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Windows 7: wired/wireless interface metrics


09 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
wired/wireless interface metrics

The output of the "print route" command on my Win7x64 system is shown below.
The wireless adapter has been assigned to 198.168.2.72 by the router and the Gigabit wired connection has been manually assigned the static address 198.168.2.8

The strange thing is that the gateway metric which I believe is used to decide which connection to use is 25 for the wireless connection (i.e. fast) and 276 (i.e. slow) for the gigabit wired connection. But I expected this to be the other way around. Why does it think the wireless connection is faster? Does this mean that network traffic is generally routed thru the wireless adapter? Is there a way for me to tell which adapter is being used to route traffic?

Should I believe its reported speed, or should I force the metrics so that the wired connection is used by default. If so, what commands are used to force this priority, and do these commands need to be repeated after every boot, or are the permanent?

Thanks
~Paul


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Interface List
13...5c d9 98 a2 fa 25 ......D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N PCIe Desktop Adapter
12...f4 6d 04 49 b7 c9 ......Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection
1...........................Software Loopback Interface 1
18...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
16...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
17...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
===========================================================================

IPv4 Route Table
===========================================================================
Active Routes:
Network Destination Netmask Gateway Interface Metric
0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 192.168.2.1 192.168.2.8 276
0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 192.168.2.1 192.168.2.72 25
127.0.0.0 255.0.0.0 On-link 127.0.0.1 306
127.0.0.1 255.255.255.255 On-link 127.0.0.1 306
127.255.255.255 255.255.255.255 On-link 127.0.0.1 306
192.168.2.0 255.255.255.0 On-link 192.168.2.8 276
192.168.2.0 255.255.255.0 On-link 192.168.2.72 281
192.168.2.8 255.255.255.255 On-link 192.168.2.8 276
192.168.2.72 255.255.255.255 On-link 192.168.2.72 281
192.168.2.255 255.255.255.255 On-link 192.168.2.8 276
192.168.2.255 255.255.255.255 On-link 192.168.2.72 281
224.0.0.0 240.0.0.0 On-link 127.0.0.1 306
224.0.0.0 240.0.0.0 On-link 192.168.2.8 276
224.0.0.0 240.0.0.0 On-link 192.168.2.72 281
255.255.255.255 255.255.255.255 On-link 127.0.0.1 306
255.255.255.255 255.255.255.255 On-link 192.168.2.8 276
255.255.255.255 255.255.255.255 On-link 192.168.2.72 281
===========================================================================
Persistent Routes:
Network Address Netmask Gateway Address Metric
0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 192.168.2.1 Default
===========================================================================

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