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#1 baymerlou


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 05:17 AM

My home network consists of one modem and I have it wifi enabled with all devices to access using a password to the home network.  My husband and I have android phones, my laptop is hooked up to wifi and my sister has all apple devices, phone, tablet and laptop.   Since she moved in my allowable monthly usage has doubled from my using approx 85 gig a month to 145-170 gig a month.  She insists that she is not downloading or streaming and my modem light is constantly flickering like there is always a download or upload happening.     Is this typical for apple devices?   


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#2 britechguy


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 09:04 AM

It is not unusual for there to be internal network activity between your machines and the router and your machines even if there's not a thing being uploaded or downloaded, so that network activity light is not a good indicator of anything other than that your LAN is active.


Virtually any modem-router I'm aware of has a reporting capability regarding the amount of data that each device connected to it has transmitted during the time period since the modem-router was last started up.  My Verizon DLink 2750 reports this in terms of number of packets and in KB if I select any one of the devices in the list connected to the network.


Something's sucking down that data and you should be able to use your modem-router's own administration interface to determine what that something is.

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#3 toofarnorth


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 10:13 AM


It is hard to say exactly what is using data without any device that can log what is going on

If you and your husband use 85GB split over your 3 devices you use 28.33GB pr device
If she has 3 devices and use 60 to 85GB her useage would be 20GB to 28.33GB pr device


Maybe she is just a more active surfer than you two are?
Facebook surfing, youtube watching, snapchat and instagram can use a surprising amount of data.


Apple devices as such doesnt use more or less data than android phones/windows computers would do.

If you want some advice on how to look further into it, feel free to ask :)



The joy of typing a post throughout the day. I didnt see britechguys answer until after i replied.
Some good advice there :)

Edited by toofarnorth, 29 March 2017 - 10:16 AM.

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