Unknown Data Drains Eating Bandwidth ? SOLVED

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We have been struggling with why our monthly data would be drained after a few days every billing cycle for months, like many on these forums. We had done all the recommended things like disabling auto-updates and auto-start videos, etc etc and even with the Evolution plan where allegedly web-browsing did not count against our monthly allotment, we'd still run out after a few days!

We finally found a new wireless home router that works with the Exede modem and it has built in ability to track exactly which devices are using your bandwidth. It charts the device, and the amount used over time so you can see if something is using data outside of the "free zone". You can even see what the remote end-point is (IP address of the service sending or receiving the data). 



With that information we were able to immediately identify one of our iphones as the culprit, it seemed to be sending and receiving gigs of data to an IP address owned by Apple, so probably some sort of cloud synchronization BS. With this new router we were able to put a quota on that specific device and throttle its speed so it no longer would use all our data, but could still go online!

I don't want to seem like I'm blatantly promoting a particular product, I have no financial interest in this product other than I bought one and it helped us eliminate our data drain in our network. So if you would like to know what the Wifi router is you can just reply and then I'll share the name.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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This is pretty cool. We are more than OK with suggesting 3rd party data usage tools on the forum here. Just as an Exede employee I cannot recommend, suggest, or guarantee that any tool outside of Exede's will work or be accurate for customers. Otherwise suggesting 3rd party tools, especially ones that can identify which device is using the data more are perfectly fine to talk about on here.  
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Monkey

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This sounds very interesting, I would like to know the product, thank you for sharing this information!
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H Green

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It is a Gargoyle Router, really it is a custom firmware that can go on other routers.
But for < $100 you can buy one of their routers that comes pre configured with the firmware.
http://www.gargoyle-router.com/
http://www.gargoyle-router.com/shop/products/gargoyle-gigabit-router-1-1
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BTW, Gargoyle firmware has some other really cool features. Like being able to throttle individual devices, block specific applications, and set a daily limit on the overall amount of data that can be transferred.
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Monkey

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Thank you H Green and El Dorado Networks, this rocks my world!
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I just bought an Asus RT AC3100 router and it also shows usage per device.
Truly a nice feature to have.
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Old Labs

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After checking the local big box outlet, of those available the ASUS RT-AC3100 was the low entry price point of those on the shelf. But appears ASUS has updated the specs on their web site to include the features since I last checked quite awhile ago - some lower price entry points are showing the Traffic Analyzer also.

I'm in no hurry since the older ASUS router is humming along - but that Traffic Analyzer sure would make life easier - don;t really need the extra horsepower for my needs but some of the other features are also attractive. .
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I changed simply because my old Netgear WNR2000 V.1 was failing. I thought about the Asus 5300 but it was so much overkill it went well beyond an router upgrade.
As it was I pondered the issue for a couple of months. It got so I had to reboot the old Netgear once or twice a day.
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Old Labs

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P.S. While there I must have responded "just looking" 5 times before some young whipper-snapper came up to this old fart while I was reading the box and said that's a great router - "it'll let the whole family be able to game, stream movies, surf at the same time"

I replied "Uhm, no it won't" before explaining to him the subtleties of satellite internet and was only interested in the other features not the horsepower. To which he simply and dejectedly replied... Oh.    
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A long time ago I took "Bertha" into that place place that employs Geeks.
I had to take her with me because I needed a new high end video card and the clearance was sooooo close it needed a "try and fit".

Now Bertha is kind of special. I assembled her myself.
She has 10 internal hard drives.
5 have OS's that are selected by an electronic switch. The other 5 are "data drives" matched to the OS's.
The drives range form Win98se to  ..... take your pick.
At this age I can hardly carry her.

Up on the Geek Desk she when. All the Geek Pups came over and said... well I cant post it here.

One took pictures and took them to his collage class. The instructor asked me to provide a description and functional "blueprint"
I know about those young whipper-snappers.

Bertha alway gets something for X-Mass and a major update/rebuild at least once a year.
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Have a DIY "Little Bertha" of my own - primarily for software development and maintenance on behalf of a certain five-sided building where every operating system known to man and various database servers, email servers, etc are still being used - different VMs for each permutation.

Those days are in the mirror now. I should really go in, dust it off, clean everything out and repurpose as something more lean and mean for emergency use. Latest use was for Windows 10 evaluation a year ago but am standing pat for now.       
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I was sent ASUS AC 750 in April of this year, I don't see any bells and whistles, but maybe need to dig deeper or go with Merlin firmware, not sure yet.  Thank you for your comments!