What causes high internet data usage?

Several factors contribute to high usage, but much of it comes down to frequent activity. If you have devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones or security cameras that are constantly running, it’s likely your usage numbers will be high. You can take a number of steps to limit your usage, including:

  • Make sure your connection is password protected. You can greatly cut down on your data numbers if fewer people have access to your network. In addition, it is a violation of our AUP for subscribers to resell or intentionally share our services. You should be aware that you are liable for any illegal activity that takes place on your network, regardless of who commits the violation, so make sure you control who has permission to use your Wi-Fi___33. If you have a Ritter Communications issued router, your technician put a password on your Wi-Fi network during your installation. If you aren’t utilizing Ritter equipment, see your manufacturer’s website for instructions to set up a password for it. 
  • If you regularly stream video, apps like Netflix or Hulu allow you to adjust your resolution quality to pull data at a lower rate. You can do this by accessing the settings menu on those apps. Also, when using apps like YouTube, choose standard definition feeds over high-definition ones when available.
  • Update your antivirus and security software to ensure it is up to date. You may be unaware of viruses or spyware that are constantly running and generating excessive internet use.
  • If you own a security camera that is connected to the internet, use a motion sensor so your camera only activates when there is movement. We also recommend you manage your archived footage and delete files that you no longer need.
  • Set your spam filters so your email isn’t processing a high volume of unwanted messages.