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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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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