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Disable Wireless When Connected to LAN in XP and Vista
We are releasing a Windows XP and Vista program called BridgeChecker that extends the “Disable Upon Wired Connect” capability that is available for Broadcom wireless cards to any brand wireleless card when the ethernet interface is connected.
BridgeChecker is a windows utility that can automatically disable/enable wireless interfaces. Whenever your computer is connected to an Ethernet port and the link state is good, the utility can automatically turns off the IEEE 802.11 wireless network interface. This conserves IP address allocation, reduces security risks, resolves dual interface routing issues, and prolongs battery life.
The settings screen can be accessed by right clicking on the WLAN Book “globe” icon in the task bar.
Task Bar Menu Options
— Program tested on Windows XP and Vista operating systems
— Requires .NET Framework 2.0 or above
— .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1 (Full Package) direct download from Microsoft
— Windows Vista users that have UAC enabled are required to manually allow RunCMD.exe to run as Administrator. See screen shots below.
Running BridgeChecker Program as an Administrator in Windows Vista
In Windows Vista the “RunCMD.exe” file is located in the C:\Program Files\WLAN Book\BridgeChecker\ folder.
Recommended Usage Scenarios
The program can be used in the following scenarios.
- disable wireless when connected to lan
- disable wireless when docked
- disable wireless when ethernet detected
- disable wireless when wired
- disable wireless when on LAN
- disable wireless when cable connected
- disable wireless when in docking station
- disable wireless when ethernet plugged in
- disable wlan when lan connected
Known Issues with BridgeChecker v18.104.22.168
— Detects enabled VMware virtual interfaces as enabled physical interfaces causing program to disable wireless card. Work around is to disable VMware interface when not in use.
— If computer has more than one wireless card, the program may not enable/disable correct card or may enable/disable both cards.
Comments, Bugs, and Feature Requests
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Comments about bugs and feature requests are welcome and encouraged. We may be able to enhance this program or recommend other products.
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