Flashing lights on modem with computers off

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I also seem to be using more data that I think I am.  I have noticed the second from the bottom blue light on the modem flash almost constantly and an occasional bleep of (I believe) of the bottom one even with both computers off.    Is this normal? 
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Just to be certain. By 'modem' do you mean the box the satellite wire from the outside plugs into?
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Sue Smith

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Yes I am talking about the EXEDE modem that the satellite wire plugs into. 
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I suspect some of that is normal. I see similar blinking on my modem. One weekend when I was out of town, I disconnected the modem from the satellite and checked data usage (Exede's online tool) and it didn't change.

It's likely that the satellite is simply "checking in" with the modem. A kind of "Are you there?" "Yes, I'm here."
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Hi Sue,
It is the modem locking on to the satellite to maintain the best signal.

If your having bad weather or the dish is misaligned, it will flash more often or constantly if there is a real problem.

It is a very small blip of data being sent (kilobytes). If it did it 24/7 all the time, it would not burn up a megabyte of usage a month. 1024 megabytes in each gigabyte.

I burned up more data writing this answer.

No need to worry, the modem is just phoning home to mother, aka Viasat-1

Hope it helps,
Everett
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Well the phone home should be on Viasat-1 's dime not ours!
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It is not counted as data.
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Exede Kimberly

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Hello Sue, this is normal as stated above. (: If you'd like to send your info to exedelistens@viasat.com, I can double check to make sure everything is in order.
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Kimberly  I did email you.  My computer is not set up to use the link so I emailed from my email program.  Hope you get it.
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Just responded. (:
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Sue, Everett is right on with his reply. If you are using Exede Voice, then it is normal for the third light down to blink continuously, as the Voice adapter is constantly checking in with the mother ship to see if you have any calls. The Exede Voice does not use your data. The bottom light will flash every now and then, just checking to see if the router or computer on the other end of the ethernet cable is there. Just a thought. 

Steve
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I do not use Exede Voice.  But it is good to know that nothing much is happening.
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Watch out if both the transmit and receive lights are flashing rapidly with no computers on line. I lost 20% and 7% of my monthly quota in the two instances this happened. Unplugging the MODEM and plugging it back in corrected whatever was going on.

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