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In early December I ditched DirecTV and decided to stream live TV (PlayStation Vue through Roku) using Cox's Preferred 100 data plan, mainly in order to reduce the $160/month I was paying for DirecTV. All was well the first month of streaming, but about halfway through the second month I was notified I had used more than 1TB of data.
This baffled me because our usage was hardly any different the first half of January than it was all of December. We stream live TV on two TVs (no movies, no gaming) and also have an iPad and two iPhones that we occasionally use for email and internet. These are the only devices we have that would consume any data (that I'm aware of). Our usage went from about 30-40 gb per day to more than 100. I changed the wireless password and usage dropped back into the 30s, but this month it is regularly at 70 or more per day. And yesterday, when I was away from home and one TV was in use for no more than three hours, my data usage was 91gb.
Am I missing something? Is something constantly running even though the TVs are turned off that is burning so much data?
Appreciate any feedback.
Last several months we are exceeding our data limit even though our viewing habits hadn’t changed from months prior to the overage months. But now suddenly each month since around Dec. we are exceeding.
My increased data usage also started the last week of November. None of our behaviors changed and we went from using approx. 10 gigs a day to 50 gigs a day. No one can tell me why but in the last few days, it has come down to 35-36 gigs a day so hopefully we won't go over the 1T we are allowed.
I don't do any streaming, not music or videos, it makes no sense.
I replaced my router and modem and changed the password but excessive data usage was still recorded.
Good to know because I was thinking about changing my router/modem after this just to be able to monitor where the data is going. Cox is unable to look this information up with the router/modem I'm renting from them. It might be worth it to buy our own modem even though they say they cannot give us tech support on non-cox modems. They evidently can't (or won't) give us tech support on their own modems so why not?
Just make sure you buy a modem on the Cox Supported list. All ISP's are required to list out what modems are supported.