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WPC54G Connect on Win2K Startup

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by celticguy42, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. celticguy42

    celticguy42 Guest

    I have 3 laptops, all running Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4. Installed in each of these are WPC54G (in 2) & WPC54GS (in 1) wireless cards.

    The problem is this: when the systems boot up, they don't connect to the wireless network until AFTER the user logs on... of course, this is a big problem, since the user cannot log on until after the laptop connects to the wireless network... does anyone have a solution to this issue?

  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The client software associated with the driver for your WPC54G does not start until the user logs on. This happens with WIN XP also and the WPC54GX. Sorry no so;ution, but an explanation of behavior.
  3. grep_boy

    grep_boy Guest

    RE: WPC54G Connect on Win2K

    Howdy folks. I've gotten a good many tips from here, and here's one for all of those folks who are up in arms about getting the WPC54G connected on Win2k before you actually log on.

    The good 'ol folks at McAfee (Yes, the virus people) have a product which have enabled me to FINALLY get my laptop running Win2k to connect to the network without the need to log on first.

    They have a different security plugin other than the Odssey Client (OdHost.exe) which sets itself up as a service and allows you to finally connect without problems.

    The url is at:
    McAfee Wireless Security Downloads

    This claims to be completely free until you want to subscribe to their wireless network manager, in which case they have some type of firmware for your WAP and charge 5 bucks a month for this type of service. Personally, I don't need the darned service.

    As a side note, after installing, make sure to disable the Odyssey Network Services, and enable the 'WSC Filter' in the control panel for your network card. Then enable the Windows "Wireless Configuration" service to enable the "Authentication" tab in your wireless card control panel.

    The Service application that McAfee provides also displays the ability to use AES as opposed to TKIP WPA, however I've never gotten the AES encrytion to work - something with the hardware of the card?

    Anyway, for those of you who have been frustrated by this like I have, I hope this helps out.

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