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When Wireless ON and connected Disable Local Lan connection.Any GPo to do this.

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Hi,

When Wireless ON and connected Disable Local Lan connection.Any GPo to do this.
Like when i am connected or Wireless is detected then the local Lan has to Automatically be disabled.
When disabled or Disconnected from Wireless then the local lan has to be connected.

Regards
Sharath
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Here's a solution for just under $5

http://www.wirelessautoswitch.com/

The explanation of what it does is here:

Wireless AutoSwitch runs as a service and will automatically disable your wireless card when you connect to a LAN (hard wire) connection, and re-enable the wireless card when there is no LAN connection. This ensures that you are always using the fastest connection for network traffic. In the office this helps reduce redundant network connections, while still helping your employees seamlessly transfer from wired to wireless network connections.

For offices that are wireless security conscious this application makes sure the laptop's wireless card is off when the user is wired into your network.

It looks like a prewritten solution, and the price is less than a couple of cups of starbucks coffee, but more useful.

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Thanks but is there any other free way... Because we have 2000+ laptops that needs to have such an option
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Thanks but is there any other free way... Because we have 2000+ laptops that needs to have such an option
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Bshrath: Here's a a free solution if your computer supports it:

Get to Wireless Properties (Right Click Network Places,
select Properties, then Right Click the wireless network,
then properties, then "configure" the wireless device).

The advanced tab on my DELL Laptop has an entry
"Disable Upon Wired Connect" -- it is currently OFF
since I hook a wired network at the same time as
wireless when configuring network devices.

However, I can "enable" that feature, and it will
shut off the wireless network when a wired connection
is active.

If your computer supports this for the wireless device,
you can solve it immediately by enabling this setting,
to shut off WiFi when Wired connect is active.

Jeff

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Thanks...
At home now...So shall test and get back... Why do you say if it may support ?
Is this dependant on Laptop or Wireless?
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Thanks...
At home now...So shall test and get back... Why do you say if it may support ?
Is this dependant on Laptop or Wireless?
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bsharath:  I looked for that setting on the built-in WiFi (Intel chips) on my HP laptop and it did not support this feature.

If you have Dell laptops, or some other brand where they designed the system to work the way you describe (which I admit is a MUCH better way to handle the situation when a user can plug in the laptop while at work or somewhere with wired connectivity, and not have to do anything special when unplugging the wired LAN connect, it just re-enables the WiFi).

I hope you find this setting on the majority of your systems -- save those $$$

Jeff
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It looks like intel has a driver for their laptop WiFi/NIC set that does this. I am going to download it and see if it works on my HP.
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Ok Thanks... And do you have any idea if the Setting you mentioned can be set via the Group Policy. So i dont have to do this manually on all systems....
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Ok Thanks... And do you have any idea if the Setting you mentioned can be set via the Group Policy. So i dont have to do this manually on all systems....
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Yes, follow the (several) steps outlined in this article

http://www.petri.co.il/creating_wireless_gpo_settings.htm

This should help
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JT92677 the specific feature that we need is not there in the link...
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Hi Any views...
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