Set or un-set a Wireless Network as a Metered Connection in Windows 8

Here is a tutorial that will help you to set or un-set a Wireless Network as a Metered Connection in Windows 8.

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Windows 8 supports users to assign a wireless connection as a Metered Internet Connection to reduce the data usage. While connected to a Metered Internet Connection the applications behave such that minimum usage is consumed, so they limit their internet activities by fetching low-resolution preview images instead of high-resolution images, allowing a low-definition instead of high-definition video stream, or performing a header-only instead of full-sync of email. Windows Update also defers the background download of all updates unless it is a critical security update, until you connect to a non-metered network.

Follow these steps to set or un-set a Wireless Network as a Metered Connection.

Steps to set or un-set a Wireless Network as a Metered Connection in Windows 8

1. First of all click on the Network icon in the taskbar system icons area at the far right.

Network Icon

2. Networks Charms bar will appear. There you can see available wireless networks.

Networks Charms Bar

3. By default all the available wireless connections are set as non-metered connections. Right-click on the wireless network which you want to make metered connection. Now, click on Set as metered Connection option. That’s it.

Set Metered

4. Now, if you want to make the wireless connection back to non-metered, again right-click on that network and select Set as non-metered Connection option.

Set Non-metered

Assignment of metered connection is very useful to reduce the data usage while connected to a limited bandwidth wireless network.

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