Windows 10 updates are being rolled out by Microsoft and they are using a lot of bandwidth. Our users report that files are 3GB+ in size which can cause headaches if not factored into your normal usage.

If you are connecting to our services with a WiFi router, Windows 10 has a feature called “Metered Connection” which can be used to turn off automatic updates over WiFi (not currently available for wired LAN connections). This allows you to choose when you download them (such as the night time free period, available on selected plans).

You’ll need to use the Settings app to do this. Open your Start menu and select Settings to launch it. 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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Activate the “Set as metered connection” option here.

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Note that this just affects the current Wi-Fi network you’re connected to. Windows will remember this setting, however, and that particular Wi-Fi network will always be treated as a metered network whenever you connect.

As soon as you leave the Wi-Fi network and connect to another Wi-Fi network that isn’t considered metered, Windows 10 will resume automatically downloading updates and using the other restricted features. You’ll need to set that Wi-Fi connection as metered after you connect to stop this from happening.

As always we encourage you to monitor your usage and we continue to provide options to add data or upgrade if you outgrow your current plan.

September 25th, 2016|broadband, News, satellite|