Use the following table to learn more about how online activities drive data usage.
Note: Not listed below are the impacts of having an unsecured wireless network that non-household members may use to spread malware or download content in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Cox recommends that all Internet users secure their wireless networks and monitor their data usage with the Data Usage Meter.
|Data Activity||Impact||Potential Data Used||Examples|
|Streaming Video|| || || |
|Downloading Files||Downloading videos, movies, photos, games, and software are also significant drivers of data usage.|| || |
|Automatic Sync||Automatic app updates and syncs between tablets and other mobile devices connected to the in-home WiFi network drive data usage.||Adding new devices may drive a spike in data usage.|| |
|Online Backup||Using online or cloud based back up programs.||Data usage back up frequency and settings may impact data usage.|| |
|File Sharing||Sharing files or online file collaboration use data when files are uploaded, downloaded, or updated.||Data usage will vary based on file size and quantity.|| |
|Third-party Home Security|| ||Data usage will vary based by device, quality, number of devices, and extent of use (24/7 vs. motion-detection).|| |
|Streaming Music||Streaming music online impacts data usage.|| || |
|Web Surfing / Email||Activities like email and surfing the web typically do not make up a large amount of usage unless the email or web traffic includes video or other large files.|| |
Average usage for 1 hour is 18 MB.