How can I find out how many devices are on my internet and where is the data going??

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Kim,

Your router may have built-in features to determine what devices are accessing it to share your Exede connection. Many router's also provide some basic traffic/usage monitoring of their own. Typically, it's a cumulative usage count for all devices but some higher end routers will break it down by device. For most routers, the administrative utility can be reach by going to http://192.168.1.1 - that's usually the default but if different you'd need to check the router's manual.

Lacking those features, determining what devices are using it is a process of elimination. Wired devices (other than the modem itself) are easy to identify. For wireless devices it's fairly easy to change the wireless access password and see which devices complain and then establish the new password on those you want to have access. It's also a good idea to change the administrative password also. Again there are other features to more strongly secure the router but vary by model and brand.        

While these router features will give you an idea of how much data is going through the router, determining what's using it and where it's going is more difficult (unless you happen to have a very high-end router/firewall. For most of us it requires independently tracking usage using a third party application to get the detailed information needed. Those will vary by device and operating system so require knowing which of those you have.

Finally, if you you subscribe directly to Exede (not through a wholesaler) and are not on one of the Business plans, you can go to https://myesvt.exede.net and log in with your Exede account's credentials. That tool will provide some breakdown of usage across some very broad categories (as well as some other features). Supposedly, that tool also identifies devices (I don't know because I don't have access to it but it's been mentioned) - I'm skeptical that it can accurately identify devices using you router, instead I suspect it's just a guess and interpretation based on some information that accompanies HTTP requests - that information isn't an indicator of physical device but rather an application's compatibility with behavior on known devices, operating systems, etc. and applications today are not simply limited to the browser.
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