How to Set Ethernet Connection as Metered in Windows 10?

By Rimzhim Sharma February 13, 2017 How To, Windows

Hello friends! Most of us tech loving readers would agree that in this data driven world, internet is of prime significance. Be it our desktop or smartphones, it becomes quite tough to survive without internet connection in this digital age. Fortunately, Windows 10 provides us an option through which we can limit the data usage of certain apps. Hence, setting a connection as metered prevents Windows from automatically gobbling bandwidth in many ways.

The good news is that a quick Registry edit will fix you up right away.

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So here are the quick steps to set up the value of your Ethernet connection as “metered” via Registry editor:

1. Right-click the Start button and choose Run to open the Run window. In the Run window, type regedit and press enter to open the Registry Editor. If prompted by the User Account Control, tap on Yes.


2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost.


3. Right-click on “DefaultMediaCost” option and then click on “Permissions”.


4. In the Permissions for DefaultMediaCost window, click on “Advanced”.


5. In the Advanced Security Settings for DefaultMediaCost, click on “Change”.


6. In the text box labeled Enter the object name to select, type in Administrators and click Check Names.


You should see a name pop up that looks similar to this. Click OK.


7. Check the box next to Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and click OK.


8. Back in the Permissions for DefaultMediaCost window, click Administrators to select the group and then under Permissions for Administrators make sure the Full Control Allow box is checked. Click OK to exit this window.


9. Right-click on Ethernet and click Modify. An Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value window will open.


10. To set the connection as metered, change the Value data to 2.


11. To set the connection as non-metered (default), enter 1 in the value data text box. Hit OK to confirm, exit the Registry Editor, and restart your computer to save the changes.

Setting up Metered Connection without Registry Editor

Click or tap the “Network & Internet” icon, select “Wi-Fi,” and select “Advanced options” at the bottom of the list of nearby Wi-Fi networks.


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Toggle the “Set as metered connection” option.

Although, this only covers the current Wi-Fi network, as soon as you leave that particular Wi-Fi and connect to another Wi-Fi network that will not be considered as “Metered”.

Hope these steps help you setting your Ethernet connection as metered. Although a small disclaimer, Registry Editor is a powerful tool, so try and be extra careful while making any changes to prevent a system crash.

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."