Note The following is based on a 1 GB example. You can find your Network Traffic limit in section 8.0 here AUP .

What is Network Traffic?
Network Traffic - aggregate total of all data sent, both upstream and downstream, using an Internet connection provided by Wyandotte Cable High Speed Internet. This includes, but is not limited to: email, web surfing, file downloads/uploads, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) applications, instant messaging (i.e. ICQ, Microsoft Instant Messenger), chat rooms, audio/video streaming, and MP3 downloading/uploading.

Am I likely to go over the limit?

Scale: 1 GB Example:
1 Byte = 8 Bit = 1 character 1,073,741,824 Bytes
1 Kilobyte (kB) = 1,024 Bytes 1,048,576 kB
1 Megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 Bytes 1,024 MB
1 Gigabyte (GB) = 1,073,741,824 Bytes 1 GB

Gigabyte - a unit used in measuring data size. (One Byte = one character. i.e. the word "coffee" is six characters, so six bytes. One Gigabyte = 1,073,741,824 bytes)

To help put this into perspective

  • The complete text for Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is 201,152 bytes. In 1 GB you could download or upload this play about 5,339 times.

  • Usage Example:
    Typical Size/Rate *
    @ 1 GB **
    Web Pages
    (liberal use of graphical components and text within content)
    30 to 80 kB per page
    35,791 to 13,422 individual web pages per month
    Good Quality Images
    (Such as those in specialized online image galleries, .jpg type)
    80 to 120 kB per image
    13,422 to 8,948 good quality images per month
    MP3 sound files
    (CD Quality music files at 160 Kbps and 44 kHz sampling)
    1.146 MB per minute of music
    Over 14.5 hours of music per month
    Streaming Audio
    (Such as a 20.7 Kbps Real Media Audio Stream from online radio)
    2,649 bytes per second
    Over 4.5 days worth of audio streaming
    Streaming Audio/Video
    (Such as a movie trailer using an 80 Kbps Real Media A/V Stream)
    10,240 bytes per second
    Over a day worth of audio/video streaming

    A common reason for exceeding your network traffic limit:
    The most common cause for exceeding network traffic limits is the use of some (peer-to-peer) file-sharing programs without proper configuration and attention. Examples of these programs include Morpheus, BearShare, and KaZaA Media Desktop. It is not uncommon for such programs to run whenever the computer is on, and, unbeknownst to the user, their computer is acting as a file server that is open for any other user on the Internet to access and copy files – an activity that results in network traffic flow for the account of those hosting the file server.

    * These numbers are based on anecdotal evidence and experienced estimates, not statistically significant information. Actual file sizes are subject to extreme variations depending on many variables including, but not limited to; the source of the files, the discretion of the person posting the file on the file server or web site, and the file type and the intended purpose for the file.
    Disclaimer This document is intended as a general guide to help customers attach meaning and perspective to the Network Traffic limits on High Speed Cable Internet accounts. The examples above are meant to present a collection of typical examples but are not the result of a scientific study. There are a vast number of variables contributing to network traffic that cannot be adequately accounted for in this document, thus each individual's usage habits and activities may result in wildly differing traffic flows. It is recommended that High Speed Internet customers (end users of the Wyandotte Cable High Speed Internet Access accounts) monitor their traffic flow on a regular basis by using the reports available to their local Cable Operators’ Portal. To find these reports, users may follow the link on the portal in “myToolBox” called “My Account” , and then click on the “Check Network Traffic” link. Accessing this report regularly is the best way for users to get a feel for their typical usage activity.
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