configure network to use WIFI for LAN/Print and Ethernet for internet


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Education 64b (10.0, build 17763)
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    configure network to use WIFI for LAN/Print and Ethernet for internet


    HI, I am a newb to the forum this is my first post.

    My network topology is Comcast Modem>Switch>Wireless Access Point

    My Win 10 Desktop is connected to the switch for Internet Access.

    The network printer is connected to the Wireless access point.

    I would like to keep using the wired Ethernet adapter to access the internet as it has 20% faster download speeds and use the WIFI adapter to connect to printer. However, when I connect to the WIFI connection, Windows 10 defaults the internet connection to the WIFI adapter. Note the WIFI and Ethernet adapters are both connected at this point.

    I see that users used to be able to configure this setting by going to ControlPanel>NetworkandInternet>NetworkConnections>Ctrl>Advanced. This destination no longer allows user to assign preference to internet connection order. configure network to use WIFI for LAN/Print and Ethernet for internet-1.png

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  2. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,364
    windows 10
       #2

    Welcome to the forum. If the printer is on the same subnet as the ethernet there is no need to change you should just be able to print directly from cable. Are the ethernet and printer in the same ip range ie 19.168.1.1
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Education 64b (10.0, build 17763)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    No, they appear to be on separate subnets. Actually, looking at it 67.x.x.x appears to be publicly routed(internet) and WIFI 192.168.x.x looks like local traffic. Maybe this already has the configuration I desire..... I'm a student and new to networking.

    Ethernet: Connection-specific DNS Suffix: hsd1.co.comcast.net.
    Description: Intel(R) Ethernet Connection (2) I219-V
    Physical Address: ‎xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
    DHCP Enabled: Yes
    IPv4 Address: 67.177.218.xxx
    IPv4 Subnet Mask: 255.255.248.0
    Lease Obtained: Saturday, January 26, 2019 5:11:45 PM
    Lease Expires: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 7:45:29 AM
    IPv4 Default Gateway: 67.177.216.xxx
    IPv4 DHCP Server: 69.252.216.xxx
    IPv4 DNS Servers: 1.1.1.1, 1.0.0.1
    IPv4 WINS Server:
    NetBIOS over Tcpip Enabled: Yes


    WIFI Connection:
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix: local
    Description: Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
    Physical Address: ‎xx.xx.xx.xx.xx
    DHCP Enabled: Yes
    IPv4 Address: 192.168.1.249
    IPv4 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Lease Obtained: Saturday, February 2, 2019 11:12:10 AM
    Lease Expires: Saturday, February 2, 2019 11:12:09 PM
    IPv4 Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    IPv4 DHCP Server: 192.168.1.1
    IPv4 DNS Server: 192.168.1.1
    IPv4 WINS Server:
    NetBIOS over Tcpip Enabled: Yes
    Last edited by dirtfarmer7; 02 Feb 2019 at 12:34. Reason: spelling
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  4. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
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    Depends on your wireless channels and eMTA from Comcast. I use Channel 3 for 2.4ghz and 149 for 5ghz. Both SSIDís are the same. You have to disconnect the Ethernet if you want to use WIFI. Some Wifi adapters/radios are not going to be fast if Wireless-N.
    Last edited by bro67; 03 Feb 2019 at 18:15.
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  5. Neemobeer's Avatar
    Posts : 226
    Many
       #5

    Sounds like you mean it's a wireless router not access point. Many wireless routers can operate in AP mode which disables DHCP and NAT. Provided the Wireless router has 4 LAN ports change the order to MODEM > ROUTER > SWITCH. Then all of your devices will be able to communicate to each other and you won't have to create port mapping rules in the router.
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  6. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Education 64b (10.0, build 17763)
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Yes, that's correct. It is a linksys wrt32x wireless router, not a wireless access point. And unfortunately I don't have a stand-alone switch. The switch is built-in to the Comcast modem. Also, I realize physically hooking up my desktop with a LAN cable to the wireless router would solve my problem, but the wireless router is in a different room in the house.

    Thanks for the tips!
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  7. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,364
    windows 10
       #7

    That is madness your pc is live on the internet so any hacker in the world can reach your pc the correct way is to have the router connected to the the modem then connect your pc to the router and also use the wireless that way you have a 192 range ip which cant be accessed from the internet
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