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    Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

    This is a discussion on Wireless and Ethernet at the same time within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Does anyone know the consequences and/or benefits of attaching my PC both through the D-Link wireless adapter and through Devolo ...

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      Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      Does anyone know the consequences and/or benefits of attaching my PC both through the D-Link wireless adapter and through Devolo Homeplugs adapters at the same time? It is the Sagem router supplied by Sky.

      The PC is running Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2. It would seem that Microsoft say it will not work, but in practice it does seem to. An example was downloading a large file, which seemed to be using the Network Adapter, then using my Browser at the same time which seemed to use the Homeplugs to download the webpages. There seemed to be no reduction in the speed that the file was downloaded.

      It just seems too good to be true, so there has to be a catch.

      Thanks for your help.


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      Re: Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      You will not get any more than the bandwidth allowed by your connection. It is easy enough to check. Open the Network connections and double click the adapter icon. Do it with both and this will show you what is passing through each adapter. I think you will find that one of the adapters takes precedence and the other will stay dormant. Just because you are downloading a file does not mean that there is no bandwidth left. This would only happen if you were connected to servers which were able to max out your connection, as sometimes happens on torrent sites.

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      Re: Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      Yeah there is no benefit from having wireless and wired at the same time. you will get the most out of your connection using a wired connection

      Webpages are small, they wouldn't really affect your download speeds, unless you was streaming a video or it had a lot of flash.

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      Re: Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      Thanks for the replies. I guess it's at least useful to have the back-up option should one fail.

      Interesting that Microsoft seem to imply that Vista can't handle both being connected. I may do some more playing around.

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      Re: Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      XP can handle both, so i see no reason why vista can't.

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      Re: Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      I don't think it is a problem with Vista being able to be connected this way I just don't think it has the capability to use them both at the same time so it doesn't really make a difference.

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      Re: Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      From my experience with Windows 7 and having both connected:
      1. It works just fine but wont combine them to use them both on the same web connection/file transfer/download
      2. It tends to favour the wireless connection over the wired one when they're both available

      XP does #2 the other way around and favours the faster (wired) connection, but i presume vista will favour the wireless one like 7 does.

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      Re: Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      Thanks Simon - you are quite right it does favour the wireless connection. In the end it turns out that the only real use is as a back up, but at least my curiosity is satisfied.

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      Re: Wireless and Ethernet at the same time

      It tends to favour the wireless connection over the wired one when they're both available
      Using Win 7, my experience is the opposite. Starting up with both connected, the wired connection is favoured, although the wireless is shown as connected to the internet.. I think it may depend on when the drivers are loaded. Disabling the ethernet for a minute then enabling it again appears to make both work together.
      Just checked again and the wireless has stopped send/receive, so it looks like, with me anyway, the ethernet takes precedence.

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