How can I see what is using all my data?!?!?!

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We don't watch videos or stream music and yet we blow through our data. Any ideas on how to monitor where our data is going?
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Robert Seals

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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi Robert,  There are many things that use data.  Updates for all applications and your operating system are major ones. Check to see if you have updates set to automatically update.  If you do, change it to manual updates.  For additional information, please send an email to with your account and contact information.  
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The best way to see how your data is being used, and how much is used, is to use a good wireless router with traffic monitoring abilities.
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@ Robert,

I posted some screen-shots of what  a full-featured router can do in another post.  The router is an ASUS RT-AC68U with the Merlin firmware enhancement.   This router is about $150 at full price now but if you check around, (Amazon, Ebay, Fry's Electronics) it sells for about $100 now at some places.  Click the link I made below and when the page loads you may need to click the "View Previous" to see what I posted with the pictures.  That is more than a router, it's a network control center.
 Click HERE

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best way to test it, unplug the Ethernet cable from the back of your modem and keep a check on your data with cellphone or public wifi from dashboard. make sure you give the modem 30mins and the lights go solid. this eliminates the useage on your end..
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You can also contact your local FBI office and they will put you in touch with a little old lady who will tell you where your data is going....

P.S.  James is our resident comedian and you are better off not taking him seriously.