Most BSNL broadband plans are limited ones, which means that you’re provided limited bandwidth for use. Once your usage increases and goes past the free limit, additional amount is charged. So, a plan of Rs500 with 2Gb on offer can pluck over a thousand rupee from your pocket.
By properly using the given bandwidth, we can significantly reduce BSNL broadband usage.
Here are some detailed instructions and tweaks to achieve this,
Select a good BSNL broadband plan: As famously said ‘Prevention is better than cure‘, so its better to go with an unlimited plan if you have to do bulk downloads. For simple browsing, the plan of Rs 700 is one you can opt for. It provides 4Gb data transfer at a staggering speed of 2Mbps. Switching BNL broadband plans isn’t a headache, you just neeed to push an application and it would get changed instantly. New plan would come into affect from new month.
Switch off automatic updates: Updating windows and antivirus consumes a big share of your allotted free data transfer limit. A single update can churn up-to 50 Mbps which means that you’ll finish-off your 2Gb bandwidth within 20 days if automatic updates are ‘ON’.
Best practice to reduce BSNL broadband usage is to switch-off windows update forever and update antivirus at the end of the month when you have some bandwidth remaining.
No/Limited Downloads: Downloading movies and softwares is great when you’re online, but this must be kept in check otherwise your usage would sneak past your nose. Watching online movies and videos must be avoided too. Video streaming of data eats big share of the allotted bandwidth for BSNL broadband. Movie and software downloads must be restricted, or only be done between 2am and 8pm when most limited plans are free to use. During night, internet speed is at its peak.
Never leave laptop/cmputer with internet connectivity for long: Most of us don’t know but BSNL broadband usage includes all the data transferred to and fro between server and the computer, which means that all data sent and received by your computer counts in bandwidth used. So, if a computer is rendered for longer time then data transfer, though small, but would still continue.By switching off modem we can highly reduce BSNL broadband usage.
Check BSNL broadband usage regularly: Its important to keep track of the broadband usage per day, or in every few days. This would help in keeping eye on the bandwidth consumed and detect if the usage is normal or going beyond the roof.
This would also give you the time to report abnormal data consumption into the notice of Telecom officials before you’re handed the overcharged bill. Once overcharging is done, you can’t do much.
Avoid multiple connections on one broadband connection: Cyber Cafes, schools often make multiple connections from a single registered broadband connection. Though, this is perfectly legal but it increases the data usage by mutitple times and marginally decreases the internet speed.
Check for virus, words and dialers: Though, these threats have almost died out by now, but its important to be preventive against these malwares. Dialer prorams automatically start an internet connection and download spywares and harmful stuffs. Spywares like keyloggers can also consume bandwidth while sending bulky log files through internet. Also, virus may attach itself to some programs and exchange data over internet, and you being completely unaware of it.
Other stuff to reduce BSNL broadband usage:
Certain misconception have also contributed in higher broadband usage for some users. Here are some things that must be clearly understood before getting-on with a BSNL broadband plan,
- A common perception of people while watch a YouTube video is that they haven’t downloaded anything, so their bandwidth isn’t consumed at all or just consumed a bit. This isn’t true. In fact, web-browser buffers/downloads the video before you watch it. So the video is actually downloading onto your computer but on temporary basis.
- The other misconception is that people think of BSNL broadband usage as what they download from server. But in reality, its the total amount of data transferred to and fro between your computer and the server. All data sent and received counts in the total BSNL broadband usage.
A fine tweak to reduce BSNL broadband usage is by downloading the alternate zipped file instead of the bulky uncompressed one. A software/file of 100Mb can be downloaded in just 80-82 Mb, thus decreasing broadband usage.
For downloading files, opt for zipped version and for downloading videos, go for compressed, 3gp or .avi files.