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Victor in North Pole, Alaska listens on Newsradio 970 KFBX and asked: “I have Internet access with the Gigabit speed. I recently purchased a Netgear Nighthawk mesh that gives me better coverage throughout my house. But the Internet provider is now saying that I’m using too much bandwidth. Just this month alone, they say I’ve used over 5 terabytes of downloads. I can’t figure out what is using – I haven’t added any other hardware other than my router. They suggest it’s either a virus – and I’ve run virus scans, or somebody using my Internet – which I changed everything when I put the new router in. So I’m wondering if there’s some app or program that can tell me what device is using the most bandwidth and using the most data.”
Victor, your router will do it for you.
The first thing we should mention is that you may need to upgrade its firmware, since older versions didnt have this feature.
After you do that, go into the settings and turn on something called Dynamic QoS, or Dynamic quality of service.
The idea is that the router analyzes what devices are using more bandwidth and tries to prioritize the things you need, which is nice and all but what we want is the reporting functionality that comes with it.
If you let it run for a while and go back to the settings youll find a table listing each of your devices and next to each youll see how much bandwidth theyve been using.
After that its just a matter of figuring out why. For example, 4K TV will use several gigabytes per hour, so maybe the culprit is something like that, still 5TB is a good deal of data, so its worth having a look youll probably be able to cut that down.
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