Windows 10 allows you to change network adapter priorities as per your choice. Majority of Windows 10 users use multiple network adapters and no doubt Windows does a good job while selecting network adapter, but still some of the users feel the need to change the priorities due to some reasons.
You may be using numerous network connections such as Wireless Network, Virtual Private Network, Ethernet etc. After specifying the network adapter priorities, you will be able to use the network connections in a specific order. You can even set automatic selection of network adapter later on if you no longer feel the requirement of using prioritized network adapters. In short, you can reset your network adapter settings anytime.
To Change Network Adapter Priorities In Windows 10
Basically there are two methods that can be used to change network adapter priorities in Windows 10, one is by using PowerShell and another is by accessing Control Panel. Both methods are easy to use but to change network adapter priorities through Control Panel is a bit time consuming due to a number of clicks. We will discuss both methods in this blog post. You can use the method which is convenient for you.
Method 1: Change Network Adapter Priorities Using PowerShell
First of all, launch the PowerShell with Administrative rights. To launch it, click on Start button, type PowerShell in Windows search box, hold Ctrl + Shift keys and select Windows PowerShell.
Now run the following command on PowerShell Prompt
This command will show the list of network adapters and the related information such as Address family, Interface Metric and Interface index number.
You can see the Interface Metric column to check the priority of any particular network adapter. Run the following command to change network adapter priorities.
Set-NetIPInterface -InterfaceIndex"Index of the adapter you want to change the priority for " -InterfaceMetric" New priority value of the same adapter"
Set-NetIPInterface -InterfaceIndex "16" -InterfaceMetric "30"
In our example, we have change priority of Wi-Fi network adapter having index number 16. We have put the value of Interface metric as 30.
To change the priority of another network adapter, repeat the same process.
Now you can confirm the priorities of network adapters by running same command
Method 2: Change Network Adapter Priorities Using Control Panel (Interface Method)
Open the Control Panel and click on Network and Sharing Center link. Now click on Change Adapter Settings option appearing on the left side of the window.
Hit Windows key, type ncpa.cpl and press the Enter Key to launch Network Connections window quickly.
Now you can see a list of network adapters. Right click on the network adapter of which you want to change the priorities. Click on Properties.
Select the Internet Protocol Version (IPV4 or IPV6) of your connection. Then click Properties button.
On the Properties window, click Advanced button.
Under the IP settings tab, on the next window, deselect the checkbox of Automatic metric and fill the new value of Interface metric. Now click OK.
That’s it. You have successfully changed network adapter priorities in Windows 10 PC. You can change the priority of one or all the network adapters whenever desired. If you face any problem, let us know via comments. We will assist you in every manner.