What Will Put You Over your HughesNet Gen4 Data Limit
What Will Put You Over Your Data Limit?
HughesNet Gen4 offers three monthly plans, the Power, Power Pro and Power Max. Each plan has a restriction on how much "data" you can download within a month. The data usage limits are divided into "Anytime Allowance "and "Bonus Bytes". Generally speaking, the "Anytime Allowance "is a limit on data usage during the daytime and the "Bonus Bytes" are your limit on data usage between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. However, if you exceed your "Bonus Byte" limit between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8a.m., that usage will be deducted from your "Anytime Allowance".
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How Much Data Is It?
It is said that 90% of all bandwidth usage is consumed by 5% of the users. The average household with one or two computers will find that the Power plan with 20 GB of monthly usage (10 GB Anytime and 10 Bonus Bytes) should offer more than enough bandwidth to suit their needs. Of course if you have teenagers in the house that spend hours every day keeping up with their friends latest YouTube videos, or hooking up their Xbox, this theory goes right out the window.
There are many variables in trying to estimate just how much “Data Usage” is right for you. Below, to assist you in trying to calculate what your usage needs are, I have given my estimates of what you can do with your 10 GB “Anytime Allowance” in a month. Again, these are my estimates only, based on my research, and the size and type of file, photo or videos that you download will ultimately determine how much you will use.
1 GB = 20 Hours of Web Browsing
1 GB = 1500 emails
1 GB = 12 Hours on Facebook
1 GB = Download 120 Photographs
1 GB = Download 150 Text Files
1 GB = 30 Hours of music (MP3)
1 GB = 2.5 Hours on YouTube (low resolution)
1 GB = 2 Hours Video Chat
1 GB = 1.25 Hours of SD TV or Movies
1 GB = Â½ Hour of a HD Movie
As I stated earlier, there are many variables in my estimates, and your actual usage will depend on the size of files that you download. A good rule to follow is to keep an eye on your usage meter located on the HughesNet Gen4 home page to determine your actual usage., If you find that a particular activity is using a lot of your “Anytime Allowance” you may be able to schedule that activity to download during the “Bonus Bytes” time using the Download Manager tool offered with HughesNet. You can schedule large downloads such as Microsoft software updates to take place during the night so they only use Bonus Bytes” and have no impact on your “Anytime” Data Allowance. I will write more about the Download Manager later.
Top 4 Gen4 Bandwidth Hogs!
Hughesnet's 3 packages offer 10GB/mo, 15GB/mo, and 20GB/mo. This sounded like a lot of data, and it is! But there is still a chance you could run over your month data limit. You have 3 options when this happens.
1) Take advantage of the free download hours and use the download scheduler. We'll write more about this later.
2) Purchase additional bandwidth.
3) Avoid the biggest bandwidth hogs!
And that brings me to my top 4 things that might eat up your Gen4 bandwidth!
OK, really any video sharing site just destroys your bandwidth limit. This includes MetaCafe, Vimeo, Break, and any other similar clip sharing site. The average video on these sites are about 10MB. While this sounds like a small number think about the last time you watched just 1 video on YouTube!
The biggest thing you can do to make this better is to reduce the resolution on the videos. Watching the latest Lady Gaga video in HD is going to take up at least 50MB of your bandwidth. If you reduce the video resolution to 240p it will cut the size down 10 fold.
How to change the resolution of a YouTube video.
There is no way around this. Netflix is the fastest way to use up your monthly quota . A movie is going to eat up over 0.5 to 1.5 GB of your monthly limit. You'll also hit your daily limits with files these size. In general, using the Netflix DVD delivery service is a better option for you.
If you leave a torrent client on it will continually upload content from your computer. Even if all of your current files are downloaded. This is a perpetual bandwidth hog. We recommend turning off your torrent client if you aren't actively using it. The other thing to be aware of is that if you download large files it will use up your bandwidth. Every Torrent tells you its size, but you also need to take into account that you are both uploading and downloading that file.
Some viruses constantly stream data from or to your computer. Like a dripping faucet this can eat away are your bandwidth limits. We strongly recommend that you use an antivirus and keep it up to date. If you don't have one, AVG Free is among the many free antivirus programs available.
Stay tuned. In a later post I'll tell you the top programs that are NOT eating up your bandwidth.