Wired vs Wi-Fi

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My desktop is wired to my router and my laptop connects to this same home network via Wi-Fi. Can someone tell which computer I am using to access a website?
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The lowest matrix is which one you are using.
ipconfig to get your ip addresses (from cmd prompt: ipconfig
For example:
Ethernet adapter vEthernet (rj45):
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.35
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.30
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
Now I know which IP is associated with each connection

Now do a ‘route print’ and see what matrix is assigned to each, lowest wins.

IPv4 Route Table
===========================================================================
Active Routes:
Network Destination     Netmask      Gateway    Interface  Metric
          0.0.0.0          0.0.0.0      192.168.1.1     192.168.1.30     25
          0.0.0.0          0.0.0.0      192.168.1.1     192.168.1.35     10
        127.0.0.0        255.0.0.0         On-link         127.0.0.1    306
        127.0.0.1  255.255.255.255         On-link         127.0.0.1    306
        127.255.255.255  255.255.255.255         On-link         127.0.0.1    306

Routes 0.0.0.0 are your defaults routes so it’s one of those.
Looking at the 2 connections I is see that 192.168.1.35 is the lowest matrix (10 versus 25) so I am using it to get to the internet. Looking at the ipconfig output that tells me it’s the “Ethernet adapter”.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Whatever you feel comfortable. If your finger moves fast (without mouse), you can use laptop, but sometimes Wi-Fi connections not so stable, if not the signal strength is excellent. If you are comfortable to operate desktop, you can do surf. This depends on your ability.
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  • carlosdl
    Probably.

    The IP address they see is probably going to be the same, but differences in OS and internet browsers could indicate a site that you are using different machines.

    Why are you interested in it?
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