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Two wifi adapters How to define who connects to which

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    Two wifi adapters How to define who connects to which


    Hi All,

    I have an internal wifi card and a USB one.

    I have two APs,
    Adapter Name = WifiPh, SSID = AP1 - connects to Internet via tethered phone 192.168.143.1
    Adapter Name = WifiLAN SSID = AP2 - connects to local wired LAN router 192.168.3.37

    On my laptop (win8.0) it shows
    WifiPh
    AP1 <-- Set Connect Automatically
    AP2
    WifiLAN
    AP1
    AP2 <-- Set Connect Automatically

    Providing both Adapters are active then it works as required. But, if the WifiPh is it not running (phone off, flat battery) then it connects WifiPh+AP2 and that is not good as the Gateways are totally different.

    Is there some way I can force WifiPh to ONLY ever connect to AP1 and similarly, force WifiLAN to ONLY ever connect to AP2?

    Thanks

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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    You could try turning off Broadcast SSID then delete/forget the network you don't want to connect to. If I'm understanding correctly.
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    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,586
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    I'm not following what you're saying. A tethered phone is one that is connected to your computer via a USB cable so no wifi card is needed. Do you mean it connects to the phone's Hotspot?

    I don't understand why there's a need for 2 wifi adapters, I seem to be able to get by fine with only 1 adapter and can connect to a phone Hotspot or wireless router without changing anything. Maybe you're making things more complicated than they need to be.
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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    If you are trying to bridge the adapters, to use the computer as a hotspot. You are looking at some headaches. You may want to just get a data modem with your cellular carrier, and use that. Most of those modems will allow up to 4 clients to connect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Do you mean it connects to the phone's Hotspot?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I don't understand why there's a need for 2 wifi adapters, I seem to be able to get by fine with only 1 adapter
    Maybe so, but unlike you, I have a need for such a setup. I need to be able to access either the cameras or the Internet without having to reconnect to a different AP each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    You could try turning off Broadcast SSID then delete/forget the network you don't want to connect to. If I'm understanding correctly.
    I had tried that but "forget" means forgetting for any and all adapters. This IS windows after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    If you are trying to bridge the adapters, to use the computer as a hotspot.
    Nope, trying to do exactly as I described. I need to be connected to TWO wifi networks at the same time. That's why mentioned Gateways to indicate this was not a bridging attempt.

    All I need is a way to have one adapter ONLY use one specific AP - ever.

    Just to add, this system is working fine and all Gateways and IPs are being handled perfectly, after some serious setting up work. But the issue is only about default connections when one AP is not available.
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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    No, you are trying to "Bridge" the two network connections together, using Windows for ICS (Internet Connection Sharing). I would not suggest doing so, unless you are using Windows 8.x.x Pro. You will end up with nothing but headaches trying to do this with a Cellular phone.

    They make Cellular data Gateways for a reason. So that you do not have to use a computer to share a connection to other computers. Especially if you have a router in the mix for a LAN.

    It will never work in your setup that you want to do it in. There is just too much detail in explaining how to properly do what you want to do.
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