Multiple Network Connections at the Same Time on Windows

In my scenario I have one Wireless connection for my Internet and one LAN connection to a small private network of my own with my NAS, PS3 and TV and I want to have them both at the same time. It was a major pain to get this setup working on Windows. When I had both connections enabled my Internet wasn’t working because Windows was routing through the LAN connection even though the Wireless connection had a higher priority set in Network Connections –> Advanced menu –> Advanced settings.

The solution is to go into the Properties of each connection (right click on it) –> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) –> click Properties -> click Advanced –> uncheck Automatic metric in the bottom and set a number between 1 and 9999 where the smaller the number the higher the connection priority. I have set my Wireless Internet connection to 1 and my LAN connection to 9999 and that works.

I hope this post will save someone else’s precious time in the future.

  • mikenakis

    Awesome, thanks!

  • Faisal

    Thank You So Much…

  • Rick

    In an enterprise environment I’m connected via gigabit hardwire but would like to add wireless to support AirServer for airplay connectivity. No need for internet access on wireless from PC only airplay access from iPad for training purposes. Will attempt this solution and play with metric settings to make sure all network traffic is wirebound but streaming traffic is directed to wireless.

    Any other options?


  • johnson

    Thanks man. This fixed an issue that has been bugging me for YEARS!!!!
    Finally took some time to investigate and came across this great post which cleared it up in no time!