How to Change the Network Cards Priority in Windows 7



We are connecting with the two different networks using the wired and wireless cards simultaneously . We want to access the local resources (e.g: file server, print server, application server etc) using the wired connection while  want to browse the Internet using the wireless connection.

To check the default Network Cards Priority, open up a command prompt and issue this command:

netstat -r


You can see, that LAN card has lower priority & metric than Wireless card, so all the Internet traffic will go through the LAN card, for testing, we can trace the out going traffic:

tracert -d


Press Windows Logo + R and write:



It will open the Network Connections List, now you have two choices, either increase the metric value of LAN card or decrease the metric value of Wireless card. In this tutorial, I’ll increase the metric value of LAN card. Right click on the LAN card and select Properties:


Select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list, then press the Properties button:


Click the Advanced button:


Uncheck the Automatic Metric box and enter the desired value for metric (like Wireless card has metric value of 25 in the list that we found on the command prompt, so here it should be bigger than 25):


Now, check the Network Cards Priority again:

netstat -r


Also trace the path (interface) of out going traffic:

tracert -d


Hope this will help you!

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