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Using 2 NIC cards

By dustymac13 ·
I have a Windows 2000 PC that I use for designing water bottle labels. I use one network card to connect to a router for internet (Local Area Connection). And I also had to install another network card in order to link up to my label printer directly (Local Area Connection 2).

Both my internet and label printer work but not without confusion. My problem only occurs on one side - When I'm trying to browse the internet. I can print at any given time to my printer and never have a problem. It responds immediately and prints perfect. The problem is when I decide to jump on the internet, or check e-mail, or anything for that matter that uses my other NIC. As I watch my network connections in the taskbar, my computer can't figure out which NIC to use...the one linked to my printer, or the one linking to the router. Sometimes after 15-20 seconds it will figure it out and resolve a webpage. Other times it never can do it, so I'm forced to disable my printer connection and then retry. And often, I never even have to do a thing...it will connect immediately and allow me to surf.

The only component installed on my printer NIC is 'TCP/IP', I've removed any other settings.

My question is if there is any way to force my computer to ONLY use 'Local Area Connection' when I try to access the internet. Is there any way to "assign" it that job? I'm tired of it wandering from NIC to NIC aimlessly with no idea of what's going on or where to go! Me, nor my computer know for that matter...please help. Thank you.

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by CG IT In reply to Using 2 NIC cards

LAN connection ought to be a static IP address [disable DHCP on the router] with the router LAN ip address as the gateway and your ISPs DNS servers.

LAN connection 2 also a static but no gateway and no DNS servers. leave them blank.

Internet Explorer Tools, Internet options, connections, LAN settings, uncheck all the boxes.

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by Den_BLC In reply to Using 2 NIC cards

Try to use only one default gateway.

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by wlbowers In reply to Using 2 NIC cards

Why are you forcing your computer to juggle two nics.

Windows gets confused enough trying to manage one.

Stick a 2 or 4 port switch on the line coming from the router.

Put the computer and printer on the switch and reassign your printer port address.

Your computer will be happier and you sure will.

Lee

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by ghimpe-- In reply to Using 2 NIC cards

Isn't it simpler to just use the USB connection on the printer??

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