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A quick tip that may speed up your laptop or workstation

By Andrew Pollack on 03/09/2009 at 07:52 PM EDT

If you've had your laptop or workstation a while -- especially if you've installed things like vmware -- you may not be getting the network performance you once did. Here's a little thing to check.

Go into your "Network Settings" window and select "Advanced" on the pull down menu, then click "Advanced Settings". You'll see your various network settings there. You want to make sure that the ones in that window go in the best order. I've seen versions of VMWARE put their virtual adapters ahead of both the Local Area Network and the Wireless LAN connections. The problem with that is that even if you're not using VMWARE, those networks are started and running. You don't want to have your system trying those networks for services and packets ahead of your local network and wireless one.

If you sometimes use wireless and sometimes use a wired network -- and sometimes use both -- make sure you order the wired one higher than the wireless one. Its usually the faster network.

Hope this helps.

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re: A quick tip that may speed up your laptop or workstationBy Devin Olson on 03/10/2009 at 08:46 AM EDT
Great tip. Thanks amigo.
re: A quick tip that may speed up your laptop or workstationBy jcjim998 on 11/26/2010 at 04:25 AM EST
re: A quick tip that may speed up your laptop or workstationBy Jerry Carter on 03/10/2009 at 03:22 PM EDT
Right you are! I had AGN and VMWARE both taking precedence over Local and
Wireless. I thought something was fishy. Cheers!
re: A quick tip that may speed up your laptop or workstationBy Larry C on 03/11/2009 at 09:28 AM EDT
This was a new one for me (thanks!), and while I think it makes sense to
optimize the network adapter order, I would approach it with care after being
running into a problem that I will describe.

I was in the office yesterday, and went through these settings, moving my LAN
first, wireless second, and moving VMWARE & Virtual box adapters to the bottom.

Today, I started working remotely. I VPN'd into my office (we use the cisco
vpn client), and I quickly noticed that DNS was screwy. To make a long story
short, my Cisco VPN virtual adapter was now lower in priority than my wireless
adapter, meaning all dns requests were going to the public internet and not to
my office DNS server. We have a split internal/external DNS environment, so
many internal hosts could not be resolved. As soon as I moved the cisco vpn
adapter first, the problems went away.
re: A quick tip that may speed up your laptop or workstationBy Andrew Pollack on 03/11/2009 at 10:43 AM EDT
What I've noticed is that "Dial up" which includes VPNs -- must either have the
highest or the lowest priority. It doesn't seem to have a middle ground.
re: A quick tip that may speed up your laptop or workstationBy Wouter Aukema on 03/29/2009 at 05:26 PM EDT
Andrew, best tip I've read in a long time! Finally don't have to Ctrl-Break my
Notes client anymore from home.


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