Old WildBluers (or anyone else), I welcome some transition advice.

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I am an old Wild Bluer (over five years). I finally made up my mind to upgrade to Classic 15 the very week they cancelled it. I don't want the Liberty plan, so am considering Essential 10 with its LNFZ.

I am the only person using the system. I am hardwired from the Wildblue modem directly to my laptop, and that's it. For years, my average data use has been between 4-6 gigs a month. This is with websurfing, email, downloading audio books and a little bit of video. I am running at 3 mbps speed.

Essential 10 is 12 mbps speed where I live. So, would a 10 gig data cap be sufficient for my regular internet habits, or will I be using up tons more data just because it is faster? I thought maybe someone who transferred from Wildblue to a 10 gig data cap might advise me if it was satisfactory

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 Toni
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If you have been living with 4-6 GB/mon on WildBlue, you should have no problem adapting to the Essential 10 GB/mon.  Depending on what web sites you frequent, you may have to install some ad/flash blockers and make sure your default video resolutions are set to lower levels.  When I switched from WildBlue to Exede, I found myself doing a little more surfing, because I could cover more ground quicker with the higher speeds.  Surfing/browsing became a more enjoyable experience and yes I got sucked into watching more videos than I used to since there was no buffering.  I was considering changing from Classic 15 to Classic 25 when they killed the Classic plans.  I don't have a problem staying under 15 GB, but I sure enjoyed the bonus GBs they were giving out until last month.
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Hi Ebal,

This is encouraging news re working with 10GB. I have a new 13" laptop with a 1366x768 resolution.  I can set it to 1024x768, but it leaves the screen with black borders. However, it is readable and good to know about should I run into excess data usage and have to cut down.

Right for now, I have disabled Flash in my Chrome plugins just to see what that might do on WildBlue.  Will look into blockers, though, for 12 mbps.

I was hoping they would continue with the bonus GBs, at least while I got used to the
faster speed.  Oh, well. 

Thanks so much for these tips.

T.
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Toni - No, you don't want to change your laptop screen resolution.  What Ebal meant was select a lower resolution at the website like YouTube or Netflix.  Stay with standard definition, don't let the website jump you to HD, just because you have a fast connection and it can feed you high res stuff without buffering.
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I was on the Wildblue Value Pack from 2005 through 2012 before switching to Exede. On switching, I did experience a marked jump in data usage; however, it was largely due to increased speeds allowing me to do more in a shorter period of time coupled with some bad habits I'd gotten into on Wildblue to compensate for its greater latency coupled with its slower speed.

For example, during the time on Wildblue I would frequently open a large number of tabs in the browser simultaneously under the theory that the pages I wasn't actively viewing would 'load' while I was actively viewing one. As I'd quickly peruse a page, close it, and switch to another which was then still loading before perusing and moving on to the next. More often than not, I'd be closing tabs that were still loading. For the most part it worked well, but with Exede's increased speeds they'd all completely load using the maximum amount of data. At most now, I'll keep one or two tabs open to eliminate unnecessary data usage. At the same time, close the browser when not actively using it since most pages will continue to use data due to the prevalence of data content being delivered dynamically through java script these days. At the same time, ensuring I don;t walk away from the computer(s) without properly placing them in sleep mode prevents other usage that occur while you're away.       

Elimination of those bad habits as well as some strict data conservation measures has enabled me to live comfortably within the limits of the Exede 12-10 plan. I primarily use my router's traffic monitoring facilities to determined where data is going, but in your case Networx should suffice in getting a real handle on where your data is going (which is critical in the choice of conservation measures taken).

All of the data usage tips at the following link have helped to trim the fat necessary when on a data budget:

https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/data-usage-tips

Pay particular attention to those regarding automatic updates, and beware the caveats regarding HTML5 video as more sites switch to it while deferring all heavy lifting to the free zone - note that the Essential 10 plan has the EBFZ (3:00 AM to 8:00 AM) not the LNFZ. If you can leverage the free zone it makes all the difference.

In general I have room to spare of 2-3 GB at the end of the month, and have never gone over except once at the end of the month and intentionally to determine the impact of being dapped. 

Other than that, you want to ensure you get a good install. If you have a good relationship with your local dealer/installer stick with him/her. Anything offered online should be available through an installer/dealer. If not, you might want to call around to any of the local dealers for your zip code:

http://www.exede.com/internet-packages-pricing/find-a-local-dealer

Those that have Elite status are typically good starting points. Ask questions, a good installer will gladly answer them without brushing you off. Many of the complaints that surface here are often attributed to inferior install experiences. Having a quality install is the first step to ensure you're satisfied. Having a good installer relationship will also help when things inevitably go wrong - stuff happens. 
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Hi Old Labs,

One of my favorite dogs was a Lab.  My current dog has a collie face and greyhound legs and that soft beautiful Lab coat, on the reddish-blond side.

I will be getting the same people who installed my WildBlue, which has had almost no
problems.  The people I had are on the Exede list first and I think they are Elite.  I'll check.

I will learn to be careful about tabs left open, something I do too much.  I didn't know about HTML5, but will remember now. I do updates manually. Would rather have the LNFZ, but don't mind the EBFZ. so long as I can set ahead.  Will look into Networx and the link on data usage.  I never would have thought of closing the browser when not using it - that's news.  My laptop is set to go into sleep mode when I close the lid. 

Actually, I have always closed laptop lids, but that has more to do with conserving the laptop than the data. I have a Tuxedo cat who thinks he is Fred Astaire and tried to dance on the laptop keys.

Just the fact that you could spare 2-3 GB at the end of the month is such good news.

Thanks for all this information,
Toni
  
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While I have 2-3 GB to spare, I generally will use much/most them on discretionary needs the last day or two of the month as I see fit to.  
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Also Toni worst case if you find your self going over your data a lot you can upgrade the one of the liberty plans. I know you say you want the free zone and I don't balme you but if nothing else you can do your updates and stuff at the end of the month on the liberty pass if you ended up having to switch plans


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