Yesterday HN says we used 3.3gb. We streamed YoutubeTV in low res for about 1.5 hours. Then we turned everything off and we were gone all day.
Last night we played 2 hours of video that I downloaded to my phone while we were in town. I made sure it was fully downloaded before coming home.
So, where did the data go?
My phone data tracker says that 1.5 GB was consumed by NF and Hulu (on wifi). How? Why?
Even at low resolution, data will get used, and it adds up more quickly than we think. There is also the possibility that apps on your TV or other devices were using data for something.
Finding out where the data went and what used it is something that you will need to investigate from your side -- to do so, you may want to install the free Glasswire network monitor (available for Windows and Android).
Thanks - but that's my point. I know what Hulu and NF used - but don't know how? I was only playing previously DL content.
I will check out Glasswire. Thanks!
The answer to "how" is, by connecting to the internet and downloading stuff. I think what you need to know is when and who.
It's certainly a mystery, but unfortunately, you need to do the detective work yourself, and this can take some time.
You should also check to see what's connected to your network, which you can do by going here: http://192.168.0.1/limited.html#!/general/summary
Look under Advanced Menu -- General -- Connected Device Info. It shows what's currently connected and also currently disconnected devices. Maybe this will shed some light?
Is it remotely possible that you thought you were watching the downloaded copy, but somehow ended up re-downloading it or watching the streamed version? For example: I once tried to schedule my DirecTV DVR to remotely record a movie off of a channel for watching later, but mistakenly had the DVR download the on-demand version... in 1080p HD no less. Was not a happy camper.
"I don't think you're following me. The 1.5 GB I'm concerned about was on my phone (as per my monitoring app)."
(Edited to add information)
Another possibility is that whatever was doing the streaming may have 'double-clutched' everything. That can happen if virtually every packet has to be sent 1-3 times from the streaming server. That can happen due to a weak wifi signal. It can also happen in the case of very high latency situations due to congestion, because the streaming server didn't get an ack before it timed out and just resent it. Buffering is a good indication that's actually the case.