Download Schedulers

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Up until now, I have not taken advantage of the LNFZ on the Liberty 12 plan. My data cap is 12gb per month before throttling.

What download schedulers exist for the ViaSat browser, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and IE11? I use all of these browsers at different times for different purposes.

Also, how likely is it that the downloaded data during the LNFZ will incorrectly be included in my 12 gb allotment?

Thanks.
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Michael McDowell

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This is the program that I use:
http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm

I think it will work with all browsers.  Steven can probably testify as to how well download managers work with the LNFZ.https://community.viasat.com/viasat/topics/download-scheduling-software-or-options-that-i-may-use-wi...
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Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions on download managers. I tried all of them. Some were detected as malware by Malewarebytes and I could not get them to open.
Michael McDowell recommended freedownloadmanager and it works for me. Michael, the scheduler gives me options on the hour. So that I don't get charged for the data, I start the downloads at 4:00 am and stop at 6:00 am. My LNFZ is from 3:00 am to 6:00 am. So I am not utilizing 1/3 of the LNFZ available to me. Is there a way to fine tune the scheduler so that the increments include the minutes and not just the hours?
Thanks again.
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When you add a file for download, a box should popup showing the URL for the download. There should be a small check box for the scheduler.  That should bring up the scheduler window with the start/finish times. Click on the minute IN the start time box and it should allow you to set the time to the minute. Same thing for finish time. Should work for both hour and minute start and finish times.
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Now I understand. Thanks.
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Unlikely usage during the LNFZ will be counted provided you start downloads 5-10 minutes after the LNFZ starts and stop them 5 minutes before it ends. Start is particularly important, if you begin downloading before the LNFZ and continue non stop into it, the usage will still count so, don't start until after the LNFZ starts.

As for schedulers, there are free and paid ones.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/download-scheduler/
http://www.speedbit.com/dap-help/download-accelerator-scheduler/

One extension and one program, just samples you can Google more of them and see what you like. I don't use one since I have an unlimited plan.
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I like to torrent and I use Vuze that also has a speed scheduler plugin.  When you go to bed fire it up and limit the connects to 10kb or so and then set it to go to unlimited when the free time starts up and when you get up in the morning your download is ready to go.
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The firefox download-scheduler no longer works with current versions (>v52?)of Firefox due to a major change in how add-ons work.
The new 64 bit version of Free Download Manager will integrate with newer Firefox versions.
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That's why I switched to Waterfox - it still supports the legacy add-ons until the one I want is upgraded to the newer Firefox API. 
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For the security obsessed, you're better off with Firefox ESR (extended service release). Waterfox and others are derived from the Firefox code base and lag in security updates by a week or two. Not the end of the world for most folks.
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True the lag in security updates is a concern (but as you say reactions to that will differ depending on obsession level).

Unfortunately the one add-on I primarily want doesn't work on the ESR release for some reason but does on Waterfox. Plus there's some additional streamlining on Waterfox that's kind of growing on me - for me it's largely a choice of which is most data usage friendly out of the box or with available add-ons.    
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MEM, I used the LNFZ for years when I had the Classic plan and never had a problem with data counting against my daytime usage. I always made sure to start downloads a few minutes after the LNFZ kicked in just to be safe.
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I use internet download manage for file downloads and streaming video from websites such as YouTube. I think it costs about $25.


I use Playon for capturing Netflix video. I think I paid $50 for a lifetime membership.

I've used 189 GB this month on Liberty 12. I've been on the Liberty Pass for the last two or three days. My priority data restarts tomorrow.
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Would there be any interest in collectively maintaining a web page listing software and tips & tricks for getting the most out of the freezone? We could just keep listing stuff in this thread, but it becomes unwieldy over time, with information spread across many posts with no particular organization. I'm not talking about anything fancy, just a lightly moderated/updated list of software and tips.
Alternative approaches include a Wiki format, open for anyone to edit, or even creating a page on Wikipedia (again, open for public editing).

I've put up a skeleton page here.
Let's here your thoughts. Also, if you will want edit privileges for the page.
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Why don't you put a link on the page so we can contact you easier?
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NewMexicoMountains

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I've added a contact link. When I tried to access the site I got an "unsafe site" message, which makes no sense since there's virtually no content and all I changed was adding an href mailto: link.The email address isViasatFreezone at gmail dot com
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I use Backblaze for cloud backup. It has a scheduler so you can restrict your uploads to the freezone. (It's also a great product with even better pricing, IMHO).
If you sign up with this link, we each get a month free.
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Has anyone found a podcast manager that will download on schedule (ie, during the freezone)? I'm looking at Flexget, but it's not exactly transparent and the docs are equally obscure.