Hi Kelli, I was just browsing through your conversation here.. There are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your computer and any other connected devices are using the very least amount of data possible. I'm sure there are several members within this community that would be willing to work with you to ensure that your both your computers and router at set up correctly for optimal use.
If your willing, perhaps you could provide more details on your exact set up... how many computers, what platforms they are using, router information, etc..any and all details you can provide with regards to the way you have your computer set up currently can really help determine all what else you can do to prevent your devices from using more data than they need to be.
Also..this initial 20 days of resets is a great time to download the programs suggested above and is one of the reason why HughesNet does this. Many people get upset because HughesNet conducts these resets during the first month of service, but if you think about it this way...when you get a new cell phone, you end up using a lot, if not all, of your monthly cell phone data, because your having to re-downloading all of those apps and/or update the new phone. The cell phone companies don't take this into consideration so whatever data you use to set up your new phone is charged against you..like normal.
HughesNet expects and understands that new customers are, more than likely, going to be using more data than normal during that first month...so to offset this, HughesNet resets your allowance daily for the first few weeks. If anything, this is a time to take advantage of those resets and download everything you need before this period ends.
I have a HP that runs on windows 10 and the only other deivice is a mac air that is like 6 years old (I don't know its particular IOS) We both have Galaxy 5s but do not hook them up to the internet. We are going to try a different technique going forwards with what we look at and download but just used to other internet sources. I have to be able to stream a webcam for my school so they can watch when I take tests and I think that will just drain it faster and it needs a good connection so it doesn't fail so I'm just not sure if we can use this service unfortunately. Unless there is something we are missing.
Streaming the webcam may indeed use up a good deal of data. I'll tell ya..I home schooled both of my boys (Connections Academy). At the time we had Wild Blue..same type of 'satellite' service as HughesNet, just a different provider... We were, as part of the school curriculum, required to attend at least 2 live lessons per week, per child. After the first week, it was just impossible for us to continue doing that as we simply did not have the bandwidth capabilities. Even downloading the e-textbook used a great deal of our monthly data allowance....and back then, our data didn't reset 100% at the begging of every month...but rather we were on a 30 day rolling period (horrrrrible) Like you, students were also required to set up/use a webcam so that the teachers and students could see each other for certain lessons/tests
We were lucky in that our school, being aware of our location and our ISP limitations, worked with us during those entire 4 years, providing us with other options/alternatives and making it possible for the boys to complete their daily assignments without the need to attend the live lessons or use a webcam. For certain test, it meant us having to drive 300+ miles to the closest testing facility, but we did what we had to do. The school sent us hard copies of their textbooks each year so we didn't have to download them, and we got into a habit of working 'offline' and via phone as much as possible. I'm happy to say that both the boys graduated my youngest is now married and serving in the U.S Navy, and my oldest went on to college to complete his ADN.
It's not impossible to get through your schooling using HughesNet or any satellite provider, but it does take some patience..a LOT of patience and no doubt, if you choose to continue with HughesNet, it may be a good idea if you contact your school and advise them of your internet/bandwidth situation. I am sure they will work with you and provide you with alternatives to your current requirements based on your situation.
Thats cool it work out. But unfortunately a University doesn't really care about your situation and you just have to make it work or not do school.Especially an online only University. But thanks for trying
I had much the same problem. I'm no geek, but what I discovered using Task Manager was that the icloud files were very active. Since I don't use or need icloud, I deleted those files & my problem went away. If it is not icloud, something else is very active in background. Try to find out what it is using your Task Manager.
i Thought about that too but we have dish so nothing should be connected. I've turned off all my other devices or put them on airplane mode. I downloaded a new system to see how much I'm using and it says i'm not using as much as HughesNet says I'm using... But it could be just the sites I have to use for school. So this just might not be agood fit for me to use.