Sudden 'Slam' of Data Usage - Active X at fault ?????

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After using 2.9 and 1.2 Gig of Evolution allowance during my last two billing periods (yes, 4.1 gig over 2 months!), I was at 1.3 Gigs with 5 days to go in this billing cycle and I get hit with 3.9 and 4.8 Gigs in consecutive days, putting me at my 10 Gig limit in two days. I keep a Networx monitor on the overall router traffic and I see the bulk of the download traffic was in the afternoon while there was no one at home! I use Mac filtering to block Direct TV and other items from doing stuff in the background, allowing only computers and phones that I know of with access to the router. This has me baffled.

I also keep ActiveX traffic blocked and Flash blocked to keep videos and such from working in the background however I noticed that ActiveX was not blocked and probably hasn't been for several days. Is it possible that background processes can be using ActiveX to download updates, data, information in such large quantities?

High Usage (D/L) Hours from Networx (total traffic through router):

11/17/2014 18:00 - 18:59 223 MB

11/17/2014 17:00 - 17:59 210 MB

11/17/2014 16:00 - 16:59 5.24 MB

11/17/2014 15:00 - 15:59 118 MB

11/17/2014 14:00 - 14:59 200 MB

11/17/2014 13:00 - 13:59 367 MB

11/17/201412:00 - 12:59 914 MB

11/17/2014 1:00 - 1:59 776 MB

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I would bet on a yes. All the cloud stuff is going to eat everyone alive. I have set up all my Mac stuff to only update to a caching server I have so I only dl only 1 copy of everything. I am now measuring to see how much the computers are talking to each other via the sat vs local lan.
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Hi Mike.
As a very general rule, ActiveX usually runs when a program opens. Like open FireFox, it will fire the activeX sub routine to see if there are any updates.

Your list of traffic from Networx only adds up to about 2.5 gigs +-. Is Networx installed, and or monitoring just one computer's access to the router? Is the router also a WiFi?

Many tracking programs will also pickup data moving from one computer to another, or laptop and or tablet or even printers. But if your bag of Gig's has been hit for about 9 Gigs, then there is still another leak or un-tracked data usage.

Just the math does not add up to tracked usage compared to Gig's gone down the pipe.

There is a program called BitMeter OS "free" here: http://codebox.org.uk/pages/bitmeteros

It will track all the data activity on any machine it is installed on in real time, by the hour, day, month, and so on. But it does not track everything that hits the router. This might help tracking where the data is going.

There are newer models of router ($100 +) that can track and regulate every connection to the router independently. So if your kid is smoking Gig's on a laptop, you can set limits and chokes to control the data usage by the day, week and or monthly usage.

Hope it helps,
Everett
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HoneneSpringsMike, that is odd but many things could be affecting this usage. If the computer and phones still have access to the router's connection, they very easily could be updating. If you can send me your information to exedelistens@viasat.com with your info, I can take a look at your usage. Thanks.
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Thanks for the helpful input and yes, Everett, the math won't add up as I only included the hourly spans where there were large 'surges' in the data usage. I have Networx set up to monitor all the traffic at the router so I have to use some 'intuition' to separate what is intra-home traffic and what is coming from the outside. The amounts listed is the 'download' sums that Networx has given me, whatever that is worth. If you could see the hourly rates in the 'non-free' time periods when I was using 1.2 gig for the entire month, these figures really stand out.

I am going to look into the software you mentioned and will definitely look into a router that can break things down as you've described. There are too many things that can be brewing under the radar which one needs to know about.

Thanks again to all. 

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Good to hear Mike, there are a lot of gizwacker running under the radar as you say.

I'm sure Kimberly will help get it figured out.

I remember reading Dick Tracy (1957) and he got his new wrist radio. I thought that was soo cool!

Now, well, we have data caps. Where did Dick go wrong?

Everett
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Woke up this morning to .7 gig of data usage and I blocked our son's iPhone with MAC filtering. He swears he's not using it on our home network but I wonder . . . anyway, I get home this evening and I have now used 7.2Gig of my 10.0 allowance! 6.5 through the day and I find that DirecTV is on my DHCP client list when they are SPECFICIALLY not listed on the MAC addresses that are allowed through. DirecTV has never shown up on the client list since I first blocked them. I restarted the router and refreshed the list and DirecTV is still there! If this is all because of a cheap Belkin router, I hope the world hears about it! I will check the DirecTV website for a way to block access at the source!


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More on this and I don't know if this is the overall 'culprit' or not but:

Looking through the router settings I checked into the System Settings and I see something on UPNP and that it is 'enabled' with the current setting. I read in the 'About' link that UPNP (Universal Plug and Play) is "An application that . . . has the ability to communicate with the Router, basically "telling" the Router which way it needs the firewall configured". This feature was 'enabled' so I disabled it and DirecTV and the iPhone disappeared from my DHCP client list. Hmmm . . .

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I keep the directv coax to internet adapter unplugged from the lan. It is better to plug it into the phone line and let it phone home that way. I have something in the house that is using a steady 3kb all the time that I have not found yet.
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Hi Mike,

I see some of your dilemma.

If you are the admin of your home domain (network), here is a free to use program that will do what I think you're looking for.

It's called NetBalancer, here: https://netbalancer.com/download
It sell's for $49.95, or you can use an unregistered version with some restrictions;
The unregistered version is limited to a maximum of 3 process priorities/limits and 3 rules at a time.
But with normal household usage, that might be plenty.

Here is an image of the advance rules, and the means to control bandwidth usage by IP address. Then you can set the GB's per month, and so on for each rule you make.



Hope it helps, I have not used it myself, but I have heard about it before.

Everett

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