Wired and Wireless connections on the same Windows 7 machine.

When my desktop is connected to both networks, Windows 7 seems to default the wireless network as it's primary link.  How do I force Windows 7 (Home Premium) to use the wired network as a primary and the wireless as a secondary?

I have an HP Pavilion Elite running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.  8 gig of RAM, AMD Phenom II X4 910 processer, Nvidia 9800GT video card.  StarTech PCI Express 10/100/1000 network card (Realtek PCIe chipset & driver) and a Atheros 802.11a/b/g/n Dualband wireless card.  Both cards functional and stable.  No system issues.

My home network consists of two separate VLANs - a wired network using 172.18.1.0/27 and the wireless network using 172.18.2.0/27. Both networks are connect to a single router with dual ISP connections (Cable and DSL).  When the desktop is connected to both the wireless and wired VLANs traffic defaults to the wireless VLAN.  I need the desktop connected to both VLANs - but would like to use the wired network as a primary.
 
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Have you tried changing the adapters and bindings order in the advanced panel of network connections?

In the start menu, search for 'network connections' and press enter.

In the window the comes up, use Alt-key for menu. Choose Advanced. (alt-n-s) On the Adapters and Bindings tab, re-order the connections, putting your wired connection at the top.

 

 

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When more than one network connection is available, Windows uses the one with the lowest metric value.  By default, it automatically assigns a metric value based on the network connection's rated speed.  See An explanation of the Automatic Metric feature for Internet Protocol routes .

To force Windows to use a specific network connection, assign a metric value to each one, giving the lowest value to the desired connection:

1. Open the Network Connections folder (Start > Run > ncpa.cpl)
2. Right click the desired connection.
3. Click Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4.
4. Click Properties > Advanced.
5. Un-check "Automatic metric".
6. Enter a number between 1 and 9999 for the "Interface metric".
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