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Topic # 233521 19-Apr-2018 15:08
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I have a mild concern that our internet usage has goine through the roof lately - almost doubling in download over the last couple of months.


For clarity - I haven't checked this in some time, but when I did last check, we were on a copper 10mps connection and now we are on fibre 100/20




This month, we have the following useage stats:


Total usage to date: 390.32GB


Average daily usage: 24.39GB


Predicted monthly usage: 732GB






I have a pre-teen and a teen using a PC each and a mobile each, both play online games (mainly Fortnite)


Wife and I stream the odd bit of Netflix or iTunes (not a huge amount) and a bit of facebook etc.




Not a lot of IOT devices in the house - a smart telly, smart BD player (plus the usual 4 phones, 4 ipads, 4 computers etc) - no connected fridge, smart home devices or anything like that.




Whilst we are on an unlimited plan, I am concerned that the usage seems a little high and that possibly we are being tapped by a neighbour?









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  Reply # 1999373 19-Apr-2018 15:16
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Change your wifi password?


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  Reply # 1999374 19-Apr-2018 15:18
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No torrent/cloud services running anywhere ? :) Also some game systems now use a BT type system to speed up updates for others. Check any game client network settings.


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  Reply # 1999379 19-Apr-2018 15:23
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Hi there,




It's odd that your usage has increased without it being clear why. If you send through your account info I'll be happy to take a look and see what's going on.





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  Reply # 1999383 19-Apr-2018 15:30
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Considering your kids enjoy Fortnite, do they also enjoy Fortnite related content? Maybe they're watching a lot of live streams on Twitch and/or Fortnite videos on YouTube. 

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  Reply # 1999390 19-Apr-2018 15:48
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Considering your kids enjoy Fortnite, do they also enjoy Fortnite related content? Maybe they're watching a lot of live streams on Twitch and/or Fortnite videos on YouTube. 



It could well be that - they do enjoy a youtube video or twenty.

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  Reply # 1999394 19-Apr-2018 15:56
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most of your videos have probably defaulted to 1080p now so that will use a lot more data than a 360-480p one

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  Reply # 1999399 19-Apr-2018 15:56
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We are up to about 600G a month now.


2 kids (9 & 13) who seem to live on youtube and Spotify.
Wife and myself watch Netflix most nights the odd movies and Rugby game. (and TV on demand).
Kids watch Netflix also.
Then there is the steam updates (not that I play many games these days) and other patches.


That video at 1080p suggestion also sounds like a cause.


Also our usage spikes over the school holiday's...


In short I'm not surprised at the estimate especially since it probably includes at least a few days of holidays.

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  Reply # 1999402 19-Apr-2018 16:01
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Seems to much traffic to account for netflix/streaming increase i quality from adsl to fibre....  Unless you're on it all day everyday.



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  Reply # 1999418 19-Apr-2018 16:51
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Your router will probably have in it a list of all the devices that have connected to it wirelessly that you can look at via the admin screens.


That looks to be about 20 in your case :-)


You might be able to detect a "rogue connection" from there if you can identify all the "valid" ones :-)



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  Reply # 1999440 19-Apr-2018 17:50
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i have no idea where my 1500 GB of data a month comes from and i have the same family usage as you , so i think yours is normal

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  Reply # 1999467 19-Apr-2018 19:19
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We've gone the opposite way, this month we're on track to use 200gb. Were sitting upwards of 600gb a month late last year. All TV is streaming. Online backups every day etc.


I feel like you're getting better value for money @Handsomedan

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  Reply # 1999559 19-Apr-2018 21:23
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My kids use over 1tb a month on their connection. Streaming generation.

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  Reply # 1999609 19-Apr-2018 22:28
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Very common for data usage to increase 2-4 fold+ when you move to a faster connection, with no change in usage. Usually due to online video streaming ramping up quality, thus using several times the data.

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