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Posted 05 January 2007 - 03:45 PM

Hi, we have a home pc with a monthly maximum of 1gb from our provider, however we are always going over the allowable usage - we do not download music or movies? All we use it for is ocassional emailing and surfing. When I recently checked our usage (after 3 days) we had received 28mgb's and sent 198mgb's?
Q1. How come we are sending more than we are receiving???
Q2. Is 1gb enough for a normal home pc (no children in the house)

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 06:58 PM

Every time you change your browser's screen to another page, or send an E-mail for example, you are sending requests or packets to the server. Just doing some simple tasks this evening has used 704K bytes sent.
You can get unlimited dial up usage from several companies for around ten dollars US a month, so there is no reason to settle for a company that limits you to 1GB a month!
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 07:36 PM

Many ISPs in the EU, AU, and even Canada charge for usage by the byte, so unfortunately if he's outside the US he may not have an option.

Of course if he's in the states, definitely switch providers.
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Posted 06 January 2007 - 12:10 AM

Something that caught my eye: The high amount of sending. Do you send a lot of e-mail? If not, I would be very suspicious of something on the computer that shouldn't be or at the very least something on the computer sending information out that it doesn't need to. Microsoft Word, for example, will do that. Do you have a firewall installed?

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