What's confusing is that I did get my courtesy month back (for a day).
Then they took it away again.
Zero here too. What Xfinity giveth, I suppose comcast taketh away from the other guy who lost a free month. Thank you O donor of the free bytes 😛
There is some bot traffic picking up from what I see. I got two nailing my firewall now. 188.8.131.52 is Japan utility -- some telco, and another one 184.108.40.206 is an Amazon cloud service, Korea based. SYN Probes. About 5 hits/sec each. Probably hijacked virtual machines.
Does it count as data cap traffic? Probably.
You know, with all the posts about data usage here and in the billing forum, followed by referrals to Comcast Security - I'm starting to wonder if a group or advanced persistent threat org of some sort gained access and/or control over part of the Comcast infrastructure. Perhaps the data meter discrepancy is a mass data exfiltration of customer traffic....
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You're proposing I unplug the cable modem? Sure. Cutting off my internet access completely would solve the problem. I'm not sure how that would work with youtube. So would canceling Xfinity and getting a DSL line.
My original question was to try to figure out what a 1TB data cap actually was. 700GB of actual data because the line burns 30% in the background? Less?
Fine. I'd call that deceptive advertizing, and fraud if they're billing for overages, but whatever. I can create adaptive traffic shaping rules that will throttle my internet connection based on previous use/current usage.
What should I be using for an actual target?
Thanks for the laugh, your response to the person who clearly didn't read your post made my day. I've got a similar setup as you, though I'm using Untangle for my appliance. I haven't bothered logging data usage in forever - once the Comcast mafia said we went over the cap the second or third time, I cancelled everything except Internet and pay the $50 extra a month. Cable service is AT&T TV Now (grandfathered to the DirecTV Now "Live a Little" package w/HBO) & Amazon Prime, Phone is through Ooma (cheaper, and gives me a second line for my office).
Why pay the $50 extra a month? Until Rainier Connect finishes the fiber install in our neighborhood, it's our only option. According to the website, my data usage for August was 3229 GB, July was 3396, and June was a paltry 2533. Yep, we've got the dreaded "teenager" syndrome x4 - plus, I work from home 2-3 days of the week.
I'm wondering.... depending on how well your security appliance is filtering, could the discrepancy be the adds/unsolicited "autoplay" videos that the appliance is blocking? Although that should show up on the modem, before the appliance filters it. *scratches head*
Guess I should do like they said and unplug my modem and let WiFi do the job... too bad everything's wired and running through my switch.
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1) I would argue that 2 TB isn't enough either. Our data usage for February was 2191 GB (about 2.14 TB). We're already at 443 GB for March according to my Xfinity phone app.
2) The numbers on the webpage someone listed for "How much is a TB" are suspect to me. Specifically, the 600-700 hours of HD video. What is that based on? Some providers and equipment manufacturers still consider 720p to be "HD" video. Meanwhile, most streaming in our house is at 4k (2160p), which is substantially more data-dense.
3) Teenagers. 'Nuff said.
4) This really shouldn't surprise anyone, since the US isn't even in the top 100 countries for affordable broadband. That is offset slightly by the recent move into the top 25 countries for average broadband speed - but usually only if you are in a "dense" market with that high-speed infrastructure.
With that in mind, we pay the $50 extra a month for unlimited data. After the initial contract discounts (12-24 months), it was cheaper for us to cut the cord on TV / phone - but our situation is likely not the "norm" for most consumers (discounts from work benefits, etc).
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