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    PXE over wireless?

    we have some laptops for our science dept. Some of the wired lan sockets have broken, due to accidents and misuse. They also have wireless on board, but has anyone got PXE over wireless working at all?

    I don't think it is possible since Windows needs to know the SSID of the AP before it connects to it. Is it possible to point RIS or to use this or an alternative?

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    AFAIK there aren't any wireless adapters that support PXE, well since I last looked but that might have changed.

    The usual workaround is to use a wireless bridge but if your wired adapters are broken (is that what you meant?) then this isnt an option.

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    I don't think it would be possible, even if the network was unsecure because you'd need both a driver and some form of software to search for wireless networks.

    And as for using RIS over wireless, it would probably take days (depending on the size of the image). Wireless just isn't designed for this. It's bad enough pushing some MSIs over wireless

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    Just get a PCMICA network card with PXE to use for imaging, Probably the cheapest way of fixing it and you can remove them to prevent damage if they are logging on with wireless after imaging.

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    Don't you need drivers (which the operating system normaly loads) to get a PCMCIA card to work in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    Don't you need drivers (which the operating system normaly loads) to get a PCMCIA card to work in the first place?

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    PXE interfaces with the BIOS directly the drivers are only needed later to give the host OS that is provided by PXE access to the network when it has booted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    PXE interfaces with the BIOS directly the drivers are only needed later to give the host OS that is provided by PXE access to the network when it has booted.
    However, the BIOS still needs to know how to connect to the WLAN, etc, so at the moment it can't be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    However, the BIOS still needs to know how to connect to the WLAN, etc, so at the moment it can't be done.
    Oh sorry I meant to say 'wired' PCMCIA network card, I agree with Michael that the imaging process could take forever using wireless. You can also get gigabit ones now that may improve the imaging speed further depending on your network.

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    Well according to Microsoft

    "Because the current PXE specifications do not support PCMCIA adapters..."

    ...have you actually got a PCMCIA card to PXE-Boot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    Well according to Microsoft

    "Because the current PXE specifications do not support PCMCIA adapters..."

    ...have you actually got a PCMCIA card to PXE-Boot?

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    Ah, I was certain that I had used one that did but I must be mistaken. Its old age, I'm sure of it

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    why not simply plug a small hub (or switch) into one of the working network ports and deploy via that?

    mb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    why not simply plug a small hub (or switch) into one of the working network ports and deploy via that?
    Oh perhaps I misread, I thought the wired NICs were broken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
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    why not simply plug a small hub (or switch) into one of the working network ports and deploy via that?

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    I think its the actual port on the laptop.

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    Here:

    Argon Technology - Products

    This one seems to support it, maybe the memory loss has not taken hold completely

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    what about usb-lan adapters? would they work...

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