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So I have a small router I'm connected to through an ethernet cable, and I'm having multiple devices connecting to that router through wifi, so they can view my computer screen. Screen sharing on Windows 7. At the same time I would like to use my wifi adapter to connect to a different router which is connected to the internet. So far I can't do them simultaneously.

-First I just tried simply connecting to the wifi and plugging in the cable, but windows gave preference to the ethernet I presumed because the screen sharing was working but I couldn't get to the internet.

-Second I tried tweaking the preference order of adapters in Advanced settings in the Network/Sharing Center. That didn't work.

-Third I tried manually tweaking the metrics in the advanced properties for each adapter to give connection preference to wifi. This half works. I can start screen sharing and that works, and I can connect to the internet wifi network, but when I try to access it (ex. open google chrome), my screen sharing connection is killed. And this is vice versa if I got to the internet first.


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If you have the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter installed, you should be able to use that to create a separate network connection. I think it is there as a developer tool but, if you have the know how, I think you'll be able to use it to create an independent network connection. There's more info at the following link: helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/… –  P Fitz Apr 10 '14 at 20:37
Why would I need to use the virtual adapter when I have an open wifi adapter? Besides, after testing it seems the virtual adapter can't even connect to a network, I can only create hosted networks with it.. –  user3112658 Apr 11 '14 at 19:20

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Figured it out, I needed to set the ethernet LAN IP of my machine to static and remove the default gateway.

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I am having the same problem. Can you please explain to me how to do this? I'm not to experienced with network settings. Thanks in advance. –  Jonny Sep 1 '14 at 16:27

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