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Wireless network drops connection if unused

On a Dell Vostro 1710 laptop running Windows XP SP-3, the wireless network drops connection if the system is idle for around thirty minutes.  However, as long as the network is being used actively, this does not occur.  The connection is consistently restored by running the repair protocol on that network.  The wireless adapter has a static IP address.  I am not very sophisiticated about network technology, and I would like to avoid the necessity of repairing the network connection every time I want to connect after an idle period.
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ddantes
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NetfloCommented:
Hi,

Have you tried to disable power save mode on the wireless network adaptor?

See the following article: http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/network/p70008/EN/props.htm
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your comment.  I was unaware of that feature, and I have now disabled it.  I'll post again after waiting to see what happens with the connection during idle time...
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NetfloCommented:
Sure no problem, most likely this is your reason.
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Ernie BeekCommented:
Just to add to Netflo (because I'm 99% sure this is the cause): by default windows enables the option 'allow windows to turn off this device to safe power' on all network adapters. So this could happen on wired nics as well.
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
That solved it!  Thanks to both of you.
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