Set Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10

A metered connection is an Internet connection that has a data limit associated with it. Cellular data connections are set as metered by default. Wi-Fi and Ethernet network connections can be set to metered but aren’t by default. Some apps might work differently on a metered connection to help reduce your data usage. Also, some updates for Windows won’t be installed automatically.

Set Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10

Set Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10

Set Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10:

To set a Wi-Fi network connection as metered:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage known networks.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network > Properties > turn on Set as metered connection.
Set Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10

Set Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10

Set Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Command Line:

Open command prompt and Copy and paste the command below and press Enter. This will show you a list of all wireless network profiles on your PC.

Wi-Fi:

netsh wlan show profiles

Cellular Mobile Broadband:

netsh mbn show profiles
netsh wlan show profiles

netsh wlan show profiles

Copy and paste the command below and press Enter. This will let you see if a wireless network profile is currently set as a metered or non-metered connection.

Wi-Fi:

netsh wlan show profile name="name"

Cellular Mobile Broadband:

netsh mbn show profile name="name"

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.

C:\Users\msdhulap>netsh wlan show profile name="Mangesh Dhulap 2"

Profile Mangesh Dhulap 2 on interface Wi-Fi 2:
=======================================================================

Applied: All User Profile

Profile information
-------------------
Version : 1
Type : Wireless LAN
Name : Mangesh Dhulap 2
Control options :
Connection mode : Connect automatically
Network broadcast : Connect only if this network is broadcasting
AutoSwitch : Do not switch to other networks
MAC Randomization : Disabled

Connectivity settings
---------------------
Number of SSIDs : 1
SSID name : "Mangesh Dhulap"
Network type : Infrastructure
Radio type : [ Any Radio Type ]
Vendor extension : Not present

Security settings
-----------------
Authentication : WPA2-Personal
Cipher : CCMP
Authentication : WPA2-Personal
Cipher : GCMP
Security key : Present

Cost settings
-------------
Cost : Unrestricted
Congested : No
Approaching Data Limit : No
Over Data Limit : No
Roaming : No
Cost Source : Default

Type the command below into the command prompt to set the wireless network as a metered or non-metered connection, and press Enter.

Wi-Fi:

netsh wlan set profileparameter name="name" cost=cost

Cellular Mobile Broadband:

netsh mbn set profileparameter name="name" cost=cost

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 above.

Metered – Fixed

C:\Users\msdhulap>netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Mangesh Dhulap 2" cost=Fixed

Profile "Mangesh Dhulap 2" on interface "Wi-Fi 2" updated successfully.

Non-metered – Unrestricted

C:\Users\msdhulap>netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Mangesh Dhulap 2" cost=Unrestricted

Profile "Mangesh Dhulap 2" on interface "Wi-Fi 2" updated successfully.

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