Monthly Data Usage

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I have only recently joined the Exede community.  There certainly seems to be a lot of posts about data usage.  Based on the algorithms that Exede uses to measure data consumption, is there a chart that Exede puts out for their customers that shows how much data is consumed on average based on certain activities?  For example, how many a) emails sent/received b) hours streaming audio c) hours web surfing d) social media posting e) streaming video f) apps/games/songs downloads can be done using 1 GB of data?
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Jennifer Recor

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Gwalk900, Champion

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That is a tough question because of the number of variables

Video @ what resolution?

Audio @ what bitrate?

emails @ with or without attachments?

websurfing @ with or without ad/script blocking extensions?

And here is the Big One ... many users fail to understand the shear number of background processes running on their computers to say nothing of the plethora of OS and browser settings.

To get a glimpse of what is running on a single computer I would suggest installing the free version of GlassWire and monitor just what is running and how much is being used, both by programs and processes.

www.glasswire.com

Here is a GlassWire output from my laptop for 12/10

Look at the number of background processes. Beyond that you can dig deeper and find out how much data is being used by an individual website. With that knowledge you can start to enable ad and script blocking browser extensions that will block that stuff leaving more data for the things you want to do.

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There are "rule of thumb" charts that estimate data usage per activity but again there are soooo many variables as to make them nearly useless. Couple that with the fact that your system is doing more than you know in the background the charts can't give real life usage data.

 

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Jennifer Recor

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GWalk900 - curious..  are you an Exede employee?  Are you selling this Glasswire product?  I have seen you respond multiple times already with the same information..  certainly I am willing to take a look, but, you must admit that it would be useful for Exede consumers to know what types of processes consume what amount of data, even if it is a generalization.  
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Nope, not affiliated with Exede in any way nor am I affiliated with GlassWire in any way.

I am a satellite internet user for over 12 years. I also build and repair computers among other electronics.

Many users simply don't have a complete or accurate picture of how their computer operates as well as how it fits in with the rest of their "network" both on the LAN as well as the WAN side.

Glasswire is a tool that is free, relatively easy to use and will give a user a very accurate picture of what is running on that given computer.

You made a post that inquired as to how much data was used by a given activity. I replied that the answer was not that simple and proposed a free tool that would measure that activity so that you could take appropriate action.

No ulterior motive except to share knowledge with a fellow satellite user.

I guess no good deed goes unpunished.

I hope you find the answers you seek.

   

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Jennifer, Only myself, Diana, Lindsey, Matt and Alex are on here. We're identified as employees and are the official company moderators for this forum. We have Champions on here and all they are Exede customers like you that have been helpful on this site. If you want an official review send us an email at exedelistens@viasat.com suggestions for things like glasswire are by customers on here that seem to enjoy it as they get more detailed information. We can't officially recommend or endorse it as it's not our product but for a good portion of our customers seem to really like it. 
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Jennifer Recor

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Brad - Thank you for the clarification.  I was unsure how this all works in the community.  This is a thankless job, for sure.  I have been in Customer Service for 17 years and sadly you rarely hear from the satisfied customers.  

The way I understand Glasswire is that it can only monitor that device on which it is installed, and, not wirelessly attached devices to the modem.  Is that correct?  I am unable to install anything without approval from my employer, so, I will have to see.

I do have a pending issue which Diana has taken on for me.  I am patiently awaiting the conclusion.  
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That is correct, Glasswire only monitors data usage on the device it's installed upon (and then it's only available for Windows 7, 8, 10 at last check).

The best way to monitor multiple devices is using a router that has robust traffic monitoring features (it takes much of the guess work out of the occasion equation when it come to raw usage totals).
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