Force Network Connection Priority

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This describes how to have an adapter take priority of all internet traffic over another. For instance, you have 2 different networks on a single computer, and the wired connection does all your internal communications, but you want the wireless adapter to do all outgoing internet applications (iexplore, firefox, etc…).

Set the Interface Metric

-Open Network Connections (ncpa.cpl)

-Open the Network Connection to take priority (Right click desired connection -> Properties)

-Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) (v4 if on Vista or 7) -> Properties

-Click Advanced button on General Tab

-Un-check Automatic Metric

-Enter in “1” for new metric

(optional) enter in a higher metric for the other adapter. I recommend 10 as a baseline, but you can go higher.

Verify new settings on InterfaceMetric using Command Line

-Type: netsh interface ip show address

Make sure your Metrics reflect the changes made and you are finished. If they haven’t changed release/renew to see changes.

The following table lists the link speeds and metrics for computers that run Windows XP Service Pack 2.

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      <strong><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">Metric<o:p></o:p></span></strong>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">Greater than 200 Mb<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">10<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">Greater than 80 Mb, and less than or equal to 200 Mb<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">20<o:p></o:p></span>
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    <p class="table1">
      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">Greater than 20 Mb, and less than or equal to 80 Mb<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">25<o:p></o:p></span>
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    <p class="table1">
      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">Greater than 4 Mb, and less than or equal to 20 Mb<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">30<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">Greater than 500 Kb, and less than or equal to 4 Mb<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">40<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">Less than or equal to 500 Kb<o:p></o:p></span>
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      <span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black">50<o:p></o:p></span>
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