Get the Most from Xfinity and Stay Under Your Data Cap!
Here’S. Our starter guide on staying under your cap and saving some cash Music, even if your isp caps, your data, you’ll, still want to budget some megabytes for all the work here on reviews.org so hit those subscribe buttons down below for more industry news, gadget reviews and some Upcoming contests and giveaways, managing a modern household is tough. Basically, everything in your home now consumes some data. Like i wouldn’t be surprised. If someone in our comments has a wi fi enabled coffee mug, please share a picture of your wi fi, enabled coffee mug the insidious thing about data caps, they’re they’re kind of always in the back of your brain as a chilling effect on your behavior. Am i using too much data? Am i not using enough i’ve always found the idea of quantity of data to be a terrible way to sell connection. Xfinity doesn’t even offer rollover data, so you bought this chunk of stuff and if you don’t use it all, it goes away, but you can be sure if you use more you’re gon na get charged for it. The best way to live with data caps is building good habits with good information. First, we want a global view of how much data you’re consuming and your isp should have a data usage monitor somewhere in their customer service website. That’S about all your isp is going to be good, for maybe a big bar graph it’s, not terrifically helpful, but we should be able to see how often you’re getting up to that cap or going over it it’s a start and from there we can dig a Little deeper into your trends, we need to audit how many gadgets in your home are connected to the internet and see if we can find the gadgets that are eating up the most data.
The biggest offenders are going to be consumer consumption gadgets. Pcs phones, tablets, streaming sticks, game consoles, etc, since our isp, probably won’t, do a more granular accounting of how many gadgets are on your home network and how much data each is using. We have to do that ourselves. We can log into a wi fi router and at least get a list of gadgets connected to that router from there. Each computing device should be able to tell you how much data it’s using individually if it has an option for network connection settings somewhere in there. You should be able to monitor that connection. It might look funny if you do a lot of local networking. For example, i edit videos off of my nos, so it looks like i’m using a ton of data every month, but the computer is tracking local traffic. In addition to web traffic, still windows can give me a better accounting of every byte of data. It sensor receives ditto, androids, iphones, macs and game consoles. Sometimes streaming sticks can be a little trickier depending on what you use. So you might need to do some math on how much content you stream over a smart tv or streaming box netflix uses about three gigabytes of data per hour of hd video and up to 12 gigabytes of data per hour of streaming 4k. It is fun having all the toys, but we’re, probably also duplicating a lot of network activity. If you have the same accounts, services and games on your phone and your tablet that’s.
Doubling the data use for the same information, so we’ve done a little auditing. We’Ve tracked use around your home and looked into more specific gadget details. We know how many devices are connected. Now we can set some budgets some devices you’re not going to want to mess with that much like network security cameras. Maybe you can save a little data by limiting how sensitive they are to alerts, but the effort to do that likely won’t, save you a ton of data and the whole point of using those cameras is to track activity outside your home or data backups cloud apps. On phones and pcs sure you can save some data by limiting how they work or what gets backed up. But that might also compromise your data it’s not going to feel great to stay under your cap, but then lose some precious photos because they weren’t backed up properly security and backups. Some fine tuning is a good idea, but those are the types of services. I would try to budget around a bigger data hog streaming, video services. We want to minimize streaming when you’re not really watching some folks like to fall asleep to some tv playing. The noise can be comforting, but that can seriously eat into your data cap for use that isn’t conscious. If it’s the noise, you need maybe consider switching to music or podcasts those use a lot less data than video and with multiple video streaming devices in your home.
It might be worth limiting playback quality, the frustrating thing about netflix. As an example, there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to limit quality over wi fi on the netflix mobile app. You can control how much cellular data you use but to control for wi fi. You need to change your settings at the account level for netflix. Specifically, it also might be worth bumping your plan down a tier, maybe you’re, fine, with hd streams, and you don’t need that 4k. That could also save you an extra four dollars a month on your subscription, while using less data, hbo hulu, disney, plus youtube amazon. Each service is gon na, be a little different and how you can control these kinds of settings. Some of this can be done at the account level. Some needs to be done on each individual device, but considering the trends the popularity of cord cutting. This is likely a large chunk of your data, so taking the time here to customize a little should have an impact on your overall use. Next, we can also fine tune. Our social media, behavior social media platforms want to lock our primate brains into staying on their service for as long as they can keep us that time on site is critical for them. So when you install a social media, app on a phone or a tablet, it’s likely got all the bells and whistles cranked to 11 scrolling through your feed and videos auto play using a card style interface, where images are prioritized it’s all pretty to try and keep Us zoned into that app.
