Question about 5GB cap on satellite internet

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by calebb0917, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. calebb0917 macrumors member

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    Hey everyone. I am moving to a rural area and I am forced to switch to satellite Internet. I have researched several companies' plans and have found that most of them over a 5GB download cap. Is simple web browsing and YouTube watching going to contribute to this 5GB cap? Or is that in a totally different ballpark?
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  2. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Anything you do on the internet will count towards your cap.
     
  3. calebb0917 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thank you so much. ; )
     
  4. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    Also, keep an eye on your OS X updates. I have a buddy who is on Hughes and he frequently gets nailed for overages when OS X updates. There's a way to trick your computer into checking for updates in that little window of time in the wee hours of the morning when it's okay to go hog wild with downloads but it can be a hassle.
     
  5. calebb0917 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you ; )
     
  6. zorahk macrumors 6502

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    Wow there are places that still use sat internet?

    That sucks. I feel your pain.
     
  7. calebb0917 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah we are moving outside of my town's city limits and pretty much the only option is satellite. We don't even get 3G cell service where I live. It sucks so bad.
     
  8. Pomeroy macrumors 6502

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    I had to use Hughes Net for awhile a couple years ago and used http://www.igetter.net/iGetter.html to do large downloads and updates late at night so as not to count against the download cap. I believe the Free download hours were between 2 AM and 5 Am. I set iGetter so as to download between those hours while I was asleep and they would be ready to install the next morning while I had my coffee. I never went over my cap after that.
     
  9. robanga macrumors 68000

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    Curious..Does Hughes give you a decent meter? Cellular companies do not.
     
  10. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Best meter is iStat. Just add your daily usage up if you shut down. If you don't, then iStat just keeps the meter going.
     
  11. calebb0917 thread starter macrumors member

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  12. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    iStat doesn't differentiate network transfers vs internet, and only the latter counts toward your cap.
     
  13. Pomeroy macrumors 6502

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    On Hughes Net you can keep up with how much you are using by going to your account on their web page.
     
  14. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    5 GB is all you get:eek: I can use that in a day. With only legal downloads
     

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