Managing Our Bandwidth

Unless you’re one of the fortunate few who have an unlimited data plan, it’s likely you’re tied to a data plan with a fixed data cap, much like us. The downside is that you’ll find you need to be much more diligent in managing your usage, and the tools available today aren’t as user-friendly as they could be. And as you start to connect more devices to your access point, and take advantage of streaming music and movie services, it becomes REALLY easy to grind through your data cap, especially if you have a solid LTE connection.

Today, while traveling, we’re using a MiFi device from Millenicom, with a 20 GB/month data plan, as well as 2 iPhones with AT&T, each having a 3 GB/month data plan. As a details guy, the first thing I wanted to make sure I could do was manage the usage with as much detail as possible. As I researched options, I found there are a few decent tools available, but they all have their pros and cons. At the end of the day, they allow you to keep a rough eye on your usage so you don’t have any major surprises at the end of every month (or on a day-to-day basis).