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How to Set Network Adapter Priority on Windows 11


Windows 11 can select the best from among the various network adapter connections that are available for your LAN and WAN network. There are times you may prefer to use an ethernet connection over the Wi-Fi connection. In this Guide, I will be showing you How to Set Network Adapter Priority on Windows 11. Please see how to use the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter to Test Application Compatibility on Windows 11, and How to set up a VM via PXE boot on a Generation 1 VM.

Sometimes too your Wi-Fi connection may be having issues and you want to use another Wi-Fi connection or ethernet connection. So you may decide to set the network adapter priority yourself.

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Steps to Set Network Adapter Priority on Windows 11

1: Launch PowerShell as Administrator


2. Run the command Get-NetIPinterface in the PowerShell window.


When you run this command, the response will be displayed which will show all the networking adapter active on your computer.

The column labeled InterfaceMetric display the priority for each adapter. A lower number means that the adapter will take higher priority over others.


Use PowerShell to Set Network Adapter Priority on Windows 11

3. You can use the PowerShell to reset your network priority to your choice by using the following command.

Set-NetIPInterface -InterfaceIndex “XX” -InterfaceMetric “YY”

The “XX” is the current Network Adapter Priority and you will replace it with “YY” which is the new value you wish to set.

Please note that there is no Notification to show process is successful. What you need to do is to run the command again to confirm if it has taken effect Get-NetIPinterface.

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Use Control Panel to Set Network Adapter Priority on Windows 11

4. Open the control panel and navigate to network connections

  1. Right-click on the network connection you want to change, then select Properties.

6. Next step is to locate and select either Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv4). Click Properties.


7. On the IP version properties page, click Advance.


8. Uncheck Automatic metric


9. Next, type the desired priority into the Interface metric field.


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How do I set my network priority?

Navigate to network adapter properties and in the interface metric field enter your desired value or you can use a command inside PowerShell to change the NIC priority.

How do I prioritize my Wi-Fi on Windows 11?

Windows will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network adapter based on a priority order when the Wi-Fi network is in range, and when an Ethernet connection is not in range or available. 

I hope you found this blog post on how to Set Network Adapter Priority on Windows 11 Interesting and helpful. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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