Data Saving - Chrome - suspend pages

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In my constant struggle to conserve bandwidth (5GB Evolution Plan), it recently occurred to me that I was leaving multiple browser pages open on multiple PC's in the house, and given that you can hardly open a page these days that doesn't contain some kind of automatically-streaming media (i.e. video), I had to wonder if all those abandoned pages were quietly gobbling up my data.

So, I found and installed a Chrome add-on called The Great Suspender (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-great-suspender/klbibkeccnjlkjkiokjodocebajanakg?hl=en) which freezes inactive tabs after a configurable length of time. The purpose of the add-on is actually to conserve memory, but I'm assuming it also freezes embedded media, too.

Since installing the add-on, I'm now thirteen days into my current billing period and have only used 12% of my 5GB allowance, which is a vast improvement over my usual data consumption rate. I can't say definitively that the add-on is responsible for my reduced consumption and I've taken lots and lots of other conservation measures, but the results so far have been promising enough that I thought I'd share this with the community.

A brief Google search didn't turn up any similar utilities for other browsers, but if you're a Chrome user, you might want to give this add-on a try.
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Chuck Mayo

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Posted 2 years ago

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Dave Eicher

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I was told by an Exede employee one time that after 15 minutes of inactivity, it shuts down anyway. At least that is what I was told.


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Christine Conrad, Champion

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Dave, that does not happen. You were given incorrect information.
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Dave Eicher

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Well I do notice the lights not blinking radically anymore though after that period of time. So, not sure about that. 5 Gb would be very hard to achieve during 1 months time. I am on the 10 Gb plan and just make it, but do some late night free time also.

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What you are seeing is that the transmit/receive activity slows down or stops, however, if you leave tabs open that are on things like Facebook or newsfeeds, those websites will update every few minutes, and consume data. The more static pages will not be consuming data, but others will use a fair amount over time. The modem never really goes to sleep, it is always ready for requests from your devices.
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Dave Eicher

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Thanks. I will keep an eye on it. Plus I will add, the modem even consumes data even when unplugged it seems, although not that much.