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

30 Sep 2010   #1
mw2

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

Hi everyone

I dont really know whether this is really relevent, but I was just wondering. If I have both ethernet cable and wireless on one computer as 2 networks. Can I join up both of them to increase my internet speed or somthing. I tested both of them seperately and the ethernet cable was much faster than the wireless. My router is next to my computer. Can I have some tips. I will be putting some screenshots later.

Thanks in advance


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30 Sep 2010   #2
SouthParade

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mw2 View Post
I tested both of them seperately and the ethernet cable was much faster than the wireless.
Surprise, surprise...
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30 Sep 2010   #3
Benjamin Hall

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Unfortunately, you cannot do both. Once hooked up to an Ethernet cable, a computer will disconnect itself from a wireless network.
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30 Sep 2010   #4
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Nope...you won't get more speed out of your Internet by connecting more computers to the router.
Whatever your modem (no matter if cable or dsl) delivers is the MAx and will be shared with whatever you connect to your router. Naturally direct connections (via cable) are faster than wireless. But (depending on your router) they can be throttled down in order to assure enough bandwidth for any wireless client.

-DG
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30 Sep 2010   #5
SouthParade

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

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.
May be it will, may be it won't. Mine remains happily connected to both.
But as SledgeDG wrote, the speed will remain the same.
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30 Sep 2010   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mw2 View Post
I tested both of them seperately and the ethernet cable was much faster than the wireless.
You really spent time testing this? That's like going through the process of testing which is faster, a motorcycle or a bicycle.
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Unfortunately, you cannot do both. Once hooked up to an Ethernet cable, a computer will disconnect itself from a wireless network.
Only if you have specific management software configured to do so, and that would be very rare, so I'm not sure why you'd post something misldeading to the OP.

To answer the question, there is such a thing called "teaming" but that is done with multiple connections using the same interface, such as a server with multiple NIC cards. The NIC cards need to support the feature through drivers and management apps. In your case, just use the wired connection for your normal, everyday setup, and then switch to wireless if you want to roam around.
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30 Sep 2010   #7
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mw2 View Post
I tested both of them seperately and the ethernet cable was much faster than the wireless.
You really spent time testing this? That's like going through the process of testing which is faster, a motorcycle or a bicycle.
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.
I guess you never had to test anything in your life and just always knew the answer without having to. Some people don't, though, so you should take that into consideration. This forum would actually benefit from more people like this who actually test things themselves before just tasking the question out to others.

Speaking of misleading, it is not "very rare" to have your machine automatically switch to wired ethernet when it's connected and disable the wireless. In fact, I'd say the exact opposite in I don't see many computers which don't automatically switch back and forth so I'm not sure where that information is coming from. "Specific management software" is playing that up a little bit too much for what the majority of computers already come with these days.
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30 Sep 2010   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
I guess you never had to test anything in your life and just always knew the answer without having to. Some people don't, though, so you should take that into consideration. This forum would actually benefit from more people like this who actually test things themselves before just tasking the question out to others.
For the most part, I'd agree with what you are saying...if it was a topic with unknowns. Wi-Fi speeds compared to wired network speeds aren't a new inknown topic on a computing enthusiasts forum board.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Speaking of misleading, it is not "very rare" to have your machine automatically switch to wired ethernet when it's connected and disable the wireless. In fact, I'd say the exact opposite in I don't see many computers which don't automatically switch back and forth so I'm not sure where that information is coming from. "Specific management software" is playing that up a little bit too much for what the majority of computers already come with these days.
The majority of computers don't come with this software. I'm not going to pull out my eWang and get into a pissing contest, because I can't stand them, but in configuring over 20 laptops for friends and family in the last few years, along with working as a corproate IT manager for the last decade, buying from Dell and HP exclusively, I have yet to see an out of the box system that swapped connections automatically. I've seen ethernet ports disabled for alleged power savings when running on battery, but that's about it. Would it be a cool feature set to have? Yeah, I guess so for some people, but I've always found a hardware switch to be just as effective, such as the ones found on the Latitude D and E series laptops.
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30 Sep 2010   #9
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure why an eWang has to figure into this but I don't think it has a place here. My old Dell 600m automatically swaps connections and did so out of the box 6 years ago. My Toshiba Satellite from 7 years ago did the same, as well as my 2 year old HP laptop, and a 2 month old EEE pc. While I don't understand how we can have such polar opposite experiences with the same line of machines, I guess we'll just have to differ on that. At the least, there should be no statements that machines definitely do or don't come out of the box configured to swap connections because obviously there are real-world examples of both configurations.
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30 Sep 2010   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I guess you aren't familiar with forum boards and how one person posts their supposed experience levels, assuming that makes them automatically correct on the subject. It's known as an eWang contest...my experience trumps yours because I said so...that kind of thing. Drives me up a wall.

As for the only differing point, I don't ever leave a system configured as is from the box. For business, I use the corporate image, and for home users, I wipe it out and do a clean install, each and everytime a new purchase is made. However, I do go to Dell/HP's websites for all utilities and drivers...and that swapping functionality is not offered through their websites. I've even contacted Dell about such software to disable a wireless connection when a laptop is either docked or connected by wire, and have never been given a solution, aside from instructing my users to use their hardware switches. I was getting tired of seeing my in-office users be connected twice, tying up two IP addresses per computer.
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