Well, we can tweak some of this too, using twitter as an example, we can customize high quality images, high quality video settings and when videos will auto play it’s, actually pretty easy to just hit the data saver button in the app to shut down. Quite a bit of the eye, candy stuff and save you a little traffic and again you’ll need to track your own use, maybe it’s facebook or tick tock, youtube or some other service. I scan a lot through reddit but anymore. I browse through a simplified list, view it’s easier for me to find the articles i want to read without having to dig through larger image thumbnails. I just don’t like the wasted space, but it also uses less data, so it’s a win win for gamers out there. The good news is online. Gameplay, usually doesn’t hit your data that hard. The bad news is updating, consoles and games can eat up a ton of data, and sometimes it seems that single update, full of bug, fixes and patches is basically just downloading a whole extra standalone game, gigabytes and gigabytes used up in a single burst. This one’s trickier, because you’ve got to balance the convenience of your whole game library, against the urge to play what you want when you want the basics. Try to limit game updates to just the games you’re, currently actively playing you don’t need to eat up extra data on your entire archive of games.
Instead, you could use extra data near the end of your billing cycle to keep older games up to date, use it or lose it right. However, what i just said about gaming and data only works for traditional console and pc gaming. If you’re starting to use cloud gaming services like stadia gamepass geforce, now, your data usage is gon na spike hard. If your data connection can sustain stadia’s max 4k stream, quality you’ll be using around 20 gigabytes an hour just one second i’m gon na do some really tricky math yep. It totally checks out if you have a one terabyte cap and did nothing but stream 4k gaming. Your data would be nuked after about 50 hours. Likewise, 1080p gaming on stadia uses a little more than half that data rate around 12 gig per hour, so you’d get around 80 hours of playtime, of course, that’s a ridiculous magic number because that’s, if you only streamed games on your connection and used it for nothing Else right now, caps feel most punitive to new services like game streaming, where an hour of hd gaming a day can chew through almost half of your monthly data, a very tangible example of how caps can have a chilling effect on innovation and new services. Lastly, you might be able to spread out some of your usage to your cell phone plan. Try to concentrate some services on your mobile data like the previously mentioned social media. Examples maybe try to use those while on lte or 5g, just to take some of the load off your home.
Wi fi make sure you keep an eye on your phone plan, though this would be a terrible idea if you pay per gig on your phone. Obviously, even on an unlimited data plan, unlimited data plan – you have to be careful with this tactic like if i switch to 5g to scan through reddit, but then forget to turn wi fi back on before watching some twitch. I could accidentally nuke my monthly cell phone data and get throttled like crazy. It all depends on your use and your family’s use, but if you’re paying for multiple data connections, you should definitely try to get your money’s worth out of all those data pipes, because at the end of the day, if isps are going to act like data. Is this precious resource measured by quantity? Then we should normalize using all the data you pay for, if you routinely have extra data left at the end of the month. Consider using that to help other family members with remote backups you and a friend can set up hard drives in each other’s homes for off site storage. You could donate a little extra data to research organizations like folding at home. A tiny bit of data every month can help scientists and there are a number of initiatives that offer similar distributed computing platforms to researchers. You can backup and seed legal torrents for your favorite programs in public domain media. I really like the open source image editing program.
So i leave it in my bittorrent client to help others download it. Faster archive.org often uses bittorrent as a way to offload some of their bandwidth on public domain media, use it or lose it right so make sure your needs are covered and that you’ve got some healthy, padding like a bit of a data buffer but it’s not hard. Finding some extra ways to use data if you find yourself consistently under your cap data caps suck but a little information, a little monitoring and some small changes in behavior. We can make them a lot easier to deal with and for a little more info on managing caps, some tips you can employ from your router check out the video we linked in the description down below, as always thanks. So much for watching for sharing these videos. Subscribing to the channel for reviews.