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OT: Two Network connections

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by ~~Alan~~, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. ~~Alan~~

    ~~Alan~~ Flightless Bird

    When I connect my laptop to a docking station, one of connections is to a
    wired network. But my wireless is still turned on. What happens when I
    have two network connections both active at the same time. BTW, both
    connections are to the same network, my home router actually.

    Note: My Apple Macbook (no comments please) will automatically use the wired
    connection over the wireless. Can I configure Windows to do the same?

    Thanks
    ~alan
     
  2. Robert Sudbury

    Robert Sudbury Flightless Bird

    Re: Two Network connections

    Your laptop's manufacturer may have a utility that automatically switches
    from one to the other so you only have a single network connection enabled.

    Toshiba at least, has a utility called "ConfigFree" that will do just that.

    There are some caveats with Toshiba's utility at least. The default
    settings do not allow a limited user to switch or automatically switch
    between wired<>wireless. Also, the default utility will not re-enable the
    de-activated network device at power down. There is a patch that changes
    that behaviour but I do not know if Toshiba has posted it for public
    consumption.

    This is all in XP. I am unfamiliar with how this particular utility behaves
    in Vista or Win7.

    "~~Alan~~" <a.shepro-NoSpam@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    > When I connect my laptop to a docking station, one of connections is to a
    > wired network. But my wireless is still turned on. What happens when I
    > have two network connections both active at the same time. BTW, both
    > connections are to the same network, my home router actually.
    >
    > Note: My Apple Macbook (no comments please) will automatically use the
    > wired connection over the wireless. Can I configure Windows to do the
    > same?
    >
    > Thanks
    > ~alan
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