Windows 10 is designed for PCs with unlimited Internet connections, and it normally uses as much of your download and upload bandwidth as it wants without asking. Setting a connection as metered puts you back in control, and it’s essential on some types of connections.
You’ll always want to do this on connections with data caps, mobile hotspots, satellite Internet connections, dial-up connections, and anything else. It gives you more control over your connection and prevents Windows from gobbling bandwidth. On the Creators Update, Microsoft now easily allows you to set a wired Ethernet connection as metered, too.
Setting a connection as metered prevents Windows from automatically using bandwidth in many ways. Here’s exactly what it does:
Windows 10’s OneDrive client appears to no longer respect the “metered connection” setting and will sync over metered connections, ignoring your preference. Windows 8.1’s OneDrive integration worked differently and wouldn’t sync offline files on a metered Internet connection. This is just one of the many ways OneDrive in Windows 10 is a step back from Windows 8.1, and Microsoft may change this in the future. You can, however, limit OneDrive’s allowed transfer speed within the app.Read More...
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