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Old 01-20-17, 10:28 AM   #1
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Please help clarify basic networking setup

My main home PC is connected via hard wire to the home router.

I've purchased a VPN box for sporadic use that can create a WiFi hotspot or plug in between my ethernet cord and PC.

Now, for sporadic use, is it reliable to have my PC use the hotspot WiFi at the same time when it is also connected directly to my router? OR is there the possibility the PC would switch back and forth to the hardline if the connection is stronger?

ie, do i have to disconnect the hard line to ensure the PC won't switch to it?

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Old 01-20-17, 11:27 AM   #2
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Re: Please help clarify basic networking setup

There is a setting in your PC that determines the priority between wired and wireless. I did a quick look on my PC (Win 10) but couldn't find it. As far as I know, the PC doesn't switch based on which is stronger, either at start-up or dynamically.
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Old 01-20-17, 11:47 AM   #3
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Re: Please help clarify basic networking setup

My experience typically has been that wired connections have taken precedence, but maybe that's partly because of the Cisco VPN software installed on the laptops i've used.

You can set the metric for each network adapter though.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27994...ds-in-windows/
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Old 01-20-17, 12:08 PM   #4
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Re: Please help clarify basic networking setup

Thanks guys--maybe to allay any concern I should just put a manual A/B switch right before my PC.
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Re: Please help clarify basic networking setup

Random thought, but i'm sure you could even create a mini script to disable the wired adapter when needed.
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Old 01-20-17, 12:20 PM   #6
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Re: Please help clarify basic networking setup

Anyone recommend any freewares for this?
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Old 01-21-17, 11:54 AM   #7
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Re: Please help clarify basic networking setup

Have you tried
1. Control Panel
2. Network and Sharing Center
3. Change Adapter Settings
4. Right click on the Network you want
5. Select "Disable"
You can leave this window open and then when you finish you can enable it again. Yes, you have to do it every time you want to be SURE that you're using Wi-Fi over Wired.

This is for Windows 7
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Old 01-27-17, 02:48 PM   #8
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Re: Please help clarify basic networking setup

^^^ Or, you could figure out whichever NETSH commands you need to use, type them into Notepad, and save it on the desktop as a CMD file. For example:

Code:
netsh interface set interface name="Local Area Connection" admin=disabled
exit
This would disable the LAN connection called "Local Area Connection". Change the bit between quotes to whatever the LAN connection name is. To enable the connection, just copy the above, changing the "disabled" to "enabled" and save as a CMD too.

You can use Netsh to do almost anything from the command-line, from switching from DHCP to static, changing the IP address, to resetting TCP/IP and winsock. And I'm sure it['s even easier in PowerShell, but I don't have the skills for that.
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Re: Please help clarify basic networking setup

Thanks guys---I'll look into this
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