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    Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10

    Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10

    Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10
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    Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10


    information   Information
    Internet service providers can charge by the amount of data used (the amount of data sent and received by your PC). That's called a metered Internet connection. These plans often have a data limit, and if you exceed the limit you might have to pay extra. In some cases, you aren't charged extra but your connection speed becomes slower until the billing cycle ends.

    If you have a metered Internet connection, setting your network connection to metered in Windows can help you reduce the amount of data you send and receive, and prevent Windows Update from automatically downloading and installing updates.

    This tutorial will show you how to set a wireless network (Wi-Fi or mobile broadband) as a metered or non-metered connection to help reduce data usage for that network connection for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.
    Note   Note
    Wi‑Fi networks — Windows sets Wi‑Fi networks to non-metered by default. But if your Internet service provider charges you by the amount of data you use, setting your network connection to metered can help you limit your data usage.

    Mobile broadband networks — Windows sets mobile broadband networks to metered by default. But if your mobile broadband service is actually unlimited, then you might want to change the network setting to non-metered.


    If a wireless network is set as a metered connection, then:
    • Any app that relies on an Internet connection to update or display info might be limited in the amount of data it can download or display.
    • Windows will automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections. In that case, Windows will automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.
    • Apps downloading from the Windows Store might be paused.
    • Start screen and Start menu live tiles might stop updating.
    • Offline files might not sync automatically.



    Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703, Windows Update will now also automatically download on a metered connection only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.
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    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Turn On or Off Metered Connection for Wireless Network in Settings app
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Metered Connection for Wireless Network in Command Prompt







    Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Metered Connection for Wireless Network in Settings app

    1. Connect to the wireless network that you want to turn on or off as a metered connection.

    2. Do step 3 or step 4 below for how you would like to open Network settings.

    3. Open Settings, click/tap on the Network & Internet icon, and go to step 5 below.

    4. Click/tap on your network system icon in the taskbar notification area, click/tap on the Network settings link, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Do step 6 (current) or step 7 (select) below for which wireless network you want to manage.


     6. To Set Current Connected Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered

    A) Click/tap on Wi-Fi in the left pane, click/tap on the connected wireless network name (ex: Brink-Router2), and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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     7. To Set a Selected Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered

    A) Click/tap on Wi-Fi in the left pane, and click/tap on the Manage known networks link under Wi-Fi on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on the wireless network name (ex: Brink-Router2) you want to manage, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Turn on or off to Set as metered connection for this Wi-Fi network. (see screenshot below)

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    9. You can now can close Settings if you like.






    Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Metered Connection for Wireless Network in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below you want, and press Enter. This will show you a list of all wireless network profiles on your PC. If you already know this, then you can skip this step, and go to step 3 below. (see screenshot below)

    (Wi-Fi)
    netsh wlan show profiles

    OR

    (Mobile broadband)
    netsh mbn show profiles

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    3. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below you want, and press Enter. This will let you see if a wireless network profile is currently set as a metered or non-metered connection. If you already know this, then you can skip this step, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below step 4)

    (Wi-Fi)
    netsh wlan show profile name="name"


    OR

    (Mobile broadband)
    netsh mbn show profile name="name"

    Note   Note
    Substitute name in the command above with the actual wireless profile name you want from step 2 above.

     For Wi-Fi example:

    netsh wlan show profile name="Brink-Router2 2"

     For Mobile broadband example:

    netsh mbn show profile name="Viva"


    4. Under the Cost settings section, look to see what is set for Cost to see if this wireless network is set as metered or non-metered. (see screenshot below)

    Note   Note
    Unrestricted (non-metered) = To set that this wireless connection is unlimited and not restricted by usage charges and data capacity constraints.

    Fixed (metered) = To set this wireless connection is not restricted by usage charges and capacity constraints until you reach a certain data limit.

    Variable (metered) = To set this wireless connection is charged on a per byte basis.



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    5. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below to set the wireless network as a metered or non-metered connection, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    (Wi-Fi)
    netsh wlan set profileparameter name="name" cost=cost


    OR

    (Mobile broadband)
    netsh mbn set profileparameter name="name" cost=cost

    Note   Note
    Substitute name in the command above with the actual wireless profile name you want from step 2 above.

    Substitute cost in the command above with either Unrestricted (non-metered), Fixed (metered), or Variable (metered) for what you want to set instead of what is currently set in step 4 above.

     For Wi-Fi example:

    (non-metered)
    netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Brink-Router2 2" cost=Unrestricted

    (metered)
    netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Brink-Router2 2" cost=Fixed

    (metered)
    netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Brink-Router2 2" cost=Variable

     For Mobile broadband example:

    (non-metered)
    netsh mbn set profileparameter name="Viva" cost=Unrestricted

    (metered)
    netsh mbn set profileparameter name="Viva" cost=Fixed

    (metered)
    netsh mbn set profileparameter name="Viva" cost=Variable



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    6. When successfully finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    25 Jan 2015 #1
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    Hi Brink is this tutorial applicable to Build 9926?
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  2.    25 Jan 2015 #2
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    Hello werty,

    OPTION TWO is, but I still need to update OPTION ONE.
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  3.    25 Jan 2015 #3
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    Thanks Brink!
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  4.    25 Jan 2015 #4
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    You're most welcome.
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  5.    31 Jan 2015 #5
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    @werty,

    Option One has been updated now for build 9926.
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  6.    01 Feb 2015 #6
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    Thanks Brink!
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  7.    01 Feb 2015 #7
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    Anytime.
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  8.    01 Feb 2015 #8
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    Thank you for the heads up about there being a "metered connection" setting Shawn. I didn't even realize it was there and since I have Verizon wireless internet with a monthly data plan, it might help to have my wireless connection set to metered.
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  9.    01 Feb 2015 #9
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    You're welcome Jay.
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