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I've searched the forums and users have asked variations of this question but I haven't found this specific question/answer. I use my laptop for work and home and obviously it has both wired and wireless capabilities. Is there a way to, say, use the wireless at home, but when I come to work and plug it in to my work network, have my wired connection take over all traffic even when wireless is still on? I had attempted using the adapter metrics, but my wireless was always getting used. If I turn my wireless off, wired takes over, but if I turn wireless back on, wireless takes over again. Both of my metrics are automatic at the moment, but it acted the same way even when I had the wired connection with priority metric.

Going to network connections, 'alt' -> advanced -> advanced settings, my wired connection is at the top of the list. Below is my Interface list. Even with auto metric it looks like my wired card takes priority. I'm stumped, and am probably looking over some completely novice detail. Thanks for any help!

Interface List
 11...5c 26 0a 85 19 09 ......Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
 12...8c a9 82 48 3b cc ......Intel(R) WiFi Link 1000 BGN
 15...8c a9 82 48 3b cd ......Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter #2
 14...8c a9 82 48 3b cd ......Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
  1...........................Software Loopback Interface 1
 17...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
 18...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
 19...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
 20...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #3
 21...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #4
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Easy set your Wireless network for your work enviroment to manual do not let it auto connect to your WiFi at work and problem solved. You maybe over complicating things here a bit. If you are at home there should be no need to have your laptop wired and Wireless. If you are at work use the above problem solved very simply.

Uncheck this boxWifi Connect auto


For me it's simply a matter of not having to ever think about managing my connections manually. I'm using this manner now and it works, its just a matter of convenience.

Thanks for your input
You should also know that certain manufacturers have network priority already built into their laptops like Dell has quick set which automatically will use your wired connection as your default connection even if your wireless is turned on and connected.


That would be nice. I've also heard of this. I have an alienware and I would think it would have been installed by default but strangely it didn't come with any standard wireless software. I'll just accept a manual solution. Thanks all