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Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra

Assistant Professor

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra

@cybercycle1- Yeah it would be interesting as I'm seeing the 5GHz router is quite a bit sensitive. The range is fairly good, but it likes to disappear at the slightest fluctuation. Disappear, as in not just signal-wise - literally just goes away, and sometimes takes the 2.4GHz router with it. I'm also experiencing it getting jammed everyonce in a while. If you already have a 1000Mb 5GHz router that does 802.11n/ac, you might want to go with that.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Sophomore

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra


@MarkJFine wrote:

@cybercycle1- Yeah it would be interesting as I'm seeing the 5GHz router is quite a bit sensitive. The range is fairly good, but it likes to disappear at the slightest fluctuation. Disappear, as in not just signal-wise - literally just goes away, and sometimes takes the 2.4GHz router with it. I'm also experiencing it getting jammed everyonce in a while. If you already have a 1000Mb 5GHz router that does 802.11n/ac, you might want to go with that.


Thanks for the suggestion and your observations with the HN router.  I'll probably start with disabling the HN router's SSID and use my current Airport Extreme as long as I can still pass my subnet router through to the HN router's ethernet connection.  That should avoid some of the issues generated by the HN equipment, but I'll find out soon enough.  I'll post my results as I go along... 

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Assistant Professor

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra

Incidentally, I'm still investigating data draw to see where most of it is coming from. For example, I used to leave Slack and TweetDeck running continuously as they used to run very lean - maybe 100MB/day if I was lucky.

 

I stopped using the Slack app after I saw it suck down half a gig in one shot once and the Slack tech staff were unable to figure out why. That's been relegated to the web version which has very little draw, maybe a 1MB/hr or so.

 

As for TweetDeck, not sure when that became such a data hog, but it seems to do with the images. Could have been when Twitter reduced the limitation on image size. Startup was around 6MB between inital code download (it's web-based app so you essentially download the functional code every time you start it) and column images. I use 9 columns between personal and the accounts I use to support an Arsenal-based website (free plug for the Daily Cannon). Found that hiding attached media for each tweet reduces the data drain significantly - as in a factor of ten.

 

I don't use Facebook, but my wife does and I'd wished she didn't. I've had her make autostarting of videos stop, which they conveniently move around so you can't find that option. It still is a huge data drain, but... one thing at a time.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Sophomore

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra


@MarkJFine wrote:

Incidentally, I'm still investigating data draw to see where most of it is coming from. For example, I used to leave Slack and TweetDeck running continuously as they used to run very lean - maybe 100MB/day if I was lucky.

 

I stopped using the Slack app after I saw it suck down half a gig in one shot once and the Slack tech staff were unable to figure out why. That's been relegated to the web version which has very little draw, maybe a 1MB/hr or so.

 

As for TweetDeck, not sure when that became such a data hog, but it seems to do with the images. Could have been when Twitter reduced the limitation on image size. Startup was around 6MB between inital code download (it's web-based app so you essentially download the functional code every time you start it) and column images. I use 9 columns between personal and the accounts I use to support an Arsenal-based website (free plug for the Daily Cannon). Found that hiding attached media for each tweet reduces the data drain significantly - as in a factor of ten.

 

I don't use Facebook, but my wife does and I'd wished she didn't. I've had her make autostarting of videos stop, which they conveniently move around so you can't find that option. It still is a huge data drain, but... one thing at a time.


Sounds like you are pretty good at tracking down data leakage, and agree that Facebook is probably one of the biggest "offenders" when it comes to data loss.  Their app on an iPhone/iPad is a real battery killer, too.  I (or my wife) do not use their app on our iOS devices for that reason (and it really has never worked well anyway), and instead just get to Facebook with a browser.  Speaking of browsers, I've found that adblockers can plug some data leaks and even improve performance of the browser....however, some sites are getting wise and blocking browsers that incorporate adblockers!  I know that a few adblocker developers have released apps that "cannot" be detected...I wonder how long that will last...Smiley Happy  I haven't found one for an iOS device...yet.  BTW....I turn off autoplay videos whenever possible, but my adblocker when using my Mac stops most of them anyway.

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Distinguished Professor III

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra

@cybercycle1

 

Some browser, themselves, have also changed.  An unfortunate example is Chrome no longer allowing someone to either turn off plugins, or require permission for the plugins to run.  These were great options for sites like CNN, where videos accompany almosts every story.  


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Sophomore

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra


@GabeU wrote:

@cybercycle1

 

Some browser, themselves, have also changed.  An unfortunate example is Chrome no longer allowing someone to either turn off plugins, or require permission for the plugins to run.  These were great options for sites like CNN, where videos accompany almosts every story.  


I keep 3 different browsers "handy" for my Mac to address situations I want to avoid with browser changes or even compatibility concerns with certain websites.  BTW...I have no problem running Chrome with the Stands adblocker on my Mac.  Is your experience with Chrome for the Windows platform or Mac?  Interestingly, the Mac native Safari browser is often the most problematic (e.g. slow loading and even stalls/times out) of my browsers...especially when used on a satellite ISP!

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Distinguished Professor III

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra

Windows.  I don't have a Mac.  I have adblockers installed and they work wonders, definitely saving a lot of data.  I used to use IE, but it became problematic.  I can't stand Firefox and refuse to use Edge.  Chrome is my only browser at this point.  Why they ditched the ability to control plugins is beyond me, but I suspect it had to do with pressure, whether financial or otherwise.  


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Assistant Professor

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra

I use Firefox, even though it has some really annoying things. I keep Flash set to "ask" and even on the rare occasion that I tell it to remember to always run on a site, it keeps asking anyway - so I just ignore the request banners anymore. If it worked correctly, I'd want something similar for authorizing redirects because there are several IP-checking sites that I use that blow up if you don't hit "ok" fast enough. Safari is a last resort backup for the rare time a site doesn't work properly on FF. I use Chrome occasionally, but mainly just to look for Wordpress plugin and theme compatibility issues on Daily Cannon.

I also still use Adblock Plus, but only because I've just never looked for anything better. It works good enough. Too many sites are using blocker detection anymore making it harder to employ. Unfortunately it's usually the ones that employ high-revenue (RPM) autostart video ads and there's no way around it to use the site. I guess they really want the click revenue. lol


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Professor

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra


@GabeU wrote:

@cybercycle1

 

Some browser, themselves, have also changed.  An unfortunate example is Chrome no longer allowing someone to either turn off plugins, or require permission for the plugins to run.  These were great options for sites like CNN, where videos accompany almosts every story.  


That's why I prefer Firefox for things like that. I can always turn on reader mode and it strips videos and other stuff, leaving you with a plain page.

Assistant Professor

Re: Gen 5 Compatibility with Mac Sierra

Pro tip: If you want to save a boatload of data on Apple products, kill the handoff feature. Your devices will shut down a lot quicker too. Found this nasty bugger just now.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.