More Data Shenanigans

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So yesterday, I decided to give my computer a rest and concentrate on other things, like chores on the property.

I set up the download scheduler to download some items during the LNFZ, giving plenty of buffer time between the start and stop times.

I checked my usage according to Viasat at midnight.

I checked it again this morning at 7:00 am.

According to Viasat’s method of accounting for data, I used 700 mb yesterday. An unheard of amount for me who has been keeping track of Viasat’s daily records for many years. And I was outside doing chores!

One way for Viasat to increase revenue without raising monthly fees is to tamper with the data usage calculation.

If true, this would be more smoke and mirror tactics, just like implying an expected  download speed of 12 mbps when its actual occurrence is miniscule or stating (not implying)  that we should expect download speeds in excess of 1 mbps after reaching our monthly allowance.

I have traveled all over the world. I found these smoke and mirror tactics in third world bazaars. I did not expect to find them in the US from large corporations.
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I put this "they stole my data" theory to the test a while back. I had a showroom modem that had a 10gig/mon allotment. I left it unplugged for over 3 weeks and pulled up the usage in SVT....zero gigs. 

That's one of the reasons I quit posting here for a few months...got tired of all the "they stole my data" threads. People need to be proactive. Old Labs has detailed over and OVER how to monitor your data usage. Me? I use a Netgear router that has the Netgear Genie software, it has an internal usage meter which shows exactly how much data you are using. 

Andy
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Like Old Labs and Andy Schack, I have an ASUS router with a good data monitoring feature. I have never had a difference in data shown in the Viasat meter compared to what my router records. I know that it can happen, but with a good router monitoring usage, it would be easy to catch when the modem is showing more data usage than the router. I have been with Wildblue/Exede/Viasat since early 2008.
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There are people who will ALWAYS blame someone else for any issues that pop up in their lives.  What that does is prevents those issues from ever being resolved.  MEMS is going to keep on posting that Viasat is stealing his money and he will still keep on giving them money every month to steal.  Makes perfect sense to some I guess.
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The United States has some problems with its criminal justice system. Most people know this. Nevertheless, most people are not going to move to another country.
That does not mean they should just give up and accept the corruption in the criminal justice system. They owe it to themselves and society to try to improve things. 
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Looks like Jim16 is let out on Fridays. Good behavior? Probably not. Fumigation? Probably.
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I use a Netgear router that has the Netgear Genie software, it has an internal usage meter which shows exactly how much data you are using. 

Same here.  Plus Glasswire and Networx, though the latter I use piecemeal.  Glasswire is always up and running.  

One of these days I'll invest in one of the Asus routers that can run the Merlin software so that I can see data use by device, but for now the total given by Netgear's Genie software is good enough in conjunction with Glasswire.  
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Re: Jim16, Champion,

It appears Ivan BludnikMEM, and Mohammad Hussein al-Baghdadi don't appreciate the comments made by Jim16, Champion.  

Here's how it works people; You say what you will and expect some form of approval, even hoping others will join your point of view.  Your perception of free speech is one where we all have free speech, as long as we agree with you, including Jim16.  A problem occurs when someone doesn't bow to you and your ideals, that is to say, they disagree.  Jim16 speaks the truth and sometimes that truth hurts, and since you have zero tolerance for pain, you wish to shut him up.   Crap in one hand and wish in the other, then tell us which one fills up first.  There will always be opposing points of view so someone will eventually tell you when you have reached the point of no possible further progress in your quest, whatever it may be.  If you have a problem and people tell you about solutions to that problem but you keep insisting on doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, that is insanity. 

If you think ViaSat has rigged the data tabulation in their favor on your account, prove it, as the burden of proof is on the accuser.  Speculation and threats of spreading your diatribe to other venues seeking support and recognition to your suspicions is libelous prejudice (condemnation prior to investigation).

Jim16,  Fear not, the truth shall set you free.
 
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Judge & Jury,

I think you should re-read my comments.

You say " If you have a problem and people tell you about solutions to that problem but you keep insisting on doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, that is insanity" That statement is propaganda promoted by a few of my detractors.

My problem is that Viasat is unwilling to share with us how exactly they calculate data. I have stated this over and over again. What part of this do you not understand. I can see my electric meter. The power company does not try to hide it. I cannot see Viasat's meter and they have not explained in sufficient detail how they charge us for data. They expect us to trust them.

I have appreciated and implemented the advice I have gotten from sincere helpers when that was appropriate. And I want that to keep coming from the well intended.

In this case, the subject of this post, that is not appropriate. No amount of comments from forum members who are customers  can speak for Viasat. It is up to Viasat to answer my questions. To date that has not happened.

As far as the proof that you demand, I somehow think no amount of proof will satisfy some of you. In any case, the iron clad facts are being reacquired. They will speak for themselves at the appropriate time.

So stop falsely accusing me of not taking advice from the well intended.
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Actually, there were 3 persons addressed in that post.  If the shoe fits, wear it, or not.
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@Judge & Jury
And who would know better than a person who decides to call himself/herself Judge and Jury.
I guess we should bow down to you as the final arbiter of everything.
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The Mods are going to have a lot of trash to clean up this weekend.

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