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Can School Turn Off Wireless?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Frank4d, Nov 25, 2007.

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  1. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    I setup my daughter's laptop so she connects to the school's network using a wired connection. The laptop wireless adapter and her printer are configured to get an IP from a D-Link WBR-2310 router. I had this all working yesterday morning.

    When my daughter returned to school and hooked everything up in her dorm, the wireless adapter in her laptop no longer works, it is disabled. If she enables it, it becomes disabled again.

    So I am trying to figure out how that happens. She does not log on to a domain or anything, just plugs in the laptop and pulls an IP address. Can a DHCP server remotely turn off a wireles adapter?

    Here's an ipconfig/all

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Amanda>ipconfig/all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Amanda
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : csupomona.edu

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : csupomona.edu
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Cont
    roller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1C-23-8E-30-3E
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 134.71.148.120
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.254.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 134.71.148.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 134.71.4.100
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 134.71.4.100
    134.71.5.100
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, November 24, 2007 5:52:00 PM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Monday, November 26, 2007 5:52:00 PM
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    It's difficult to say what is happening here. What version and patch level of Windows is in use?

    Let's also see this:

    Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

    Type the following command:

    IPCONFIG /ALL

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
     
  3. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Windows is XP Pro SP2 on a Dell Latitude D521 laptop.

    Edit: Now I see the obvious (I am a little slow this morning). I will have her unplug the ethernet cable and re-enable the wireless. Then see if plugging the cable back in disables the wireless.
     
  4. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    I asked my daughter to enable "Wireless Network Connection" in Network Connections. That enabled it, the laptop obtained an IP from the router, and was able to print to the wireless printer.

    But that disabled the wired connection to the school's network. Do I need to bridge the NICs? Or use a different IP range for the wireless?

    The school's network DHCP server is handing out 134.71.148.XXX IP addresses on the wired connection, while the router is giving the laptop and printer 192.168.73.XXX addresses.

    I have no interest in any other computers accessing in the printer; only that the wired and wireless NICs in the laptop function at the same time.
     
  5. TerryNet

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    The two connections should definitely NOT be bridged.

    The IPs are not conflicting.

    I cannot imagine why enabling one connection would disable another unless the laptop manufacturer has come up with a new "feature" to save battery power. This is a long shot, but if she is on battery power ask her to try plugging it in. Or look in Power Options for an option that we've never seen?
     
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