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Easy way to Burn Tera Byte Cap?
« on: September 26, 2017, 04:40:12 PM »
Tera Byte is a terrible bite from your budget.  ::)

Consumer reports ha this title:
How Easy Is It to Burn Through a 1TB Data Cap?

Here is how I do it.
I have an account with Comcast that gives me about 15MBps
There is a Data Cap of 1024 gaga bytes.

Before my granddaughter got here iPad, I would seldom do 300 Gigabytes in a moth. Now there are three adults and one grandchild with tablets.
Each month my usage has gone up.

This month I broke through the Tera Byte  and the month is not over.
Today is Sept. 26 and that gives four days to go.

From the above link:
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"The prospect of a U.S. household reaching 1TB of monthly use is still several years away," says Michael Greeson, co-founder and director of research at the Diffusion Group (TDG), a research and advisory group. "Even heavy Netflix households are lucky to hit 250GB to 300GB a month, so there is still a lot of headroom."

When was that?

Do the math. With three people watching videos at the same  time, the connection will hit 15 Mbps or higher. At that rate you can do a the Big T in under month if you watch videos all day long.

But nobody would do that - right? :o

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Re: Easy way to Burn Tera Byte Cap?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 05:51:06 PM »
The most I've ever managed is around 600GB.

However, I also reasonably trust the usage measurement provided by my ISP.

Comcast is already well known for arbitrarily inflating values, "accidentally" charging all customers for data usage of all of them put together (eg. three neighbours have 1TB plans, they all use 500GB but all get charged for a 500GB overage) There are countless instances of suspicious users using a FreeBSD router to meter all of their Internet traffic and finding that Comcast's own tool claims overages as high as 1TB when they used only 200GB of their 1TB cap.

I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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Re: Easy way to Burn Tera Byte Cap?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 07:01:38 PM »
I had no idea.
I found that people have complained to Com Cast about how the meter works
Here is a link:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Comcast_Xfinity/comments/5qkze5/comcast_xfinity_data_usage_meter_is_wrong/

Among the cripes, here is just one that seems credible.
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Aug-October, we were using about a half a terabyte a month in usage. November-January we have gone over a terabyte without anything changing at all.

We watch Netflix and Hulu. We play a few hours of xbox live games a month.

We've changed our password and escalated, but the lady just kept repeating that our smart TV (that we've had since August) must just be doing updates every month (to the tune of 500GB??)

We've only had a problem since you started the cap, this is straight robbery.
From the above, the user does not have the same numbers as the service. And they do not correlate.  The deference goes above and below. This would indicate the measurement tools are defective.

High error rates might  increase apparent data usage. But if the data rate were to increase by say 5 % due to placket recovery, that would indicate that 5 % of the data was bad. A 5% lose of data is not acceptable by any standard. The error rate should be below a fraction of 1 per cent. And the user should never pay for lost data. 
One theory is that devices are doing updates. Updates? Gigabyte updates?  I don't think I have any devices that have gigabyte of firmware.

Has anybody here recently had trouble with ComCast?