Desktop internet access via hotspot, data usage?

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by whatsamodem, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. whatsamodem

    whatsamodem New Member

    Two adults in the house, one Mac desktop computer, two iPhones on a Verizon 24GB plan, 4G LTE Verizon Jetpack Mifi 5510L.
    Internet access where we live is limited to wireless.
    My greatest frustration is not trusting our usage according to Verizon. Watching Youtube videos consumes data at a rate that kills the 24GB quickly.
    My question is, how can we reduce our data usage?
    I know this is such a generic question that has endless variables, but Im contemplating either a new computer or a new hotspot or both to lesson our data usage and lower our monthly cost.
    Ive been on countless chat sessions with Verizon but it feels like they are just doing their best to milk us for more money. They are so quick to recommend a data upgrade.
    I experimented with watching videos on the iPhone instead of the desktop, but it didn't improve much, I racked up 24GB pretty quickly.
    Is buying a wireless router something we should consider?
    Any advice is appreciated.
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

    If you watch a lot of videos then you are out of luck. You either need to increase the amount of data you can use or go dsl or cable if available in your area. But you said its limited to wireless so upgrading your data package is the only solution.
  3. whatsamodem

    whatsamodem New Member

    Oh boy
    Not what I wanted to hear.
    I was going to ask my question differently.
    If you planned to watch a lot of video through a hotspot, what would be the most efficient way to do it?
    What device?
    What provider?
  4. porterjw

    porterjw Moderator Staff Member

    Whatever one offered the best speed/bandwith/price balance. Different tiers and pricing depending on where you are, so you'd have to do some research. Keep in mind that a lot of providers will throttle speeds after a certain amount of data is used unless you pay a premium. Look into the big three (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon) and do some speed/data/cost comparisons.
  5. whatsamodem

    whatsamodem New Member

    Thank you
    Will do.
  6. whatsamodem

    whatsamodem New Member

    Verizon says they have download speeds of 5-12 Mbps
    Sprint says 6-8 Mbps
    Does that represent the bandwidth?
    They didn't specify that a pricier plan gets more bandwidth?
  7. whatsamodem

    whatsamodem New Member

    AT&T say 5-12 Mbps
    So the big three providers seem to be in the same ballpark.
    I'm probably not asking all the right questions.

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