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Topic # 138472 6-Jan-2014 08:48 Send private message

We seem to use a lot of data through Youtube, so the $5 All You Can Eat Youtube add on seems to be a good idea.  But how do I determine how much traffic I'm currently using is going through Youtube?  It'd be good to quantify how much data would be used, so I can work out the precise value, and whether I could then get rid of the monthly data pack I purchase...

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  Reply # 961728 6-Jan-2014 08:56 Send private message

FWIW - We can use between 50 and 150 GB of YouTube a month. Since it's unmetered, we always go for the highest resolution stream as well. So consider your habits might change once you switch.

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  Reply # 961739 6-Jan-2014 09:09 One person supports this post Send private message

if you check your account it's all broken down , just keep clicking on the orange numbers an you get to this


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  Reply # 961745 6-Jan-2014 09:15 Send private message

The OP isn't on the plan yet so this won't be available for them.

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  Reply # 961747 6-Jan-2014 09:19 Send private message

NzBeagle: The OP isn't on the plan yet so this won't be available for them.


your right sorry , but remember it's not just youtube other google services are also part of it, and you can watch everything in HD

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  Reply # 961750 6-Jan-2014 09:33 5 people support this post Send private message

Why don't you just put it on for a month and try it. It's only $5



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  Reply # 961908 6-Jan-2014 14:29 Send private message

I could just do that, but I'm kind of curious to know how much data is going through Youtube/Google at the moment. I have an Fritzbox 7390 router, but I don't think there's any in-built function to show how much traffic is attributable to individual sites. I'm guessing there might be a software solution (though I haven't found one yet), but that would only pick up one computer - not all the computers/devices in the house.

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  Reply # 961972 6-Jan-2014 16:06 One person supports this post Send private message

Well I know this is kinda off topic but its usually always good to have a data pack if your a heavy downloader because that way you can tell your downloads to download during the free unlimited nights (1-7am) which you wouldn't normally get without a data pack


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  Reply # 961974 6-Jan-2014 16:11 Send private message

Lizard1977: I could just do that, but I'm kind of curious to know how much data is going through Youtube/Google at the moment. I have an Fritzbox 7390 router, but I don't think there's any in-built function to show how much traffic is attributable to individual sites. I'm guessing there might be a software solution (though I haven't found one yet), but that would only pick up one computer - not all the computers/devices in the house.


do be aware, that data tracker on the fritz has been seen to be a bit off..

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  Reply # 962169 6-Jan-2014 21:34 One person supports this post Send private message

can't do it with a fritzbox. I got a zyxel VDSL modem and an Asus rtac66u router with merlin firmware. it has per IP usage stats and is *far* more customizable than than the fritzbox.
not a cheap way to go though.
I'm on snap

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  Reply # 962172 6-Jan-2014 21:38 Send private message

Even with the addon, I find that plenty of days I see nothing on the youtube graph when I have extensivly used youtube, so I have no idea on if I am getting value from it.

I am on the old $2 pricing so if I remove it, then it would be more expensive to get back so I probably wont remove it at all.




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  Reply # 962185 6-Jan-2014 21:42 Send private message

richms: Even with the addon, I find that plenty of days I see nothing on the youtube graph when I have extensivly used youtube, so I have no idea on if I am getting value from it.

I am on the old $2 pricing so if I remove it, then it would be more expensive to get back so I probably wont remove it at all.


im on the $2 pricing but its worth it for me as all the NFL gamepass data goes onto the youtube data not sure why. Thats 9 GB every Monday for 4 months.

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  Reply # 962258 6-Jan-2014 23:52 One person supports this post Send private message

Lizard1977: We seem to use a lot of data through Youtube, so the $5 All You Can Eat Youtube add on seems to be a good idea.  But how do I determine how much traffic I'm currently using is going through Youtube?  It'd be good to quantify how much data would be used, so I can work out the precise value, and whether I could then get rid of the monthly data pack I purchase...


I don't think there's an easy way to tell...

In terms of my personal experience we were using ~250GB/month on telecom, switched to Snap UFB (including $5 Youtube add on) and found that ~70% of our data was free 'YouTube' data (although as someone has already noted, a number of other sites seem to piggy back on this - guessing they use the same CDN location as Google does - sometimes this seems to include iTunes - but sometime not). We did drop back to the base 100GB plan for a while, but missed the free off-peak data so re-instated it :-) 

I've got a large family of relatively heavy youtube users - so probably ~100hrs/week, mostly HD - and our total free YouTube data for the month so far (2 days left to run) is ~120GB

Bottom line is that I would expect that you are likely to be able to drop the size of your data pack (which, if you can do it would almost certainly be cheaper), with the caveat that if you currently use a lot of free off peak data, and you drop the data pack entirely, that may foul things up for you. 





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  Reply # 962305 7-Jan-2014 09:12 Send private message

I checked back over the last 6 months to see how much data we've used in total - it averages about 50GB per month, with the peak being about 78GB (when I was installing a lot of Steam purchases). We've used a lot of Youtube in that time, as well as other streaming services, so I've decided to can the 100GB data pack for now. We haven't been using the free off-peak data option, so nothing lost there, but I may switch it back on if we end up using a cloud backup service. For now, though, it's saving $15/month, and if we see data usage creeping up to the limit, then I might go for the Youtube addon.

Thanks

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