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I have two computers in my work space. Both connect to a wireless network and need to in order to access the internet and other, more distant, computers on the network. However when they talk to each other (and the other computers, unfortunately) its really slow. They are close enough that I connected them with a crossover ethernet cable, but Windows 7 still wants to use the wireless to let them talk sometimes. Is there any way I can force the crossover cable connection to take priority or something like that?

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The easiest way to do this (without getting in to more complicated subject matter) would be to assign static IPs to the interfaces that use the crossover cables.

Let's say we assign PC1 an address of on its ethernet interface (the one using the crossover), and it has on the WLAN. PC2 could have an address of on its ethernet interface and on its wireless interface.

If we access the share with \\\share it will most assuredly use the crossover cable instead of the WLAN. If PC2 looks for PC1 by using its hostname (\\PC1\share) it might look for it on the WLAN instead of the crossover cable, and that's not what we want.

Maybe this will explain it: enter image description here

(I always imagine computers speak in lolcats and Comic Sans)

Windows 7 is really finicky about shares on public networks. Make sure your sharing settings are set approrpiately:

I always like to set a password on a local account and access the share that way. It seems to work betting than attempting to coerce Windows in to sharing to the public. When you're asked for the username and password, log in using PC1\lusr (computer\username) as the username.

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Thanks, this solved my problem. I appreciate the help. – user199961 Feb 17 '13 at 18:22

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