In the days of Windows XP, the Windows Zero Configuration tool allowed me to search for and connect to wireless networks in a specific order. Windows systems I had between XP and 8.1 were all Ethernet connected.
Now I have 8.1 and 10 laptops, which I wish to connect to a wireless access point in another part of the house when the WAP is switched on, but if I am not in that part of the house I leave the WAP off, and the only option then is to connect to the main router and share the WiFi with all the other devices in the house.
Is there a way to configure Windows 8.1 or 10 so that they will use the WAP if it is on but automatically connect to the router if the WAP is off, and do this all automatically? Currently I am selecting the network manually each time I use the laptops. The WAP and router use different SSIDs. If they have the same ID, there is no control over which network is selected.