Multiple network adapters in windows XP -use selectively to access internet

By platinumvalley ·
I have a BT broadband router that I'm using to connect two computers: a DELL netbook and a LENOVO desktop. The desktop is connected with an ethernet cable to the router, Dell is connected wirelessly (wi-fi) to the router. There is intermittent/no phone access at the location so the common way to access internet is thru a mobile broadband dongle attached to the netbook. When I attach the dongle and establish connection the internet browser attempts to connect to internet thru the BT router (rather than thru the dongle) and displays a bt broadband "no-connection" message. It seems that the bt router takes precedence and is used as a default internet gateway (even though the dongle status is "connected"). At this stage I have to disable the wireless connection to the BT router in order for the internet browser to start working. But then I lose access to the desktop computer on the network (since the wireless connection has been disabled). I would like to maintain access to the desktop and at the same time browse internet using the dongle. At the same time I would like the netbook to always attempt to connect to the internet thru the bt router first; if the router is not plugged into the phoneline the netbook would automatically attempt connection thru the dongle. I would like to maintain access to the internal network throughout the process. Many thanks in advance.

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