daily data usage monitor

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is there a way to see daily data usage? i need to see my usage daily. some days i am the only one using the internet. some days when my grand kids visit i need to know how much data their games use.
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Grannie Glenda Rose

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Posted 4 years ago

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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi Grannie,  We just invited our subscriber to try the new esvt tool.  Please see https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/give-our-new-usage-tool-a-test-drive. This tool provides a lot of information regarding your usage. Check it out.  Thanks
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Andrew Cary

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Diana's solution is a good one, but it will not tell you which device used what data. For example which of your grandkids is streaming video. That is because Exede pretty much only sees what is sent from your router. What happens inside your home network is pretty invisible to the outside world.

Inside your home network can also be looked at. It will require that you log directly on to your home router. The setup guide for the router will tell you how.

Most wireless routers these days have a 'statistics' section that will display how much data was sent to and from each IP address assigned to each device by the router.
When your grandkids sign on to your network they are assigned an IP address (usually looks like 192.168.0.xxx) by the router using something called DHCP.
A separate section of the router display will show you it's DHCP assigment table . This will show which device is assigned to each IP address- usually with the devices name. You can figure out which of the guest users is a 'data pig' by looking at the statistics page and then matching it to entries on the DHCP assignment page. remember to look at both incoming and outgoing data!

This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is to do. Once you figure out how to do it you can quickly ID the culprit and suggest they not watch the latest episode of their show on your metered network.

Smart phones (iPhones & Androids both) can use a lot of data without the user even knowing updating applications and moving data to the cloud in the background.

BTW if you haven't already you should secure your home network with a password to prevent unauthorized 'data leeches' from stealing from your metered data.

Good luck-