Windows 7: configure network card priority

At home, we usually connect a desktop computer with a network cable to the internet box. A laptop will generally be connected via wifi, which is more practical for getting around without pulling a cable. When you use these types of connections to browse the Internet, you don’t feel any difference in speed. But if you work in a local network, or even in a company, to access files on a server or exchange between workstations, you might as well benefit from the fastest network connection. When the Ethernet cable is plugged in and Wifi is active, Windows should use the fastest connection. However, there are times when he prefers the wireless network, perhaps because the laptop PC was not yet connected to the wired network when the system was started.

This tutorial shows how change the priority of the network cards in Windows 7, between Connection to the local network and Connection to the wifi wireless network. Other types of connections may exist, such as 3G / 4G LTE if the computer has a compatible SIM card slot. Thus, priority for network flow will be given to Ethernet, which is much faster and more stable with its Gigabit than even 802.11ac standard WiFi.

We would like the same type of setting to prioritize network printers, for example to automatically exclude the one that has run out of toner or ink cartridge and switch to another available device, ideally the one that is closest to there where we are.

Configure network card priority on Windows 7

1. Make a right click on the network icon, Open the Network and Sharing Center.

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2. In the left menu, click on Change map settings.

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3. Listed are the different network communication cards (Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth).

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4. Display the menu bar with the key. ALT of the keyboard. Click on the menu Advanced and advanced settings.

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5. Organize the network cards in order of priority, between Local Area Connection and Wireless Network Connection. Priority to the local Ethernet network, faster and more stable than Wi-Fi.

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6. Validate the modifications which will be automatically taken into account, without having to restart the machine.