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Standard User shalom2005
(member) Sun 13-May-12 17:06:01
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Query Re Wireless/Eternet Networks using Windows 7


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Hi

I'm sure there must be a simple answer to this, but here goes:

I'm connected to the internet using my Speedtouch 585 (BeBox) via my ethernet cable.

My brother, on his PC is connected via his modem/router a BT branded box, via his ethernet cable.

When he plugged in a wireless dongle to connect to my network, two network connections are now showing as 'active' on his Network Connections page.

My question, is is possible for him to switch between his active ethernet connection (at 8mb) to my 18mb connection (on the wireless connection he is using), via windows, or does he have to manually switch of his BT router.

We expected to be able to switch between connections, but cannot see how it is done.

Hope I have explained myself clearly?

Thanks for any help.

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Steven, Chigwell, Essex

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Standard User prlzx
(committed) Sun 13-May-12 18:13:01
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Re: Query Re Wireless/Eternet Networks using Windows 7


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So are the two internet connections in the same house then?

When you connect to 2 networks at the same time, the one that is used for internet data is the one that the OS thinks is the "default gateway". In Windows at least, a lower metric is often given to the wired networks adapter than for the wireless adapter so the default gateway tends to be on the interface with the lower metric.

You can change the default gateway using the route command or you can try to override the metric on one or other adapter.
But it will be easier to disconnect from the BT router by disconnecting the ethernet cable at his PC.

Note that if your brother wants to be attached to both networks at the same time (e.g. to access locally shared stuff) they need to be numbered differently so if they both use 192.168.x.* then the "x" needs to be different on the 2 networks by changing the settings on one or other router.

Example routing commands (you need to open Command Prompt as an administrator - can right click the item in the Start Menu) where you replace gateway-as-bebox with the IP address of the BeBox:

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route change 0.0.0.0 mask 0.0.0.0 gateway-as-bebox


If it doesn't let you change the default route this way, you can delete the default route then add the BeBox:

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route delete 0.0.0.0 mask 0.0.0.0
route add 0.0.0.0 mask 0.0.0.0 gateway-as-bebox


if you want these to be persistent, instead of route ... use route -p ...

Note that we made no reference to the wired or wireless adapter - this is intentional - the routing table determines which adapter to use by the IP addresses hence why the networks need to be numbered differently. This also means your brother could connect an ethernet cable to the BT box and wirelessly to the BeBox and the same route commands apply.



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Edited by prlzx (Sun 13-May-12 18:14:15)

Standard User shalom2005
(member) Sun 13-May-12 18:30:43
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Re: Query Re Wireless/Eternet Networks using Windows 7


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Thanks Prizx. My brother found another solution which appears to work, although his email through his ISP is not working unless he disables the wireless connection (see link below).

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27994/how-to-change-t...

Best Regards

Steven, Chigwell, Essex

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