Make the most of your satellite data plan


There is nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of watching your favorite show on Netflix and just at that crucial point in the story, the pictures becomes blurry, then garbled and then stops.

Unfortunately, if you’re like many of us, limited to using satellite as a means of connecting to the internet, that’s a reality you’ve probably experienced and often, without even knowing what’s eating up your data.

Sadly, data caps are an unavoidable part of satellite based broadband and oftentimes there are applications running on your various devices that are simply devouring your data without you being aware.

Below are some tips on what to look out for so you can get the most from your data plan:



Limit the devices on your network.

Of course you need to access the internet from computers and phones and ipads and game consoles and …. you get my point. Each device connected is using up data on your plan either actively or passively. Each will be checking for updates to apps and operating systems and possibly automatically downloading them. If you’re trying to conserve data, disconnect some the devices from your network when you’re not actively using them.

Disable automatic updates.

Some updates can be HUGE! Some of the latest Windows updates for example are over 85Gb! imagine downloading that on 2 different computers and that’s goodbye data allowance. Ensure automatic updates are disabled (click here for PC and here for Mac) and do the same on your mobile phones connected to your home network. Also check applications like MS Office and games which can also download large files in the background. Instead, schedule or manually run your updates during off-peak hours (between 1am and 7am).

Adjust Video Settings.

Video streaming apps are great, and they are also the biggest consumers of data. Consider that if your Netflix is set to stream in High Resolution it will consume 3Gb/hour on normal HD and you happen to have one of those fancy 4K TVs, that could increase to 7Gb/hour. That will dispatch your 100Gb plan in just 14 hours!

Reduce video data consumption by lowering your screen resolution. Options are available on most video streaming sites, some commonly used ones here: Netflix, YouTube, Foxtel

Adjust your usage habits

Save your heaviest consumption for late night or early morning. For example, if you need to download that 200Mb presentation, do so early mornings (before 7am) to take advantage of your off-peak allowance. You can also download Netflix content during off-peak times to watch later. See this guide for more information.

Syncing cloud applications and storage

Cloud storage is fantastic, but it can also use a lot of data in the background as it monitors and synchronizes between your devices and the cloud storage. Consider that if you have 3 devices (say 2 computers and a tablet) connected to cloud storage and set to synchronize, and you save a 10mb file from one device, the other 2 will automatically download that file, twice. Hence, your 10mb upload just became a 20mb download. When preserving data, disable Auto-syncing and either schedule syncs for off-peak hours or  run them manually.

We hope you find this this article helpful. Applying even a few of these tips will help to make your data go further. If you still find yourself running out of  data each month, consider a plan with a greater data allowance or alternative products like SkyMuster Plus which provides unmetered data for certain traffic categories such as email, basic web browsing and some operating system updates.

Of course, if you have any questions, our team is always here to help. Email us or call us at 1300 268 266.