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Problem HP Laptop's WiFi Vs Ethernet

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jaron78, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    We have a lot of our users on laptops. What we have found is that when people go to meetings they have WiFi on, however, when they go back to their desk, they put their Ethernet Cable in BUT dont turn off the WiFi. So the machine is pulling and keeping two connections open.

    So effectivly, what I am looking to do, is thus: When the User puts a Ethernet Cable into the machine, the WiFi device automatically turns off and stops broadcasting and vice versa.

    So the question is, is there a way to do this from BIOS and is there a way to replicate it via GP?
     
  2. SimonV

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    Solutions 1 or 4 might work for you: https://www.raymond.cc/blog/auto-disable-wireless-when-lan-connected/ let us know if they work.
     
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    We use something in work but can I flip think of what it's called. Disabling wifi when you've got a lan cable is definitely a good idea. I'll plug it into this laptop so it tells me. We get a pop up saying your system is designed to use only one so I've disabled wifi every time
     
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  4. Jaron78

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    Hi J,

    If you could let me know that would be brilliant.

    Thanks very much,

    Ron
     
  5. Coupe2T

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    We've just been through the same issues on Sony laptops, we could not find anything that worked well and was reliable (So I'm told, it wasn't me doing the investigations), but now we have just moved to HP laptops and the ones we have just had in have it as a BIOS option, so we are just going to use that now as a part of the build process.
     
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    Thanks Coupe, I spoke to HP yesterday and they have advised that there is an option.
    Are you running this via GP or a per machine basis?
     
  7. Coupe2T

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    I think it's just switched on physically when laptops are being built locally, not sure about for the rest of Europe.

    Its not my area as such, I work in Networks so had visibility but has been our SCCM and local DS teams etc doing the work.

    I can ask on Monday and see, I'm friendly with most on the teams so sure I can find out from somewhere. :-)
     
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    Am i missing something here??? Surely it just uses one or the other??? Preferably the ethernet connection as its full duplex???

    I maybe wrong??

    Possibly will be

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    Yeah you would think so, but certainly for many of our users it seems that applications open on wireless before Ethernet is connected will stay using wireless, but new apps will often hit Ethernet. Very hit and miss for us but was causing enough issues to launch the investigation to fix it.

    Only problem with finding a solution though is that some Apps when you swap will die, and make you login again. Some of our apps at least. So we still got some complaints I believe after we swapped to HP and had the solution, but lesser of 2 evils and all that. Lol
     
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    That's great, thank you Coupe.
     
  12. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    That's what I get if I plug a cable in when on WiFi mate, hope it helps:
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    Excellent, thanks. Will take a look and see if I can find the application.
    Much Appreciated.
     
  14. Coupe2T

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    Checked with the guys at our place, and it's something that is activated during build process. Has to be done manually from BIOS apparently and is called LAN/WAN Switching. Not sure how much that really helps you mind! :-s
     
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  15. Jaron78

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    Lovely, thanks Coupe.
    Will be testing all options this week.
     

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