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Unexplained Usenet usage

jcpren
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Unexplained Usenet usage

I've been looking at my broadband usage, and a large proportion (37%) appears to have been logged as Usenet.
Since I haven't used Usenet newsgroups in years, can anyone help explain why this might be? Could any other services be getting misclassified as Usenet - or can Plusnet analyse the logs further to help explain what's been going on?
Many thanks - John
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Blim
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

I too have had Usenet usage but up until now I didn't even know what it was.
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

I'd consider changing your password on your wireless just in case a neighbour is hijacking it and using it to download unsavoury content from newsgroups ......
jcpren
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

@picbits - that's a fair point.
I'm not entirely sure it's the real explanation, since my usage logs seem consistently low (measured in KB) on the dates when I've been out of the house for most of the day.
However, today I've changed my wi-fi password, set up a list of allowed MAC addresses, and blocked outgoing traffic to common Usenet ports. Let's see what becomes of my usage stats next month...
jcpren
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

One idea that's occurred to me...
Is it possible that Skype calls are being categorised as Usenet for some reason? I do use Skype, but absolutely nothing is showing up in my usage breakdown for "broadband phone calls".
198kHz
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

Based on past forum discussions, and my own experience, it seems to me unlikely that any inferences can be drawn from the Member Centre's 'View My Broadband Usage' charts.
I use Usenet and email daily, yet I don't recall seeing those categories show any recorded usage in over 4½ years.   Undecided
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

Does using this forum count as Usenet usage?  I ask because my Usenet usage is shown as 10%.  I don't knowingly use Usenet but I visit this forum and others with a similar format.
Edit:  Oh wait, I have a news headlines gadget, perhaps that's it?
jcpren
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

(Edit: referring to your original message...)
I wouldn't expect so. From a technical point of view, it's served as a website rather than Usenet, and I don't imagine Plusnet have written software to examine the raw traffic and distinguish forums from other websites, only to mislabel them as Usenet.
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

I think the usage type shown by PN needs to be taken with a pinch of salt Sad
Mine is showing 14% peer-to-peer, that's something I don't use so I haven't a clue what it's measuring but it's not file sharing p2p traffic.
IMO if PN can't get the traffic type correct then it should be removed from service. This sort of incorrect reporting can just cause problems for people.
Community Gaffer
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

How much total traffic is there on your graphs?
Kelly Dorset
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

Just started a new month today. It was around 10GB for last month when it showed 14% p2p.
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

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I think the usage type shown by PN needs to be taken with a pinch of salt

Having streamed a program using Iplayer in HD the other day, out of interest  I went to look at the usage about 1 hr later. All the actual usage was showing but it was classified as about 50% web and 50% BB phone calls!!. By the following day it seemed to have sorted itself out and was showing 90% Streaming and 10% Web. It would seem that it's initially being classified wrongly but then something sorts it out...
jcpren
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

Quote from: Kelly
How much total traffic is there on your graphs?

Not sure if you're asking me, but I've attached the graph I'm seeing for a current total usage of 10.93 GB. No known Usenet usage at all.
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

These are my stats covering the c 5 GB I have used so far this month.  10% Usenet without knowingly using Usenet at all.  And all daytime usage despite frequently using the internet between 7 and 8 am.
Web 43% 18% 61%
Email 2% 0% 2%
Broadband phonecalls 1% 0% 1%
Gaming 0% 0% 0%
Streaming 21% 1% 22%
PlusNet FTP 0% 0% 0%
Peer-to-peer 1% 2% 3%
Usenet 10% 0% 10%
FTP (non PlusNet) 0% 0% 0%
Other 1% 0% 1%
Total usage so far 79% 21% 100%
jcpren
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Re: Unexplained Usenet usage

The high Usenet figure continues into my new billing cycle, even after I locked down my router as explained in reply #3 above.
I've raised a ticket asking for an explanation, and disputing my extra usage charge for last month. I'll keep you all updated with the result.