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Windows 7: How do I get both Wired and Wireless Icons in System tray?

23 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, 32bit
How do I get both Wired and Wireless Icons in System tray?

I have Windows 7 SP1, 32bit on my laptop. I have both wired connection, and wireless connection. It may not make much sense to have both active, but at times I do.

When I have both wired and wireless connected, why do I not have both the wired and wireless icons in the sys tray?

Is there any way to "turn on" these icons? In the taskbar properties notification area, I have "always show all icons" checked.

Is there anything else I can do?

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23 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

There is only one network icon in Windows 7.
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24 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, 32bit

So, W7 only displays either the wired network icon, or the wireless network icon, but not both even if both are connected?

If that is the case, how can I tell which one W7 is using?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Mar 2011   #4


question: Since wired is a lot faster than wireless, why would you use 'both' or wireless at all?
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24 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, 32bit

Yes, I understand the point, and it is well taken.

I move my laptop around from place to place. I have automatic wireless connections set up, but some places I from time to time I can get a wired connection.

So, as you can see, on occasion, my laptop will automatically connect to a wireless network when I also have the opportunity to plug into a wired network.

W7 (at least my experience) will display the wireless icon, and not the wired icon when I am connected to both.
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24 Mar 2011   #6


Yes win 7 likes the wireless icon better. I would suggest simply removing the "auto connect" from the connection properties if you don't like that icon
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05 Oct 2011   #7

windows 7

I too need this functionality. I have 2 ISPs. One is wired but slower 24 hr unlimited one. The other 4 times faster is wireless for unlimited use but only during 21:00 and 09:00 hours. I have both connections on during this latter period. I DO have my network setup to use both simultaneously. It would be nice to have both icons appearing in the system tray to display their status!
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