Ethernet is the most common way intended for local area network. It uses physical optical fiber cables for computer-networking components. On the other hand, Wi-Fi is a technology which enables wireless LAN network to electronic devices using 2.4 GHz Ultra high frequency (UHF) and 5 GHz SHF ISM radio bands. But have ever wondered if you can use Ethernet and WIFI together on Windows 10?
Most of the people prefer Wi-Fi to connect to the internet because it doesn’t require physical wires and provides easy access. However, Computing devices such as laptops and desktop still come with Ethernet ports and many users widely connect to the Ethernet and also switch their Wi-Fi on so that they can toggle between both of them and get continuous connectivity, whenever required.
If you are a Windows 10 user and always connect to the internet through Wi-Fi, but want to connect to the Ethernet network as well when it is available then follow the steps given below.
How to use Ethernet and WIFI together on Windows 10
While it can be done, we will have to give one network priority over others. So here is how to prioritize Ethernet while keeping the Wi-Fi on. Ethernet or Lan cables will always deliver better stability.
First of all open Control Panel. You can search it in the Start Menu. Just type Control Panel in the search box. After that,
- Click on Network and Internet
- Select Network and Sharing Center
- Click on Change Adaptor Settings which is located on the left side.
A new screen will pop up and show you the list of networks available. You need to hit the Alt key on your keyboard to get all Menu for this window.
- Click on Advanced
- Select Advanced Settings from the list
In the Advanced Settings window under connection, you will see the list of all connections including your Wi-Fi and Ethernet. You need to highlight the Ethernet connection by selecting it and use the arrow key on the right side to re-order the listing. Once the Ethernet appears at the top of the list, hit OK.
How routing will work after setting up the priority?
After this, your Windows will give higher priority to your Ethernet over the Wi-Fi. You can change the setting whenever you want by following the same steps and prioritize your Wi-Fi to get preference over the Wired Ethernet connection.
In one device you can only access the internet through one of these as they all use the same gateway. Practically it is not possible to browse the internet through one connection and download file from the other simultaneously If you have one NIC.
If you have two network interface controller and use two internet connections through Wi-Fi and Wired Ethernet then it is possible to use both of them in tandem with manual set up of subnet and gateway for every connection. It is necessary to know that all DNS requests go through the gateway. Thus you need to set a gateway for the main internet connection only. A link will be directed to the subnet if it falls within the subnet. Otherwise, it will route through the gateway device.
The option of switching the internet connection from Wi-Fi to Ethernet is useful if you use a single device at two places like home and work because it allows you to port the device and get the internet without any interruption.