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Data usage

  Since I "upgraded" to gen5 it seems like my data usage has gone way up. So I've been running a spreadsheet on my anytime data usage.

 

  I've installed an ethernet switch between my computer and the modem, I isolate the modem most of the time I'm not on the internet.

  

 I've disabled all four radios on the wifi by turning off SSID enable and SSID broadcast. If I need to download a book or use the printer, I turn the wifi back on in the bonus period and turn it back off when I'm finished.

   I get up every morning during the bonus period, put the switch in the modem position, and run hughes usage and record hughesbegin. I also run iftop. Iftop records the total data through the ethernet port for the time it's been running.

 

I   do about half my internet activity during the bonus period.

 

  Time for breakfast! I isolate the modem and stop and restart iftop to reset the data total. This where I make the most errors, I sometimes forget to stop and start iftop. I've zeroed these times out and put the note ue ( user error ) next to these entries. Before I got an ups I sometimes had power failures. I put the note pf ( power failure ) on these entries.

 

  It's now after 8:00 AM, and I put the switch in the modem position, I verify this my looking at the data scrolling through the iftop terminal window. There is always a small amount of data flowing anytime the modem is not isolated.

 

  I'm usually done browsing around 2:00 PM. I then close all tabs but one and run Hughes usage. As soon as the figures appear I isolate the modem again.

 

  I record the usage in hughesend, and then record the data reported used by iftop in iftop.

total = hughesend - hughesbegin

diff = total - iftop

 

  I've been doing this for a couple of months now, and yes, Hughes is overcharging me for data usage. Not a whole lot, but a significent amount. The last two months: .432 and .519 gig.

 

  I was suprised at how little modem overhead there was, zero on most days.

 

  I'm still trying to figure out why my data usage never resets to zero, it's always resets to 1 meg.

 

  Of course it's possible I'm making some sort of bonehead error. I'm sure the members of the Hughes legal defense team here will be quick to gleefully point it out if I am.

 

  Sorry about the formatting. Whenever I paste something into a message here most of my white space disappears.


hughesbegin hughesend total iftop dif monthtot

1 165 164 143 21
171 229 58 45 13
231 268 37 35 2
273 435 162 129 33
435 608 173 155 18
611 696 85 85 0
698 901 203 179 24
903 1053 150 181 -31 ue?
1055 1216 161 150 11
1308 1402 94 84 10
1403 1601 198 176 22
1601 1740 139 117 22
1740 1740 0 0 pf
1754 1953 199 173 26
1953 2150 197 170 27
2150 2276 126 117 9
2276 2474 198 184 14
2474 2614 140 123 17
2614 2699 85 81 4
2699 2827 128 113 15
2828 2930 102 90 12
2930 3053 123 110 13
3053 3085 32 32 0
3085 3226 141 129 12
3226 3379 153 128 25
3379 3717 338 306 32
3717 3918 201 184 17
3918 4081 163 141 22
4081 4300 219 194 25
4300 4431 131 116 15 432
1 39 38 36 2
39 187 148 135 13
187 300 113 93 20
300 535 235 221 14
535 729 194 179 15
730 988 258 258 0 pf
988 1599 611 534 77
1600 1674 74 70 4
1674 1816 142 127 15
1817 2038 221 188 33
2038 2101 63 61 2
2102 2177 75 72 3
2177 2296 119 104 15
2296 2408 112 97 15
2408 2532 124 112 12
2532 2637 105 89 16
2637 2739 102 89 13
2739 2905 166 148 18
2905 3056 151 137 14
3056 3151 95 79 16
3152 3272 120 108 12
3272 3348 76 66 10
3348 3522 174 148 26
3522 3713 191 178 13
3713 3862 149 136 13
3862 4074 212 201 11
4074 4299 225 198 27
4299 4392 93 83 10
4392 4792 400 362 38
4792 5331 539 497 42
5331 5628 297 297 0 ue 519

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Distinguished Professor II

Re: Data usage


@gaines_wright wrote: 

  I'm still trying to figure out why my data usage never resets to zero, it's always resets to 1 meg. 


It's because the system rounds up when displaying data usage.  Just checking your data uses data.  A heartbeat from any device uses data.  If one bit of data is used, it will show up as 1MB.  When 1MB plus 1 bit is used, it will show up as 2MB.  Catching it starting at zero would be virtually impossible.  The modem has to be connected for the data to reset, and again, one bit of data shows as 1MB because of the way data usage is shown.  


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Sophomore

Re: Data usage


@GabeU wrote:

@gaines_wright wrote: 

  I'm still trying to figure out why my data usage never resets to zero, it's always resets to 1 meg. 


It's because the system rounds up when displaying data usage.  Just checking your data uses data.  A heartbeat from any device uses data.  If one bit of data is used, it will show up as 1MB.  When 1MB plus 1 bit is used, it will show up as 2MB.  Catching it starting at zero would be virtually impossible.  The modem has to be connected for the data to reset, and again, one bit of data shows as 1MB because of the way data usage is shown.  

 

  One tiny little bit is rounded up to 1 meg?  That sounds rather extreme to me.

 

  The first time I check my usage is in the bonus period.  Why does that 1meg always appear as anytime data?  The modem is totally isolated before then.

 

  Well, I'm not going to worry too much about a silly little megabyte.

 

Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks

Lazarus Long.


Distinguished Professor II

Re: Data usage


@gaines_wright wrote:

@GabeU wrote:

@gaines_wright wrote: 

  I'm still trying to figure out why my data usage never resets to zero, it's always resets to 1 meg. 


It's because the system rounds up when displaying data usage.  Just checking your data uses data.  A heartbeat from any device uses data.  If one bit of data is used, it will show up as 1MB.  When 1MB plus 1 bit is used, it will show up as 2MB.  Catching it starting at zero would be virtually impossible.  The modem has to be connected for the data to reset, and again, one bit of data shows as 1MB because of the way data usage is shown.  

 

  One tiny little bit is rounded up to 1 meg?  That sounds rather extreme to me. 



It's not.   1 bit to 999.99KB shows as 1MB.  1MB and 1 bit to 1MB and 999.99KB shows as 2MB.  1 bit doesn't count as 1MB.  It shows as 1MB, because the system can only show in MB.  If you use 1 bit it can't show as zero, so it shows as 1MB.  


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Re: Data usage

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