chrishoffman — 2014-04-29T06:40:57-04:00 — #1
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.
andrewrobert7 — 2014-04-29T08:49:56-04:00 — #2
May I add Ad-Block. You say that flash ads are heavy on your connection - and then don't recommend Ad-Block!
2noob2btrue — 2014-04-29T18:10:15-04:00 — #3
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.
sensi277 — 2014-04-29T19:13:01-04:00 — #4
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.
localhost — 2014-04-29T23:36:11-04:00 — #5
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.
system — 2014-05-09T06:41:00-04:00 — #6
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