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DATA USAGE

We have 18 days left in our billing cycle and are already through 10 GB of data. 2 months in a row. We are new to internet satelitte, so far I am not impressed.
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Assistant Professor

Re: DATA USAGE

Do you stream a lot of video? Do you have ad blocker plug-in installed on all browsers including tablets and other small devices?
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New Poster

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my daughter watches Netflix.  Not sure about the blocker
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New Poster

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what I don't need is you to insult me
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New Poster

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remove yourself from my post
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Assistant Professor

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Then you need to go into your Netflix setting on the web site and set playback to SD or low definition, preferably low definition. Need to install ad blockers on all browsers. This is just a start. You to watch and control your data usage with any capped data plan.

You can not use satellite internet like a streaming cable service for TV and movies. There is a limit, 10 GB would give you about 30 hours of viewing on low definition setting but then you would have nothing left for other things, as it appears you have found out already.
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Associate Professor

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mlnever,

If you or someone in your family is streaming video, you may want to inform them to set the resolution to the lowest possible.  While you can stream Netflix on Hughesnet, it's not advised to be a daily habit, especially if you are using a 720P or higher resolution.

The same goes with any and all video streaming services.
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New Poster

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Ok. Thank you
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Assistant Professor

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You are welcome. Refreshing to see someone listen to suggestions let alone say thanks. Come back if you have any more questions.
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Alum

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Hi mlnever,

Thank you for posting and welcome! Our community members have offered solid advice. Satellite internet does take some getting used to. Here are some tips to get you started. 

Keep in mind there are countless factors that can use your data:

- more devices are capable of connecting to the internet: phones, tablets, gaming consoles, SmartTVs, and even refrigerators can connect wirelessly to the internet. Keep track of what devices you leave running on Wi-Fi.

- automatic-updates: your computer and any other programs you use will often keep working in the background, even if you're not actively using that program, in order to keep your system/program up-to-date. Anti-virus programs will periodically use your internet connection to check back with their malware database for any updates. You should have an option to turn off auto-updates and/or schedule them for a later time.

- multimedia content: Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, news sites, and other websites will contain videos, animated gifs, and sound clips that may start playing as soon as you land on the site. So much content, so easily available almost everywhere on the internet. For starters, try disabling auto-play video on Facebook:

https://community.myhughesnet.com/hughesnet/topics/how_to_disable_autoplay_videos_on_facebook

or adjusting your Netflix playback quality to low/standard def: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87

 

- more data sources can be found here, as posted by a fellow community member: https://community.myhughesnet.com/hughesnet/topics/data-usage-sources-common-and-not-so-common

 

The most important tool to download is the Status Meter, available in the Customer Support Center, to help you monitor your data usage: supportcenter.myhughesnet.com

 Finally, if you would like more control of your network, you should take a look into a program called Glasswire. Here's a link to its features https://www.glasswire.com/features/. When downloaded on your device it will monitor and track all activity on the machine it is installed too. Many of our community members have found it useful and we've tested it out in our lab and like what it does too. I hope all this helps you. 


Thanks,

Chris