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Data usage

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:03 pm
by mogwai
I'm on a wifi that has restricted data transfers per month so need to ensure I keep my usage low. I just recieved a 150$ data bill so am trying to track offender !!!

How much roughly does Wunderground uploads use ?
Can I check how much exactly has been transfered on wifi connection using wundeground or meteobridge ?
Roughly how big are meteobridge software updates ? (I will turn off auto update to save data)


Re: Data usage

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:19 am
by DouglasW
Greetings Mogwai,

From 27/1/2019 to 9/2/2019 I have used 88MB of 3G data with EE. I update to Windfinder, Wunderground, Metoffice WOW and WindGuru every 5 minutes. I have updated the Meteobridge software once and accessed my MBP Red via its web access on 6 occasions. So that is less than 7MB per day.

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Re: Data usage

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:42 am
by mogwai
Thanks so much.

Can you clarify....does it download the software each time it starts? How big is the software each time

If so no internet no boot?

Re: Data usage

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:19 am
by Mattk
One should not have the MB get newest on boot set every time it starts or any other form of automatic update, this is just a waste of bandwidth, updates should be done manually when the update has some specific purpose for you and not just for the sake of being a new build version.

Usage has a lot to do with a variety of things and I have never really been able to put my finger on the cause. Some routers are simply bad at chewing up resources for no apparent reason

Re: Data usage

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:39 am
by DouglasW
Matt gives some excellent advice. I too only update the software manually if there is a problem. For 30 days 11/11/2018 to 10/12/2018 I did not update the software and I did not log in to the web interface. I updated the 4 networks mentioned above every 5 minutes using a usb dongle connected to the EE network. My EE account shows I used 5.3MB/day.

Previously I used a SIM card from 1p Mobile (1p per MB) which is a virtual carrier using the EE network. I used 33MB per day with them. I assume every 5 minutes I was not using a whole MB but their billing charged me 1p for a whole MB.