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    Wireless logging on

    I have some laptops [ 24 of them to setup on our wireless network ] - the laptops are Ergo's Microlite range with the Intel(R) Pro/Wireless 3954ABG chipset for the wireless access.
    Problem I currently have is when try and logon [ after making the connection ] using the on-board network card is that when you go wireless it states the domain is not available.
    I checked our older RM Laptops and they work fine - but these Ergos arn't playing. Any help would be appreciated..
    I have switched between using the Windows Config for the Wireless and the Proset but this had made no difference.

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    Have you used the Proset Administrative Config tool to enable Pre-Logon Connect?

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    It was ticked [ the check box ] but nothing was set as in a user name / password / domain. Is there a user name / password / domain that has to be set here ?
    [ I am at home at the moment and don't have one of them in front of me... ]

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    Just checking the manual - http://www.intel.com/support/wireles.../CS-022084.htm

    Page 101 - I'll give this a go tomorrow.
    Strange thing is I have not had to do this with a different set of laptops on our wireless network, they just go straight in !!

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    Don't confuse pre-logon connect with auto-login. The boxes that must be completed will vary depending upon the type of encryption used.

    You could maybe try configuring an unencrypted SSID for testing so that you can narrow it down to authentication.

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    Good idea, the encryption is WPA at the moment - I have an old AP Linksys which I'll setup in the office first to test. This must be possible otherwise whats the point of having wireless access if you can't logon wirelessly to start with !!

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    Quote Originally Posted by mattx
    whats the point of having wireless access if you can't logon wirelessly to start with !!
    It looks good for visitors and school press releases

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    using the very latest intel drivers? ones I used in the past were broken, a logon issue was fixed in a later edition.

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    It looks good for visitors and school press releases
    Tell me about it......
    Funny thing is, the 24 laptops were to replace 12 NEC desktops which were already installed.
    Guess whats being delivered in two weeks time ?

    Drivers - interesting point - I up-graded to the latest version and the pro-set software then informed me there were no wireless cards installed !!

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    I had similar problems with Dell D620s, exactly the same problem! Intel pro cards.

    I had the pre-login connect option ticked but it wouldn't work. There is an "export configuration" option on it that makes a preconfigured setup, using that and then running the .exe it makes oddly enough actually worked!

    Now if I'm setting one up I just have to double click that exe and jobs done..

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    I take it you export the config once you have made it ?
    And then you copy the exe over to a USB drive or share, run it on another laptop and that will sort the config out ?

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    @mattx: Yes... it's in the admin bit I mentioned earlier.

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    Well configured the Pre Logon and that did the job. Although for some reason the laptop does not pick up a specific AP in our Nursery somtimes.....
    I did notice that the Pro Set software icon is still in the system tray after someone logs on and can be messed around with.
    Before I go hunting in the policies, can someone let me know if there is one to hide it, or if there is a way to stop users messing - as they can choose the option to let the windows software maintain the wireless config !! AAAGHHH.

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    Are we talking staff or student laptops. Students won't be running as admin so that's not an issue.

    As for staff they should get the idea after a few emails.

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    Re: Wireless logging on

    Students - even as a student, the option of messing with the settings is still there, specially messing with the way the software [ either the pro set or windows ] configs the wireless connection.
    I have to say I am not impressed with this on board wireless chipset.
    I setup a load of older laptops in 15 mins. These are just giving me problem after problem.

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