Router weirdness

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I have a Century Link C1100Z. I have a Directv receiver in Ethernet port 1 and Blu Ray player in Ethernet port 2 and PC in Ethernet port 3 but haven't used this PC in a few months, The issue I'm having is when I plug my laptop into Ethernet port 4 nothing happens, my wireless connection keeps working, I've tried the laptop in port 1 and 2 and same thing so I"m thinking the issue is with the laptop, There is also a WAN/LAN port on the back of the router and if I use that to plug the laptop in it works, my wireless icon goes away and the other icon comes up letting me know I'm hooked up with a wired connection, Something else that may help, when I hook the laptop up to Ethernet port 4 my Dirextv looses it's connection even though the Ethernet port 1 light on the front still shows but when I use a feature that needs the connection like Pandora it says there is no connection, unplug laptop from port 4 and all is well. So rather than mess with this is it ok to keep using the WAN/LAN port for the laptop?
 
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Considering your close enough to plug into it; have you ran any speed tests to see if there is a real world advantage to using ethernet over wifi? For example, I pay for 100MB down and my airways are clear inside my home so it's a 2 to 3% difference.
 

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Funny you should mention that because I'm literally inches from the router. I was having some issues with Google Remote Desktop loosing a connection a couple times a day so thought I'd try wired but didn't help but I guess it bugs me because it should work.
 
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This sounds like the PC is configured for connection sharing rather than a normal access.
 
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Originally Posted by mk378
This sounds like the PC is configured for connection sharing rather than a normal access.
+2 I would try turning its wifi off in the BIOS or via mechanical switch to make sure it's off. That'll force the OS to use the ethernet, and not share it.
 

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Originally Posted by mk378
This sounds like the PC is configured for connection sharing rather than a normal access.
Yup, it does a bit, doesn't it? Would be the first thing I suggest checking.
 

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Connection sharing is off on both the Ethernet and Wi-fi connections. All drivers and firmware are the latest or at least no issues in Device Manager I'm working from home and getting 40 hours so I don't want to risk messing up something beyond my ability to fix since this is my only laptop, just thought this might ring a bell with someone. When I go back to work I may look more into this but for now if I need to use Ethernet I don't see any issues using the WAN/LAN port.
 
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