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Topic # 128986 30-Aug-2013 17:26
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While serving as family IT support I was dealing with a Sierra mobile internet dongle on a new Win 8 lappie. The complaint was that it was draining all its prepay credit wayyyyyy faster than the previous XP lappie. The ideal solution seems to be to define the mobile connection as a metered connection to stop Windows downloading all sorts of updates & crap in the background. Unfortunately its doesn't seem to be able to do that. The newer Vodafone vodem appears as a broadband connection, and defines itself as a metered connection, but the Sierra one doesn't appear in in the list, it seems to just work through the Sierra 3G Watcher app.
Any ideas?

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  Reply # 887152 30-Aug-2013 17:28
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I would guess SkyDrive is your culprit.

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  Reply # 887714 1-Sep-2013 09:49
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Have you downloaded the latest version of the watcher from the Sierra site?:

Not sure if that will then appear as a Broadband connection vs Ethernet card. I know on XP it appears as a Ethernet card (which I personally find very useful since then I can run wireshark on that interface when debugging stuff )

Not sure which app could be doing it, but always shutdown as much as you can when using 3G, otherwise the updater wizzard blows your data cap in no time flat.

Plus keep an eye on the usage meter here:


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  Reply # 887841 1-Sep-2013 17:02
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If its prepaid, id make sure a data extra has been purchased and its not just using the credit at casual rates..?

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