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Windows 7: When I Plug in Ethernet: It Stays Wifi

28 May 2014   #1
InceptSean

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
When I Plug in Ethernet: It Stays Wifi

Here is an example of me connected to wifi after inserting ethernet





Here I am connected to ethernet, but if I enable my Wireless Network Connection, it will switch to wifi even though my ethernet was already plugged in and connected ethernet





I assume my problem is that wifi is given a priority over ethernet. That's my assumption, but I would have no idea HOW to test that assumption, or if there even is any such thing as ethernet having priority over wifi/vice versa.

I would appreciate the help immensely. Thank you for your time in reading this!


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28 May 2014   #2
theveterans

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Mine WiFi NIC has an option to turn off its radio when Ethernet connection is established. Does yours have this on your driver options?

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28 May 2014   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sounds normal, mine will connect via WiFi with the Ethernet plugged in as well.
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29 May 2014   #4
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You can always right click either connection and disable it.
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30 May 2014   #5
InceptSean

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theveterans View Post
Mine WiFi NIC has an option to turn off its radio when Ethernet connection is established. Does yours have this on your driver options?

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Unfortunately, it doesn't! What! That's the key then..I have to see if I can some how get that option. My ethernet driver is up to date, I am not sure why I do not have this functionality.







Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BJB View Post
You can always right click either connection and disable it.
Yes, but that is such a hassle if you switch from ethernet to wifi often.
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30 May 2014   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

To fix this, go to <Network and Sharing><Change Adapter Settings> and right click your wired and wireless adapters one at a time to change the properties. Select IPv4, click <Properties> then click <Advanced>. For each one, clear the "Automatic metric" check box and assign the metric value manually. Set the wireless to 1 and the wired to 2, which give the wireless priority over the wired connection. Saves settings hit ok etc.

Changing the metric is a bit of a pseudo science so it doesn't always work but this is supposed to work for Windows 7.
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02 Jun 2014   #7
InceptSean

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
To fix this, go to <Network and Sharing><Change Adapter Settings> and right click your wired and wireless adapters one at a time to change the properties. Select IPv4, click <Properties> then click <Advanced>. For each one, clear the "Automatic metric" check box and assign the metric value manually. Set the wireless to 1 and the wired to 2, which give the wireless priority over the wired connection. Saves settings hit ok etc.

Changing the metric is a bit of a pseudo science so it doesn't always work but this is supposed to work for Windows 7.
I just tried this and it didn't work =[. Should I enable some sort of ipv4 properties?
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