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    Network Connection Priority - Change in Windows

    Network Connection Priority - Change in Windows
    How to Change the Network Connection Priority in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
    Published by Brink is online now
    11 Feb 2013
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    How to Change the Network Connection Priority in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

    information   Information
    A network connection is a set of information that enables your computer to connect to the Internet, a network, or another computer. When you install a network adapter in your computer, Windows creates a connection for it in the Network Connections folder. A local area connection is created for an Ethernet network adapter. A wireless network connection is created for a wireless network adapter.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the priority of network connections in Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 so that they follow a specific connection order set by you for all users.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    Windows usually connects to networks in this order:

    1. Ethernet
    2. Wi‑Fi
    3. Mobile broadband

    When you connect to a new Wi‑Fi network, itís added to the list, and Windows will connect to that network while itís in range. If you connect to another Wi‑Fi network while in range of the first network, Windows will prefer the second network over the first one.

    Mobile broadband networks are treated differently. If you manually connect to a mobile broadband network when there is a Wi‑Fi network in range, the mobile broadband network is preferred just for that session. The next time youíre in range of both networks, the Wi‑Fi network is preferred. This is because mobile broadband networks typically are metered.




    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open the Network and Sharing Center.

    2. Open the Control Panel in Vista (classic view), Windows 7 (icons view), or Windows 8 (icons view), click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon, and go to step 4 below.

    3. On your desktop, right click or press and hold on the Network icon in the taskbar notification area, click/tap on Open Network and Sharing Center, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the Change adapter settings (Windows 7/8) or Manage network connections (Vista) link on the left side in Network and Sharing Center. (see screenshots below)

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    5. Press the Alt key to see the menu bar, then click/tap on Advanced and Advanced Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7/8).

    7. In the Connections box, select a network connection, and click/tap on the up or down green arrows until it's set in the priority order you wanted. When finished changing the order of all network connections to how you like, click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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    8. You can now close the "Network Connections" and "Network and Sharing Center" windows if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Windows 8.1


    In many instances, especially on Windows 8 machine, the above steps are simply not enough.

    For my settings to work, after I had followed the above steps, I had to do the below additional steps, and everything worked like a charm:

    Wireless priority vs LAN - Microsoft Community

    That's a link to the Microsoft Community, which I found and that ended up working for my scenario.

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    Hello Oldirty, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What type of network setup do you have to see why the tutorial didn't work completely for you?

    Here's a link with more details about "automatic metric" for others.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299540
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Oldirty, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What type of network setup do you have to see why the tutorial didn't work completely for you?

    Here's a link with more details about "automatic metric" for others.

    An explanation of the Automatic Metric feature for Internet Protocol routes
    Hi Brink, I have a new laptop running Windows 8.1 64bit, which I was setting up at my office, which has a NAS server with two printers shared on the server. However I can only connect to the server via a LAN cable. The server has an older internet connection that is also shared on it, but that is VERY SLOW.

    Then we have a Wi-Fi connection in the office, which I am logged on to, so I have both the LAN cable and my Wi-Fi switched on at the same time, so that I access the server via LAN cable for all files and info, and then for anything related to the internet the machine uses the faster Wi-Fi connection.

    Only reason why we were not able to share the faster internet connection on the server, is because we have not yet figured out how to configure the new NAS server, and pairing it up to the new faster ADSL connection.

    So the whole trying to prioritise the use of both connections, was just a matter of temporarily sorting the whole situation out. It is going to unfortunately take some time and maybe hiring a specialist to come and resolve our connectivity issues, also because our office is using both Apple Mac and Windows based machines.

    Coincidentally, there is also another laptop in the office that was running Windows 8.1 even before I bought my current laptop, and they are also having the same issue with prioritising the connection on their machine.

    The funny part is that my older laptop, which was running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, did not need any additional settings after the same steps in your original tutorial were followed. It (my Windows 7 laptop) automatically prioritised the Wi-Fi internet connection, over the LAN's internet connection.

    I hope that clarifies a little bit more.
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    Is it possible to have everything connected to a wireless router to be able to only have that one connection to it wirelessly? This way the router can act as your main access point.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Is it possible to have everything connected to a wireless router to be able to only have that one connection to it wirelessly? This way the router can act as your main access point.
    That was most certainly the intention when we upgraded our server to the NAS server, and subsequently added the faster ADSL connection. And the practicality of the situation is that due to file sizes that we all use or access from the MAC & Windows machines, having everything accessed via LAN cables ensures that reliability of not having any issues when working on these files on the server. Wireless can get a bit iffy to say the least.

    And on top of that, our printers in the office are only accessible via LAN cables, due to not having any WiFi functionality on them.

    So the goal is still to figure out how to get the new ADSL line, to work with the NAS server, along with everything else that we need to access on the server.
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    I understand that. You should be able to connect all the devices to the router, and then be able to connect to the router via LAN and wireless as well. This way the printers can be connected to the router via Ethernet port, and you'll be able to use the printer wirelessly through the router.

    You could also connect a LAN switch to the router to connect PCs to the switch when they are farther from the router, or just run out of Ethernet ports to connect to on the router.
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