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Options for prioritizing wired LAN connection over wireless LAN connection

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Like most networks, my LAN consists mostly of laptops.  And like most networks, I supplement my LAN connections at user's desks with a wireless network with multiple wireless access points.  

In every single case where it's available, I want the wired connection to be prioritized over the wireless.  

I've tried manually setting the metric for the IPv4 connections to no avail.  I've tried putting Local Area Connection at the top of Adapters and Bindings to no avail.  In all cases, I'm using Windows 7 Pro and a standard gigabit network with wireless connectivity typically either provided by Unifi devices or Aruba devices.

Most of the time, it's fine if the wireless is being used as there's plenty of wireless bandwidth.  But occasionally, the user has poor signal at his/her desk or the laptop has not let go of a wireless access point that isn't optimal.

The only reliable method I've come across is to disable the wireless card when a LAN connection is detected.  Dell WLAN cards used to have a setting for this.  I have found the Intel Adapter Switching method very unreliable (where based on your status when you put the laptop to sleep - the laptop does not redetect its status properly when woken up).  

The best method for Intel cards I've found is to disable the wireless via Wireless Autoswitch:

Has anyone come across a more elegant and free way (preferably built into Windows that actually works) for prioritizing the wired connection over the wireless?

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