How to setup a wired LAN in Windows 10 Home x64?

September 29, 2018 at 09:50:44
Specs: Windows 10 Home x64, i7-8700 3.2GHz / 16 gigs
Am currently running a home network over WiFi but want to install Ethernet based on my desktop, for better security and speed, also sharing to/from one laptop (Win 10 Pro) and one other desktop (Win 7) as well as a NAS (WD My Cloud 4TB) and allowing access for my SONOS audio network.

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#1
September 29, 2018 at 10:04:01
Plug one end of an ethernet cable into the back of your router & the other end to the back of your PC.

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#2
September 29, 2018 at 10:10:18
Yes, thank you, I'm not an expert but had actually worked that bit out. The problem is that Ethernet does not appear as an available network in the system tray, only my WiFi connection.

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#3
September 29, 2018 at 15:37:13
I can only answer the questions you ask. Disable or turn off the wireless on the computer.

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#4
September 29, 2018 at 16:00:53
Upload a SS ( screenshot ) of Device Manager please.
No need to expand the Devices.
http://en.directupload.net/

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#5
September 29, 2018 at 16:12:41
Yes, disable Wifi to allow the system to use wired network.
If you do not have enough jacks on your router, purchase a 4, 5, or 8 port switch, plug the switch into the router and everything else into the switch. If the switch is Gigabyte then you have the best internal speed between devices (NAS, etc), even if your router is slower to the internet.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
September 29, 2018 at 17:28:10
Usually when you plug an Ethernet cable into a computer, it will switch off WiFi automatically.

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#7
October 1, 2018 at 06:49:20
Usually when you plug an Ethernet cable into a computer, it will switch off WiFi automatically.

That's not been my experience. Every laptop/PC I've worked on since the invention of wireless has required you to either disable the wireless interface manually (in "Network and Sharing center") or has a switch (physical/software) to disable wireless. It's been a very common issue here at my work when I get calls that someone's laptop has lost connectivity that they have both the wired and wireless interfaces enabled and connected and Windows loses it's mind and stops talking on both. Once you disable the wireless, the wired starts working properly. I'm told Windows 10 does better at dual interfaces than previous versions but I can't verify as I'm still using 7 at home and work.

If the wired interface isn't working when you plug it in it's likely disabled, or it's caused by having both wired and wireless enabled and connected at the same time. If you disable (or shut off the wireless interface) and the wired starts working, problem solved. If not, check in "Network and Sharing center" and see if it's disabled. If it is, enable it and see if it doesn't start working. While there, check the properties and ensure the IPv4 is set to DHCP (ie: Obtain IP address automatically)

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
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#8
October 1, 2018 at 08:47:29
Interesting, I've worked with both HP & Dell laptops and they switch automatically when a cable is plugged in. Even the HP desktops that have built-in wireless will switch by themselves.

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#9
October 1, 2018 at 13:36:25
We're stuck with Dell equipment here at my work too and just last week I had to go disable the wifi on a Windows 10 laptop because the staff member had the wired port plugged in while the wifi was enabled, both were connected and Windows gave up and ran in circles until I disabled the wifi..........and that's a brand new laptop too!

Our older Dell laptops all have a physical on/off switch but this one had a software on/off. I couldn't find it in Windows 10 so I just opted for disabling it in the network & sharing center.......lol

Must be a Dell "feature"

My Toshiba laptop at home doesn't switch automatically either. It has the typical physical switch on the side.

Personally, I'd like it if they automatically killed the wifi interface when you plugged them in. I'd be running around disabling the wifi a lot less on staff laptops.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#10
October 1, 2018 at 16:51:46
The Dells I mostly work with here at work are the Dell 5480 touchscreen models. There is an option in the BIOS for wireless switching, have a look at that to see if you can set it to automatically switch.
Here's a video of it automatically switching just so you know I'm not crazy - https://tinyurl.com/yawjnddt

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#11
October 2, 2018 at 06:34:09
Oh I didn't think you're crazy, I know better! I just haven't run into it yet.

I just got a new (to me) department laptop a couple weeks back......it's an E5470 and I know it doesn't automatically switch.........yet..........I'm definitely going to have a look at the BIOS and see if it has that option. If it does, I'm going to talk to our PC department and ask them why they aren't using that feature......it would save me some running around!

Thanks for the tip, I appreciate it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#12
October 2, 2018 at 06:41:49
I just had a quick look in the BIOS on the 5470 and it has a setting called: "wireless switch" which simply says, "This setting determines which wireless devices can be controlled by the wireless switch"

Nothing about switching the wifi off automatically when the wired interface is plugged in. :/

Maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot. I'm looking in:

Settings >> Wireless

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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October 2, 2018 at 06:47:12

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#14
October 2, 2018 at 09:06:32
Curt R, where are you located? I wonder if this is a requirement in different parts of the world.

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#15
October 2, 2018 at 11:29:05
That's what I was thinking THX. I'm in Canada. Where are you?

@Johnw
Yep, that's exactly what I saw in the BIOS. No auto on/off feature, just a choice of which of the devices can be controlled by the wireless switch.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#16
October 2, 2018 at 13:25:56
I'm in Oregon. I wonder if there is some sort of regulation in Canada that differs from the U.S. when it comes to WiFi switching?

I looked in the BIOS again and that's all I saw too. At first I thought it was for auto switching but as you stated before, it just sets which device is controlled by the manual switch.


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#17
October 2, 2018 at 14:18:50
Oregon, cool! One of my favorite states in the US. Of course I am a little biased, my daughter and grandson live in Portland. :) (The pacific northwest is all gorgeous regardless)

I don't know about differing reg's but I do know that laptop a week or so back sure enough wasn't switching automatically.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#18
October 2, 2018 at 15:17:21
Oh cool, I live in Beaverton which is about 9 miles west of Portland. Give us a shout if you're ever down this way.

I've got an account with Dell TechDirect, I'll email them and see if there is a difference between US. and Canadian laptops. Maybe they can shed some light on this.


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#19
October 3, 2018 at 06:45:10
I'd be interested to know. Our PC department would be even more interested because if automatic switching were available here, it'd be very handy to have it enabled on all our laptops.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#20
October 3, 2018 at 12:35:01
Well I got shot down by Dell, they won't answer questions unless they pertain to a trouble ticket we've put in.

I'l see if I can get any other help from them.


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