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I have 2 network cards built in my laptop.
A wireless nic associated with an access point in the 192.168.4.0 network
and a hardwired nic in network 192.168.2.0

Both 192.168.2.0 and 192.168.4.0 networks have a route to the internet.  If I have both NICs enabled, which one is used to reach the internet?  I'm assuming the one with the lower metric?  

I did a route print in windows, and the metric for both is 20.

Anyway to check?
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Right click "Network Places", then go to "Advanced" menu. There you should click "Advanced Settings". The order the Nics are listed (in the top box) is the order they would be used.

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with two NIC's (a multihomed system) then only one should have a gateway listed (default gateway) this is the one that will be used
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no where in network places is a place where my NICs are ordered??

hi steven. It's actually not using ICS or anything. It just happens to have two built in nics. Both are enabled at the same time (one wireless , one regular nic)
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Even if not using ICS, only one can have a gateway defined, and it will use this one
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hmm gotcha. What happens if both have a gateway defined?
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dissolved,

if you go to network connections, you must choose the Advanced menu and then choose "Advanced Settings" from the menu.

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The gateway is defined in order for each packet to know how to "exit" the network (in simple words). It doesn't stand for the preference for one of the connections.

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