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We are new to Exede after going without home internet for 4 years. We unwittingly used 14GB in the first 2 weeks. We thought we were monitoring what was running and being careful to not watch movies. One night we thought we'd "splurge" and watch a TV episode on Netflix. We watched two 42 minute episodes on auto resolution. Now we've used 14 GB out of 20, with half a month remaining. I'd like to know if there is some sort of more detailed data meter that can show us what is eating up all our data. We are really trying to make this new internet work but it is hard to know what we are doing wrong without details. Wish we could get some data back. I'm afraid to even log on for fear of using the remaining data!
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Jamie Peterson Barcus

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Posted 4 years ago

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Doc

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Are you using a router.


Regards

Steve

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Gary

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Having been without internet for so long, welcome to a small part of it! By small I do mean satellite internet.

Face a few facts, some internet is better than No internet and what you have with a 20 GB data cap is twice what I have. I am not able to go on netflix nor can I watch many You Tube short videos with my 10GB cap at $50/ month.

If Exede is your only HS choice then I guess you have to monitor your usage closely. You lived without netflix and may still have to. Turn the cloud thing off on any other devices you use such as I phones and I pads, they continually connect back and forth eating your data. Streaming video will eat you out of house and home.

The best analogy I can use is that satellite brought you in to the 20th century but not to the 21st! Cable internet is about 4 miles down my road and offers unlimited data and considerably better speeds. It will never come these last 4 miles so Exede is my hero but not really!
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I very rarely use my wi-fi for my phone. I have 10GB of data use, never run out. Even before I had a smart phone would and still run out of data in about 10 days with Viastat. Viastat is the only option for me, been a customer for about 16- 20 months I think they rip rural customers off.
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Dontazz2003

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Same here Gary about other internet choices so stuck with exede
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Gary

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I do not feel Stuck with Exede! Actually I am very happy to have it and we use the wifi all the time for texting back and forth I phone to I phone with no apparent data drain. There is absolutely Zero cell signal here at home and in many areas all around where we live. We can't use the I phones to make a call but we can usually send and receive text messages.
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Steve Frederick, Champion

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Jamie, it will take time to get used to limiting your usage. Most sites allow you to change the resolution of their videos to greatly reduce how much data is used. In HD, 2 GB per hour is typical, but reducing to SD cuts that to about 0.5 GB per hour.

Refer to this thread for ways to control your data usage without ruining your internet experience.
https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/data-usage-tips

As for monitoring your usage, here is a link to some free apps to do that. I use Networx, others use Bit Meter 2.  More recently, I upgraded my router to an ASUS RT66N which has a built in usage monitor. Many routers have this ability, it doesn't tell you what used the data, but it does show internet usage very nicely.

Good luck, I am sure some of the other visitors to this forum will offer some suggestions also.

Steve Frederick
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Exede Kimberly

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Hello Jamie, the link Steve provided is extremely helpful when it comes to tips for management. If you would like to send your info to exedelistens@viasat.com, I can take a look at your data traffic with you to track down your hog.
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Jamie Peterson Barcus

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Thank you all. Yes, I do have a router. My plan is 10GB but for a six month promo period, it is 20. I'm glad for the double data limit right now a we figure out how to control our usage. Thank you Steve, for the link. Kimberly, I will send an email. What info do I need to include?
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I like you are just getting started with Exede.  I am no expert in Exede or Computers at all.  Several of the Champions have given me good advice. One oh them (sorry but I don't remember which) advised me to use a data usage program called NerWorx from a company called Softperfect ( Google networx).  It is a free program.   I am still running test with it but it seems to agree agree with what Exede says I'm using. It has a tab called 'Usage Report' that shows you all (most) of the programs that have run and the amount of data they used.  It keeps a running record that can be reset whenever you want.  The other tabs give lots of information as to what are your data usage

Try to follow as many of the data tips that are given from time to time.

I sure hope this helps. 
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Satellite Restriction Tracker (SRT) is utility that's a free download and free to use. You give it your username and password so it can log in regularly on the schedule you set and check the official Exede usage meter, which is based in your Exede satellite modem.  Since it runs from your computer it can only check usage when your computer is on. If you have only one computer and no other Internet devices like tablets or cell phones connecting to your WiFi router, that is all you need.  If you do have multiple devices and want your usage checked around the clock, you can pay a $15 annual fee to the SRT author and have his server monitor your Exede usage and then feed it to your SRT installation when it is connected.  That's what I do, and have it check the meter once per hour.  SRT can also send you an alert if a usage limit that you set has been passed.  It's working fine for me. I've had a couple of times before I got SRT when the Exede meter ran hog wild and used up my 10 GB data cap in one or two days.  Now I'm able to keep watch on usage much more easily, and I'll get an alert if things go wild.  Just search for the Satellite Restriction Tracker and you will easily find it. It's donationware; the author requests you give a donation if you like the program and keep on using it.  You have nothing to lose by trying it.
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I also use Satellite Restriction Tracker. I also have 10GB for the month. So I divide up the days in the month and divide them into 10. Then set Satellite Restriction Tracker for how many MB's I can use a day. When reach that amount a warning pops up on taskbar telling me I have used that amount. That means time to get off the internet for me.
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We use SRT, too. We know how many percent a day we can use with a three percent hedge. If we use more than this we know we have to slack off for a day or two to get back on track.
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I downloaded the Satellite Restriction Tracker (SRT)  program mentioned above above.

It does seem to tell you how much data you have used  BUT  it dose not tell you what program is using it,

The NetWorx programs give you a fairly good idea which program is using the data.  It may miss a few (don't know you could tell) and it seems to bunch all he browser sites all under one heading.

But it dose give you some place to start.
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HMC1940

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Well on SRT I can kind of tell which site is using my data. The one social site I'm on is graphic heavy and when use comments and graphic's on that site SRT pops up and tells me Ive used 300MB. Then I stay off that site for a day or so. 

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