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Windows 7: Do not want both wireless and wired network connections


17 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Do not want both wireless and wired network connections

Currently, I am connecting both wirelessly and through wire to my router when I run Windows 7. I know both are configured but is there a way to make the wireless (for instance) connect only if the wired connection isn't there?

ipconfig shows two IPs and it seems like a waste of power to keep the connections on when I'm only using one of them.

any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


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17 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Build 7600
 
 

I have a similar setup and don't know if you can have your wireless automatically enable if your wired goes offline which in sense your wired is more reliable. I have a wired connection to a wireless bridge and a wireless adapter I use both for connections but not at the same time. I have 2 shortcuts on my desktop to enable or disable 1 or the other I don't run both simultaneously.
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17 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

is this a general Windows behavior or just Windows 7? i remember in my thinkpad T61, lenovo provided their own network utilites that would only connect to one or the other, wired first then wireless.

is this possible without doing what you described?
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17 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

i actually found something that might be the solution.

in the "wireless network properties" dialog, there is a checkbox that says to use the "better" network instead of the wireless connection.

After rebooting, I noticed that the wireless connection entry in the available wireless networks was X'ed out and the LAN connection was in effect.

I think that does it.

Thanks.
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