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Wireless to internet, ethernet to private network

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1, 64 bit

    Wireless to internet, ethernet to private network


    I'm at an extended-stay motel, at which the only internet access is wireless.

    I'm using Windows 8.1, 64 bit.

    My computer connects wirelessly to the internet.

    It also connects, via ethernet, to a router - which is connected to an NAS.

    The "internet connector" on the router is empty.

    Very minor issue:

    The ethernet-accessible network is named Network 2.

    Where did that name come from?

    Windows? The router? Can I change it?


    My problem is, when using a browser (or, presumably, another internet application), the system seems to randomly select a network.

    Naturally, selecting the ethernet network fails (unless, of course, I want to talk to the router or the NAS).


    I want network drive accesses to always use the ethernet network.

    I could live with "everything else" always using wireless.

    It would be nice if I could configure one browser to use ethernet.

    I could then use that browser to "talk to" the router and NAS.

    However, I could live with disconnecting my wireless connection when I wanted to talk to the router or NAS.


    I have have an additional small computer with wireless and ethernet capability, that could access the internet wirelessly, and connect to the router via ethernet.

    However, the Microsoft "wireless bridge" documenation states that this should not be done with the internet as the wireless connection, as it gives everyone access to the (no longer) private network.

    I'm wondering whether, if I use an ethernet cross-over cable, and connect the "small" computer to the router's internet port, if NAT (or some other mechansim) would protect me. Actually, I don't see how NAT per se, could provide security. So the addresses get "mapped". I could see that a router, in addition to performing NAT, could provide some security.


    Any suggestions?


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  2. #2

    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2

    Really confused on how all of this has to do with where you are staying.
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  3. #3

    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,585
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)

    You might try something like this: NETGEAR Universal N300 Wi-Fi to Ethernet Adapter (WNCE2001): Electronics. This adapter will allow you to connect your router to the motel's wifi instead of connecting the computer to the motel's wifi.
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