Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/187952/how-to-deal-with-internet-bandwidth-caps/
Some Internet service providers have harsh restrictions on the amount of bandwidth you can use in a month, charging you extra if you go over your bandwidth cap. Other ISPs restrict traffic at certain hours — for example, offering unlimited bandwidth only at night.
May I add Ad-Block. You say that flash ads are heavy on your connection - and then don't recommend Ad-Block!
I'm on a capped 4G LTE connection, 20GB/month for $90. I'd say I'm connected and active for at least 12 hours every day and with just normal browsing/music/games I only hit 10GB in a month. It goes without saying though that I access absolutely no video content throughout that duration.
My personal suggestions to those on capped connections;
Get a utility which allows you to throttle your connection,
especially with 4G being more prevalent, videos now buffer near as
fast as they would on a wired connection and can easily use up a
couple hundred MB if you aren't paying attention.
Use personal usage monitor, I like and have used Networx for the last
2+ years and am very satisfied with it for the low price tag of free.
Use muliple browsers; I have Opera for very plain text based
browsing, Firefox with adblock & noscript installed, and vanilla
Chrome for those times when a page just won't load correctly or I
want to view the page as intended.
Be careful when using Steam; if you have a fair sized library there
are usually one or two games in need of an update which (regardless
of setting) will download when you go online.
An ISP in my area actually has a rather clever system. When you get to 80% of your bandwidth cap, they send you an email notifying you that you're at 80%. If you go over your bandwidth cap for the month, the next time you open a web browser, you will be re-directed to a page where you can make a decision. You can either pay $5 for every extra 20 Gigabytes you use, or you can choose to not pay anything but for the rest of the billing period your internet speed will be drastically reduced. I like this approach, where you can pay for the extra speed, or you can just stick with the free stuff. More ISPs should give you that sort of flexibility.
I've had to deal with a usage cap of 400GB for the past couple years, and I've been going over that almost every month. Thankfully though, my ISP has never once charged me for overages.
I just think its a little bit ridiculous that a 50Mbps plan has a paltry 400GB cap. But as long as my ISP doesn't care I'm going over the limit, I'm a happy camper.
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