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2 different networks, WAN and LAN on 1PC?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by TakuSkan, Dec 27, 2008.

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  1. TakuSkan

    TakuSkan Thread Starter

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    Is there any way to set up both a wireless WAN and a wired LAN on a group of PCs running WinXP and WinVista so that each system can transfer files simultaneously via both WAN and LAN?

    We’ve had a wifi network working fine on a group of PCs, but in order to enable faster file transfers between systems, we’ve put 10/100 LAN cards in each PC and have wired them through a separate router.

    The network gets its Internet access through a wireless router set to an IP address of 192.162.1.1 connecting wifi adapters in each PC. Now we’re trying to set up a secondary network via LAN through a separate wired router set to an IP address of 192.168.2.1 connecting 10/100 LAN adapters in each PC

    However when connections for the LAN adapters are enabled in XP/Vista Network Connections, it kills the wifi connections. The systems will only network with one type of adapter enabled in Network Connections at a time, wifi WAN or the wired LAN, but not simultaneously.

    Is it possible to have the systems set up to access the Internet and transfer files via the wifi WAN, and at the same time enable faster file transfers through a secondary wired LAN?

    Thanks for any feedback.
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  2. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    You probably have the default gateway entered for the TCP/IP properties for the wired NIC. You do not need to add a default gateway for this subnet as you're not looking to route outside of it. Windows takes the wired NIC's properties in terms of default gateway routing as the higher precedence over the wireless NIC as you cannot have two default gateways....(well shouldn't unless under very specific circumstances.)

    Also, I assume the 192.162.1.1 is a typo and should read 192.168.1.1.
     
  3. TakuSkan

    TakuSkan Thread Starter

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    Yes,,, That was the problem. The IP addresses for the connections in Network Connections were still set to the default 'Obtain IP addresses automatically.' Specifying the IP address 192.168.2.1 manually with no default gateway set got things working.

    And yes... 192.162.1.1 >was< a typo.

    Thanks zx10guy!
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  4. zx10guy

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    No problem. Glad to help.
     
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