How to Make Windows Select between Ethernet and Wi-Fi


Generally, laptop users, who have Wi-Fi in their laptop, often face a problem. By default, every laptop gets connected to Wi-Fi instead of wired connection or Ethernet connection when both are available with same speed. Windows does not have any filter to check the internet speed before choosing the source of internet connection. That makes problems, sometime.

How to Make Windows Select between Ethernet and Wi-Fi

Let’s assume that you have two internet connections at your home. You use one via Ethernet port of your laptop and second one is used via Wi-Fi router. At such situation, you always need to select your Ethernet connection every time whenever you would try to connect to internet. Windows doesn’t give Ethernet first priority as long as your laptop has a valid Wi-Fi connection. Sometime, this is ok when sometime this is not.

If you have limited data package on Wi-Fi for minimum data usage and unlimited data connection on Ethernet, this is always ideal to choose Ethernet. However, as Windows does not let you do so because of a default settings, you need to make a simple change so that Windows can detect your Ethernet connection before Wi-Fi connection.


You do not need to use any third party software or have to change any Registry file. All you need to do is to change a simple setting that is positioned inside your Windows PC.

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How to make Windows select between Ethernet and Wi-Fi?

This is not much time consuming at all. At first, you need to open Network Connections (as stated on Windows 8.1). This term may be different on Windows 7. But, the procedure to open this is same on all versions of Windows. Anyway, to open Network Connections, go to Control Panel, select Network and Sharing Center, click on Change adapter settings, which is located in your left pane.

If you do not want to navigate through all these options, just press Win + R together, type ncpa.cpl and hit enter. On this window, you will get all wired and wireless connections.

If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, the next settings may be hidden. In simple line, you need to find Advanced settings. But, if you are not getting this, just click on Organize >> Layout and select Menu Bar.

Show Menu bar

After doing this, click on Advanced >> Advanced Settings.

Advanced Network Settings

By default, Windows gives Wi-Fi the maximum priority to be connected first by ignoring Ethernet or any other Wired connection. On the next window, just select Ethernet and click on up arrow.

Change Ethernet priority

Now, hit the OK button. You have done. Now, your laptop will select Ethernet when Ethernet and WiFi would be available at the same time.

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