Data Usage Help, Going Off For A Week

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So I am back with most probably a question that you all are so much very aggravated by but here I go! So I am leaving June 8th for a Mission Trip to Nicaragua which is also coincidentally the day my new billing cycle starts so in light of that I was wondering if completely turning off my modem (unplugging it) would ensure that 0kb is used during that week, or if it doesn't are there any ways that I could do this? :) Thanks for the understanding and prewarning on original day of this posting I won't be on to respond back, but will see the emails so don't worry if you do not see activity from me!
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Unplugging the modem should guarantee no usage while you are gone, but that is rather drastic.  You could just unplug the network cable.  That way if there was a modem firmware upgrade (although unlikely) you would still get it in a timely fashion.  Keep in mind that if you power down the modem for a week or more and then plug it back in you may still register data usage because there may have been data usage by your modem before you powered it down that was not reported until you plug it in again.  This has fooled a lot of people into thinking they used data even when their modem was powered off.
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Hi JEP  Thanks for your assistance.  Exede Diana
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Thank you Jep for the information! :)
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How can the Exede modem show usage that occurred prior to unplugging the thing if it is about to do the monthly reset while it's unplugged?  Last month's usage shows up this month?
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Some where I thought I read that they update like every 15min to Exede about your usage.  Now if your month reset I would hope that it would just drop that data and forget it was ever used, but there is that chance that it could post that usage to your new month.  I would do what Jep said and leave the modem plugged in but unplug the network cable from the modem and turn everything else off.  That way you know for sure that the modem will stay updated and too if you come back and there is usage on the account you know it's an issue on Exede side sense you had everything disconnected.
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One would hope the monthly reset works as we think it does.  Mine always has, but there have been a few unsubstantiated observations of aberrant behavior reported.
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Hi Christopher, if you are going to be out of town for a
week, I would suggest you unplug you modem, router and computer.  If you
do not, your computer may do updates. That will use data. With it being
unplugged, you can be sure; no one will be using it by accessing your router. And yes, JEP is correct about how the usage may show when you plug it back in.  Have a great time on
your mission trip to Nicaragua!  Exede Diana
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I shall do that Diana, thanks for reminding me to unplug all devices! I would have forgot!
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Christopher, is your icon / avatar the rebel alliance symbol?
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Christopher Koster

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No, it was a "tile decoration?" (in a pool) at a condo I stayed at a few years back!
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Pheonix 9 or something like that, it was in the gulf
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Ohh ok... looks very close to star warz rebel symbol. Still cool, hehe
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This would be my totally untrained opinion of this situation. You can and probably should turn off and unplug all devices while you are gone. This will insure that no data from any source could possibly be used. However, upon your return and subsequent re-powering of the modem, router and your computer there could certainly be updates awaiting which may very well use a chunk of the data as they get back up to speed. I go through this all the time because I rarely ever turn on my windows PC and use a chrome book laptop 99.9% of the time. When ever I do power up my windows based PC I get slammed with all the updates that were missed while it was sleeping. I absolutely never allow my I phone to do those ridiculously wild updates while here at home and working from the Excede WIFI. I go to my brother's where he has road runner and no data limits and the updates install 10X faster and at no additional cost. We all must take in to account that our internet comes from out of this world but at a cost. 
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Thanks and after seeing all the curve balls Microsoft is throwing into windows 10, I am just switching to Linux in all which I am familiar with but oh the horrors of emulators and alternative software x)) The closest family member I have that has unlimited data is about 2 hours away, and at least some distros of linux do not have xxGB of updates just on average 1-2GB per lifespan x))
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Hi Christopher,

I'm curious about something you said and don't want to fill the forum with unrelated chat. Would you mind e-mailing me at truthlighting@gmail.com?

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