How do I set my range extender as the default Network connection?

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  1. Posts : 20
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       #21

    Yes, I have two laptops that require different adapters. I am not currently connecting the Dell to the internet via Ethernet because I don't have an Ethernet to USB adapter. I am connecting the ASUS via Ethernet because I bought a USB-C adapter for it.

    The Ethernet priority setting does not appear on the ASUS until the cable is plugged in. I presume it's the same for the Dell since there is no Ethernet priority shown in Get-NetIPInterface in PowerShell.

    I tried using the PowerShell method of changing the WiFi InterfaceMetric on the Dell but I got a "PermissionDenied" error. However, I was able to change both IPv4 and IPv6 to "10" in NetworkConnections which is fine with me (now that I know that I need to change both to the same number ). I tested it by running Get-NetIPInterface and it was in fact changed to 10 for both IPv4 and IPv6.

    I'm nearly there. Now I need to find out how to set the priority for the Range Extender and the regular WiFi. I see in my screenshots that for the Dell, when I had the Range Extender enabled IPv6 was 35, and when I had the regular WiFi connected IPv6 was 55. I thought I could change the IPv4 and IPv6 to 10 and 15 when each were connected, but it didn't work. The WiFi has the same number whether I have the Range Extender or the regular WiFi connected. I did change LAN to "5" which I think would be the Ethernet if it was plugged in (despite what I said above). This is what I currently have on the Dell:

    How do I set my range extender as the default  Network connection?-dell.jpg

    Thanks again for your help in explaining this.

    Charles
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       #22

    Excellent work Charles.

    I would guess the reason for Permission denied was you PowerShell was not elevated. Close PS, search again from taskbar and be certain to click on Run as Administrator.

    How do I set my range extender as the default  Network connection?-0504-ps-run-admin.jpg


    When we're looking and setting the Network Adapter priorities, different SSID's such as 'my router' or 'my extender' are irrelevant.

    We're just setting the adapter priorities. After you've got that all squared away and to your liking, we'll then look at setting WiFi SSID priorities.

    Sometimes, I find it much easier for everyone to focus on one task at a time. Then we have much less confusion for us both.
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       #23

    I get it, I probably wasn't using the PowerShell as administrator . But, since I've already set both IPv4 and IPv6 on the Dell to "10" in NetworkConnections (and confirmed that is 10 in PowerShell) why should I do it again with the "Set-NetIPInterface" code? It doesn't appear that there is any difference between the two methods in the instructions.
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       #24

    CharlesI said:
    I get it, I probably wasn't using the PowerShell as administrator . But, since I've already set both IPv4 and IPv6 on the Dell to "10" in NetworkConnections (and confirmed that is 10 in PowerShell) why should I do it again with the "Set-NetIPInterface" code? It doesn't appear that there is any difference between the two methods in the instructions.

    If you have all of the adapter priorities set to your liking already on both PCs, you can set the individual WiFi SSIDs (regular WiFi and the Extender) priority using one of two methods.

    Either using the Connect Automatically checkbox (from option one of the tutorial) in which scenario you would require to manually connect your second choice or if you prefer both your regular WiFi and the Extender to connect automatically, use option two to set the priority between these two connections.


    Change Wireless Network Connection Priority Order in Windows 10


    By using 'netsh wlan show profiles' in an elevated PowerShell, the output will demonstrate the Network Connection Priority in order of priority from #1 on the list going down. I've suggested using an elevated PowerShell only so you are ready and able to adjust the priorities, if you so choose.

    This is completely different from setting the Network Adapter priority.
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       #25

    This is great. Thanks for clarifying everything.

    The only thing is now that I have the priority solved, I've noticed an occasional random disconnect happening on the Dell laptop. It never happened before I manually set the Interface Metrics to specific numbers. Is it possible that the connection works better with the "Automatic metric" box checked? Or does it not like the number I assigned to WiFi? Maybe, a manual setting is not needed, since I'm not using the Dell with an Ethernet connection. As you say, this is a different issue from my original question about Wi-Fi priority and a manual number probably didn't need to be assigned.
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  6. Posts : 1,806
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       #26

    CharlesI said:
    This is great. Thanks for clarifying everything.

    The only thing is now that I have the priority solved, I've noticed an occasional random disconnect happening on the Dell laptop. It never happened before I manually set the Interface Metrics to specific numbers.
    You're very welcome.

    This "occasional random disconnects", I trust it disconnects from the preferred WiFi SSID, does it then reconnect to the alternate SSID, back to the original SSID or requires manual intervention.



    CharlesI said:
    Is it possible that the connection works better with the "Automatic metric" box checked? Or does it not like the number I assigned to WiFi?

    When you refer to this "Automatic metric box", is this the 'Connect automatically' checkbox shown below?


    How do I set my range extender as the default  Network connection?-0513-connect-automatically.jpg


    If yes, in the ideal configuration, and if the Wireless connection priority has been set to your liking, I would have this checkbox for both SSIDs checked. This way either of the SSIDs will be connected automatically, based on the priority you have configured.



    CharlesI said:
    Maybe, a manual setting is not needed, since I'm not using the Dell with an Ethernet connection. As you say, this is a different issue from my original question about Wi-Fi priority and a manual number probably didn't need to be assigned.

    Regardless of your present day requirements, you now understand and have the ability to verify or adjust the configuration to meet with your needs. Should your requirements change, you're ready to make the necessary adjustments.

    I'd suggest making notes in Notepad, Word or paper, if you prefer. I use Black Notepad and save by date & item, i.e. '0513 Wireless connection priority'. I also save screenshots using the same naming convention. Then, everything related appears consecutively in File Explorer.
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  7. Posts : 20
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       #27

    No, I was referring to this "Automatic metric" check box, versus assigning an "Interface Number" which I have done. I wondered if assigning a specific number was more limiting to the connection than letting the laptop choose a number automatically, which had the right priority anyway (which I found out once you taught me how to check it ):

    How do I set my range extender as the default  Network connection?-auto-metric.jpg

    Good idea to have both Wi-Fi 'Connect automatically' boxes checked. I'll try that and close this in a few days.

    Thanks for the suggestion about 'black notepad' - never used that before - very cool, I use notepad all the time.

    Thanks again for all your help.
    Charles
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