How much internet data does live use per month?

I'm not sure why but Comcast decided to get greedy and do away with unlimited internet in your home.  We are all now limited to only 300GB usage per month or you will be charged $10 for each 50GB after that.

I didn't think XBL and online MMOs used that much data but when GTA Online came out I was playing it non stop for a few weeks.  And now CoD Ghosts is out and I'm playing it on XBL a lot too but not near as much as I was with GTA Online.

Anyways, Comcast is telling me that I used 400GB last month! Which was when GTA Online came out.  And they are saying I've already used over 240GB this month and we are only 18 days into the cycle. 

I just don't understand how I'm using so much data when all I do is XBL and or MMOs.   

I'm RARELY on YouTube and if I am on YT I only watch a quick clip or 2 each month.   I don't download movies or anything.     I just browse the internet.  Nothing with lots of photos or videos on it.

So my only guess is XBL and MMO PC games are using TONS of data or Comcast is really cheating me and lieing about it.   Which wouldn't surprise me.

This really has me bummed out as I work from home also.  But like I said I'm not doing anything crazy that uses all this data so I dont know where its coming from. Only thing I can think of is XBL.

Please help

 

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Hi there!  To be honest, it can be pretty wildly variant depending on what you're playing and what modes.  We don't really have official numbers, though if I had to guess I'd say you'd get some but not a ton of gaming in on those limits.  I would say to test, maybe run it through a bridged connection with your PC while tracking the data usage

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If you download Games on Demand, XBLA etc. Netflix, Amazon Instant all add up too.

I'm with Comcast too and they haven't removed the unlimited yet.

I have 3 PC's, 2 Xbox 360's, lots of movie streaming from Amazon and more and I don't use over 300GB. So either you use it for more than you outline or someone in your house is. Is your Wifi secure? No neighbours grabbing your Internet connection? :)

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[quote user="WhiteBoi360"]So my only guess is XBL and MMO PC games are using TONS of data[/quote]

Well, it depends how often and how long you play the games. In a previous thread, I did route the traffic for a Live multiplayer match for a few minutes through my PC and captured the data.

During Multiplayer matches VERY SMALL data packets (approximately a hundred bytes or 0.1-0.2 MB per packet) are sent around, as the multiplayer data should travel quickly through even the slowest lines to your opponents or teammates.

From my capture playing Battlefield 1943 I averaged to about 1,5 to 2 MB per hour. So even if you play multiplayer around the clock every day for a month (30 days), you should just about pass one Gigabyte.

However I didn't play other games and haven't captured GTA Online yet. So this is just an estimate. But even if I double the numbers, you should never reach the amount of 300 GB only by Multiplayer and MMO gametime.

However, keep in mind that depending on the game you play, the MMO Game Client often updates the Client and might download a lot of data before getting you in the game.

Additionally, keep in mind that Windows Machines pull Windows Update patches automatically depending on your setting without you doing anything. And in the case of Windows 8 your machines might have downloaded the 8.1 update which is several Gigabytes large.

And finally: Check the settings of your router. Some models can be set up for flat rate plans with no limit, time metered connections and data metered connections, and sometimes these routers keep a journal with the amount of data transferred or how long the router was connected to the internet.

See if you can set your router to a data metered connection limited to 300 GB and see if the router keeps a journal of your data usage. That way you might have a comparison to the claims of your ISP (however, keep in mind that these journals are just an estimate).

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@Baza They did away with unlimited in my area (TN). We called them to verify.

And no Im not streaming Netflix or anything else on my Xbox. I just game.

My router is secure. I checked it to see which devices have ever connected to it and I didnt see any I didnt recognize.  Its a fairly new neighborhood and theres a few other secure networks in range so Im assuming most if not all of everyone has their own connection.

The only other person that uses the net is my mom but she rarely uses it and just uses it for facebook or to look at something real fast.

So yea, not sure where all this usage is coming from.

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A lot of the internet companies are doing this.

ATT caps at 150 G for their regular DSL and 250 G for Uverse internet.

At first the only thing my internet was used for was gaming and a little surfing but never had a problem. Then we got 3 Rokus (streaming devices) and I started hitting the 150 G cap. On any given day there was 3 different movies streaming on 3 different tvs. I have since switched to Uverse internet and have not had a problem. Atleast they haven't set me an email saying I was reaching my cap like before. I am not sure about MMOs but it is hard for me to believe that if you are only using internet for XBL and MMOs that you are pulling 300G. We had 3 different streaming devices, XBL, surfing, and misc stuff and was hitting about 200G a month or so.

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Yeah. I am eith virgin. Wish xbox live had a built in app to measure data use.

I want to save money and switch to mobie wi fi uou knoe those mobile hot spots

you can use for your tablet. Only want to pay £10 a month but that would  only get you 2Gb a month.

Can I stay alive water gas electric phone psy tv bills are crucifying me.

How can I save money on all these data seeking devices mobile phone data too.

I want an ALL data in one place deal.

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I know that cod black ops two is one of the highest online data users as far as xbl is concerned. Don't know about GTA. COD can pull as much as 30 to 40 mb an hour.  At 50 mb/h at 10 hours a day is still only 1 gig a day up to 31 gig a month. If your going through 300g a month and only playing xbl you need to change your router passwords and call your provider and try and find out what is eating your data.  Good luck to you.

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WhiteBoi the same thing happened to me. I aswell played GtA V and some other games. We reached the Comcast cap that's 300gigs (we live in AZ). I believe that gta may eat the Internet up because this has never happened before. For is though my brother seemed to stream a bit. I still think it's gta v. The new update now was some gigs and also I feel the game would take up lots of data depending on what other players are doing. It has a large map where things can be done and a lot of the time I feel like whenever someone will do something in an area. I don't know if you were playing when the infection of the crates I front of Eclipse Towers. I think all those crates may have sent LOTS of packets and eaten up Internet too as a lot of the time there would be 300-400 crates therez

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