Windows 10: Different Ethernets: how to prefer certain network

Discus and support Different Ethernets: how to prefer certain network in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; I was using my computer normally, transferring lots of data due to YouTube usage etc. Suddenly my mobile network operator sends a text message saying I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by jimhoyle, May 16, 2019.

  1. jimhoyle Win User

    Different Ethernets: how to prefer certain network


    I was using my computer normally, transferring lots of data due to YouTube usage etc. Suddenly my mobile network operator sends a text message saying I have used over 25 GB per this month. I was surprised. Then I realized that as soon as I had connected my iPhone to my computer (just to charge it), Windows 10 had started using the phone's network. So I found out that Windows 10 Settings / Data usage has "Ethernet" and "Ethernet 4". Also, Ethernet (above Data usage) has "Network" and "Network 3". Very confusing. Apparently "Network 3" is effectively the same as "Ethernet 4".

    When I hover mouse cursor on top of systray's network icon, it says "Network" and "Network 3" as if they would be both actively used at the same time, but that's not possible is it?

    How do I even see which "Ethernet" or "Network" is actually being used?

    How do I force (reliably) a particular Ethernet to be preferred?

    I noticed I can disable a certain network "completely" in Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings. However, I'm not sure if the connection might still spontaneously turn on after updates etc. So it would be important that the preferred connection is the real Ethernet, not a mobile connection.

    (I don't want to solve this by disabling tethering in my iPhone, because that also disables other tethering which I don't want. Also the Data limit in Windows Settings does nothing useful, apparently it only warns in the notification center.)

    :)
     
    jimhoyle, May 16, 2019
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  2. rez001 Win User

    IP configuration not valid - interference from ethernet adapter?


    Solution 1: No Internet Access In Windows 8.1or Windows 10

    Step 1:

    Go to Device Manager → Network adapters.
    Step 2:

    Expand it (Network adapters).


    Step 3:

    Select your network adapter


    Step 4:

    Right click on your wireless network adapter or Ethernet adapter and then tap “Update Driver Software”.
    (in this case your network adopter is Ethernet adopter so tap your Ethernet adapter)
    Step 5:

    Now on a new window you will need to click on “Browse my computer for driver software”.

    Different Ethernets: how to prefer certain network install-driver-software.png


    Step 6:

    Then select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.

    Different Ethernets: how to prefer certain network pick-comptible-driver-software.png

    Step 7:

    Now choose the “Manufacturer’s drivers” from the list of two and then click next.

    Different Ethernets: how to prefer certain network select-network-adapter.png

    Step 8:

    After the completion of the process just restart your PC and check if the problem is solved or not. If not, goto solution 2.

    Different Ethernets: how to prefer certain network Limited-wi-fi-connection-solved.png

    Solution 2: No Internet Access In Windows 8.1,windows10

    Step 1:

    Open command prompt.
    Step 2:

    Just go on hitting the enter after typing the each command.
    netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
    netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disable
    netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled
    Step 3:

    Now to check if the settings are disabled type:
    netsh int tcp show global
    then hit enter.
    Step 4:

    Now the thing left is just rebooting your system and just check if the problem is solved or not and just give feedback.*chuckle*Thumbs
     
    rez001, May 16, 2019
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  3. MJW77CA Win User
    Ethernet Light Orange/ "Local Area Network" Not in Network List

    Last night I noticed my ethernet light on the back of my computer was orange. I did some research to find the reason. Some websites said it was an increased connection speed. Others said a problem with the connection.
    The local area network is no longer in the list of network connections and the other computer in my house has a green light on the ethernet port.
    I've used all the cmd.exe ipconfig steps suggested by websites. Flush dns, reset dns, etc. I've also used the network troubleshooter in windows10 which told me a problem was not found.
    Nothing seems to change the light back to green. Can someone help me find the problem so I can fix it?
     
    MJW77CA, May 16, 2019
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  4. Ralph Sta Win User

    Different Ethernets: how to prefer certain network

    ethernet

    Hi,

    To better assist you, kindly answer the following:

    • Did you try to change the Ethernet and check if the network is connecting?
    • Is the Ethernet working in other computers?
    • Are there any changes made on your computer prior to the issue?
    • What troubleshooting steps you've done so far?

    We'll be waiting for your reply.
     
    Ralph Sta, May 16, 2019
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