How to block streaming content from all computers on our wifi.

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I have visitors coming who do not observe boundaries. I am unwilling to tell them not to watch streaming content, as they do it anyway and then get angry at me when we run out of usage. Can I block all streaming content from all computers on our wifi?
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You don't have a password on your router? Lie to them, tell them you're out of data. Of course, you could just tell them no.
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Wil Cavanaugh

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We think so much alike.  My husband is also an only child, which is part of the reason we must take his mother's feelings into account.  <sigh> I DO love her, though.
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Delete Flash Player and Java.  Firewall all Adobe and Oracle sites so it can't be put back, or block installations of add-ons.
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I'm so sorry you have to be caught in a situation like that. And I'm sorry I wasn't supportive enough - you don't need internerds adding to your stress. I do find that the complexity of technology allows for some fudging. Many people really don't understand how things work. Not volunteering to fix a problem is much less confrontational than explaining why you aren't going to fix a problem. Technology can be a convenient scape-goat. 

There are a couple of good points in your post that I hope others notice. One, you explained about the data use, and your guests ignored that. I expect that this is a not insignificant factor in the households whose data is vanishing. Maybe it's easier to blame the internet provider than to consider that one's perfect child might be at fault, but many posters insist that their family/friends/guests would NEVER do any of those prohibited things because they know better. 

And speaking of blaming the internet company - Exede does seem to have some way to throttle customers. Isn't that how the Evolution plan works? When you use up your data, you lose access to streaming and high bandwidth activities but can still access web pages and email. In theory there should be a way to put your account, temporarily, into such a restricted state. Anybody here know anything about that? 

Not to mention, Exede, a simple bandwidth application has been promised for years. How hard can it be when the modem itself keeps track of data uploaded and downloaded? Don't need to integrate anything on the back end. Just have the modem write to a file, collecting the total amounts, and reset them each billing cycle. The users can already see the modem from the browser, and all you have to do is add one more icon. In addition to displaying data uploaded/downloaded since reset, display total data since billing cycle start. So simple ...
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Mostly speculation since ViaSat is pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing.

First, I suspect throttling (or QOS if wanting to think of it that way) is a function of the Accelenet Server (sometime referred to as your core node) your assigned to and it's probably not so much throttling but rather traffic prioritization based on your plan and applicable DAP. When dapped you're likely placed at the bottom of the prioritization queue naturally resulting in slower speeds. It's also possible the the Accelenet client (embedded in the modem) plays a role in this. 

As far as the data usage meter and after poking around the javascipt on the modem status page guessing at what mangled/cryptic variable names and looking at the script portions we don't see, I'm not really convinced there's an actual meter embedded in the modem. More like a counter that's queried every 15 minutes (under normal circumstances) and a delta is performed on the server to determine usage during that interval (much like the electrical meter reading process).

Similarly, I'm not really convinced that there's a clock in the modem (a timer yes but a clock I just don't see one) and that the LNFZ/EBFZ is determined on the server side along with some magic reset on the modem for those that are dapped.

As noted all guesses (some educated some not), and we'll never really know.

P.S. As far as the delay in a new usage meter goes, I suspect ViaSat uses third party software for customer facing sites (like this one) and it may simply be a matter of getting that to play nicely with the actual ViaSat infrastructure - most third party software wasn't designed with satellite internet in mind and it's common for companies to outsource administrative functionality that isn't necessarily in their wheelhouse.      
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You guys are AWESOME.  I'm simply going to HAVE to learn more about this computer stuff.  I'm a good navigator, but don't ask me to look under the hood.  Oh, wait!  That's EXACTLY what I need to learn.  Thank you so much.

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