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Starting with Windows 10 v1803, Microsoft now offers you a way to see how much data your wireless or Ethernet adapter can consume. This is important because of the data restrictions you may have with your ISP. I’m sure many of you have unlimited or huge reserves of data bandwidth, but there are many who don’t have that privilege. This feature is important to them because the data is not cheap and you can understand how much data has been used without using a third party tool.
There is another aspect. Often you connect to multiple networks – and you also learn the details.
While Windows 10 provides macro control when it comes to controlling the bandwidth a PC uses, especially for updates. Windows 10 Spring Creators Update now offers the ability to focus on bandwidth usage, as well as background data control.
Set the data limit for Ethernet and WiFi adapters under Windows 10
Open settings > Network and Internet > Data usage. Here, all adapters, including WiFI, are listed with the amount of data consumed.
You can then click View usage by application to see the data used by each application. Here I only have Ethernet, but if you have a computer that has both WiFi and Ethernet, you can see both.
Then select the network adapter from the drop-down menu and click the Set Limit button . Here you can set the data limit according to
- Monthly limit
- Monthly limit
Once this has been done, you will receive information on how much data you are using and how much data you have left. Better yet, your data has already been tracked and you get a realistic picture no matter when you set it up.
The next thing you need to examine is the basic data based on your data consumption. You can start by limiting the background data. Options are -(2)
- If I am within 10% of your limit
Please note that data transfer within the same network, i.e. between PCs or between NAS or Xbox One Streaming, is also taken into account.
Hope this helps!