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What is my network connection?

  1. #1


    SteveB Guest

    What is my network connection?

    I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but when
    I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it shows
    both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    Internet and Local.

    The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't tell
    which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.

    How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.

    Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    --
    SteveB

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  3. #2


    James Mueller Guest

    RE: What is my network connection?

    I believe by default if you have 2 network connections (wired/wireless) by
    default Windows will use the wired.

    To verify what connection you are actually using disable the wireless and
    see if you still have a connection. If so, then your on your cable; vis
    versa for the wireless.

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    Thanks,

    James Mueller
    http://www.sharepointcommunity.com


    "SteveB" wrote:

    > I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    > docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but when
    > I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    > connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it shows
    > both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    > Internet and Local.
    >
    > The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't tell
    > which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    > wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.
    >
    > How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.
    >
    > Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    > --
    > SteveB


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  4. #3


    Robert L [MVP - Networking] Guest

    Re: What is my network connection?

    By design, it should use the faster one and I assume it is wired. To confirm it, post the routing back here. To do that, run command line, type "route print >c:\routing.txt". Copy the routing.txt from C drive.

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    "SteveB" <SteveB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:0C8285E5-0F96-4113-85F9-A678C0F3E0B8@microsoft.com...
    I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but when
    I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it shows
    both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    Internet and Local.

    The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't tell
    which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.

    How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.

    Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    --
    SteveB

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    SteveB Guest

    RE: What is my network connection?

    Thanks for the recommendation. I can get on the network with either adapter
    disabled. The task bar icon shows the correct network for either of them
    when when only one is active.

    When I have both enabled, the Network Center shows both as connected and it
    shows the wireless as local and the wired as local and Internet. The task
    bar icon says access is local and internet and it shows my wireless SSID and
    the bar graph for the signal strength. It doesn't show the wired connection.

    Is it just that the Vista task bar icon isn't working correctly?
    --
    SteveB


    "James Mueller" wrote:

    > I believe by default if you have 2 network connections (wired/wireless) by
    > default Windows will use the wired.
    >
    > To verify what connection you are actually using disable the wireless and
    > see if you still have a connection. If so, then your on your cable; vis
    > versa for the wireless.
    >
    > --
    > Thanks,
    >
    > James Mueller
    > http://www.sharepointcommunity.com
    >
    >
    > "SteveB" wrote:
    >
    > > I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    > > docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but when
    > > I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    > > connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it shows
    > > both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    > > Internet and Local.
    > >
    > > The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't tell
    > > which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    > > wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.
    > >
    > > How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.
    > >
    > > Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    > > --
    > > SteveB


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  6. #5


    SteveB Guest

    Re: What is my network connection?

    Thanks for the recommendation. When I typed the command as you suggested, it
    says access is denied.

    Typing in just route print shows both interfaces but I can't tell which one
    is being used in the IPv4 or 6 route tables.


    --
    SteveB


    "Robert L [MVP - Networking]" wrote:

    > By design, it should use the faster one and I assume it is wired. To confirm it, post the routing back here. To do that, run command line, type "route print >c:\routing.txt". Copy the routing.txt from C drive.
    >
    > Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    > Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    > How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    > "SteveB" <SteveB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:0C8285E5-0F96-4113-85F9-A678C0F3E0B8@microsoft.com...
    > I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    > docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but when
    > I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    > connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it shows
    > both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    > Internet and Local.
    >
    > The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't tell
    > which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    > wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.
    >
    > How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.
    >
    > Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    > --
    > SteveB


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  7. #6


    Michael A. Bishop \(MSFT\) Guest

    Re: What is my network connection?

    The tray icon shows overall internet connectivity. If you're connected via
    both wired and wireless, then both will appear. (Wired doesn't get signal
    strength bars, obviously, but if your wireless is turned on you'll see the
    bars for its connection.) Windows will choose the best path for traffic to
    take -- usually the wired. A connection that was established over wireless
    before docking would continue to go over wireless, I think, but new
    connections would use the wired interface. Both interfaces show Internet
    connectivity because, I would assume, both interfaces lead to the Internet.

    If you want to dig deeper, as another poster suggested, you can see the
    relative priority Windows is giving to the two interfaces by typing "route
    print" at the command prompt; the top two entries (routes to 0.0.0.0) are
    the default gateways -- paths to the Internet. The lower metric is the
    route your system will prefer. The Interface column gives you the address
    that connection would be from; use ipconfig to see which interface on your
    system has which address.

    "SteveB" <SteveB@discussions.microsoft.com> a écrit dans le message de
    news:0C8285E5-0F96-4113-85F9-A678C0F3E0B8@microsoft.com...
    >I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    > docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but
    > when
    > I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    > connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it
    > shows
    > both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    > Internet and Local.
    >
    > The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't
    > tell
    > which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    > wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.
    >
    > How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.
    >
    > Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    > --
    > SteveB



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #7


    SteveB Guest

    Re: What is my network connection?

