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I have setup a windows 2003 server in my home network which uses a wireless card to connect to my router, and gain access to the Internet.

The odd thing here is that when a non-administrator user logs in, the wireless connection goes on and off repeatedely.  I can get about 1 sec of internet access before it goes down and comes back up.

Any ideas?
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by:TheCleaner
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Based on this:  http://www.mcse.ms/archive186-2006-1-2073490.html

I would suggest the same.  Get the latest drivers for the wireless card and be sure they support Windows 2003.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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Hi mmarksbury,

also are you using windows config for your wireless or the software for the card?

Cheers!
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by:mmarksbury
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I am using Windows to handle the connection.  

Again, it seems to be a permission issue.

I stripped a user all the way down to being simply a Domain user and the problem occurred.  I then added them to the administrators group, re-logged in, and the problem was gone.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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just out of curiosity, if you add the user to the network configurators group on the machine, does it allow you to connect, and do you have any wireless policies defined in group policy
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by:mmarksbury
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Funny you should ask.

I actually DID try adding the user to the Net Conf group, however, it did not solve the problem.

Also, I did create a wireless policy in GPE, but it didn't make any difference.  The problem occurred whether it was in there or not.

The odd thing, is that when the wireless connection connects, I DO have access to the web for that brief second.  I would think that it would be an always on or always off type of thing, but it's like it connects and then says, "oh wait a second, that's not good, disconnect.".  
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by:Jay_Jay70
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yeah thats what i was trying to narrow own also, if its permissions the thing wont work at all....

can you try with a different user with the same privliges, just a different account to see if its a profile issue
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by:mmarksbury
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I did try with a different user of equal rights and the problem was still there.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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now thats just plain nasty.... :)

do your event viewers point anything out?
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Can you say "NOPE!"
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by:Jay_Jay70
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what a prick of a thing!

cant say i have seen permissions like this kill a wireless connection before especially with that slight second of connection

whats the error that the wireless connection throws up - just the standard disconnected one? have you tried the repair on it?
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by:mmarksbury
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There is no error.  It's almost as if someone is unlugging, and plugging the cable back in, over and over and over.  The icon in the task bar goes from connected to disconnected and back again.  When it goes, down, I just get the network icon with the red X.  When it comes back up, I get the baloon tip stating the connection is now connected.

I have tried to repair the connection, however, same results.  It comes up for a second, then goes down.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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your obviously bright enough to have a good idea of how things work,

heresa link to basic troubleshooting, maybe we have overlooked something although somehow i dont think so...
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Troubleshooting-Wireless-Network-Connections.html

does your wireless AP/Router have a log inside?
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by:TheCleaner
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Two questions:

1.  What type of wireless card?

2.  When it goes up then down, does it ever come back up again?  Or is it a once down always down thing?
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by:mmarksbury
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Problem solved folks.

The driver installation comes with some service called ANI (havent done much research on it).  

I killed the service while the problem was happening, and the problem ended.  How about that.  It must be a permission based issue with that service and non-admin accounts.

Thanks for all your help anyway!

Admin, please close the question, problem solved.
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good stuff mate glad is resolved

you need to paste a Q in community support asking for this to be closed, just include a link to here

cheers
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tis cool
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