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Windows 7: Using Wi-Fi and Ethernet at Same Time


02 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Using Wi-Fi and Ethernet at Same Time

When both the wireless NIC and the physical Ethernet NIC are both connected to a network that has an active Internet connection, which one will the host use for network data?

Will it randomly use both to get data, or will it choose the faster connection?

Just a question I thought of today.


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02 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

There is nothing to be gained in what you suggest.

On speed alone, the ethernet connection is going to be quicker than a wireless connection.

I have tried what you suggest and discovered I was being plagued with dropped connections, which was rectified by disabling the wireless adapter.
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02 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
There is nothing to be gained in what you suggest.

On speed alone, the ethernet connection is going to be quicker than a wireless connection.

I have tried what you suggest and discovered I was being plagued with dropped connections, which was rectified by disabling the wireless adapter.
I know Ethernet will be faster, but I'm trying to figure out which one Windows 7 will choose by default when they are both connected.
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02 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

It will depend how your network adapters are configured.

As far as I'm aware it's dependent on your Network Address Translation (NAT) configuration.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network...ss_translation

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk64...80094831.shtml
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