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Windows 7: What can you do with both ethernet and wireless??

30 Sep 2010   #11

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

It's just weird that you've had those experiences when I can't recall more than maybe one experience like that of my own, even having reformatted all of my personal machines upon receiving them and reloading my own image. I have seen it before on occasion, but it's never been the point where I've considered it a common or default action.

Anyway, I like the OP's thinking of how to maximize two separate connections (I would imagine this is how the person who created Wireless-N began the project), but unfortunately I can't think of much to be done other than being able to act as an access point with internet connection sharing but that's useless if there's already a wireless router. It does provide the ability to monitor wi-fi traffic while not losing an internet connection, though, if that's worth anything. That's probably all I'd use it for.

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30 Sep 2010   #12

Win 7 X32

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Benjamin Hall View Post
Unfortunately, you cannot do both. Once hooked up to an Ethernet cable, a computer will disconnect itself from a wireless network.
no, you still get to choose which connection you want. it's just in most case the wired will be faster, unless you have a really slow connection.
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30 Sep 2010   #13
Benjamin Hall

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SouthParade View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Benjamin Hall View Post
Once hooked up to an Ethernet cable, a computer will disconnect itself from a wireless network.
Maybe it will, maybe it won't. Mine remains happily connected to both.
But as SledgeDG wrote, the speed will remain the same.
Ahh, mine disconnects. Of course, there's something weird with my LAN driver anyway... lol... (Dream Edition is a tad bit screwy at times)
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30 Sep 2010   #14

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)

Hopefully I'm not the only one that thinks the original question/statement wasn't as silly as it was perhaps made out to be. Not everyone in every country has super-fast cable connections available, a fact that is highlighted to me whenever I go to a clients house and they're still running 256k adsl, or worse still, dial up.
With Next G 3G running at approx 7.2Mbps, and Wireless N at up to 300Mbps, it's entirely plausible that the OP's wireless connection (which wasn't specified) might have been faster than his wired connection.

Using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on an Asus F3JR notebook, without any specialised networking software or bundled bloatware installed, I plugged in the a blue cable and took these snips for you:
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Which one am I connecting to the internet via? Well, the led lights on the front of my router are hidden by a surround sound speaker, and quite honestly, answering that question isn't motivation enough to wrench myself off the bean bag that I'm lying on. As I'm sure any bean bag owner will tell you, sometimes it just takes too long to shape just right, and an ewang/ipeen fight aint gonna do it.

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30 Sep 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

There's a couple things to point out, Orpheous. First, both wired and wireless connections are faster than what comes to the typical house, so the week point in the chain is going to be the actual internet connection. I have a decent to high-end speed of 25 Mbps through Comcast at home, and that still can't come close to the bandwidth a wired 100/1000 MB connection or a wireless G or N connection can offer. So, using the internet as your testing point is not a good idea, especially when you factor in other variables, such as server load, traffic, etc.

If you really must still test the difference between wired and wireless, you'll have to do it all internally, using the same router. For example, I have a Windows Home Server. I could copy a DVD image file, roughly 4 GB in size, to the server using either wired or wireless connections, and record the time it took to fully copy the file up to the server. If I did so, I'd see a big difference in the wired and wireless speeds. For further testing, I could repeat the copy process several times, and each time move farther and farther from the router, such as moving one room away, then two, then another floor, etc. You'll see how those times vary greatly.

The reason I suggested that it wasn't worth testing is because a wired connection was available...and will always provide a better, more consistent connection than wireless. The general rule in networking is that wireless is only used when wired isn't available or practical, but it is never a replacement for wired.
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