.  90% of our clients do not know how to access their router . Heck. Half of them don't realize they have a wireless password because one of their family members set it up for them. 
We offer them GlassWire and its a simple way to monitor network activity if you do not know how to access your router. :)