connected wirelessly through a network hub, that’s not a problem, but I have an
estimating software that requires a wired connection between the two computers,
Tech support has explained to me that this is due to the high volume of data
that is transferred between the two computers, much to large for a wireless
connection. Well, I have a ethernet network wired throughout the office, and
both computers have a nic card, so my question is, is it possible to have two
network connections on each computer, one through the ethernet wiring, and the
other trough wireless (this one connects other computers for file sharing and
internet)? Do i need separate workgroup names for each network
It’s definitely possible to have multiple network connections to the same
computer. But in order to make sense, they really need to be different
networks. Otherwise you might not get the results you’re looking for.
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By different networks I mean … well, different networks. Different
collections of machines.
Here’s what I mean: you current have two machines, A and B, that are
connected to a wireless network. I presume that you can, for example, copy
files between the two machines today. If you connect both of them to a wired
network, in addition, then there are two paths to get between the machines: the
wireless connection and the wired one.
How does Windows decide which to use? Well, while I’m sure there’s an
algorithm behind it, the best way to think of it is that the first time the two
machines try to talk to each other, the connection used is selected randomly –
it could be on either network. From then on (I believe until both machines are
rebooted, or their cache of network information is flushed), the conversations
between the two machines happen across the single network.
In your case if they happen to choose the wireless network, then you haven’t
solved you problem.
Now, if the hardwired network is a different network … meaning
that machines on the wireless network cannot connect to machines on the wired
network, then adding both machines to the wired network may work, but only if
you remove one of them from the wireless network, so they can’t “find each
other” via the wireless path.
But my question is this: if the two networks are really the same network –
meaning that you can get to all the same resources using either the wired or
the wireless networks – and you need to connect to the wired network for speed
– why stay connected to the wireless? Clearly you’re tethered by wire, so the
machines certainly aren’t mobile.
I’d simply avoid the entire issue and disable the wireless adapters in the
two machines, connect them both to the wired network, and be done with it.