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Lan vs Wan - "the battle for connection" :)

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mrdarq, Feb 14, 2007.

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  1. mrdarq

    mrdarq Thread Starter

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    hello all,
    just a quick question i regards to LAN and Wifi connections
    is there any way in XP to automatically disable the wifi connection when a LAN connection is plugged in?
    for some reason some of the laptops at our office do it and other don't.
    The laptop seems to get confused when it is connected to both and can't access any of the servers
    any ideas?

    thanks, Hamish
     
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    You want to automatically disable the Wide Area Network when a Local Area Network is plugged in? I don't understand; could you explain more what you mean by that?
     
  3. mrdarq

    mrdarq Thread Starter

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    it would help if i actually used the right terminology, sorry i meant wifi :eek:
     
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    I think he means on the laptop as in with 2 connections up, the laptop does not know which one to route out of.

    What you can do is make a hardware profile, and have one profile with just the wireless connection enabled and wired connection disabled, and the other would be the opposite. You can then choose on boot up which one you need.
     
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    Probably the only purely automatic way would be to write your own utility that could monitor connections and make the desired changes.

    If the laptop has integrated wireless a brute force way is to turn the wireless off.

    Another way is to go into Network Connections, right click on the connection, and choose 'disable' or 'enable' as desired. Maybe similar results could be achieved with a batch job using ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew.
     
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    That's a good point. My friend's work gave her a toshiba tablet notebook, and that has a switch on it to turn on/off without having to go to Network Connections. :)
     
  7. JohnWill

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    While both will be active, I think the default routing with XP will give the wired connection preference.
     
  8. mrdarq

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    i think your right, most laptops here seem to use the LAN option when it can, but others don't they just idle until on of the connections is removed,

    thanks again,
     
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    I've never had one twiddle it's thumbs with both connected, they normally function. I can't say if every one I've tried used the correct connection, but I have a couple of machines with wired/wireless connections, as well as a couple of laptops, and they all work the way I described.
     
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