We have a 3 network MIFI device that allows up to 5 wireless connections.
We have a 15GB per month allowance.
We used up this allowance a few days before the month end.
For our type of Internet usage (email with attachments that run into 10's of MBs per day only) 5GB would be more than enough.
Logging onto the config page of the device showed we had used:
I phoned 3 who suggested that one of the users may be watching/listening to video/audio and that this would use more upload than download.
This came as a surprise, I thought that if you were watching TV/Video etc. online that you would be downloading more than uploading!
Can any of you experts explain the data movement process of this type of Internet use and if uploads would be more than downloads (to me that doesn't sound logical)
Thanks for your help and hopefully education.
Upload is mostly likely to be either someone doing bit torrent or P2P downloads (as it shares the data back to others)
or someone storing files on your network (imagine you have an FTP server with no security and people find it by searching. They stick a copy of HarryPotter.avi on it and as people download it from there, your upload number goes up.
Your ISP may be able to check traffic - if not you need to install some sniffer software (see wireshark) and see what is going up and down.