Configure the priority of protocols bound to the network

When a network service/redirector (Like Microsoft Network or Novell Network) needs to make a network request it has to use a protocol. To get the fastest responses one should assign the highest priority to the protocol (Like "TCPIP" or "NetBEUI"), which gives access to the majority of the wanted network resources. Another way is to unbind/disable/uninstall protocols, which are not necessary for accessing resources on that network.

To configure the priority of protocols in WinNT4:
  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Double click Network applet
  3. Select Bindings tab
  4. Show bindings for All Services and change the order of protocols for each service
To configure the priority of protocols in Win2k/XP:
  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Double click Network and Dial-Up Connections
  3. In the menu select Advanced and select Advanced Settings...
    • Vista will only display the Advanced menu-item when pressing the ALT-key. More Info MS KB935310.
  4. Select the Adapter and Bindings tab and in Advanced Settings - Connections select the network connection to configure bindings for.
  5. In Bindings for Local Area Connections: set the order of protocols for each service for the selected connection.
More Info MS KB266771

Related Configure the priority of network adapters and gateways
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Updated: 28 August 2007

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