    OK ... thanks. The tray icon only shows the wireless connection's SSID and
    that it's connected local and Internet.

    ipconfig tells me that wired is connected to 192.168.1.5 and route print
    tells me it has a metric of 20
    ipconfig tells me that wireless is connected to 192.168.1.7 and route print
    tells me it has a metric of 25

    Does this tell me that wired's metric of 20 is preferred?

    Thanks for the help.

    --
    SteveB


    "Michael A. Bishop (MSFT)" wrote:

    > The tray icon shows overall internet connectivity. If you're connected via
    > both wired and wireless, then both will appear. (Wired doesn't get signal
    > strength bars, obviously, but if your wireless is turned on you'll see the
    > bars for its connection.) Windows will choose the best path for traffic to
    > take -- usually the wired. A connection that was established over wireless
    > before docking would continue to go over wireless, I think, but new
    > connections would use the wired interface. Both interfaces show Internet
    > connectivity because, I would assume, both interfaces lead to the Internet.
    >
    > If you want to dig deeper, as another poster suggested, you can see the
    > relative priority Windows is giving to the two interfaces by typing "route
    > print" at the command prompt; the top two entries (routes to 0.0.0.0) are
    > the default gateways -- paths to the Internet. The lower metric is the
    > route your system will prefer. The Interface column gives you the address
    > that connection would be from; use ipconfig to see which interface on your
    > system has which address.
    >
    > "SteveB" <SteveB@discussions.microsoft.com> a écrit dans le message de
    > news:0C8285E5-0F96-4113-85F9-A678C0F3E0B8@microsoft.com...
    > >I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    > > docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but
    > > when
    > > I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    > > connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it
    > > shows
    > > both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    > > Internet and Local.
    > >
    > > The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't
    > > tell
    > > which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    > > wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.
    > >
    > > How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.
    > >
    > > Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    > > --
    > > SteveB

    >
    >


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  9. #8


    Michael A. Bishop \(MSFT\) Guest

    Re: What is my network connection?

    That's correct -- your machine knows two ways to reach the Internet; all
    else being equal, it takes the lower metric. Traffic should be going out
    your wired connection rather than your wireless. If your wired connection
    is removed (you undock), the other path becomes preferred.

    "SteveB" <SteveB@discussions.microsoft.com> a écrit dans le message de
    news1C3F0A1-9BEA-4D32-AE73-72151CF59E24@microsoft.com...
    > OK ... thanks. The tray icon only shows the wireless connection's SSID
    > and
    > that it's connected local and Internet.
    >
    > ipconfig tells me that wired is connected to 192.168.1.5 and route print
    > tells me it has a metric of 20
    > ipconfig tells me that wireless is connected to 192.168.1.7 and route
    > print
    > tells me it has a metric of 25
    >
    > Does this tell me that wired's metric of 20 is preferred?
    >
    > Thanks for the help.
    >
    > --
    > SteveB
    >
    >
    > "Michael A. Bishop (MSFT)" wrote:
    >
    >> The tray icon shows overall internet connectivity. If you're connected
    >> via
    >> both wired and wireless, then both will appear. (Wired doesn't get
    >> signal
    >> strength bars, obviously, but if your wireless is turned on you'll see
    >> the
    >> bars for its connection.) Windows will choose the best path for traffic
    >> to
    >> take -- usually the wired. A connection that was established over
    >> wireless
    >> before docking would continue to go over wireless, I think, but new
    >> connections would use the wired interface. Both interfaces show Internet
    >> connectivity because, I would assume, both interfaces lead to the
    >> Internet.
    >>
    >> If you want to dig deeper, as another poster suggested, you can see the
    >> relative priority Windows is giving to the two interfaces by typing
    >> "route
    >> print" at the command prompt; the top two entries (routes to 0.0.0.0) are
    >> the default gateways -- paths to the Internet. The lower metric is the
    >> route your system will prefer. The Interface column gives you the
    >> address
    >> that connection would be from; use ipconfig to see which interface on
    >> your
    >> system has which address.
    >>
    >> "SteveB" <SteveB@discussions.microsoft.com> a écrit dans le message de
    >> news:0C8285E5-0F96-4113-85F9-A678C0F3E0B8@microsoft.com...
    >> >I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with
    >> >a
    >> > docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but
    >> > when
    >> > I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    >> > connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it
    >> > shows
    >> > both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless
    >> > showing
    >> > Internet and Local.
    >> >
    >> > The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't
    >> > tell
    >> > which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    >> > wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.
    >> >
    >> > How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.
    >> >
    >> > Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    >> > --
    >> > SteveB

    >>
    >>



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  10. #9


    SteveB Guest

    Re: What is my network connection?

    Thanks again. I think I now understand. It just troubled me that the tray
    icon shows only the wireless connection when I'm docked.

