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daytripper
2011-02-23, 16:21
Hi there

I run a Touch, Radio and Boom off a USB hdd. The whole thing runs off my wireless router, a BT HomeHub.

Now, I know this is a little out-there, but I'm trying to explore all the options...

In the last few months around (but not exactly when) I've had the SB system, my internet provider (British Telecom) has been telling me I've almost been busting my monthly broadband allowance, using 8, 9 or 10gb per month. Problem is, I don't do anything heavy on the Internet and am mystified as to how I can use so much. I email, surf (websites, YouTube etc). I don't download or share music, videos etc, or even do online gaming. Occasioanlly I'll watch a streaming movie on iPlayer, but never more than once per month. There's nothing there that should bust my usage limits

So my question is this: is there anyway that the Squeezebox could be affecting my usage..? The system is permanently connected so I'm wondering if there's anyway it can impact my online usage..?

Thanks
marc

erland
2011-02-23, 16:28
So my question is this: is there anyway that the Squeezebox could be affecting my usage..? The system is permanently connected so I'm wondering if there's anyway it can impact my online usage..?

Do you play internet radio or other online services(Napster, Pandora, Rhapsody or similar) on your Squeezebox ?
Do you use any image based screen savers on your Touch or Radio ?

The Radio and Touch will definitely use internet because they communicate with the central mysqueezebox.com server now and then, but I don't think it's going to have a huge effect on the broadband usage unless you play internet radio, online services or have an image based screen saver which is active most of the time.

If you have a router, maybe it contains some statistics where you can see which of your devices is using most bandwitdh ?

daytripper
2011-02-23, 16:34
Thanks for the reply.

I listen to Internet radio a fair amount, but no massively - perhaps 3 hours per week. There's no internet screensavers etc on there at all

The router won't tell us which devices use what, it gives a daily report but it seems pretty random; some days increase a lot, others don't.

garym
2011-02-23, 16:56
Thanks for the reply.

I listen to Internet radio a fair amount, but no massively - perhaps 3 hours per week. There's no internet screensavers etc on there at all

The router won't tell us which devices use what, it gives a daily report but it seems pretty random; some days increase a lot, others don't.

I listen to internet radio about 3 hours a day, probably 5 days a week. Do normal email/websurfing stuff for about 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Watch a streaming netflix movie about once a week. I seem to use about 15-20GB a month out of my 250GB allowance.

slate
2011-02-23, 19:26
and remember to stop the stream if you are listening to internet radio.

Without a job at the moment, so the radio get to play many hours everyday. With email and surfing it is 60 GB a month... got a 200 GB allowance

rbz5416
2011-02-24, 03:36
A typical 128kbs radio stream will eat around 56MB per hour. So three hours a week is likely to be around 750MB month.

Is your router's wi-fi secured? If not maybe someone else is leeching off it.

daytripper
2011-02-24, 05:43
thanks guys, this is interesting. If I turn off my SB without stopping the radio stream, does it continue to stream..?

The numbers that the SB takes still don't seem high enough to top out my usage but this is very useful stuff

ta

garym
2011-02-24, 05:47
thanks guys, this is interesting. If I turn off my SB without stopping the radio stream, does it continue to stream..?

The numbers that the SB takes still don't seem high enough to top out my usage but this is very useful stuff

ta

hmmm, i don't think so, because when I'm out of town, my wife usually just hits "pause" on the controller to stop rather than turning the SB player to OFF. When I'm here, I hit the "off" on the transporter itself. The usage is the same on these days. If it was still streaming, when I'm out of town, the stream would be 24/7 rather than 3 or 4 hours.

phildeeze
2011-03-01, 07:29
Downloading a song or Streaming a song is nearly the same. If you use a service like rhapsody which streams the mp3 to your computer you will still be using memory. Downloading a song means it is saved on your hardrive, but streaming a song is nearly the same because the information still has to be sent to your computer it just isn't written to your hard drive. Sometimes streamed songs are in a different format so they require less memory but in the end it will still count to your usage. Also Internet radio stations will use memory because they are also being streamed to your computer.

bonze
2011-03-01, 15:28
If you kill SqueezePlayer from a desktop without hitting pause or stop first, then the stream will continue. Maybe SBS still thinks the player is out there....

Not sure if the same applies to a 'hardware' player if you switch off the mains without pressing power-off first.