Setting connection priority on Windows XP

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To set which connection will be used for Internet access if there are multiple connections available:

Method 1:

Open Start -> Settings -> Network Connections -> Advanced -> Advanced Settings -> [tab] Adapters and Bindings. Use the arrows to set the connection priorities. The topmost connection has the highest priority.

Method 2:

If method 1 doesn’t work, set the connection priority by manually specifying the connection metric.

  1. Open the Network Connections dialog box (go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, and select the Network Connections applet).
  2. Right-click the desired link, then select Properties.
  3. Select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP),” then click Properties.
  4. Click the Advanced button at the bottom of the dialog.
  5. Clear “Automatic metric,” then enter a metric value between 1 and 9999.

A lower metric has a higher priority.


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