Help with slow wireless logon :(:(
Hopefully someone can help me . .
I have 60 laptops (toshiba A100's) that are spread over 4 laptop trolleys. Each trolley has 2 x D-Link 7100 access points. Each accesspoint is operating on a different channel.
The access points are configured using WEP and each point has 7 or 8 laptops connecting to it.
Now, all the student profiles are super mandatory with redirected start menu's and desktop folders. I've also redirected the applications folder to the main server.
The mandatory profile is 2.12MB. I use the windows wireless configuration to connect to the access points...
MY DNS scope is *.*.152.100 to *.*.153.255. My DC and DNS server both reside on the *.*.152 range and the access points on the *.*.153 range. I can ping them all from any machine on the network.
The access points are connected to a 10/100 MPBS switch which is then connected to a 1000 GBPS switch.
The problem is, some laptops can take an age to logon and by an age i mean 15 minutes +. I also find that the start menu often takes a while to load all the icons so the user is sitting there with just a grey box that should be full of icons.
Can anyone help me speed up the logins ??
i had this problem to start with.
My solution is a bit long winded and took a long time to setup, but have now got wireless laptops logon down to about 1 min with 20 logging on at one time.
The solution goes as follows:
1) I created a local user on each laptop called laptop, and set it to auto login at start up.
2) I then used VB to create a custom logon page that open up before explorer.exe.
3) The program prompts for a user name and password, the verifys details against active directory. Then if successful maps all drivers (home dir, public, multimedia, and student temp.) Then copies all start menu and desktop icons to a local folder.
4) then loads explorer.exe
there is a few draw backs, such as user rights to some folders, and students are not able to change there passwords, and staff can not log on at all.
This seems to work for us.
Do they have realtek wireless in them?
We had a batch of 72 of those Toshibas which had Realtek cards in them. Toshiba took one away and found the cards to be faulty so they are replacing them all with Atheros cards (under warranty). With the replacement cards in they work an absolute treat!!