Also the constant needing of ‘’nudging’’ to get the dang thing to work in the first place is ridiculous. If the genius that created this satellite internet, couldn’t figure out how to get it right before launching it, then he shouldn’t be charging a premium for a service that isn’t up to standards.
The most accurate of the meters is this one:
I can be found by logging in here:
It is the source of the data being fed to the SCC and Download Status meters.
Using percentages just plain doesn't work to track a loss , it is subject to "roll over errors"
I have for example a 50 GB Anytime allowance .... that is 50,000 MB's !
1% of that is 500 MB's, I could have a massive data leak and it wouldn't be noticed for a long time.
The above meter will allow you to track usage at the MB level.
There are THREE usage meter "tools":
The "At A Glance" meter listed above
The one on the SCC main page
The Download Status meter utility
Use the best "Tool" for your purpose at the moment .... they all have their uses.
I really don’t think there is a ‘’usage meter’’ running. I think it is a ‘’time clock’’ that gets itself to a point to then force the consumer into an added purchase to keep the service active. Is there an FCC or some other government entity that watches over things like this?
I lost 3% overnight last night with the computer off and I live out in the sticks, so I’m positive the cows didn’t hack into my computer to look at milking porn. I’ll wager it gets to zero the day before my cycle ends.
It is simple really:
You have a system with Data Caps
When you have a computer(s) or other device connected they will use Data.
Programs that you have open will use data.
Processes that you don't see (because they are PROCESSES not programs) will use data in the background .... unseen.
Virus, malware, keyloggers and other "bad boys" will use data at a terrific rate.
So, the question is.... have connected a single computer directly to the modem, no router, so that the computer is the only device that can possibly connect, and then install a program like Netguard to check what IT counts versus what Hughes counts ?
Have you checked what time period Hughes claims you are using data by looking at this display ?
Have you looked for example at the ratio of your uploads to downloads ?.
I was always of the opinion the "web mail" was best used by mobile devices.
Desktops/laptops should access e-mail through a email client program (I too use Thunderbird) as it allows more control and better privacy (if such a concept can be applied to email).
Browser extensions to block ads, scripts and auto-run videos are essential on a metered connection.
In the past I always would check CNN.COM for a quick "news fix". Then they start to load things up with an excess of crap and auto-load videos.
Adding NoScript and AdBlock Plus took care of it.
The Internet has changed drastically from what it was even just a year ago in relation to how it effects those of us on metered conneections.
Then there is of course the need to "tame" your browsers so they stop wasting data calling home with "reports", again something done in the background .. but it uses data none the less.
Let us not also forget that Win8/8.1 treats wireless connection differently than the same machine connected to the modem directly or thru a router but thru one of its wired LAN ports.