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how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

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how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet. I have a password protection on my WIFI that is connected to my hughtesI need a way/tip on how to limit how much each devie useses.
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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

That would depend mostly on your router. Some have the ability to be programmed to limit usage by user/device.
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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

Hi Kimberly,

Welcome to the community and thanks for posting! This can be done depending on what devices you are using. For example an android phone with the latest version can have this done. On iPhone's there are third party apps that you can install which will help with this as well. Windows 8,8.1, and 10 all have a metered connections setting that you can enable when using a WiFi connection. Mac's on the other hand are not equipped from what I've seen to do this. However as stated by Mordacious this can also be achieved by buying a router with the capability.

Feel free to respond with what devices you specifically have so I can continue to assist. 

Thank you,
Chris
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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

Hi Kimberly,

Hopefully, some of the following may help.

Internet data use can be grouped into three, broad categories:
  • The Internet of Things - More devices than ever are now capable of connecting to the internet: phones, tablets, gaming consoles, Smart TVs, security and home-automation systems, and even refrigerators can connect to the internet. All of these devices can consume data, even when you're not using the device.Also, multiple users on your system will understandably use more data. Here is an online Data Usage Calculator to help calculate your use: cableone.net/pages/datacalculator.html.
  • Automatic Updates - Your computer and its applications are often running in the background and downloading updates, even if you're not actively using that program. Many of these downloads are important to maintaining your computer security so use caution in adjusting or disabling their settings. Anti-virus programs especially, will frequently download updates throughout the day and night.
  • Media-rich Sites and Multimedia Content - Any kind of streaming video and audio will consume more data than any other Internet activity. Media-rich sites, such as FaceBook, can consume quite a bit of data depending upon the page content. Also, streaming two hours of HD video from YouTube or watching a single, two-hour movie in HD can consume anywhere from two to four GBs of data.
Monitoring Your Data Usage
The HughesNet modem itself will track and report on your overall data usage. The downloadable HughesNet Status Meter for Mac or PC will also track your data use, let you know when you're running low, and enable you to buy data restore "tokens," right from your computer's desktop. Other tools can be installed which will measure individual data usage on a specific computer:
HughesNet Modem System Control Center: http://www.systemcontrolcenter.com or http://192.168.0.1
HughesNet Status Meter for Mac or PC: http://supportcenter.myhughesnet.com
Glasswire For PCs: http://www.glasswire.com
Data Monitors For Mac: http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/internet-roundup/4-ways-to-monitor-bandwidth-usage-on-your-mac/
Bandwidth+ For Mac: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bandwidth+/id490461369?mt=12
Download Scheduling and Video Recording Tools
One of the most effective strategies you can use to manage your data use is to schedule downloads to occur at off-hours during your Bonus Data period from 2 AM to 8 AM. You can even use some of these tools to download streaming video content, such as NetFlix movies, for later viewing on your TV or computer:
Free Download Manager: http://freedownloadmanager.org/
Internet Download Manager: Free to Try, $25 to keep. http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/
Firefox Download Helper Add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/
Folx Download Manager For Mac: http://mac.eltima.com/download-manager.html
PlayOn Streaming Video Recorder: https://www.playon.tv/
Replay Video Capture: http://applian.com/replay-video-capture/
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dan.mot.downloader&hl=en
Operating System Updates
Windows 8 and 10 updates especially can use a large amount of data. In the case of Windows 10, Microsoft implemented a network sharing scheme that not only downloads updates to your PC but also uploads updates from your PC to others. Most operating systems can be configured to turn off auto-updates and/or schedule them to run during your Bonus Data period from 2 AM to 8 AM:
Windows 8: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/metered-internet-connections-frequently-asked-questions
Windows 10: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/manage-windows-10-data-usage/
iOS: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204204
Background Applications
Even if you don’t have any active applications on your screen, your computer/device might have applications working in the background and using data. Here are ways to check what's running in the background on your devices.
Windows PC: http://www.ehow.com/how_5685413_check-programs-running-background.html
Mac OS X: http://www.ehow.com/how_4799610_running-processes-mac-os-x.html
iOS: http://www.macworld.com/article/1164616/how_ios_multitasking_really_works.html
Android: http://www.howtogeek.com/166140/you-dont-need-to-install-a-task-manager-how-to-manage-running-apps-o...
Kindle Fire: http://www.cyberockk.com/2013/07/5-ways-to-speed-up-your-kindle-fire-hd_3.html
Nook: http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Talk/Closing-apps/td-p/1234828
Microsoft Background Intelligent Transfer Service ("BITS"): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Background_Intelligent_Transfer_Service
Viruses and Malware
Malware can use your internet connection to send and receive spam and malware without your knowledge. You must protect all your devices with good, active anti-virus, and scan your computer regularly to prevent and eliminate malware:
Windows General Security Information and Tips: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/default.aspx
Security information for advanced users: https://www.us-cert.gov/Home-Network-Security
Best Malware Removal Tools for 2016: http://no-adware.com/blog/best-malware-removal-tools-of-2016/
MalWareBytes Scanning Software: https://www.malwarebytes.org/
Information on Googost Malware: http://www2.alcatel-lucent.com/techzine/battling-googost-bandwidth-stealing-bot/
Anti-Virus Programs
Anti-virus programs need regular updates to safeguard your system. We recommend checking those update settings and adjust them with care since new viruses are unleashed every minute and Anti-virus programs need to be frequently updated to protect you and your data.
Best Free Antivirus Utilities for 2016: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp
Avast!:
Describes how Avast streams its anti-virus updates: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/avast_introduces_streaming_updates_new_antivirus_software
Cloud Backups
If you use Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, MS Skydrive, or any other cloud storage service, check if your service syncs your data automatically and when. Syncing your data with the cloud uses your internet connection and data allowance.
Dropbox: You can limit the amount of data that Dropbox uses to synchronize but not when. Go to Dropbox Preferences > Bandwidth, and adjust the Download and Upload rates. You can also control which folders synchronize. Dropbox Preferences > Account > Selective Sync.
Video- and Audio-rich Sites
Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, news sites, etc. may contain videos, animated gifs, and sound clips that start playing as soon as you visit. Even if you stop the media from playing fully, that entire video or song may have already downloaded to your device, ready to be played. Not all sites have a feature to turn off auto-play but some do. If you're going to stream video, it's better to use Standard Definition video settings whenever you can, or use a scheduling tool to download large files and even record video during your HughesNet Bonus Data period from 2AM to 8AM:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=videos. Change the Autoplay option to "OFF."
Android Phone settings:
iPhone settings:
Netflix: Adjust your Netflix playback quality to SD: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87
Set-top Boxes, Satellite TV and Digital Media Receivers
These devices can use your internet connection to stream or store digital media. Any kind of "On Demand" programming requires an Internet connection to stream the programming to your TV or computer. Satellite TV "Pay Per View" programming, that airs at a specific time, usually does not use your Internet connection. Here are support pages for various popular set top boxes:
Roku: http://support.roku.com/home
TiVo: http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1279
Chromecast: https://support.google.com/chromecast/?hl=en#topic=3447927
AppleTV: https://www.apple.com/support/appletv/
Amazon Fire TV: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201347660
E-mail Clients
Desktop-based E-mail clients can constantly fetch and download your e-mail from the Email server. Most E-mail clients let you adjust how often to check the server and download mail:
Outlook: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/
Thunderbird: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/thunderbird
Macmail: https://www.apple.com/support/mac-apps/mail/
Windows Live Mail: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/email-communication-help#email-communication-help=windows...
Wireless Routers
The following are HughesNet-tested routers; Apple Airport Express and Extreme, ASUS N56U and AC66U, Belkin F9H1001v5, Cisco Linksys EA4500 and E1200, D-Link 619L, Netgear R6300 and WNDR4500, ReadyNet WRT300N-DD, TrendNet TEW-712BR. Be sure to password protect your router to prevent unauthorized users from connecting to your network and using your data. Usually, this information is in your router's User Manual. Make sure your router is updated to the most current firmware. Here are links to some popular support sites to help you set up your router:
Apple Airport Express: https://www.apple.com/support/airport/
ASUS: http://www.service.asus.com/#!consumer/csn9
Belkin: http://www.belkin.com/us/support
Buffalo: http://www.buffalotech.com/support-and-downloads
D-link: http://support.dlink.com/
Linksys: http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support?icid=global-header-support-link
Netgear:
http://support.netgear.com/for_home/default.aspx
El Dorado Networks |Diamond Springs, CA | eldoradonetworks.com
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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

