Recently we got a new desktop computer, connected up to the net, and Bob's your uncle.
I use Youtube a bit and I'm as happy as Larry. That is until we get an e-mail from our ISP stating that we'd exceeded the usage for their fair usage policy, and would be placed on shared bandwidth of some sort.
What I believe to be as a result of this, Windows Live messenger struggles to remain signed in at peak times, and usually dosen't succeed at the first attempt. It says in the e-mail that the allowable usage for our connection (1.1Mbs) is 0.75 GB and that we've been using upwards of 1 GB for a couple of weeks.
We didn;t encounter this problem until we got a second computer, but can videos cause this much increase, and is to hold back the only way of curtailing the uploading/downloading use?
Also, is this the same across different providers?
7.5 It is unlikely that you will be affected by this policy unless you use Peer to Peer or file sharing software or download high volumes of data.
7.6 Our systems monitor the level of usage by each customer. If those systems detect that a customer's level of usage is excessive, that person will be sent a notification by email and will, for the subsequent period of 7 days, contend for bandwidth with other very high users and will be separated from other customers. Consequently, the speed these customers will experience will depend on the activities of other heavy users. Our peak hour usage thresholds are: • ToucanSurf 512Kb and 1Mb: 0.75 GB • ToucanSurf 2Mb: 1GB • ToucanSurf 8Mb: 1.2 GB2"
It looks as if you have been using a lot of bandwidth during peak times which is when the limits apply. The tool I linked to you will reveal all.