Network adapter priority in Vista

When I'm in the office I have a network cable on my hot desk and access to wireless networking. There's enough bandwidth available on wireless for most purposes, but for large downloads and software installations wired is greatly preferable.

Yesterday when I was installing software like Map Point - which is about 500MB in size - things were running very slowly. A quick look at the Networking page in Task manager said all my data was going over wireless. If I disabled wireless everything went over the wired network. I figured that there had to be a setting in Network connections. Sure enough on the Advanced menu, on Advanced settings, you can change the order which Vista uses different adapters and sure enough - as you can see it had placed the wireless network above the wirted one . A couple of mouse clicks to move wired above wireless and everything is the way it should be.

Comments (4)

  1. James ONeill says:

    Jonathan, go to the network and sharing center, click manage network connections – 5th down under task on the on the left then press ALT to make the menu appear …

    As for the chatter it depends what services you’re using, leaving the domain is a very blunt instrument but will work. I know someone who might write something more detailed for the industry insiders blog.

  2. Jonathan says:

    James, I might be alone in this, but I just can’t see how you’re getting to the Advanced Settings!

    On a somewhat related note, somebody asked me this week if there was anything they could do to restrict a laptop from doing the normal chatter with the domain while they’re on an expensive (satellite modem) link. They said that on a short field trip they’d quickly got up to 50 quid’s worth of DNS lookups alone, which weren’t especially necessary. Is there anything that you can suggest to help keep costs down?

  3. Jonathan says:

    Hi James, On a vaguely related note, I was asked this week how a colleague working temporarily on an expensive (satellite modem) link can reduce the normal domain "chatter" to keep costs down? They said that on their last field trip, they quickly built up 50 quid’s worth of DNS lookups alone, which weren’t necessary to what they were doing with the machine. Is the best answer to leave the domain on such trips?

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