2xWin7 machines, each with NIC and Wireless. Use Nic for File transfer / Wireless for Internet

I could not get the above working last night, im in work now so havn't got the IP's to hand but essencially i wanted to set the wired NIC's to and and when i transfer a file between the two machings i want it to use the 1gig link. Both machines have wifi too so i want each to use their own wifi cards for internet access.

I've tried going into the Advanced Tab in Network connections and changing the order in there, i've also tried removing file sharing from the wireless connection but neith have worked.

At the momen, to use Wifi i need to disable the Nic and to fileshare over th NIc i need to disablethe Wifi card.

I've discussed this we a colleague this morning and he said to check the IP addresses my Sky Broadband router is assigning the Wireless cards, it could be that they're similar addresses?

I spent about 3 hours on this last night and am banging my head against the wall! please help!
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    Connect the NICs directly with a crossover cable. Give the two machines IP addresses on a network different from the wireless one (e.g. and with no default router. Transfers to those addresses will then use the NICs, anything else will use the wireless connection.
  2. thanks for the quick reply, that sounds like a good idea, i dont have a Xover cable long enough but have modern NICs which apply to xover. (obviously this works when wireless is disabled)

    I am using the built in Microsoft "Network" sharing on the lefthand side f the folder window.
    How can i tell that to use the address? maybe i need to drop the machine out of the homegroup? Win7 keeps trying to use the wireless address even though i've removed file sharing from the connection properties for the wireless adapter
  3. I think that if you put entries in the "hosts" file on each machine for the other computer, using the addresses, then that should do the trick (not that I've actually tried this in practice). Give it a go and see if that does the trick.
  4. good idea, il give it a go when i get home. Thanks for the help ljack
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