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I track my daily data usage and put those numbers on a spreadsheet I set up so I could see if I was going to go over my 15Gb per month. I don't want to pay for more data. After the first 8 days of my internet usage I saw I was using .3 to .7 Gbs per day. That included just reading blogs, sports forums, computer forums...I did not download any movies, what any videos on news or sports.
I decided to connect my Directv to my Exede service and I did that wireless without any problems. I did the connection after midnight and planned on using that service mostly during the free internet hours. I found out it didn't matter.
The next day with the TV OFF all day and was away from the computer most of the day, my data was up to 1.7Gb to 1.9Gb being connected to Directv. I was shocked to say the least. I called Directv to ask about any updates going on with that type of connection. Was it going to be normal? I ended up unplugging the Directv modem and stopped using that service.
The day after disconnecting that, my data was back to .4 to .6 Gbs per day and that keeps me within my 15gb limit. I don't see how people with families, iPads, smart phones etc that are using Excede can come close to using 15Gbs or less ... not possible.
So if you are using tons of data and don't know why you might check your TV connection, because even with the TV off it is soaking up more data than you realize.