Choosing the Right Wi-Fi Settings Helps You Manage Data

You’re at sea and staying in touch via KVH’s mini-VSAT broadband network. Whether you’ve brought along a smartphone, tablet, laptop computer, or all three, managing your data consumption makes good sense. Doing so will ensure your electronic device works right. Better yet, you’ll stay within your budget.

Besides turning off automatic updates, backups, downloads, or synchronizations, and preventing your browser from preloading web pages or showing multimedia content (more on those later) there’s something else you should do if you’re in port or docked at the marina:

Use mini-VSAT Broadband at sea and shore-based networks while at the dock

It’s easily done. Locate your Wi-Fi settings. Your device will automatically detect all networks within range, including the VSAT network. Find the “forget this network” setting specific to your device and follow instructions so you’re not automatically connected to the VSAT network – and use up data – when you could be utilizing a land-based cellular or WiFi network.

Once you cast off, locate the VSAT network in your Wi-Fi settings and connect to the onboard Wi-Fi but make sure to also take these steps to minimize unnecessary data use:

  1. Disable automatic file backup and synchronization of cloud-based file sharing and syncing tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Apple iCloud (choose manual backup)

  2. Make sure background app refresh is turned off on iPhones and other smart devices

  3. Prevent programs and applications like anti-virus software and web browsers from automatically downloading updates

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