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Jules Jan 29, 2010, 06:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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When you are connected to Broadband with the LAN (wired) and the Wireless, which connection is used?

Say you are originally connected via wireless, then plug in the wired connection (which is faster) which one is used?


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Shawn Langley Jan 29, 2010, 07:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Which LAN connection does it use.
Should (windows) always default to the faster connection speed, ie Ethernet@100mbit and 802.11G@54mbps; it will use the cat5

You can change the interface metric to have it do otherwise, ie change the metric to 500 on the Ethernet and 0 on the wifi and it will use wifi as default for connections.

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Jules Feb 01, 2010, 01:55am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Which LAN connection does it use.
Thanks a lot Shaun,
By saying 'metric' you led me to find this link
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299540

But when set to get the metric automatically, if your Wired LAN is in the process of already downloading then there is little bandwidth available and a high metric is set for it, so the preference for the next lot of data is to use the Wireless.

I dont know how often the automatic metric is re-set. Do you?

Searching Multihoming also gives more detailed explanations for multiple LAN's.

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Shawn Langley Feb 01, 2010, 11:52am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Which LAN connection does it use.
If I'm reading that the right way, I don't think it changes the metric depending on the load on the connection it just stays what ever it is unless the actual link speed changes.

i.e
Cat5 @ 10pcnt load has a metric of 10
Cat5 @ 100pcnt load has a metric of 10 also

As for when it reconfigures what metric number is actually assigned i'd take a stab that it does it when the connection is initially established and every time the connection is broken and made again ect but that's a total guess from me

Curious what are you trying to achieve? load balancing or?

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Jules Feb 02, 2010, 04:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Which LAN connection does it use.
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Jules Feb 02, 2010, 04:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Which LAN connection does it use.
Shaun
Curious what are you trying to achieve? load balancing or?


No, I was just curious as I am often in the situation where the Wireless LAN is connected and then the Wired LAN is plugged in.
And if you are doing a download it is advantageous to do it at the fastest speed.

But I can see that it would be helpful to manually set the metric.(even though MS does not recommend it)



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