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Windows ignoring my Adapters/Bindings settings

Discussion in 'Networking' started by TheGlennDavid, Nov 1, 2012.

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  1. TheGlennDavid

    TheGlennDavid Thread Starter

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    Hi folks,

    I made the unpleasant discovery recently that all my corporate laptops are using the wifi network even when sitting on their docks or otherwise connected to the wired network. Most of them have intel wifi cards, and the proset software allowed me to disable-by-policy wifi if a lan connection is detected.

    Some, however, have a more generic wifi card that doesn't have fancy management software, leaving me with the default windows stuff.

    In an attempt to correct the problem I
    a) Put Local Area Connections at the top of the Adapters and Bindings list
    b) manually assigned cost metrics to the connections in the tcp/ip settings

    But no luck. Everything is still using wifi and ignoring my wonderful gigabit lan. Thoughts?

    --Edit--
    Should mention: all running windows 7 pro -- some 32 and some 64 bit
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Tell the laptop users that they'll experience much better networking if they switch the wireless off when docked or ethernet connected.

    With some laptops (e.g., my HP laptops) there is also an OEM provided utility to toggle the wireless on/off. And some use a key combination instead of a physical switch. Don't know if you could make use of such software with group policy or a little constantly running program.
     
  3. TheGlennDavid

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    Hi Terry,
    Thanks for the quick response! There is indeed a key combination, a button, and a swtich to turn off wifi. Sadly, getting folks to do things to make the world better (even for them) never seems to work out so for very long. :)

    I ended up installing the Lenovo software AccessConnections which has an option to disable wifi if there is a wired connection. It's not my favorite software, but it'll do the trick.

    I guess that means the problem is resolved....but for my own edification: am I misunderstanding the purpose of the Adapters and Bindings list, are there any other steps I'd need to take, or is it just not working as designed?
     
  4. TerryNet

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    You're over my head with this!
     
  5. TheGlennDavid

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    Sorry -- more detail about I'm working with would probably have been helpful.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894564

    It's an XP article, but some searching suggests that the steps are the same for win 7.

    The short version is that the adapters and bindings menu tells windows how to resolve a situation involving multiple active network connections.

    It's not something I had ever heard of before today :)
     
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