By limiting the bandwidth on your computer, you cannot waste data. It is very helpful to manage this setting if you have a certain data limit as this can prevent you from being overloaded.
We'll show you how to control your bandwidth usage with built-in Windows 10 features, and then offer some additional third-party tools that add more features to limit your bandwidth.
How to limit data usage in Windows 10
First, let's take a look at how you can control your network usage and apply a bandwidth limit using the tools that come with Windows 10.
Activate a measured connection in Windows 10
One way to limit bandwidth in Windows 10 is to enable a measured connection.
If you enable this feature, some updates for Windows will not be installed automatically (except critical updates) and some Microsoft Store apps may lose some features or may not work properly. It also disables peer-to-peer updates that are designed to ease Microsoft server usage.
Press to activate a measurement connection Windows key + I. to open Settings and click on Network & Internet. Choose either Wireless Internet access or Ethernet, depending on which method you use to connect to the Internet.
If you chose Wireless Internet access, click Manage known networksSelect your network from the list and click on propertiesand push Set as measurement connection to On.
If you chose EthernetClick your connection in the list and slide it Set as measurement connection to On.
Set a data usage limit in Windows 10
Alternatively, you can set a custom data usage limit. This automatically activates the measurement connection function. This will not disconnect your internet when you reach the limit. However, you will receive warning messages when you approach the limit.
First press Windows key + I. Open settings and go Network & Internet> Data usage.
By doing overview This section shows your various Internet connections and how much data has been used in the past 30 days. Click one if you want to see this breakdown per app.
Use the option to select which connection you want to restrict Show settings Dropdown list. Once selected, click Set limit.
Here you can select a period for the data limit and the MB or GB limit. click to save when done.
You will now see a bar chart showing how much data has been used and how much is left. click Processing limit to change the settings or Remove limit scrapping it.
Below is the Background data Section. Here you can restrict what store apps and Windows functions can do in the background. This can be activated at any time or if you are about to reach your data limit (if you have a set).
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How to limit data usage using third party tools
Windows 10 has some helpful features that let you set a bandwidth limit and use less data. However, you may need something more advanced. In this case, these third-party tools are a good choice.
NetBalancer shows you a list of all active processes on your system and the associated network usage. Below is a live graph so you can see at a glance where bandwidth peaks are occurring. Move the mouse over the diagram and you can see which processes were consuming your bandwidth at that time.
To limit the bandwidth of a program, see the list and Double click it. You can use the … Download priority and Upload priority Dropdowns to customize usage based on preset filters. This is useful if, for example, you want to keep one program from being restricted, but have other programs use bandwidth first when they need it. Alternatively, choose Custom from the drop down list to define your own limits.
You can also do the same in the main window using the green and red arrow icons at the top of the window. A handy feature is clicking the red right arrow with a vertical line that blocks all network traffic. Advanced users can use the filters and rules.
NetBalancer offers you a free trial version of 15 days. After that, you'll have to pay a one-time fee of $ 49.95 to continue using the program. Alternatively, you can only use it as a network monitor outside of the trial version.
When you start NetLimiter, a list of all open applications and their current bandwidth usage is displayed. Of course, some applications consume more bandwidth than others, of course, but it is convenient to identify those that consume more than necessary.
The default limit for downloading and uploading is 5 KB / s. You can quickly activate it by checking the box for a specific row. To edit these default settings, Right click the limit number for opening the rule editor. On the rule On the tab you can change the bandwidth limits.
Switch to planner On the tab you can set the start and stop time conditions for rules. First click on Add and then create the necessary rules. For example, your web browser may no longer consume bandwidth between certain hours.
NetLimiter is delivered with a 28 day trial period. A single user license for the Lite version costs $ 19.95, while the Pro version costs $ 29.95.
3. Net peekers
Net-Peeker has a very simple user interface. Above you can see the active upload and download usage as well as access to a short settings screen and some other functions that the program offers as system protection. We only focus on the ability to limit bandwidth.
The following table lists all active processes on your system and their bandwidth consumption. You can Double click a process to get extremely detailed information about the Network sessions and Loaded modules Tabs.
You can either run an entire process from the main window or a specific network session Right click to manage the connection. You can Limit speed specify specified bandwidth limits and Abort connection to separate everything together (until you open it again).
With Net-Peeker you can test all functions for 30 days. After that time, you can continue using the program for $ 25. If you want to control multiple systems, you'll need to purchase a group license that starts at $ 125 for five computers.
4. SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager
SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager is a good program, but it is difficult to get to grips with. The first time you start, you must enter your network address and password before you can start monitoring traffic.
If you are familiar with it, it is a program worth reviewing thanks to its decent rule customization. Press Ctrl + N. to start creating your rule. Switch between tabs to see all options. However, name your rule and define the ones you want Rate limits. When you're done, click OK to activate your rule.
Use the Tools Drop-down list to set quotas and schedules for your bandwidth. It's also worth it Usage reportThis gives you an overview of all your traffic and helps you identify specific problems that need to be fixed.
SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager has a 30-day trial period. After that, you can continue to use the Lite version for free, although only five rules can be set. Alternatively, you can pay $ 49 to upgrade to the standard version. You can find detailed information in the license comparison list.
Monitor your network usage
These are all great ways to control your bandwidth on Windows 10. Start with standard Windows 10 tools and then switch to a third-party program if they are not enough.
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