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Lost connectivity with database from PocketPC

Posted on 2011-03-22
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Hi,

We have an SmartDevice application, build in VB.net 2005 to manage inventory in a huge warehouse. The software connect to a SQL Server 2000 database upon entering any program's functionnality. But after a few minutes of idle, the database connection drop by itself, even if the PocketPC does not fall in sleep mode. So the operator have to get out of the current menu and re-enter it (the database connection is re-established in the form's Load method).

Any idea why the database connection drop like that? How can I fix this?

thanks for your time and help
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by:kdwood
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Dominic,

Can you provide the following details:

1.  What type of Smart Devices are you using?
2.  Are your Smart Devices wireless?
3.  Are you connecting to an SQL 2000 server?  If so, what method are you using to connect?

Regards,

Keith
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by:Dominic34
ID: 35192272
1. Those are Teklogix Workabout Pro G3 and Symbol MC9090 running Windows Mobile 5.0
2. Yes, wireless
3. yes, SQL 2000. using SQLClient.SQLConnection method:

oCnn = New SqlClient.SqlConnection
            With oCnn
                .ConnectionString = "Server=" & ServerName & ";Database=" & DBName & ";" & _
                                    "User ID=" & UserName & ";Password=" & Password & ";" & _
                                    "Trusted_Connection =" & Trusted
                .Open()
            End With
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Dominic,

A few questions and things to consider:

1.  Double check to make sure that hibernate/powersave modes are turned off and/or not affecting the wireless interface.
2.  Is this a new implementation or has this system been in place for a while and just the problem is now showing up?
3.  Is it possible that your wireless access points or routers are configured to drop idle connections?
4.  From a design standpoint, we open and close database connections as needed in our code.  We abandoned trying to keep connections open, especially on wireless devices where coverage varies and signal interference can occur.  Some will argue that there is a performance hit to this approach, however, we did not see any visible performance loss and our applications are in fact more reliable.

Hope this helps,

Keith
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by:Dominic34
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1. Hibernate isn't enabled Nor is sleep mode.
2. It's an old application that run very well on other warehouses. This particular warehouse is new, PocketPC are new also
3. AP are configured exactly like the AP's at the other warehouses
4. That's a thing I was considering also, to modify the application to reconnect each time at the database on every StoredProc calls... would be a bit time consuming to do, but would fix the problem I guess...
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