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Work laptop interfacing with home network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jparry, Apr 23, 2004.

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  1. jparry

    jparry Thread Starter

    Apr 23, 2004
    My work laptop is loaded with xpPro. When I boot up at home I have three issues.

    First, since the domain is set for the office it takes forever (3-5 minutes) before the actual desktop appears. Is there a way to shorten the boot process?

    Second, I am able to successfully VPN (Cisco client) into work (wireless Netgear router at home and DSL connection) and access everything I need (different boxes, email etc). Some of the general work I do requires me to do remote desktop to a box at the office and/or mapping to the drives on that box. There is usually a large amount of data that gets passed back and forth while I am connected. A lot of the time during the large data transfer I will lose the VPN connection. Could this be a wireless issue or related to VPN and DSL (SBCYahoo)?

    Third, my printer at home is shared on the network and I can print from all of my PCs at home. What do I need to do to get my work PC to use this printer? It does not find it while I am connected to the network at home.
  2. MustBNuts


    Aug 21, 2003
    My office had similar issues with laptops used in the office and at home. We tried software solutions that changed NIC settings depending on how the employee logged in (home logon or office logon), but these proved to be confusing and unpredictable.

    The computers had both a built in NIC and pcmcia slot, what we ended up doing was purchasing a pcmcia card for each and hard-coding the IP/network info for the built in NIC, and leaving the pcmcia on dynamic.

    At home they used their pcmcia card and could configure it as they needed and their home setup required.

    I'm sure there may be other/better ways to do this, but with the pcmcia card prices so low, this was fast and simple and we never had conflicts after that.


    PS: Can't answer the disconnection issue.
  3. jparry

    jparry Thread Starter

    Apr 23, 2004
    Thanks for the reply.

    I will look into a pcmcia card to use at home.

    btw..I got my home printer added this morning. I just had not tried hard enough before.
  4. piowaty


    Aug 18, 2004
    Do you have local administrator rights on that machine? If so, you can create another account on that machine locally that you can log in to that doesn't check for network connections on the domain. This would work if you don't use network printers at work. When you log in to your computer, it is looking for all of the network connections that it has set to reconnect at login. I.e.-mapped drives, printers etc. My guess is that when you're connected to your laptop at home not on VPN but by itself, that when you go to print sometimes it takes an abnormal amount of time to get the properties windows up. If you print at work from home, then you don't want to delete those printers, but you should get rid on ones that you don't use regularly. If your printers at work aren't going through a print server first and are instead connected via direct ports forwarded through tcp-ip (appear as local printers), then creating a local profile to log on to probably won't resolve your issues as they will still reconnect on all profiles. If you have mapped drives that are always connected, (i.e-not coming down on a login script or winbatch), then you should disconnect those. You can make a simple .bat file script to remap those drives at the click of a button to use them when you need them. Set them to not reconnect at login. They will then be mapped until you log off that profile.

    A simple command line for your script would be:
    net use x{drive letter you want mapped}: \\{servername}\{sharename} /USER:{domainname}\{username} /PERSISTENT:NO

    Do this for all of your shares save it as a .bat file. This will make it launchable by double clicking.

    Hope this helps.
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