Wireless vs LAN priority
Posted on 2004-09-24
Not sure if I can even explain this correctly, but I am hoping someone can either answer this or point me in a good direction for an answer.
What governs which connection a computer is going to use if both are available? i.e. connected to wireless and also plugged in to the hardwire network?
Typical laptop setup that has integrated wireless and an internal NIC. User is configured for wireless use on the network and always has the wireless card enabled.
There are a few applications that are network installs and can hog huge amounts of bandwidth. For this reason the user will disable the wireless card while physically wired to force the machine to use the hardwire LAN.
I was under the assumption that the computer would attempt to use the faster more reliable connection when it could. It looks like this is a gross concept of error. What I have found, at least on my particular laptop, is that whenever I have a wireless signal available, my machine will use it no matter what.
So, my question, is what makes the wireless connection the seemingly default connection?
Is there a way to change this so the default and primary connection to use is the hardwire NIC? If the NIC were to be the "master" so to speak, then as long as you plugged in, you would run off the internal NIC, only when you unplugged and went mobile would it utilize the wireless connection. That is what I am trying to ensure always happens.
Any thoughts here?