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Windows 7: Multiple network connections?


21 Nov 2009   #1

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Multiple network connections?

Hello!
I'm just wondering... How can I be connected to multiple routers? So I can, for example, have one wired connection and maybe two wireless connections? Do I have to have many network cards, or can I use a program or so?

Thanks!

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21 Nov 2009   #2

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First, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Every NIC (LAN and / or WiFi) can be connected to a network. A modern laptop for example with LAN and WiFi can be connected to two networks simultaneously, LAN to one network and WiFi to another. The more NICs you have, the more simultaneous network connections you can have.

Kari
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22 Nov 2009   #3

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First of all, thanks for replying!
Yeah, I've got that part, but is it possible for me to have two WiFi's? So I can be connected to two routers at the same time, but only with WiFi?

Thanks again!
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22 Nov 2009   #4

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WiFi adapter is like any other NIC. If you connect two WiFi adapters to your computer you can connect them both to a separate router, both can have a separate network connection with own IP address and subnet.

Kari
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23 Nov 2009   #5

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But if I have a laptop, it's a bit harder to install another network adapter, but can I still have two or more connections on the same adapter with a program of some sort?
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23 Nov 2009   #6

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No. One NIC (LAN or WiFi adapter) = one connection. The amount of possible connections to different networks = the amount of NIC's.

Kari
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17 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
2 networks one internet capable, one home media

I have two networks, one is wireless and connects to the internet. The other is wired and used for home media streaming. I want to be able to connect to both simultaneously, but when I do, my internet browsers can't seem to figure the situation out. Firefox and IE both just sit and say: waiting for http:// etc. What do I need to change to connect to the internet while streaming through the wired network?
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17 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bantha View Post
I have two networks, one is wireless and connects to the internet. The other is wired and used for home media streaming. I want to be able to connect to both simultaneously, but when I do, my internet browsers can't seem to figure the situation out. Firefox and IE both just sit and say: waiting for http:// etc. What do I need to change to connect to the internet while streaming through the wired network?
You can usually get it to work by changing the metric from auto to the same "or different" numbered value between 1 and 9999, you need to do this on both adaptors.

The link below explains more about the process. It works with Windows 7, the link is outdated but most of the info still applies.

Configuring Multiple Adapters on the Same Physical Network
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