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Windows 7: How to set up ethernet connection preference over WiFi network?

01 Oct 2015   #1
dc2000

Windows
 
 
How to set up ethernet connection preference over WiFi network?

I have two desktop computers. The old one running Windows XP and the new one running Windows 7. My goal is to set up a shared folder between them so that I can copy large files from XP machine to Win7 and back. Both desktops had ethernet ports, so I connected them via a "patch cord" ethernet cable. I then followed this tutorial to set up the sharing part:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BET_mYyqZ0

It works, but when I was transfering a 250GB folder from XP to 7, it took almost 24hrs to do that. So it made me think that ethernet is not that slow, is it? The thing is that both computers are connected to the same WiFi router (for the Internet connection) so it seems like the transfer of this large folder was carried out over slower WiFi connection instead of the ethernet cable.

So my question is, how do I make it "prefer" or use the ethernet connection for this shared folder?


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01 Oct 2015   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dc2000 View Post
Both desktops had ethernet ports, so I connected them via a "patch cord" ethernet cable.
Did you connect a single cable between the two computer?
e.g. one end of the cable connects to one computer
the other end of that same cable connects to the other computer
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01 Oct 2015   #3
dc2000

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dc2000 View Post
Both desktops had ethernet ports, so I connected them via a "patch cord" ethernet cable.
Did you connect a single cable between the two computer?
e.g. one end of the cable connects to one computer
the other end of that same cable connects to the other computer
Yes, it's a single ethernet cable.
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01 Oct 2015   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Temporarily disable Wi-Fi on one of the computers and see if you really have a connection between the two using that single cable.

If you connect each computer to the router via their own Ethernet cable, then your file transfer times might get better.
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02 Oct 2015   #5
dc2000

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Temporarily disable Wi-Fi on one of the computers and see if you really have a connection between the two using that single cable...
Good idea. Just tried it, and indeed just like I thought when I disable WiFi on one machine, the shared folder does not become accessible. Like I said I used a "patch cord" ethernet cable to connect two machines directly (no routers were involved.) So what could be the issue?
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02 Oct 2015   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Yes, the patch cord could be the problem:
Connect two computers using a crossover cable - Windows Help
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02 Oct 2015   #7
dc2000

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Yes, the patch cord could be the problem:
Connect two computers using a crossover cable - Windows Help
Thanks for the link. Yes, it makes sense. I forgot that one needs a crossover cable for this. So I changed the ethernet patch cable to a crossover over (where the orange wire is flipped on each mod plug.) But still no luck...

That MS document that you linked to mentioned that XP needs to have the same workgroup as Win7, so I changed it from MSHOME to WORKGROUP to match the workgroup on Win7. Still nothing...

Then changed computer names to make them different. Didn't help...

I then changed IPs on each end on this ethernet connection:

Win7:
IP: 192.168.1.71
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0

WinXP:
IP: 192.168.1.70
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0

Rebooted XP, waited some time (like the link suggested) and still nothing...

Then tried ping'ing from Win7 side and got this:

Quote:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>ping 192.168.1.70

Pinging 192.168.1.70 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.1.71: Destination host unreachable.
Reply from 192.168.1.123: Destination host unreachable.
Reply from 192.168.1.123: Destination host unreachable.
Reply from 192.168.1.123: Destination host unreachable.

Ping statistics for 192.168.1.70:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

C:\WINDOWS\system32>
So what am I missing here?
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02 Oct 2015   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Was the wireless network adapter disabled on both computers during this testing?

Maybe it would be simpler to use an old router :-)
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02 Oct 2015   #9
dc2000

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Was the wireless network adapter disabled on both computers during this testing?

Maybe it would be simpler to use an old router :-)
No, it was disabled only on XP machine.

The "old router" is so much slower...
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02 Oct 2015   #10
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

That is probably where the reply from 192.168.1.123 came into play.

192.168.1.123 was probably the wireless network adapter on the W7 box.
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