If you have multiple connections, you can use the Change Network Priority option to prioritize one of the connections. This section describes how to do so.
Having multiple network connections is quite normal for many Windows users. For example, my laptop has an Ethernet port and a WiFi card. Occasionally, I use my cell phone to connect to the Internet via USB tethering or a hotspot.
Generally, in most cases, I will always use only one network connection. However, in some use cases, more than one network connection may be used.
When multiple network connections are used simultaneously, Windows by default takes care of network priorities. Network priority reduces potential network conflicts. As you can guess, the network with the highest priority is used. Automatic network priority is pretty good, but what if Windows doesn’t give priority to the desired network
In Windows 10 & 11, you can easily change network priority with a few mouse clicks. Changing network priority allows you to prioritize one network over another. Simply put, instead of letting Windows decide the network priority, you can set it up yourself so that you can use any network you want. Sounds good, doesn’t it?”
If you ever need to, you can use this guide to change Windows’ network priority.
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The steps below work the same in Windows 10 and 11.
What You Need to Know
In Windows, the adapter configuration tool provides the appropriate options for changing network priority. Simply changing the network adapter priority will set the priority of the target network.
In simple terms, simply change the network priority of the connection you wish to prioritize.
For example, if you are using the Internet via USB tethering, you want your connection to have priority over a regular Ethernet or WiFi connection. That way I can use my mobile data when I have problems with my broadband connection.
By default, Windows automatically sets network priority using a number greater than 15. The higher the number, the lower the priority of the network connection.
So, set the network priority of the selected connection to 10.
Procedure for changing the network connection priority
Here are the steps to change the network priority in Windows.
- Click the “Start” icon on the taskbar.
- Select “Control Panel” and open it.”Set “View by” to “Large Icons.
- Click on “Network and Sharing Center.”
- Click “Change adapter settings.”
- Locate the network adapter.
- Right-click on the network adapter.
- Select “Properties.”
- Select “Intenet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).”
- Click the “Properties” button.
- Click the “Advanced” button on the “General” tab.
- Uncheck the “Automatic Metric” checkbox.
- Enter “10” in the Interface Metric field.
- Click the “OK” button.
- Close the “Network Settings” window.
- Restart the computer.
- After restarting, Windows will give this network connection priority over other network connections.
Open the Start Menu , search for Control Panel and click on the result to see the Control Panel. Even though Microsoft is slowly giving up on the Control Panel, it still has a lot to offer.
In the Control Panel, select “Large Icons” from the “View by” menu. You will see all the options available in the Control Panel.
On the “Network and Sharing Center” page, click the “Change adapter settings” link in the sidebar. As you can guess, this option shows all network adapters connected to the computer.
The above will bring up the “Network Adapters” page in the Control Panel. Locate the adapter for which you want to change the priority, right click on it and select the Properties option.
In the Properties window, select ” Intenet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) ” and click the ” Properties ” button.Make sure you are on the
General tab. Then click the Advanced button at the bottom of the window.
Then check the Automatic Metrics checkbox. Next, enter 10 in the Interface Metrics field.
Click the ” OK ” button to close the “Network Settings” window.
Finally, restart Windows to apply the changes. From now on, the network connection you just changed will take precedence over other connections.
That’s it. It is as easy as changing the network priority in Windows.
We hope this brief guide has been helpful.
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