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Using Ethernet over wireless

Hi,

Got a laptop which uses a laptop docking station. We have both wireless and ethernet connected but in the system tray it shows that the wireless is being used instead of the wired ethernet. I've checked the provider order and put ethernet over wireless and it still seems to be using wireless. Is there another section which I'm missed?

If I got to network connections, it shows me that both wireless and ethernet are connected.
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peeaCommented:
While LAN and WLAN connections are both active, only the LOWER metric interface will be used.

Use ROUTE PRINT to check the metric for each interface and routing item.

Use ROUTE ADD to modify the existing metric.

If still confused, please post your ROUTE PRINT result, we may help you determine the right ROUTE ADD command to fix the metric.
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
what operating system do you have?
and how can you tell that wireless is used first?
Do they have different IP-addresses.

Windows 7 will automatically choose the connection with the highest bandwith, XP will not choose automatically ...
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Talds_AloudsAuthor Commented:
Running windows7.

Pretty sure wireless is being used as the wireless bars are what's displayed in the system tray, not the ethernet symbol. Yeah they got different IP addresses. 802.11G vs. 100/1000.
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
the wireless bars is shown as long as you're connected.
try downloading from internal resources and look at transfer speed, if it exceeds 30Mbps (4MBytes /sec) than ethernet is preferred
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Talds_AloudsAuthor Commented:
Just tried to send a file to that machine from the server and it's running @ approx. 1MB/Sec.

I haven't tried the static route as I haven't had access to the machine but I will try it when possible.

Just to let you know. I got two of these laptops in the exact same set up and this is the one that shows the wireless bars and not the 'box' in place of the network icon. As far as I'm aware, what ever is shown in the system tray is which connection is primarilly being used.
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
Nope --- it will connect to the fastest one.
I'm sitting at both a wireless guest network and with a wired connection as well.
Wi Fi Bars is shown, but tracert show my route via wired - that's the one it'll use
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Talds_AloudsAuthor Commented:
Hmmm...Well I wonder how windows determines which icon is shown - surely it has some relevance.

still gotta look @ route.

Thanks
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
Yep - if you have different IP-addresses and routes, than it should be easy.

But looking at icons shown, my experience with this, is:
- Only wifi connected: Wireless bars is shown
- Only ethernet connected: computer (wired network icon) is shown
- Both connected, wireless bars is shown. Every time. I've worked with 4 different Aruba Wireless installations last two weeks, and all show wireless bars as long as wireless is connected - not bothering wether wired is connected or not. And still - route is taken via wired, where 1Gbps is available
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Talds_AloudsAuthor Commented:
Ok well I suppose the metrics don't lie. I had a lot at a couple of other machines and the wired always have a lower metric...Case close I suppose...
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