I have a home network of two computers, one is Vista Business x86 and one is Windows 7 Professional x86. I have a cable broadband connection and a wireless router. Until recently I had the cable going straight into the router from the modem, then an ethernet cable into the Vista PC, which is in the room where the cable comes into the house. So the Vista PC gets the internet from the wireless router but from its ethernet port, and the router broadcasts wifi to the Windows 7 machine in another room.
I had noticed that the file transfer over the wireless N network was really lousy, and decided to invest in a decent CAT6 network cable and two gigabit PCI cards, one for each PC. So today I installed the PCI cards and connected the two computers, but when I did a file transfer to test it out, it was just going at the same speed as before. I have installed the drivers and the adapters are showing up on both machines. I read something about bridging the two connections (the wireless and wired adapters) on each individual machine, but after doing that on one, when I did it on the other PC it said I had an IP conflict as another computer on the network had the same IP address or something like that.
Does anybody know how I can keep using the wifi just for internet and use the wired connection just for file transfers?
I don't want to share the internet if that means having to always have both machines on. I want to be able to turn either machine on independently to use the internet, but when both machines are on I want to be able to transfer files at gigabit LAN speeds.
Any help here would be greatly appreciated.