Issue with WiFi connection to beaglebone

When I try to connect to BBB through a Wifi dongle, the connection is not made as long as “eth0” interface is up. That seemed a little odd to me. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this?

I am running Linux arm 3.8.13-bone32.

I just did this last night while troubleshooting an issue using Eclipse Remote System Explorer. Was able to SSH into both interfaces at the same time.
What Linux distribution are you using on your Beaglebone Black?
I am using this one:

I am using ubuntu, but it still should work with both interfaces at the same time. Maybe I give debian a shot and see what happens.