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Wired connection fighting the wireless connection

by Kypros79 / May 7, 2010 2:44 PM PDT

I have a laptop running windows XP Pro; it has 2 network adapters, wired (NIC) & wireless (WIFI). I have never needed to connect the NIC until recently when my game console was moved to the same room as the laptop. My intention was to buy a cheap switch and assign static IP's to both the X-Box & the laptop's NIC. That way, they could still connect and stream music, video, etc... AND the WIFI would keep me connected to the internet. The new configuration works great for streaming from laptop to xbox, but now my computer can't ping outside of the LAN when the ethernet cable is plugged in. During a ping request, unplug the NIC and CMD chokes for a minute then I guess the wifi takes over and the ping is successful.

WIFI = (DHCP) from router
NIC's =
X-Box =

On the laptop, I have...
-used ipconfig to verify that both adapters have ip addy.
-changed default gateway of NIC to the router (
-changed default gateway of NIC to the WIFI (
-NIC's gateway to either above and DNS to either of the above...

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? Is there a way to force the WIFI to WORK even when I have the ethernet cable plugged into the NIC? Is there a way to force the WIFI to have a higher priority than the NIC?

Any advice is much appreciated.


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Unsupportable answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2010 10:31 PM PDT

That was an invalid setup. There are many discussions about setting up what you are trying so I will defer to those. I never write about ICS.

Again, I no longer discuss ICS but it is what you would use to solve this.

Good luck,

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Is there any other way, besides ICS?
by Kypros79 / May 8, 2010 5:36 PM PDT
In reply to: Unsupportable answer.

I understand that you do not want to get into a discussion about ICS. I have read about it, and anything that refers to floppy disks & Windows 98SE is obviously dated technology. Can you imagine a valid hardware setup that would work? (Other than running 80 feet of cat 5 back to the router.)

I just want to connect an xbox and a laptop that are 3 feet apart. I do not need Internet for xbox, but must have it for the laptop (& wireless is the only option).

Thank you again.

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Hint only.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 8, 2010 9:25 PM PDT

You want to use ICS. Your setup was invalid and didn't use ICS.

I'd look at using ICS. But given ICS is a tarpit for support, I leave that to others but ICS is the clue here.

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dual connect pc
by bill012 / May 8, 2010 10:21 PM PDT

As stated ICS will do what you want and even more since it would allow the xbox to access the internet. Although ICS is old and was designed for sharing a dialup all it does is basically convert your PC into a router. I would not recommend it for your particular requirement but most people who ask this want to also access the internet.

It sounds like you have most it working. You want your wireless to get its ip and default route from the router. You want to make sure that your ethernet port has a static ip and DOES NOT have a default gate or route. Your XBOX should have a static IP and a default gate of the PC ip. You need to use different subnets for the 2 networks.
Route print command should show the default and the wireless subnet on the wireless interface and only the ethernet subnet on the wired.

Really this should be all it takes to make it work. Some PC are too smart, they have auto feature to help stupid people. My latest work laptop will do things like disable the wireless port when connected to ethernet or in the docking station. Took me a long time to figure out how to disable that in the bios.

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by bill012 / May 8, 2010 10:24 PM PDT
In reply to: dual connect pc

Went back and reread you original post more closely. Your main issue is that you are putting both your nics in the same subnet. Use something like 192.168.2.xx for your ethernet and xbox.

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Many Thanks!
by Kypros79 / May 11, 2010 4:16 AM PDT
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This subnet idea worked great! I'm currently listening to music & still able to post this msg online!! I did not have any issues that needed bios modifications; all I had to do was create the subnet as you suggested. Thanks again!

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