cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

No one at home but still usage?

Surfer
Grafter
Posts: 225
Registered: 11-06-2008

No one at home but still usage?

We are away at present and there are no computers or anything else hooked up to the Internet.  However checking my usage shows that I am using 218kb a day which adds up to 6Mb over a month.  Although it is very insignificant I am wondering why I am showing some usage although the router is not connected into anything?
6 REPLIES
Community Veteran
Posts: 3,380
Thanks: 2
Registered: 18-01-2013

Re: No one at home but still usage?

There is still a small amount of usage between the router / Plusnet as it will check to make sure it is still connected. You may also find that outside sources are "pinging" your connection and then you have the obligatory hackers who try and find a way in.
Surfer
Grafter
Posts: 225
Registered: 11-06-2008

Re: No one at home but still usage?

Quote from: DomS
There is still a small amount of usage between the router / Plusnet as it will check to make sure it is still connected. You may also find that outside sources are "pinging" your connection and then you have the obligatory hackers who try and find a way in.

Surely as it is coming from the other side of the router it should be allocated to whoever is trying to access your router.  I think the next time we go away, I will switch off the router.  My concern is that I may get close to my 10GB allowance and the 6mb is just enough to push me over resulting in a £5 charge of 6mb!
Community Veteran
Posts: 3,380
Thanks: 2
Registered: 18-01-2013

Re: No one at home but still usage?

If a remote computer says hello to your modem, it will be classes as a small amount of download bandwidth. If the modem then replies then that is classed as upload bandwidth.
PN *may* not include this within your usage but hopefully someone will be along to clarify this.
Community Veteran
Posts: 26,543
Thanks: 788
Fixes: 9
Registered: 10-04-2007

Re: No one at home but still usage?

It is included.
One way to minimise the amount of background traffic is to set the Plusnet firewall to a higher level (providing it doesn't upset anything you use).
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
Broadband: Andrews & Arnold Home::1 (FTTC 80/20)
Line rental: Pulse 8 Home Line Rental (£13/month)
Mobile: iD mobile (£4/month)
Plusnet Alumni (retired) LinnPlusnet
Plusnet Alumni (retired)
Posts: 1,686
Registered: 03-02-2014

Re: No one at home but still usage?

Quote from: Surfer
My concern is that I may get close to my 10GB allowance and the 6mb is just enough to push me over resulting in a £5 charge of 6mb!

You shouldn't have to worry about this this month as you've got a £5 discount to cover this due to the issue you encountered earlier this month where you went over your limit without receiving a warning email about this.
The reason that there is still some usage on days when you're not at home is, as Dom S has stated, there's still communication happening from your router to tell us that you're still connected. You could opt to disconnect your router when you go away and this should then result in no usage being used.
Community Veteran
Posts: 3,186
Thanks: 20
Fixes: 2
Registered: 31-07-2007

Re: No one at home but still usage?

Do you happen to have a http://www.thinkbroadband.com/ping graph active?  As that will account for some of if.
Quote
Will this use up my usage allowance?
We only send very small ping packets every second. These are 28 bytes in size, so the total usage from our system would be 2.42MB (megabytes) per day, or on average around 73.63MB (megabytes) per month
Unvalued customer since 2001 funding cheap internet for others / DSL/Fibre house move 24 month regrade from 8th May 2017