How to Turn Off Wi-Fi When LAN Is Connected for Windows 7

By Randall Blackburn

Disable Wi-Fi when connected via Ethernet in Windows 7.
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When you connect your Windows 7 computer to a wired LAN, the wireless connection may stay active, slowing your connection to Wi-Fi speeds. You can turn off Wi-Fi when LAN is connected by prioritizing your wired connection higher than the Wi-Fi connection in Windows 7. Configure your Ethernet connection with a higher priority in the Advanced Network Connection settings to automatically disconnect the wireless connection when a wired connection is established.

Step 1

Press “Windows-R” to open a Run dialog box on the Windows 7 computer.

Step 2

Type “ncpa.cpl” in the Run field, and then click “OK” to launch the Network Connections control panel applet.

Step 3

Click the “Advanced” tab in the top navigation menu to open the Advanced menu.

Step 4

Click the “Advanced Settings” option to open the Advanced Settings dialog box.

Step 5

Click the “Wi-Fi” entry, and then click the downward-pointing green arrow to move the wireless connection down in the priority list. Move the “Wi-Fi” entry below the “Ethernet” entry. The Ethernet entry automatically moves to the top to set the wired connection priority higher than the all other connections.

Step 6

Click “OK” and close the dialog box. The wireless connection will now yield to the wired LAN connection.