Wireless Manager??

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  1. zicky

    zicky Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi,
    I've just bought a Linksys WRT54GC portable router and "installed" it at home (I still haven't gotten around making it a secure network, but I live in a place where there aren't many computers much less with wireless) with a dynamic IP.

    At work I have a different network, with a static IP and security enabled. I have used the Intel ProSet to "manage" my wireless connections but it doesn't work. I have to manually change the configuration on my PC to run the other network.

    What I want is a software that would not only recognize the networks around me but also connect succesfully to it without me having to do any tweaking. Would anyone know a program that would allow me to do this or must I configure my router with a static IP (same as work) so I don't have to manually change the configuration every time I get back home???
     
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    proset should do it.

    i regularly connect to 3 different networks and it connects automatically.

    do you have profiles created for the different LANs?
     
  3. zicky

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    Yes, I do, and I have used it, but it doesn't work. I have to manually go to Properties > TCP/IP > Properties and change (if I'm at home) to obtain IP automatically and if I'm at work put a determined IP. I thought it would work but it doesn't.
     
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    I am not sure you can change between static IP and dynamic IP 'automatically' using the same NIC.

    If you connect hard wired at work and wireless at home you should be able to configure each card differently. Also depending on what IP range your work assings you could try to distriubte the same range at home

    Perhaps you can convince your work IT to distribute (DHCP) addressed based on a MAC address of your machine (that way only your mahine will get one). That should alleviate if the IT department is concerned about other unauthorized machines receiving a dynamic IP adrress.

    Good Luck.
     
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    Hmm....I don't think they would, they are very thick. I have gotten away with some things (I have a Dell while pretty much 95% of the company has an over-priced IBM, gained restricted access they didn't think I should have even though my boss said I should, etc.) but this is a major pullout for me. I guess I'll have to configure the router to assign the wireless network with a static IP....then again, they did tell me that IBM has a software that would allow you to manage your wireless connections flawlessly...but they told me it only works on IBMs (is it true??? I really don't think so, but then again, I'm rather new at wireless), hence bashed my Dell...

    I have a specific IP, I don't have any range whatsoever, they use the IP to limit your access to the internet and when somebody uses my IP (for some reason, someone else chose my IP) I get disconnected and Windows tells me somebody is using it. I think if I had a range of IPs to choose from, this wouldn't happen.

    Thanks, anyway. Hope someone else can give me more insight on this.
     
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    Yes, I know MAC address is very secure but I think they don't use that mostly because they haven't found a way to restrict internet access through that, or maybe not as much as they want to. Who knows..! Anyway, checked out the link, and yes, that's what I was talking about!!! That's exactly what I'm looking for!! But it only supports IBMs, right?? Do you know of another similar program that does work on any notebook??
     
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    Hey, thanks. I'll have to try it back at home, I believe I have to register since it seems I can't download it right now and since I'm unable to check my hotmail/yahoo accounts here. It must wait. But your help is appreciated, thanks a lot.

    BTW, I can't google at work....it's a shame.
     
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    Wow Big Brother is indeed watching ....s'ok been on both sides of the fence (Admin and user) .......but exceptions should be made (and I have made some in my day) ...anyway good luck .....
     
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