Offline files don't sync at logoff over WLAN

By danny.dewulf ·
After sccesfully using offline files on several computers in XP Pro since years, I now have a laptop that won't automatically sync at logoff when connected over WLAN. When connected via wired LAN it works, but when connected via WLAN the first thing that happens at logoff or shutdown is a loss off the wireless connection, so syncing is no longer possible.
How can I force the wireless connection not to drop first ?

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Keeping WLAN connection long enough for Offline File Sync...

by pablohoney40 In reply to Offline files don't sync ...

I've found a solution for synchronizing during logoff with a WLAN connection. However, I've only tested it with an Intel WLAN card, using the Intel PROSet/Wireless manager to manage the card.

1. Create a profile for the WLAN connection (you probably already have this).
2. From the Intel PROSet/Wireless manager, go to profiles.
3. Select the profile that you want to make persistent during logoff, and choose properties.
4. On the properties page for the profile, click on the Advanced button at the bottom-left of the properties page.
5. There should be a list of advanced settings, and at the bottom of that list, choose the option that says "Maintain Connection".
6. At this point you should see a check box that you can select to make the connection persistent during logoff.

Once you enable that check box, the WLAN connection for that profile will persist during the logoff process, and your users' offline files should sync successfully.

However, in my case this is only half of the solution. I have users who work from home and then come into the office and connect via a WLAN connection. However, they are not connected to the network during logon (becuase the WLAN profile doesn't load and authenticate until they log on), so thier files don't sync during logon. This creates confusion for them, becuase they "lose" the work that they did when they were away from the office. For the time being I'm just having them logoff and then log back on again... which is a pain.

I'm looking for a solution to this issue, because as far as I'm concerned, it shouldn't matter if the user is logged on or not. If there is a trusted WLAN in range, the correct logon credentials are present, and the WLAN harware is powered up on the laptop, the thing should connect automatically.

Let me know if this helps, and if you figure out a way to make the WLAN connect when the user isn't even logged on. I'm going to poke around in the Windows WLAN manager to see if there is a solution there.


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