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How often does "Data Received" and "Data Sent" reset in the activity monitor pane shown below:

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Nothing I can think of (daily, since last restart, all time, etc.) seems correct given the numbers I'm getting, so I'm baffled as to what it could actually be.

I know that I've downloaded more than 24 GB since I've owned the computer, but less than 24GB today.

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I would imagine a whole lot quicker if the total is in KB than GB

Empirically, every time I DL another 0.01 GB once my download figure is showing in GB - that's roughly every 10s, at 10MB/s on a 150Mb line.

Edit - changed my mind, sorry - it's looking like every 4s.
I was looking at the wrong info, my bad.

  • Thanks for the response, but my main question is how often that number resets. I know that I've downloaded more than 24GB since I've owned the computer, but definitely less than 24GB today – ebrts Nov 23 '15 at 18:26
  • ahh, sorry - misunderstood. It resets at reboot - see my answer on apple.stackexchange.com/questions/215959/… – Tetsujin Nov 23 '15 at 18:28
  • Actually - it may reset at relog, but I pretty much never relog without reboot – Tetsujin Nov 23 '15 at 18:30
  • That makes sense. I was thrown off because it didn't reset after the computer went to sleep for being out of power. – ebrts Nov 23 '15 at 18:34
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    Cool. I'm going to flag this as a duplicate of the other - which in no way reflects on the question's 'quality' it just gives twice as many people chance to Google it in future. – Tetsujin Nov 23 '15 at 18:36

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