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Trouble connecting to the eDir tree using wireless LAN

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I am having trouble connecting to the eDir through a wireless LAN connection. When I first turn on these laptops they boot to the Novell client login and have the last login username displayed. If I try to login with this user, the system starts, but in Windows mode with no connections to the eDir tree. If I try a user that has not used this PC I then get the message "Failed to login to Windows Workstation".
If I hit the ESC key, or the Cancel button on the client login window the username clears, and then I can enter either the same username or another and the system logs in to the eDir properly.
A couple of notes --
This is not limited to the Dell laptops. I have some Compaq and 2 different versions of Dell desktop PC that are acting the same way.
I have the Windows client configuring the network, not the Dell client. With the Dell client the same results happen.
I am using Proxim AP4000 and AP700 access points.

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Bob Pahls
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You're trying to logon before the wireless has connected. Unfortunately, the Windows wireless client, "zero configuration", is also "zero quality". Ok.. it's absolute crap. So is the Dell client.

There are several solutions available to facilitate pre-logon wireless connectivity. The Intel Pro/Set stuff will work ok with the Novell client, but I use the Odyssey client which works just fine.
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Where would I find the Odyssey client?
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Ok. I have spent the last 2 days working with the Odyssey client trying to make it work correctly with these wireless connectons and the Novell client. Frankly I do not see what advantage this client affords me at all. It does not connect to the wireless before the login GINA. It does not buffer the login credentials and log in after the desktop boots. It does nothing different than the "absolute crap" WZC configuration does, except looks pretty. AND it cost $50 per client. Ouch.

This is not a viable solution.

From what I can tell my best solution is to boot to the Windows desktop fist, then provide a Novell login shortcut to connect to the eDirectory.
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I have found a solution to this issue.

Under the Novell Client Properties, Advanced Login tab there is a setting called "Server Connection Retries". This is default at "5". I set this setting to "60" (the maximum setting). The laptops now consistently boot to find the eDirectory tree before login now.

This setting effectively makes the Novell login retry it's connection to a server (or in this case a network) once a second for 60 tries before the client login comes available. Since the wireless connection on the laptops was taking longer than 5 seconds to establish, the client login was timing out. Now it has (up to) 60 seconds to create the wireles connection.

Thanks for the responses.
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