Use Wired connection instead of Wireless connection in Windows 8 | 7

In this tutorial we will see how we can change the priority of Network Connections in Windows 8 or Windows 7 and make them follow a desired connection order. You can make Windows 8 use Wired connection instead of Wireless connection.

When you start your laptop, if there is a wireless connection available, your Windows laptop will connect to the Wi-Fi connection. Even if you connect to a wired connection, the usage will continue to be from the Wi-Fi connection. This is because, when more than one network connection is available, Windows uses the one with the lowest metric value.

Use Wired connection instead of Wireless

To change the Network Connection Priority, open Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections. Now click on the Alt key to make the Menu bar appear.

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Click on Advanced Settings. This will open its Properties box.

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Under the Adapters and Bindings tab, you will see the list of connection and their order in which they are accessed by Network Connections and other related Windows services. The default is Wi-Fi, Ethernet and then Remote Access. The Network Connections service manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections.

Using the Up and Down arrows, you can change their order, and set it according to your priority. When you change the setting as shown above and make Ethernet as the first choice, your laptop will use the wired connection first by choice.

Click OK and Exit.

Your Windows PC will now follow this order of priority when detecting available network connections.

Tomorrow we will see how to view and change the priority of Wireless Networks in Windows 8 using CMD

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • http://www.engines.com PilotOdyssey .

    “To change the Network Connection Priority, open Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections.”

    FAIL
    In Windows 8 their is no “Network Connections.” so your tutorial is a fail at the first step.

    Please revise this tutorial or remove the windows 8 so people dont waste their time.

    All I want to do is try my lan connection in win8 to see if my wifi is a problem like the router mfg claims the good ole boys at MS FORCE me to use wifi for some reason.

    Been using windows since win3.0 and it gets harder and dumber with every upgrade they make I am sure it all makes sense to them since they all have been to college to learn computers and trained professionally.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Sorry to have to say this, but you are FAIL! :D
    It is very much there and the screen shot is from my Windows 8. Click on View Network Connections to see this setting.

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