Simultaneous ethernet and wireless on Windows 7

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I'm trying to connect a printer that can only use a ethernet connection (directly wired from printer to computer). But when I plug in the ethernet then it turns off my wireless connection to the internet. How can I plug in my printer without it turning off my wireless connection to the internet? Operating system is Windows 7 Home Premier

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just to share, at home on my pc, i use wireless adapter which is a usb device. there is an option stating if I connect to the LAN, the USB will be disabled. So I am not sure if it is the same like yours.

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  • Spadasoe
    Check BIOS settings. HP BIOS has an option on their laptops called autoLAN switching that switches automatically to wireless when the wired connection is unplugged. To use both connections at the same time you have to disable the option in BIOS.
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  • Stevesz
    More than likely, your wireless access point has several ethernet ports available for a wired connection. More than likely, if you are plugging the printer directly to the computer's NIC, you are using a cross-over cable. Replace your current cable with a straight through CAT5e cable (the ones without the cross-over labeling) into one of the ports on your access point. The printer should work then, although you may need to reconfigure the printer setting on the computer so it knows where to find the printer. I find it very unusual that your printer only has a network port.Those printers that do have a network port generally also have a parallel and/or USB connection also. Using the parallel or USB connection would be the preferable method to connect the printer unless you are constantly going to be plugging and unplugging the printer or sharing it with other users, then using a network connection would be preferable. Also, FWIW, I prefer to use a wired network over a wireless network and only use a wireless network when a wired one is not available. And, I'll not use an unsecured wireless network under any condition, even though I will also be using a VPN connection to my destination.
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