On my wife's laptop I'm trying to stop it using Windows Update by switching on metered connection. But there doesn't appear to be that option. When I go to Settings - Network & Internet - Wi-Fi, there is no advanced settings to click on and find metered connection. Here is a screen shot on what the Wifi tab looks like with no option to go any further that I can see. Why doesn't it look like the the examples I've found on the Internet?
I was checking out my settings to lead you through the steps when I noticed that the
Advanced link on my wi-fi settings was missing. This is where you would go to set/clear the metered option. Lacking this, there is a command line option. Open a command shell and type:
netsh wlan show profiles
On my laptop I see
Profiles on interface Wi-Fi: Group policy profiles (read only) --------------------------------- <None> User profiles ------------- All User Profile : KenNet All User Profile : mynet-camp All User Profile : mynet All User Profile : ROGERS7608
The profile I am interested in is
mynet-camp. For further details type
netsh wlan show profile name="mynet-camp"
On my laptop I see
Profile mynet-camp on interface Wi-Fi: ======================================================================= Applied: All User Profile Profile information ------------------- Version : 1 Type : Wireless LAN Name : mynet-camp 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 : "mynet-camp" Network type : Infrastructure Radio type : [ Any Radio Type ] Vendor extension : Not present Security settings ----------------- Authentication : WPA2-Personal Cipher : CCMP Authentication : WPA2-Personal Cipher : Unknown Security key : Present Cost settings ------------- Cost : Fixed Congested : No Approaching Data Limit : No Over Data Limit : No Roaming : No Cost Source : User
The area of interest is
Cost Settings. You can see that the first parameter is set to
Fixed. That corresponds to a metered connection. You can set metered or unmetered by
netsh wlan set profileparameter name="mynet-camp" cost=Fixed netsh wlan set profileparameter name="mynet-camp" cost=Unrrestricted
where Fixed = metered and Unrestricted = non-metered
If you are concerned about inadvertantly borking something by using a command like
netsh that you are unfamiliar with you might use the following script code that I wrote up. It executes the
netsh command in a very restrictive fashion. You can use it in three ways:
The first form lists all wi-fi profiles. The second form (if you give it a profile name from the first form) will display the metered status of that profile. The third form will allow you to set the metered status on or off for a given profile. Copy the folllowing code and save in a file named
metered.vbs. Run it from within a command shell. See the notes in the file header.
' ' Name: ' ' metered.vbs ' ' Description: ' ' Command line utility to set an internet connection to metered ' or non-metered ' ' Usage: ' ' metered ' ' Show existing profiles ' ' metered <profile> ' ' Show metered/non-metered status of <profile> ' ' metered <profile> ON | OFF ' ' Set metered status of <profile> to on or off ' ' Notes: ' ' The default engine for running scripts is wscript.exe. Before ' running this script you should set the default engine to cscript.exe ' (command line - wscript is windowed). Open a command shell as ' Administrator and enter: ' ' cscript //nologo //h:cscript //s ' ' You will only have to do this once. ' ' Audit: ' ' 2016-11-10 rj original code ' set wso = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") set arg = Wscript.Arguments Select Case arg.Count Case 0 'no args - show all profile names profiles = Filter(ExecCmd("netsh wlan show profiles"),":") Wscript.Echo Join(profiles,vbcrlf) Case 1 'one arg - display current metered status for given profile profile = ExecCmd("netsh wlan show profile name=""" & arg(0) & """") status = Filter(profile,"Cost :") Select Case True Case not CheckProfileExists(arg(0),profile) Case instr(status(0),"Fixed") > 0 Wscript.Echo arg(0),"is set to metered" Case instr(status(0),"Unrestricted") > 0 Wscript.Echo arg(0),"is set to non-metered" End Select Case 2 'two args - set metered connection on or off for given profile command = "netsh wlan set profileparameter name=""" & arg(0) & """ " Select Case Ucase(arg(1)) Case "ON" result = ExecCmd(command & "cost=Fixed") CheckProfileExists arg(0),result Case "OFF" result = ExecCmd(command & "cost=Unrestricted") CheckProfileExists arg(0),result Case Else Wscript.Echo "state must be either ON or OFF" End Select End Select 'Execute the given (DOS) command and return the output in a text array Function ExecCmd ( cmd ) 'Execute the command dim exec: set exec = wso.Exec(cmd) dim res : res = "" 'Read all result text from standard output do res = res & vbLf & exec.StdOut.ReadLine loop until exec.StdOut.AtEndOfStream 'Return as a text array ExecCmd = Split(Mid(res,2),vbLf) End Function 'Return True if the output text in <text> was such that the given 'profile was valid, False otherwise (print error message if not valid) Function CheckProfileExists (profile,text) If Ubound(Filter(text,"is not found on the system")) = -1 Then CheckProfileExists = True Else CheckProfileExists = False Wscript.Echo "Profile",profile,"not found." End If End Function
Thanks very much for your help. Much appreciated.
The problem is that on some systems the
Advanced option has been removed from the GUI. Thus the only way to set/unset the metered option is via the command line.
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