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    Ethernet and Wireless (Vista)

    I have a new desktop that has both ethernet and wireless capability. Right now, I am connecting to the internet via the ethernet cable. However, my router has wireless capability (which I use with my laptop). If I move my desktop to another room, and use the wireless to connect the desktop, what happens if I later return the desktop to ethernet access. Does Vista sense that I am on the faster ethernet and "switch" itself automatically? Does it try to connect to the internet by both means. Or do I need to temporarily disable the wireless on the computer.

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    Re: Ethernet and Wireless (Vista)

    I found that the Cat5 connection will be made if it is pugged in. But if I fail to plug it in, the wireless will try and find a wireless connection. I also have never set any "wireless" connection to be the default or connect automatically.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Ethernet and Wireless (Vista)

    Welcome to the Lounge!

    Answers to your questions:

    If I move my desktop to another room, and use the wireless to connect the desktop, what happens if I later return the desktop to ethernet access.

    Your router will recognize your NIC (Network Interface Card) and assign an IP address to it; another words, your computer will be connected through the network cable.

    Does Vista sense that I am on the faster ethernet and "switch" itself automatically?

    Vista will try BOTH connections and use that one which brings quicker response, that means, wired connection.

    Does it try to connect to the internet by both means.

    Yes it does.

    Or do I need to temporarily disable the wireless on the computer.

    It is not necessary. But what you DO need is to configure your router to use Access Control and security settings (WEP or WPA-PSK).
    Access Control allows to connect to your wireless network only known computers (your desktop, your laptop, but not your neighbor's or stanger's near your house).
    Security settings are needed to encrypt your wireless connections to prevent somebody to "listen" to your connection.

    See your router manual for instructions how to do it. For instance, this is for Netgear routers:
    Configuring Wireless Security (WEP/WPA/Access list)

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    Re: Ethernet and Wireless (Vista)

    Thank you for your replies. This is very helpful.

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    Re: Ethernet and Wireless (Vista)

    You (and I) might invite additional replies respecting security. To the best of my understanding, wireless is invariably less secure than ethernet.

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