View Full Version : Which would be "Metered" connections?

11-26-2012, 09:58 PM
Which would be "Metered" connections? How MS or Windows determines whether a net connection is metered or not?

I meant I am using a net dongle pen drive to connect to internet. It is prepaid and I get some GBs of data for some duration. I have to login using a username/ pwd and connect through a given phone no.

will it be called a metered connection?

or, if my home net using this dongle is not working and I have to go to a public cyber and I log in to ms account there, will that be considered a metered a/c?

Which other are metered and non-metered connections?

I ask because start options Users/sync give separate setting to sync over metered a/c or on roaming or not to sync.

I am worried if I use wrong setting and I don't allow it to sync over metered a/c and my home net itself is metered, then it will never really sync.


11-27-2012, 09:24 AM
Metered Connections has nothing to do with MS, & they don't determine whether or not the type of connection.

This is MS's term for "capped" connections, where the user has only a given amount of data per month. Examples of which are wireless cards issued by cell providers. Many only allows 5GB of data per month, & updating counts towards that amount. Once that amount is reached, depending upon provider, overages are charged per 100MB, there's a few (such as Cricket Wireless), that doesn't charge overages, but the connection slows to a crawl.

For this reason, especially during a clean install, reinstall, or adding a service pack or installing Office (which is loaded with updates itself), go somewhere where you can use their wi-fi, if possible to install/update Windows. Installing a new Windows 8 + Office 2010 is over 1GB of updates, even more for Windows 7.

A new install of Windows 8 Pro through the Upgrade Assistant is well over 4GB, by the time all updates are applied.

Do the same when downloading huge apps or ISO files.

And be sure to remove or disable your "metered" connection when doing so. It's a good idea to turn sync OFF when using these devices, as transfer of any type is data usage, even to SkyDrive.


11-27-2012, 11:05 AM
I don't think I have any free-of-charge Wi-Fi connection available to use. I just have this home connection thru the dongle. Just in case it is not working, I will have to go to some paid cyber to use connections there.

So, what would be the ideal setting for me for metered things?


11-27-2012, 01:13 PM
I really don't know the ideal setting, but one thing that you need, to conserve bandwidth, is an adblocker. Ads consumes an enormous amount of bandwidth, & your web pages (what you want to see) loads faster.

Here's MS's word on metered connections.

Metered Internet connections: Frequently asked questions (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/metered-internet-connections-frequently-asked-questions)

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