Windows XP Network Adapter Priority

Something I just learned the other day that is a part of Windows XP networking is the ability to set the priority of which network connection is used. This is pretty important--I have a site where there is a large amount of laptops being used both plugged into the wired network and attached to the wireless network at the same time. Of course, I would prefer that they used the wired network exclusively for their applications while in the office, and this gives me a way to force it.

In order to enable this feature, go to Network Connections in Control Panel, click on Advanced in the menu bar, and select Advanced Options. Within this window, you can adjust the priority of the various network connections. In this way, I can free up some of the bandwidth going over the wireless connection, while making our users happier with a faster network connection to the individual computer.


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