My main computer is a notebook running Windows 7. The notebook connects to a docking station via USB 2. The docking station has a wired, Fast Ethernet connection (100 Mbit/s). Additionally I have a Wireless G WiFi connection (54 MBit/s). Finally, I have an Ethernet cable that provides a Gigabit Ethernet connection (1 Gbit/s) which I usually don't bother to connect, because the docking station's Fast Ethernet connection is fast enough most of the time.
However, when I backup my NAS drive, I need the fastest network connection available, so I plug in the Gigabit Ethernet cable. After noticing that the backups were running slower than expected, I opened the Windows Task Manager and selected the Network tab. I was surprised to find that the docking station's Fast Ethernet connection was being used, instead of the much faster Gigabit connection.
Windows 7 is supposed to give priority to the fastest network connection, but sometimes it gets it wrong, as happened to me. Here's how to fix this issue:
Now go to the Windows Task Manager's Network tab and verify that Windows 7 is using your fastest connection in preference to the slower ones:
I have the need for speed!
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