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Two wifi adapters How to define who connects to which


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#1
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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#2
You could try turning off Broadcast SSID then delete/forget the network you don't want to connect to. If I'm understanding correctly. :think:
 

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#3
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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#4
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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#5
Do you mean it connects to the phone's Hotspot?
Yes.

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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#6
You could try turning off Broadcast SSID then delete/forget the network you don't want to connect to. If I'm understanding correctly. :think:
I had tried that but "forget" means forgetting for any and all adapters. This IS windows after all. :)
 

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#7
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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#8
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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