In regards to data usage - found my missing bandwidth!

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Mercy, I just checked data usage and noticed we had used 20% by the second day. We've never had a problem with data before. I checked my data meter on the laptop and it was only 1%. I checked the data usage on my Nexus 7 and it showed 1.3 GB that was used after midnight.

So where did the data go???... Found it, we have Directv. After a few questions and answers my wife told me that a movie she selected that was about 1/2-over said at the bottom of the screen to press the back arrow to watch from the beginning. She did not know that used data. (she does now Ha Ha)

I just wanted to pass this on. I figure I'm not the only one this has happened to. 

We've had Exede for 10-months without any problems what so ever. 
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Thanks for sharing, I'm sure it helps make us all a little smarter as to how we use data.  I was aware of Directv problems with internet use, so I disconnected my internet in settings for directv.  It keeps reminding me that I'm not connected to the internet, and it always puts a smile on my face.  I don't think there is a choice of resolution with directv downloads, and if in HD, the file would be huge for just one movie.  I am doing much better with netflix and amazon prime, I get a lot of viewing time with much lower data use.  
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The sad thing is directv says exede does not count their data against directv on demand usage. I learned in one day that it was a lie. It sucks the life out of your data.
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If anyone with DirecTv wants to do VOD but doesn't want to stay up for LNFZ I have an elegant, inexpensive and cheap solution.
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I'm interested Brian
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It's easy. It's cheap. Give or take about $12 tax included.

You probably have some wireless device that connects your DVR to your router similar to: 

Now you need a wall timer. I use: http://www.lowes.com/pd_144506-89916-TM-064_0__?productId=50063927&Ntt=timer&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dtimer&facetInfo=  from Lowe's but you can use any of the thousands of similar devices on the market.

Plug the wireless device into the timer, set the timer to come on at midnight and off at 5AM.

Select your VOD items as you normally do. They'll queue until the device connects and then download the items. If it's in the middle of a download and the timer turns it off then at the following midnight the download starts again.

I've been using this for the past 12 months since I started DirecTV and Exede and never had a problem. Occasionally you'll see a message telling you it can't connect but that's been very rare for us.

That's it. Elegant, effective, easy and all for under $12.
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Hi Bsweep, Thank you for sharing this information! I know a lot of customers have issues with using DirecTv and not realizing it uses up a lot of data. Again, thank you for sharing I know this will be helpful for everyone. =) 
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I didn't know that DirectV used your Exede. I don't order movies from DirectV but how do they get your internet signal? I have my Exded dish and the seperate dish for DirectV. I'm confused. Happens as you age you get confused easier.
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HMC,

Some of the DirecTV HD-DVR receivers can be connected to a router (both via a network cable and wireless) to allow downloading, recording and playback over the internet connection.
     
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Thanks--We just have the DirectV reciever. No DVR. 
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Your welcome as always.

FWIW, this is one of the reasons it's often recommended that passwords be used (or changed) on wirelsss routers - the data thief may already be in the house.
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Hi HMC1940, DirectV may be using the internet if your system is connected via an Ethernet cable or a wireless connection. It uses the internet for Video on Demand and some other uses. I do not allow my DVR to get to the internet because on the 10 GB plan, it wold take all that with 2 to 3 HD movies a month. Unfortunately for many of the new Exede/DirectV customers, when the installers set up your systems, they allow the DVR to connect to the internet, and within a few days the monthly data is gone. Bottom line, only allow the DVR to connect to the internet during the LNFZ periods if you want to download video. I just don't use it, my choice, I am happy with using the DirectV without getting additional movies.

Steve
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Hi Steve-We don't have DVR. We do have the movie stations on DirectV like HBO and watch them right on TV set. I really am not crazy about a lot of the movies anyway. I like the movies on TCM. 
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Brian, what do you use as a "data meter"?
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My Directv is connected but uses only a minimal, non-detectable amount.  It's a Genie that I've had for a couple months, HR24 before that.  Just have to watch what you are doing.  And  they are getting tricky, some shows on your playlist, when you are done watching a group of recorded shows, automatically say something like "going to next available show" and give a countdown to cancel, and automatically start streaming VOD.  I've written Directv to include a "low cap" setting, but of course they don't.  Annoying when searching for shows and all the VOD stuff comes at the top of the results too.
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@Jim - I don't use a data meter
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Jim, I use Networx. Others on here use BitMeter2. Both seem to give good results, and provide much more information about data usage than the Exede bicycle speedometer. 

Here is a link to several data meters, they run in Windows. http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/monitor-internet-usage/

Maybe someone on the forum can help if you have Apple devices.
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Thanks!
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Anyone know of something for Mac 10.1, surplus meter was working until I upgraded my operating system 
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Hi Susan,
Here is one that looks petty good, ProteMac Meter 3.4.56: 
http://www.directoryofshareware.com/preview/protemac_meter/

They are asking $30 for it though and it does say it works with Mac 10.1. It does seem to offer a lot of details and tracking info.

Hope it helps, I'm a Windows man so I can not test it.
Everett
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Thank you Everett,  I'll give it a spin.  Looks much better than my previous app.  Of course, that one was free.  Sometimes we get what we pay for!  
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Very true statement Susan. Hope it works for you.
Everett

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