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    wireless domain logon

    We have 70 acer asprie 3020 laptops and they will not logon to a domain wirelessly they will logon locally and start the wireless service and then logoff and logon to the domain this is not a feasible solution, has anyone come across this problem and maybe have a solution as we have had these laptops for 6 months and 60 are still in storage and slt are not happy

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    By default, the wireless service won't startup until a user logs on. There is another topic already covering this, but I can't find it at the moment :/

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    cheers, oh dear well thats 70 doorstops and paper weights then unless there are any other solutions

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    In a nutshell... you need to let Windows manage the wireless connection (and tell it to connect automatically), not any third party software and also assign a static IP to the laptops. That should do the trick...

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    I have never had this problem on XP laptops, BUT, I do set a group policy which forces the clients to 'wait for network at startup' (or something like that).

    Policy setting...

    "Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon"

    Set to Enabled

    I would also 2nd Netman about allowing Windows to do all the config and management.

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    We have around 60 wireless enabled laptops and I've never set anything special on them to allow for a domain log on via the wireless but I do let windows zero config look after it so maybe that is why.

    If you are looking at radius authentication then thats a different problem.

    Ben

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    Some manufacturers do have utilities to force the machine to wake up the wireless connection and check it before trying to authenticate.

    Dell do one for some of their chipsets, I am sure that acer do too ... I would actually speak to an Acer reseller (Teksys, XMA, etc) for help as they are likely to be quicker than getting an answer from Acer ... failing that use the US help site, I always got a quick response from them (even if it was "no, it just doesn't work that way").

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    There's even hope for 802.1x. Have a look at Mike Mullins' posts.

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    We use windows to Automatically connect and for the most part it works well but on occation we get a problem with laptops not being able to log on or logon then lose network connectivity whilst logged on. Having looked into it we found that for some reason the laptop(s) will choose to connect to an access point that is further away, anyone encountered this before?

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    Quote Originally Posted by Netman
    In a nutshell... you need to let Windows manage the wireless connection (and tell it to connect automatically), not any third party software and also assign a static IP to the laptops. That should do the trick...
    Netman is right although assigning a static IP is perhaps going a bit far.

    I had the exact same problem with a batch of Centrino based Dells a couple of years back. It took about a week of banging my head against the wall to figure it out but I found the best thing to do was to get rid of Intel Proset and let Windows ZCW do the work. Once that piece of crap Proset was removed it did the trick.

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    Agree with tha above. Dump any card specific utilites and use the Wireless Zero Configuration service to manage the card.

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    Just out of interest have you looked at Network Connections -> Advanced -> Advanced Settings?

    Ensure that the wireless connection is listed first.

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    thank you for all the replys but none of it has worked yet the wireless radio dosn't start till logged on no little orange flashing light (technical phrase)

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    When you said you have to start the wireless service, does that mean you have to bring up the available networks and choose the one you want and connect?

    When you type in ipconfig when you first login locally what is the ip address?

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    Re: wireless domain logon

    no when i log in locally the wireless starts and connects automatically but it dosnt start before logon when i need it to, to logon to a domain

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