Question regarding Wireless IP Address assignment

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jgiordano, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. jgiordano

    jgiordano Network Guru Member

    Does anyone actually know when the ip address gets assigned to wirelss adapters (specifically the wusb54g) on windows xp. I boot up and leave the box. I try to connect w/ remote desktop and nothing happens.

    I have to go back log in and then I can connect. I even tried giving it a static IP for it to work. But it seems like wireless software needs to login for it to verify the ssid, wep key etc...

    Should I use a bridge to solve this?
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Network connection is not established typically until after the user has log into Windows with his user account, even more so for wireless network since your Wireless Network Manager is not loaded until after login, so there is no connection until then. I believe Remote Desktop is also not available before login.

    Are you trying to achieve a connection before your Windows Welcome screen? Perhaps an alternative is to have Windows XP login to a particular user account automatically.
  3. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Hmm, I disagree. In Windows 2000 & XP (and most operating systems for that matter) the network interfaces are brought up before anyone logs on. This is a requirement or else there would be no way to authenticates users who try to log onto any business network that is centrally managed (Such as a Windows 2000/2003 Domain, etc.) The only exception would be like you mentioned,if the wireless card requires special software that doesn't run as a service. (Which should be rare)

    Personally I would check to make sure part of the wireless configuration software wasn't accidently disabled during some spyware cleanup or "startup optimization", etc.

    Try simply reinstalling the software/drivers for your wireless card and see if that doesn't help.

    Or you could try checking things manually. Assuming you have Windows 2000 or XP:

    1. Open the Run Dialog (Press Win+R or simply look for it on the Start Menu)
    2. Type in: services.msc and press enter
    3. Look for services related to your wireless card. For example on my system I have a "Belkin 54Mbps Wireless USB Network Service". It should be set to a "Startup type" of Automatic. On XP some wireless products don't have their own connection software in which case the "Wireless Zero Configuration" should be set to Automatic.
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    You have a point there. I confused the order of events between user authentication and network IP assignment. Thanks for the reminder.
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