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Wireless and Wired Connections - Both at Same Time?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by austinguy, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. austinguy

    austinguy Thread Starter

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    I was reading the situation that jeverett was having. He said that his network was sporadically dropping signal. I have a similar issue on our network but I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with our wireless access point. But now that I realize it, several users on our network have both a wired connection (from their docking stations) and a built-in wireless connection at the same time. Both connections are obtaining different IP addresses. Would this cause problems?

    Regards,
    Tom
     
  2. blin

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    it depends. if the both use the same subnet, you may have a name resolution issue. if they are in the different subnet, you may have a ruting issue. this may help. http://www.howtonetworking.com/routing.htm
     
  3. austinguy

    austinguy Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the response. They're both on the same subnet. Our office is configured as a simple local network using 192.168.1.xxx. So, I was reading about metrics. I see on my computer, if you go to the TCP/IP properties on both network connections and click on the advanced tab, they're both set to "Automatic Metric". I'm assuming what this means is that the first adapter is set to metric 1, and the second set to metric 2, metric 1 will be the default interface the computer uses.

    Is that right? Or am I completely wrong about this?

    Ideally I want it to automatically detect whether there's a hard-wired connection present and if so, disable the wireless connection. Is there a way to do this?

    Regards,
    Tom
     
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