Jeez, I think I'm stealing some of this Alan :-P
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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

Jeez, I think I'm stealing some of this Alan
Free for the taking. I borrowed and adapted it from other posts on these Forums. It's something we send to our new HN clients.

Tip o' The Hat, Steve, I'll add that link. 
El Dorado Networks |Diamond Springs, CA | eldoradonetworks.com
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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

Also, could use some fill-ins here:

Video- and Audio-rich 
Sites
Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, news sites, etc. may contain videos, animated gifs, and sound clips that start playing as soon as you visit. Even if you stop the media from playing fully, that entire video or song may have already downloaded to your device, ready to be played. Not all sites have a feature to turn off auto-play but some do. If you're going to stream video, it's better to use Standard Definition video settings whenever you can, or use a scheduling tool to download large files and even record video during your HughesNet Bonus Data period from 2AM to 8AM: 
Android Phone settings: 
iPhone settings: 
El Dorado Networks |Diamond Springs, CA | eldoradonetworks.com
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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

Another idea is to use PFSense, It has tools for almost every purpose. But with it, you can track and manage data usage accross your entire network
https://pfsense.org

PFSense has a great community and even if you don't  know  how to work with a computer, they can help you quite a bit. I use it as well as some other members of this community.
Install it on an old computer or buy a router that has bandwidth monitoring/Management.
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Re: how can I manage/set limits on the data usage for devices connected to my internet.

how do you limit a teenager from using to much data , who has an IPhone and living with you,but I can't to phone?