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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    Good old proxy.pac is the best script to get around school proxy settings at school, and not using them at home.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    I set them up with Firefox for home use and IE for school.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    Why not firefox with proxy switcher add-on or is that too complicated for them?

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    If any of you use Toshiba Laptops for staff then take a look at config free - toshiba software that switches profiles depending on the Wireless network it is attached to - including proxy settings and default printers. It can also disable the wireless card when there is a cable present.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    Just out of interest:

    http://www.schoolsnetwork.org.uk/upl...A06_124051.pdf

    specifically page 6. Are they using the laptop for personal use on their personal internet? If you really dont want them changing settings tell them it is not allowed unless they declare that they are using it for personal uses and will pay tax on it. By taking it home and using it on a network (Internet) which we have no responsibility for, can not guarantee security of, it would constitute personal usage.

    Anybody have thoughts on this matter?

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    My NM made a batch script that will ask the teachers where the heck they are when they click on the shortcut. If they answer 1 (school) the proxy settings are added and IE is opened. If they answer 2 (home) the proxy settings are removed and IE is opened. If they answer 3 (do nothing) it does literally that.

    If anyone wants it, let me know. Its only a few lines but it might save somone the hassle.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    Get it posted in the scripts section!

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    We've started using ProxyPal to turn on / off the proxy settings in IE at the click of a button.

    We had been getting staff to use Firefox at home, unfortunately ActivStudio doesn't like it.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    We too have had teachers install broadband settings, join home wireless networks and remove from the domain(as they are local admin users)

    Its only a couple out of 13o staff laptops but its normally an easy fix to put right. The odd one or two have had to be re-imaged but the staff are normally apologetic.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    I use a firefox extention to switch between my 4 proxy options. It sits in the bottom right and you just click and choose the proxy to use.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    Ok people, thanks for all the responses.

    The proxy is not a problem - I have a script within group policies to sort this. Indeed most broadband suppliers/software cause no problems and the user is able to setup a home connection whilst remaining attached to the domain with no ill-effects at school.

    However, it is just recently that I have had a few teachers install software for the BT home Hub. The BT software disables and prevents the Wireless Zero Configuration service from running. In addition, there doesn't appear to be a wireless utility within the BT software that will connect to anything other than a home hub! Also, if I try to manually start the wireless zero service, it is immediately stopped!!- Frustrating to say the least!

    Now - I may be wrong but this is what seemed to be the case on a quick dig around. I can get around the problem by removing the BT software and manually adding the BT home connection as a preferred wireless network, using just the Windows wireless configuration (far better than any manufacturer or 3rd party tool that i have ever come across anyway! imo of course!)

    So I now have the laptop flying along again here but am awaiting confirmation that all is well at the teacher's home :? :?

    I'm sure it will be fine!

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    We have had people using various helpful utilities for their wireless at home, but once we disable it and set up the wireless profiles in windows (XP SP2) then we don't tend to get many problems.

    Not a direct response to the OP but we tend to just show them how to turn the proxy on and off, and tell them they need to turn in back on when they get to school, or the internet won't work.

    MB

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    I encourage staff to buy ADSL modems with ethernet connections or wireless routers... I tend to find the USB ones are a PITA to install on domain-connected machines, requiring that you plug them in at a particular point in the setup process and needing bizarre drivers.

    The staff laptops also use the ISA Firewall Client to pick up proxy settings. I instruct thestaff to simply disable this at home (effectively turning off the proxy) and just to re-enable it if they net net access in school. This seems to work quite reliably.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    I encourage staff to buy ADSL modems with ethernet connections or wireless routers... I tend to find the USB ones are a PITA to install on domain-connected machines, requiring that you plug them in at a particular point in the setup process and needing bizarre drivers.

    The staff laptops also use the ISA Firewall Client to pick up proxy settings. I instruct thestaff to simply disable this at home (effectively turning off the proxy) and just to re-enable it if they net net access in school. This seems to work quite reliably.
    We are in the same boat, we do not stop staff installing there home internet on the laptops, but tell them it might be a PITA to get internet in school working ok, e.g. having to disable proxy and renable it etc.

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    Re: Teachers!! - Setting up Broadband at home.

    With regard to setting up teachers laptops on wireless...

    We use GPO to enforce the settings when logging onto the domain.

    Teachers have a local account which they can use to setup wireless at home.

    This has so-far been ok where the laptop has an internal card...

    external cards have been funny as we require the use of WZC, and not manufacturer control programs

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