Wi-wired connections and on the same laptop

I have a laptop with Windows 7, a Netgear router and DSL internet access. The laptop has two wired network and wireless cards. I have both wireless and wired connections and connected and activated with the Netgear router. There is another laptop computer on my network, here at home, it works under Windows 7 and only uses the connection to my router wireless. When my laptop starts and connects to the router selects the wireless connection, at least that's what appears on the taskbar. Are there advantages or disadvantages with both wired and connections active wireless on my laptop at the same time? Wouldn't be better to have either one or the other active connection?

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Hello Don,

Thanks for posting your question on the Forum of the Microsoft community.

It is always very well if you have both wired and wireless connections. Windows automatically uses the one with the highest speed.

When more than one network connection is available, Windows uses the one with the lowest metric value.  By default, it automatically assigns a metric value based on the rated speed of the network connection.

Reference:
An explanation of the Automatic metric for Internet Protocol routes feature
http://support.Microsoft.com/kb/299540

If you want Windows to use a specific network connection, you can assign a metric value for each of them, giving the lowest value to the desired connection. Use the following steps:

a. press Windows + R and type buttons ncpa.cpl in the run, and then open network connections window.

b. right click on the desired connection.

c. click Properties, and then select Internet Protocol Version 4.

d. click Properties and then click Advanced.

e. uncheck "Automatic metric.

f. enter a number between 1 and 9999 for the 'metric of the Interface.

I hope this information helps.

Please let us know if you need more help.

Thank you

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