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XP wired / wireless prob

Discussion in 'Networking' started by VantageUK, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. VantageUK

    VantageUK Thread Starter

    Jul 14, 2007
    It's a network thing.

    I've got 2 XP machines and a wireless network for them both to access the internet. I need to share files between the 2 machines but want to do it over a wired connection for reliability.

    I installed 2 NICs, used a crossover cable, set up a workgroup and then set up the file shares. It still seems to use the wireless network for the file sharing though when I want it to use the wired one.

    How can I make it use the wired connection only for the two machines to talk to eachother? I still want to keep the wirelss connection too (for internet access)

    Help needed please!
  2. opar2


    May 31, 2007
    If the laptops support turning off the wireless NIC power, do that and they will stop using the wireless connection. When you need to access the internet again turn the power back on.

    The wired connections will probaly need to have static IPs set in them on the same subnet for the communications to work.

    Try with subnet mask on one PC and same SN for the other.

    Give that a go.:)
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    I don't think static or dynamic IP addresses will make any difference. I think what is happening is that the wireless network is being established first and so each computer is associating the name of the other computer with that network. Either establish the ethernet network first, or else use the (ethernet) IP addresses to do your file sharing.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    What you really have to do here is read up on the ROUTE command. You need to have the computers route data intended for the other computer directly via the wired connection, and only route data intended for other computers or the Internet over the wireless connection.

    Here's the ROUTE Command page at Microsoft.
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