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 Post subject: Fast Ethernet vs. IP over Firewire
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:12 pm 
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Why is it when I have a Fast Ethernet connection and an IP over Firewire connection between two machines, Windows will always choose the slower ethernet connection unless I unplug the Cat5 from either of the machines?


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What device are you using that has a Firewire connection for network use? I have only ever seen USB 2.0 and rj-45 (ethernet).

It probobly switches to ethernet simply because it is more of a standard for networking than what Firewire is.

You will never find any Cisco routers or switches hooked up via Firewire. Probobly same reason Windows dosen't want to use it.


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Do you have the default gateway set to the IP addres that the Ethernet connection uses?...

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InstigatorX wrote:
What device are you using that has a Firewire connection for network use?


Two Windows XP Pro machines.

Windows XP and Windows Me have the built in ability to network over Firewire, so if you plug one machines Firewire port into another's you get a 400Mbps connection between them.

Unfortunately Windows XP will only use that connection if a vanilla Ethernet connection isn't avaliable (ie- I unplug it from the back of the machine) then they'll transfer over the Firewire.

Which leads back to my original question, why does Windows always choose the vanilla Ethernet connection?


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Dalantech wrote:
Do you have the default gateway set to the IP addres that the Ethernet connection uses?...


I'll check later when I get home from work tonight.


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Flytrap7 wrote:
Two Windows XP Pro machines.

Windows XP and Windows Me have the built in ability to network over Firewire, so if you plug one machines Firewire port into another's you get a 400Mbps connection between them.

Unfortunately Windows XP will only use that connection if a vanilla Ethernet connection isn't avaliable (ie- I unplug it from the back of the machine) then they'll transfer over the Firewire.

Which leads back to my original question, why does Windows always choose the vanilla Ethernet connection?


The Short answer is this:

Ethernet will always be chosen over Firewire in all current systems because Ethernet is currently the networking standard.

If you want to ensure that you Always and ONLY use Firewire connections for file/print sharing in Windows, turn off (remove) File and Print sharing on your Eithernet Adapter.

You will still be able to access the Internet using it, but all File and Print sharing requests (computer to computer) will be forwarded to the only device that supports file and print sharing (i.e. the firewire port).

Hope that helps,


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That definitely sounds like the solution I was looking for, Thanks!


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Flytrap7 wrote:
That definitely sounds like the solution I was looking for, Thanks!


Let me know if that does resolve the issue - we all know its a valid fix for future reference :) :idea:

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