Solved

Disable wireless when connected to Wired Network

Posted on 2014-01-29
4
300 Views
Last Modified: 2014-08-11
Greetings,

Simple question:

Is it possible via a GPO/other way, to disable wireless when connected to a wired network?  Then when the end user pulls out the network cable it returns to wireless?

We have two many end users using the wireless connection even when they are connected via cable to the corporate network.  This is taking a lot of unnecessary bandwidth.

We wish that when user comes out of a meeting, and they re-dock their laptop, that it automatically changes to the wired connection.  Then when they undock, it goes to wireless.  

Thanks in advance

Declan
0
Comment
Question by:deckydee
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:MacroShadow
ID: 39817435
Yes it can be done. See this script, you should also check out the q/a section.
0
 
LVL 37

Expert Comment

by:Bing CISM / CISSP
ID: 39817497
at first, you commonly no need to worry about extra bandwidth usage when wireless and wired links are both connected as all traffic will go through the default gateway over the wired connection with lowest metric value (higher bandwidth hence higher priority) in the routing table. the reason is normally a wired connection has better bandwidth. please see below the MSKB on how it works on Windows.

An explanation of the Automatic Metric feature for Internet Protocol routes
https://support.microsoft.com/kb/299540

of course, when both wireless and wired links are connected, some standard local traffic such as broadcast and diagnosis services does apply to both connections. however, comparing to whole traffic over the LAN, the amount can be normally ignored.

lastly, if you really think it is necessary to automatically disable wireless anyway from Windows level, this third-party application may help you

http://www.wirelessautoswitch.com/

does it make sense?
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
deckydee earned 0 total points
ID: 40245566
Sorry for the late reply.  We work with Juniper and they have a program called Junos Pulse that will automatically change the connection state.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:deckydee
ID: 40252655
Did a lot of research and had to do a lot of work with Juniper to get this up and running!! :o)
0

Featured Post

Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

I'm a big fan of Windows' offline folder caching and have used it on my laptops for over a decade.  One thing I don't like about it, however, is how difficult Microsoft has made it for the cache to be moved out of the Windows folder.  Here's how to …
This article offers some helpful and general tips for safe browsing and online shopping. It offers simple and manageable procedures that help to ensure the safety of one's personal information and the security of any devices.
This tutorial will show how to push an installation of Backup Exec to an additional server in both 2012 and 2014 versions of the software. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, select Installation and Licensing, then I…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…

864 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

22 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now