ethernet and wireless...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by shiato storm, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. shiato storm macrumors member

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    just a quickie - I've got a wireless router set up but transferring folders of music/images etc are quite high on the size scale which take ages. I plug in an ethernet cable and it takes the time to transfer down to minutes (from hours!). BUT I had to turn off the airport card in one computer first for it to find the ethernet cable connection and use that instead.
    is there a way of getting each machine to recognise when a cable connection is made and use that over the slower wireless connection?
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    If the ethernet cable is plugged in when you wake up the machine, it'll use ethernet instead.

    Otherwise once the wireless connection is made, it'll stay wireless.
     
  3. belvdr macrumors 601

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    That seems like a dumb way to do things. If I startup wireless, and then plug in and get a gigabit connection, why in the world would the OS want to stay on wireless? Ubuntu and Windows have this right, I guess. Ugh...
     
  4. shiato storm thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah seems odd that. maybe plug in cable, shut mbp lid, wait a sec then reopen. probably takes the same time it would to go into network settings faff about a bit and then carry on...or perhaps even quicker..!
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    With the ethernet cord connected, you can turn off and then turn on the wifi. Takes a second to do.

    You might also want to write to apple.com/feedback
     
  6. wackymacky macrumors 65832

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    I'm not in frount of my Mac right now but,

    isn't there a setting in air-port utility that you can chose file sharing over ethernet? (still alowing internet, printing etc to occur over the wirelress?
     
  7. geekgirl macrumors regular

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    To speed things up, set up a Location in the Network control panel. I had to do this back when I still had dial-up at home. It's really easy to do. To switch, just go to the Apple menu, select Location > Ethernet or Wireless, as needed.
     
  8. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    You should be able to change the connection order in the Network preference panel. Try putting the ethernet connection above the airport connection.
     

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