The Data War
Geeky Mommy Speaking First
The comcast gods being ever so greedy have decreed that we may only use 300GB a month of data before they start charging us an arm and a leg. Of course they have no plan offered that is larger for a geeky family of 6 who use about a terabyte a month of Data. Before you go judging us though, remember have geek needs and we do homeschool our children online! So what are we to do in this data war? It feels like we are being punished twice… once for being a large family and again for being geeks! We can’t switch service providers given where we live. We must cut back and so the first choice is of course the streaming videos. I admit, I might be one of the worst offenders. I work online and I love listening to shows in the background and I devour documentary shows about just about everything.
I will try to do better!
The next biggest data eater we think is our 4 year old. She loves the 2 kindle fires we have and the iPad. She watches a lot of kid shows and will often leave one kindle playing a show to go off and play a game on another one. (Lets not point fingers at any one adult who may demonstrate the inability to do just one task at a time….)
So what can be done? First, what program are they using to stream the most? For us, we believe it is netflix!
How to limit netflix data usage!
Geeky Daddy Speaking now
Step 1: Log into Netflix
Step 2: For each profile you have defined in the account:
In the upper-right there is a drop-down carrot, select a profile whose data you wish to restrict
Step 3: Click the carrot again and select “Your Account”. Yes, Netflix keeps different account settings per profile
Step 4: Under the “Profile” section, click the “Playback Settings” link
Step 5: Select your chosen level of shrinkage. Here’s my personal criteria for the screen-sucking media devourers:
Auto=Helllllls No, we can’t be letting either the children or the box make decisions like this on their own!
Low (Basic Video)=Bingo, at .3 (that’s 1/3) GB/Hr
Med (Standard)=Maybe someday, if we end up saving enough to keep the lights on. This one is .7 (1/7) GB/Hr
High (HD)=Only if you’re very very good. Once. Maybe. HD (and Ultra HD … what … is … that?!) take up to 3 GB/Hr (that’s 3/1) and 7! GB/Hr respectively; a quick calculation 7GB/Hr * 24 Hrs/Day * 30 Days/Month = something like a bajillion GB of data or roughly seven and one half sacrificed souls per month.