How to Make Your Laptop Choose a Wired Connection Instead of Wireless

By Taylor Gibb on June 21st, 2012


Have you ever connected your Laptop to a wired network point in your house and continued to get wireless  network speeds ? Here’s how you can quickly fix that, the easy way.

Giving Your Wired Connection Higher Priority

Press the Win + R keyboard combination and type ncpa.cpl into the run box, then hit enter.


When the Network Connections window opens you will need to hit the alt key to display the classic menu bar.


Once its available click on advanced, and then choose the Advanced Settings option.


Here you will see the preference of your network connections. In order to make your laptop use a wired connection, if available, even when connected to a wireless network, you will need to select Wi-Fi and then click on the green arrow pointing down.


This will automatically bump Ethernet to the top.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 06/21/12
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