Respond to WINS Queries with Only One IP when Using Multiple Adapters

by Eric Geier [Published on 4 May 2011 / Last Updated on 9 April 2010]

Make Windows respond to WINS queries with one IP instead of all IPs of the muliple adapters.

If you have multiple network adapters in your machine that are connected to a network, Windows by default responses to WINS queries with each adapter’s IP address. However, you can force Windows to response only with one of the IPs.


Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBT\Parameters

Value Name: SingleResponse

DWORD Value: 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled


NOTE: To use load balancing, you cannot enable this setting.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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