troubleshooting Question

Ethernet or wifi - which will my computer default to when connecting to the net

Avatar of nathan1038
nathan1038Flag for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland asked on
Wireless NetworkingWindows XPNetworking Hardware-OtherDell
7 Comments2 Solutions453 ViewsLast Modified:
Windows XP on a dell laptop and wireless router :

I just purchased one of those Ethernet adapter jobbies  - you plug one of them it into the mains - First one into the router and one into the mains plug socket upstairs (away from the router) then from the one upstairs, an ethernet cable from the wall socket into my laptop.

I turned wifi off and all seems to be working well. My question is, can I still have wifi 'ON'.
What I want is, when the ethernet cable is connected, that my laptop uses the ethernet connection to connect to the net (as it is quicker) but as soon as I take the cable out, it will revert back to wifi.

What I don't know is, if I have wifi 'ON' might my laptop be using the wifi and not the ethernet cable connection when the ethernet cable is connected.
Join our community to see this answer!
Unlock 2 Answers and 7 Comments.
Start Free Trial
Learn from the best

Network and collaborate with thousands of CTOs, CISOs, and IT Pros rooting for you and your success.

Andrew Hancock - VMware vExpert
See if this solution works for you by signing up for a 7 day free trial.
Unlock 2 Answers and 7 Comments.
Try for 7 days

”The time we save is the biggest benefit of E-E to our team. What could take multiple guys 2 hours or more each to find is accessed in around 15 minutes on Experts Exchange.

-Mike Kapnisakis, Warner Bros