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Your download cap, with Wi-Manx’s broadband lite package is 10 GigaBytes a month. A gigabyte is a measurement of data equivalent to 1024 Megabytes. A megabyte is in turn 1024 Kilobytes, and a kilobyte is 1024 bytes. (For the reasons why it’s 1024 and not 1000, please see this Wikipedia article.)

For an idea of how much data 10 Gigabytes is:

  • Ten gigabytes can hold over 10000 novels (uncompressed at 100,000 words per novel).
  • Ten gigabytes is roughly equal to 180 hours of MP3 music at very good quality.
  • Ten gigabytes is roughly equal to 13 CDs worth of data.

If you’re finding that you’re going over your download cap regularly, there are a few things you need to check.

Make sure you don’t leave peer-to-peer (p2p) software running.

  • Peer-to-peer software can saturate your bandwidth, and very quickly use up your download cap if you’re not careful. Make sure that none of the PCs in your house are continuously running p2p clients such as BitTorrent, uTorrent or Azureus.

Make sure your wireless router is secure.

  • If your wireless connection is unsecured, neighbours can effectively “steal” your bandwidth. In other words they are downloading data through your connection and using up your download cap. Please consult your router’s manual in order to apply security to your wireless network. You can find guides for the routers we supply at these Knowledgebase articles.

Make sure you keep your Anti-Virus up to date and regularly scan your computer.

Some viruses are used to turn your computer into what’s known as a “zombie computer.” This means it’s being used by the author of the virus to do things like Denial of Service attacks on popular or governmental websites, or for sending large amounts of spam.