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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.
Hey all on this forum - new routers typically have an app that will let you see exactly how much data is going in and out through a device and overall - devices get identified by MAC address and IP on the local network (your house) - if you can’t get the app check the manual - you should also be able to log in directly to your router from a locally connected device via web browser - typically you type into the browser https://184.108.40.206 this should get you to the routers login page but read your manual - you can see the traffic from there and should narrow down the cause