If you have a high speed [or high bandwidth] broadband internet connection with limited download/upload usage then you must be worried about your internet bills. Often, we exceed our limits if we do not use any usage logging software like Networx.
Previously, we have talked about how to use Networx to manage your bandwidth, usage and Quota easily. Today, we are going to discuss how to lower the overall usage of data. These data includes some unnecessary downloads, occurring behind you, which causes unwanted high usage of your limited broadband. So, we shall learn how to find and stop these junks being downloaded…
#1: Conceptual issue: “When I surf, I don’t Download”
This is the biggest conceptual issue, carried my most newbie users… When we subscribe for a particular usage plan, then the limit is imparted on overall usage, not just to our bulk downloads. Say, when we are browsing the internet for some random sites, then we may think that we are not downloading actually! So we keep on browsing more and more… The thing goes wrong here. We should remember that:
- In internet usage statistics, we can not separate bulk download data usage [say, downloading a song or some software] and surfing data usage.
- Both are logged and charged from the free usage quota simultaneously.
- When the quota exceeds, then the charge of extra downloads for both surfing and bulk downloading is added to our bill.
So, better we just deprecate this separate thinking of downloading and surfing and concentrate only on the transferred [downloaded or uploaded] data over the internet to manage our quota. Next time, while watching a video on YouTube, we should not think that we have not downloaded anything. Because, actually we have downloaded the video to watch it in the browser [Now, obviously we can not save this download permanently on our HDD by general methods].
#2: Knowing the Bandwidth measuring units: Difference between KBps and kbps
It is very important to know about how we measure the usage statistics. Although, virtually KBps and kbps are treated as same by many users, actually both of them are different units of data measurement.
- kbps = Kilo Bits per second;
- KBps = Kilo Bytes per second;
- 8 bits = 1 bytes => 8kb = 1 KB
Similar relationships holds for [mb, MB], [gb, GB] and so… So, the next time you see that you have consumed only 100,000 kb of data from your limit, do not confuse it with 100,000 KB. Your usage is actually lower!
#3: Preventive Measure: Automatic Downloads:
This is the biggest issue behind all unwanted usages. Often we forgot to turn off the automatic updates of many software, which downloads the latest version of that particular software in background and flushes a considerable portion of our usage quota. So, we should:
- Turn on the Automatic Updates for Anti-Virus Software only. Others should not have automatic updates turned on. If we need them, then we should consider to update them manually.
Personally, I have only turned automatic updates for Avast! AntiVirus and Firefox Web Browser.
- If possible, then download the updates from the server in zipped form, in order to save bandwidth.
Turning off Automatic Windows Update:
- Go to Control Panel > Switch to Classic View from the left sidebar.
- Now navigate to “Windows Update” and from the sidebar choose, “Change Setting”.
- Select the “Never Check for updates” and you are done!
Turning off other Automatic Updates:
Depending on your PC environment, there can be many software having default preference to turn on the automatic updates. These include:
- Adobe Reader: Open Adobe Acrobat reader > Edit > Preferences > Under General Categories Deselect “Check for Updates”;
- Apple Software Update: Open it from start menu > Edit > Preferences > Set the schedule to “Never”;
- Other services can be disabled by following the similar process stated above.
#4: Zipped Downloading and Uploading:
This can save your bandwidth a lot. Why to waste a 10 MB of data transfer when you can compress it to 6-7 MB?
- While downloading, if an option is there, then do choose the zipped download;
- If you need to email something to someone, then always zip that file using regular windows interface [Right Click > Send To > Compressed(Zipped) Folder] or using Win-UHA.
In this way you can save 1-2 MB per 10 MB of download and upload. Remember that penny and penny, makes many!
#5: Always Turn off your Broadband when not in use:
Last but not least, do switch off your modem and disconnect it properly when it is not in use! It does save some amount of transfer from running applications like messenger, email clients etc…
#6: Other Aspects:
All these tips were for general users. If you are a download-a-holic, then all these are not going to save much for you! But obviously, these are worth a try… In addition, you can also
li>Download, only during the unmetered hours. You can use Scheduler software [
- Get yourself a unlimited usage plan, with lower speed [quite obvious] which will help you both on not exceeding limits as well as, getting rid of your downloading habits.
So that was our point of views on general Broadband usage and pre-cautions. I hope it was beneficial for you as well. Don’t forget to share your experience with us!