    --
    SteveB


    "SteveB" wrote:

    > OK ... thanks. The tray icon only shows the wireless connection's SSID and
    > that it's connected local and Internet.
    >
    > ipconfig tells me that wired is connected to 192.168.1.5 and route print
    > tells me it has a metric of 20
    > ipconfig tells me that wireless is connected to 192.168.1.7 and route print
    > tells me it has a metric of 25
    >
    > Does this tell me that wired's metric of 20 is preferred?
    >
    > Thanks for the help.
    >
    > --
    > SteveB
    >
    >
    > "Michael A. Bishop (MSFT)" wrote:
    >
    > > The tray icon shows overall internet connectivity. If you're connected via
    > > both wired and wireless, then both will appear. (Wired doesn't get signal
    > > strength bars, obviously, but if your wireless is turned on you'll see the
    > > bars for its connection.) Windows will choose the best path for traffic to
    > > take -- usually the wired. A connection that was established over wireless
    > > before docking would continue to go over wireless, I think, but new
    > > connections would use the wired interface. Both interfaces show Internet
    > > connectivity because, I would assume, both interfaces lead to the Internet.
    > >
    > > If you want to dig deeper, as another poster suggested, you can see the
    > > relative priority Windows is giving to the two interfaces by typing "route
    > > print" at the command prompt; the top two entries (routes to 0.0.0.0) are
    > > the default gateways -- paths to the Internet. The lower metric is the
    > > route your system will prefer. The Interface column gives you the address
    > > that connection would be from; use ipconfig to see which interface on your
    > > system has which address.
    > >
    > > "SteveB" <SteveB@discussions.microsoft.com> a écrit dans le message de
    > > news:0C8285E5-0F96-4113-85F9-A678C0F3E0B8@microsoft.com...
    > > >I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    > > > docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but
    > > > when
    > > > I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    > > > connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it
    > > > shows
    > > > both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    > > > Internet and Local.
    > > >
    > > > The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't
    > > > tell
    > > > which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    > > > wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.
    > > >
    > > > How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.
    > > >
    > > > Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    > > > --
    > > > SteveB

    > >
    > >


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  11. #10


    Bear Guest

    Re: What is my network connection?

    It's all very puzzling to me as well. I'm new to Vista and to my new Dell
    laptop, but...what I find is that it is usually helpful to go to the network
    area in control panel and if the wireless shows up, click disconnect. I'm
    sure there must be a better way, but relying on Windows to make the selection
    hasn't proven to be very dependable in my case. As far as the connection
    being defaulted to the last connection state, that doesn't seem to work
    reliably either.

    "SteveB" wrote:

    > Thanks again. I think I now understand. It just troubled me that the tray
    > icon shows only the wireless connection when I'm docked.
    >
    > --
    > SteveB
    >
    >
    > "SteveB" wrote:
    >
    > > OK ... thanks. The tray icon only shows the wireless connection's SSID and
    > > that it's connected local and Internet.
    > >
    > > ipconfig tells me that wired is connected to 192.168.1.5 and route print
    > > tells me it has a metric of 20
    > > ipconfig tells me that wireless is connected to 192.168.1.7 and route print
    > > tells me it has a metric of 25
    > >
    > > Does this tell me that wired's metric of 20 is preferred?
    > >
    > > Thanks for the help.
    > >
    > > --
    > > SteveB
    > >
    > >
    > > "Michael A. Bishop (MSFT)" wrote:
    > >
    > > > The tray icon shows overall internet connectivity. If you're connected via
    > > > both wired and wireless, then both will appear. (Wired doesn't get signal
    > > > strength bars, obviously, but if your wireless is turned on you'll see the
    > > > bars for its connection.) Windows will choose the best path for traffic to
    > > > take -- usually the wired. A connection that was established over wireless
    > > > before docking would continue to go over wireless, I think, but new
    > > > connections would use the wired interface. Both interfaces show Internet
    > > > connectivity because, I would assume, both interfaces lead to the Internet.
    > > >
    > > > If you want to dig deeper, as another poster suggested, you can see the
    > > > relative priority Windows is giving to the two interfaces by typing "route
    > > > print" at the command prompt; the top two entries (routes to 0.0.0.0) are
    > > > the default gateways -- paths to the Internet. The lower metric is the
    > > > route your system will prefer. The Interface column gives you the address
    > > > that connection would be from; use ipconfig to see which interface on your
    > > > system has which address.
    > > >
    > > > "SteveB" <SteveB@discussions.microsoft.com> a écrit dans le message de
    > > > news:0C8285E5-0F96-4113-85F9-A678C0F3E0B8@microsoft.com...
    > > > >I have a home LAN with a router to the Internet and I have a laptop with a
    > > > > docking station. Things seem to work fine both docked and undocked but
    > > > > when
    > > > > I'm docked, the taskbar icon seems to indicate that I'm on my wireless
    > > > > connection. In the Network Sharing Center/Manage Connections/Status it
    > > > > shows
    > > > > both my wired and wireless connection with both wired and wireless showing
    > > > > Internet and Local.
    > > > >
    > > > > The wireless is set to use a "preferred" network if available. I can't
    > > > > tell
    > > > > which connection I'm actually using and the taskbar icon only shows the
    > > > > wireless and not the wired like the Sharing Center.
    > > > >
    > > > > How can I make sure I'm using the wired connection when I'm docked.
    > > > >
    > > > > Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
    > > > > --
    > > > > SteveB
    > > >
    > > >


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