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Windows 7: Help running multiple simultaneous networks?

21 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Help running multiple simultaneous networks?

Okay, so after much research, and some trial and error, I have yet to find a solution to my problem.

I would like to be able to use 2 networks at the same time, one is a wireless internet connection through my USB adapter, and the other is a wired Ethernet connection to a separate router, which i use to connect to a Playstation 3 with Playstation Media Server.
Frequently I am wanting to download a video from the internet while watching a different one on the PS3.

The problem is when I connect both networks, I am unable to use the internet.

Having said that, I also must list the things i have tried, and what I have learned.
1. I made sure that the two networks have very different IP addresses and Default Gateways.

2. I have tried to change the priorities of the networks through Control Panel>Network and Internet>Network and Sharing Center>Change Adapter Settings. Then right clicking the connections, clicking Properties, clicking both Internet Protocol Properties (one at a time), clicking Advanced, un-checking Automatic metric, and placing my own values. Obviously i set the wireless to the lowest priority and the wired higher.

3. Also in the Network Connections list, pressing Alt, clicking Advanced, then clicking Advanced Settings; I set the order of the connections, wireless first, then wired.

(Also I did reboot the system after trying each thing)

Going to command prompt and typing "netstat -rp", under Interface List I am shown the metric priorities of network devices.
It seems no matter how I try changing priorities or access orders or anything, those values do not change. I am thinking if the priority of the wireless adapter was first, I would be able to use the internet while connected to both networks, and still be able to stream to the PS3 through the wired connection.

Can anyone please help me figure out how to make this work?
and thanks in advance

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22 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64

Can't be done as far as I know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2011   #3


Can't be done in Home Premium AFAIK, but I have a feeling it can in Professional upwards (providing the right adapters are there...)

Certain routers will also overcome this and allow you virtual networks... but you'd have to look at the Draytek 2800-2900 type equipment, and it's not cheap...
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