For years we had an older HughesNet 15 GB plan and almost never ran out of data. "Upgraded" to Gen 5 30 GB plan and, over the past year, have exhausted the 30 GB with a week remaining in the cycle almost every month. I'm the only user and haven't changed my use habits - don't watch movies, etc. Simply web data use.
While I notice a slight speed advantage with Gen 5, it's nothing remarkable. What bothers me is that despite the claimed speed advantage and doubling my download package, I spend a week, or so, with significantly slower response. According, I regret the "upgrade" and wonder about the system's use monitoring accuracy.
Am just curious if others have a similar experence.
If all you're doing is web related things and not streaming anything, yet you are still running out of data, something's chewing through your data. I have the 20GB plan and have never run out of data, nor did I ever run out when I had my Gen4 15GB plan.
These might help...
Thanks. Was familiar with most of what you suggested and had considered much of it. Unfortunately, none were revelatory.
What is most puzzling is that I travel regularly and often go days/weeks without even using the system. I had initally thought of the possibility of unauthorized use of the wi-fi but given that the house is in the VA countryside; my property is gated access; and the system is enabled with a complex password; unless a very bright hacker is hiking thru the woods surrounding the house, I've ruled that out as a possibility.
I'll continue to attempt to track it down as it's very annoying.
It's very unlikely that anyone's hacking in to your system. Most of the time when I see this kind of thing that's not even one of the thing that comes to mind, though it's always good to check, as you never know for sure until you do.
If you're using a Windows based computer try Glasswire. It will tell you everything that's using data on the computer it's installed on. It's free, too, though there is now a "trial period" of the premium version which reverts to the more restrictive, but still good enough, free version after ten or fifteen days. Make sure to also adjust the options, which are to the upper right of the usage circle graphs, to "Incoming & Outgoing" and "External". That way it's only measuring data that's coming into or going out of your computer and not things being transferred back and forth within itself.
Prior to upgrading to gen5, did you have your own wireless router hooked up to your previous HughesNet equipment? I wonder if some devices are connecting to your HT2000W that may not have connected to your old service (automatically, at least).
Thanks for your thoughts.
I've added a couple of Alexa enabled electric outlets, one wifi extender, and one Alexa Dot since changing over to GEN 5. I can't imagine they account for any significan data useage. The Dot and one of the electric outlets are in a guest bedroom almost never used.
I still can't account for the data useage.
I've used 14% of the Bonus Bites despite having not used the system but one time during that period.
Obviously something is consuming data but I can't reasonably account for the amount.
If the Alexa product line behaves like the Google line of similar products, then there is a lot of traffic going around. The devices have a 'discovery' technology which makes them very talkative, meaning all your devices that can talk to each other to control one another will talk to each other... all day, everyday.
As an example your cell phone app to control Alexa outlet, play music on your Dot, or your Dot being told to turn on the outlet (whether actually being told to do something or not) will just be constantly going back and forth over the network making sure they can still 'hear' each other. Not only can this account for data usage, but in my own personal experience with Google products, it can totally drag your home network performance through the mud (that was a horrible weekend for me which only involved 2 android phones and a google home Mini :'( ).
Users who have Google products have experienced this in terrible ways, one user from Reddit said their Chromecast used almost 15GB just rotating the Google 'Backdrop' feature on their TV, even when they were on a totally different input.
I'm not saying this is exactly what could happen to you, and not trying to make it seem like your devices can't be used, but they can be tamed. When you say the Dot/outlets are almost never used, do you mean no one actually tells them to turn on/off or they aren't connected to the wi-fi? Do all your phones have Alexa apps or are cast-enabled? I'll need to pull some event logs to get an idea of how much chatter is going on, but if you don't mind just temporarily powering off the Alexa things and see if data usage slows down at least for an afternoon?
Here's a PSA for any one considering Hughes Net services. DON'T do it! We live in a rural area and had Pixius for a while and had issues with them. I was on the phone with the sales rep for over one hour to ensure that I was getting a better service. Literally for the first 2 months we had service and then it disappeared / vanished. We called and they gave us a few extra tokens of data. For 20 gigs of data went from lasting 20 days and now it's gone in ONE DAY!!!!! Their customer service is totally lacking any helpfulness. We are ready to pay the early termination fee. Do yourself a favor and don't even consider using Hughes Net.
HughesNet's customer service department is not your personal IT department. It is neither their responsibility to figure out which of your devices is burning through your data, nor why.
However, if you'd like help in figuring this out, please start a new topic in Tech Support.
Lastly, it's more than likely that your 20GB of data went from lasting twenty days to lasting one day because new customers get their data allotment reset constantly during their first twenty days of their service. This is done as a courtesy by HughesNet, and it is explained in the Welcome email. Paying attention to your data usage, which is very important for a service with any type of data cap, should have also clued you in to something going on during those first twenty days.