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395almira
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Data Drain

Hello everyone,

 

Perhaps someone could help me solve a problem. For a number of weeks I noticed a drain on my data allowance when my computer is offline. Could receiving photos via email attachment cause this drain? How much data does a large size photo use?

Thanks

Cordially,

Erwin E Maruna

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C0RR0SIVE
Associate Professor

Re: Data Drain

395almira,

A photos size can vary greatly depending on format as well as resolution, but typically about 5MB for a picture.

 

Please perform the following test outlined in the graphic below, this is known as an isolation test and will help determine whether the issue is with Hughesnet or your local network.

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1: Take a screen capture of the Status Meter
2: Disconnect the LAN cable from the modem.  If on the HT2000w, please disable wifi as well.
3: Note the date and time of the disconnect, it is best when doing step two, to also capture the time displayed on your screen.
4: Leave the LAN cable disconnected from the modem for several hours, Hughesnet recommends doing this overnight, or during the day while at work.
5: Reconnect the LAN cable to the modem.
6&7: Take a screen capture of the Status Meter with the clock displayed on your computer.
8: Post your screenshots to the community.

Please be aware, if you downloaded any large files just prior to this test, or if the disconnect was for an extensive time period, some usage may appear to have occured, but should be rather negligible. 

Thanks,
C0RR0SIVE

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data Drain

Edit:  Started reply just before Corrosive posted, so I deleted what I posted as it was basically the same.  


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395almira
New Poster

Re: Data Drain

Thanks for your answer. But doing what you suggest still does not answer WHO and WHERE the data drain originates.

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data Drain

For Windows based computers there is a program called Glasswire that may help you.  It can tell you what is using the data on the computer it's installed on.  

 

https://www.glasswire.com/


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395almira
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Re: Data Drain

I have a Mac, unfortunately.

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data Drain

Macs have a built in app called "Activity Monitor", and within that app is a Network section.  It somewhat does the same thing, though isn't nearly as detailed.  


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GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data Drain

Macs have a built in app called "Activity Monitor", and within that app is a Network section.  It somewhat does the same thing, though isn't nearly as detailed.  

 

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201464


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395almira
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Re: Data Drain

Thank you Gabe for the info. I checked into this and could not believe how much memory is used for stuff I never use!

The "user" part of that panel is the data I actually used?

C0RR0SIVE
Associate Professor

Re: Data Drain

The "User" is just the account on the computer system that is running the particular process displayed... Whether that's a USER or a System account is up in the air.

The data that is actually used is under Network > Sent Bytes and Recieved Bytes.  It will display to the left which program, but it's not cumulative AFAIK.  So if you download a 1GB file in your browser, and then close the browser, then reopen it, it will most likely display as 0GB in the activity monitor...

Not many good programs out there that are free for a Mac to track data usage.