By default, Windows 10 does not allow you to set an Ethernet (LAN) connection as a metered connection. This ability is restricted to mobile networks and Wi-Fi. However, there are a number of situations when you might need to set a wired, Ethernet connection as metered. In this article, we will see how to exactly do that in Windows 10 and why you might want to do it.
Here are a few examples when you might want to set an Ethernet connection as metered in Windows 10.
Windows 10 does not download updates over a metered connection. If you want to stop or control automatic updates, you can set your Ethernet connection as metered and Windows Update will be paused.
The same is true for Windows Store apps - they won't receive updates if you set a connection as metered.
If you are running Windows 10 build 15002 Creators Update or above, you can set Ethernet connection as metered using Settings. Otherwise, read on.
Here is how to set the Ethernet connection as metered in Windows 10.
- Open Registry Editor
- Go to the following key:
- Change the ownership and get full access to the DefaultMediaCost subkey as described HERE or use my freeware RegOwnershipEx app to take ownership of this Registry key.
- Change the 32-bit DWORD value named Ethernet from 1 to 2. The values have the following meaning:
- Restart Windows 10.
The same can be done using Winaero Tweaker. Go to Network -> Set Ethernet as Metered Connection.
Use this option to avoid Registry editing.
To restore defaults, i.e. to set the Ethernet connection as non-metered again, set the Ethernet DWORD value back to 1 and restart your PC. You are done.