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Old 07-02-2006, 20:41
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Signed up to Wanadoo broadband now, with a 2GB monthly limit - so roughly how much is this per month.


It sounds like a question you'd get on a Maths exam (and I've got a degree in Maths and still can't figure it out), but with a speed of 512,000 bps, roughly speaking how many hours a month online does a monthly limit of 2GB equate too?


Similarly, does anyone with Wanadoo know if it is possible to check your usage online?
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Old 07-02-2006, 20:49
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Well, what do you do when you're online?

Do you mainly just surf and send a few emails?

Do you download lots, or use peer to peer or newsgroups?

It's hard to say how much it is without knowing your internet habits.

If you're using your connection at full pelt downloading all the time, then I wouldn't expect 2Gb to last long. A few days, perhaps.
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Old 07-02-2006, 20:56
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hello

try this, its a little program which monitors the amount of data you download.

you can set your cap limit, and it will tell you how much you have left and how much you download each day etc.

net meter

the beta works fine, have used it for years, no spyware or ads.
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Old 07-02-2006, 21:39
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if you downloaded at full speed for roughly 11 hours, it would be used up
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Old 07-02-2006, 22:03
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Put simply, it's poo unless you do no or very little downloading - although a friend of mine was VERY surprisingly actually allowed to LEAVE wanadoo after he got a letter advising he had used far more than his 2 gig allowance during his first month. His download amount? 135 gig
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Old 07-02-2006, 23:33
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Originally Posted by Brekkie Boy
Signed up to Wanadoo broadband now, with a 2GB monthly limit - so roughly how much is this per month.


It sounds like a question you'd get on a Maths exam (and I've got a degree in Maths and still can't figure it out), but with a speed of 512,000 bps, roughly speaking how many hours a month online does a monthly limit of 2GB equate too?


Similarly, does anyone with Wanadoo know if it is possible to check your usage online?

They wont bother you unless you abuse it. My bro uses far more than this every month, and has never ehard a thing from them. Its the serious download/upload people they will chase up. a few gig and you will be fine. Relax and enjoy your broadband.
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Old 08-02-2006, 00:22
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My habits vary. Generally most the time it's browsing forums - so obviously alot of the time I'm online the connection is actually idle.

I don't intend to get into downloading whole movies or series, but I do download clips occassionally. I've don't intend to increase my usage at all, though of course may come across things that I'd have avoided due to 1 hour downloads in the past which I'd be tempted to download now.


I've worked out roughly that 2GB a month equates to around 66 MB a day - which considering on dial-up it would take me about 4-5 minutes to download 1 MB of content, it be equivalent to around 5 hours a day on dial-up - so should be plenty.


I tried calculating this before and came to the conclusion I could spend 2 minutes online a day - so I'm thinking I went wrong somewhere!
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Old 08-02-2006, 00:45
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Originally Posted by sicknote10
if you downloaded at full speed for roughly 11 hours, it would be used up
Like to know how you worked that out, as the O/P never actually said what speed he's connected to!!!!
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:25
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Originally Posted by andygrif
Like to know how you worked that out, as the O/P never actually said what speed he's connected to!!!!
Hi

I thought he did ...........


Originally Posted by brekkie boy
but with a speed of 512,000 bps,
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:32
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Doh! Note to self. Must read whole post!
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:53
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Originally Posted by Brekkie Boy
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I've worked out roughly that 2GB a month equates to around 66 MB a day - which considering on dial-up it would take me about 4-5 minutes to download 1 MB of content, it be equivalent to around 5 hours a day on dial-up - so should be plenty.


I tried calculating this before and came to the conclusion I could spend 2 minutes online a day - so I'm thinking I went wrong somewhere!
Not wishing to state the obvious, but the time spent on-line is irelevant; you'll just see a few packets of data going across, and this will have next to no effect on your usage. Maybe I misread your underlying point though.

FWIW we have a 4Gb cap, we never get much beyond 3Gb and that's with one PC on a lot of the time, another on for quite a bit for the boys to play on the internet, and the laptop on with Mrs 10p3 lsitening to BBC7 Listen Again a few evenings a week, plus occasional s/w + XP update downloads and me working from home occasionally.

2G would be enough for a lot of surfing & plenty of email, but not a lot else. If you're just surfing plus a bit of d/l though, it's enough. Not everyone wants 3 films a night, or 200 MP3s.
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Old 10-02-2006, 19:39
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whilst i feel 2GB can be enough for general surfing, its important to remember that if you spend say 2 hours per evening on line, is that 2 hours because you don't have extra time to spare, or because you've honestly finished what you are doing?

I've found that most people at least spend the same amount of time online when they get broadband, and therefore visit more pages and sites due to the increase in speed. Therefore their hourly usage/pages per hour increases significantly.

Basically, dialup is very frustrating, waiting for pages to load. When you get broadband you can do what you previously did in 10% of the time, so are more than likely to have a huge increase in usage.
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Old 10-02-2006, 19:59
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Originally Posted by Brekkie Boy
Signed up to Wanadoo broadband now, with a 2GB monthly limit - so roughly how much is this per month.


It sounds like a question you'd get on a Maths exam (and I've got a degree in Maths and still can't figure it out), but with a speed of 512,000 bps, roughly speaking how many hours a month online does a monthly limit of 2GB equate too?


Similarly, does anyone with Wanadoo know if it is possible to check your usage online?
Hi

Info on how to assess your usage can be found here

http://www.wanadoo.co.uk/time/bb_option3.htm#


scroll down option 1 and click on check our "usage calculator "
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