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I have reached my monthly allowance (250 GB), which means there is a 0.125 Mbps speed cap. I have decided to pay

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Depending on what browser you use, Chrome allows you to have plugins load on demand, specifically stuff like Flash which can take a little bit of bandwidth.

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A pair of pliers to the cable should do the trick, you will wait a week for the engineer to come back and fix it and then you will have all your bandwidth back :)

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Opera Turbo would help. Opera also has plug-ins on demand to block flash (Though unless you already have Opera, would need to download it lol)

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I find getting a company that doesn't have limits to be the best way to have more bandwidth available :p

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I find getting a company that doesn't have limits to be the best way to have more bandwidth available :p

You have no idea how much I regret going with Plusnet.

And we're 1 month into an 18-month contract :(

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Only tip I can think of is to use sandboxie on the computes now that you've disabled windows update.

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You have no idea how much I regret going with Plusnet.

And we're 1 month into an 18-month contract :(

damn man. Might be worth breaking it if you can find a better service. A few hundred is a good price to pay for peace of mind and unlimited bandwidth.... at least to me it would be.

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What ISP are you with?

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What ISP are you with?

Plusnet.

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Does your router have the ability to monitor bandwidth usage?

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Any other tips?

Run Squid....

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Does your router have the ability to monitor bandwidth usage?

Unfortunately not.

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I have disabled Windows Update on my PC and my parent's laptop.

You need to figure out where your bandwidth is going. Patches for two computers don't amount anywhere near your 250GB cap, or even the extra 5GB you bought. Are you using bittorrent, Netflix or other streaming video services?

How much bandwidth will those two machines of yours be unknowingly burning through when they have crapware installed on them, because the fixes for long-known exploits still haven't been installed?

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I always use Opera Turbo when I'm using data limited connections - might be worth getting everyone on your connection to use a browser or a plugin that does similar compression for a bit, and of course there's always options to just not load images at all if you're getting near the limits, or even just force yourself to browse mobile sites.

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You need to figure out where your bandwidth is going. Patches for two computers don't amount anywhere near your 250GB cap, or even the extra 5GB you bought. Are you using bittorrent, Netflix or other streaming video services?

How much bandwidth will those two machines of yours be unknowingly burning through when they have crapware installed on them, because the fixes for long-known exploits still haven't been installed?

The 250 GB is not the issue here. The 5 GB temporary limit is.

The two systems are solid so they're not leaking data via. crapware etc.

As I said, I've asked the 'rents to not stream any videos.

Hopefully the 5 GB will last 7 days - but I highly doubt it.

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74mbps!!!!

WTF SO FAST

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74mbps!!!!

WTF SO FAST

But with a 250 GB monthly cap, it's pointless.

Even though I'm only 1 month into a 18 month contract, I'm paying to leave. I don't care if it's

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But with a 250 GB monthly cap, it's pointless.

Even though I'm only 1 month into a 18 month contract, I'm paying to leave. I don't care if it's

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I see why you went with them initially... that speed. But ya, good choice on looking for another provider. I wouldn't leave yet until you find one though that is unlimited, or at least has a much higher cap.

The ISP said that even though I was within 30 days of the contract beginning, I can not leave without paying

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If these are correct, cancellation fee's don't see too bad... http://www.simplifyd...rmination-fees/

I'd ditch them honestly.

They're out of date.

I just called them. I have to pay

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Sry to say but i dont dont see how your using 10 gig a day unless none of you leave the house or your always watching HD videos though i will admit i have no idea on netflix as i do not use there service.

One thing you can do is install this on all the computers and see who is draining the most of the bandwidth http://www.floriangilles.com/software/netspeedmonitor/download/

Another alternative is to see see if you can flash your router with custom firmware: http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index oh and of cause install extensions like adblock plus, no script etc etc. But hitting a 250gig limit is something ive not done in a while and that was only because i downloaded alot.

But personally i dont hit 10gig a day unless im using torrents and even then they can be set ona timer.

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That's a really bad situation to be in but I couldn't cope with a cap like that. I'd blow through it in no time, just as you have. Not only that but I'd be constantly worried about going over, which just isn't any fun. It's worth checking your legal rights, as there may be a way to minimise or avoid any leaving cost - even if it's a longshot it's better checking it out than forking over that much money unnecessarily.

I've checked my legal stance, and I can not leave early, There is not a cooling off period once the connection has "gone live" (which was three weeks ago).

I just called and to end, I have to pay

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