Data consumption from security cams

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I use Exede at our vacation home which has several security cameras that are viewed with an app. My data seems to continue to drop when no one is home and I'm not viewing the cameras. My understanding is, when I close the app on my phone or tablet the camera(s) should be disconnected from the Internet. Is the router "seeing" the cameras and still sending out data?
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Just turning off the app on your phone or tablet may not stop the router from getting streams of data from the cameras. Many of the security systems have a controller and recorder that will only send data over the internet when it is polled by a remote device. If yours has this feature, then your data would only be consumed when you are actually looking at the cameras on your phone or tablet.
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Bruce - I have been using several security cameras for a few years without issue, first on Wildblue and now on Exede.  Make sure that your cameras aren't using a cloud service.  I also have disassociated my cameras from all of the free Chinese dns services, peer-to-peer, etc.  And of course if you don't have good password protection, anyone can access your cameras and pull data.  I had a couple of mine that were panned to different directions and suspect an unauthorized access, but can't prove it.