looking for NIC software that can be run as a Service, and does not need adminstrative rights

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Roy Avery, May 10, 2007.

  1. Roy Avery

    Roy Avery Guest

    The machine is Windows 2000 Pro SP4.

    I need a PCI wireless NIC with software that can be run as a Service. I
    want the network to be connected BEFORE the user even logs in. I also need
    the NIC software to be able to be used by users who are members of only the
    standard Users group.

    I tried a Linksys WMP54G, but the Linksys WLAN Monitor software CAN NOT be
    run as a Service, and requires the user to a member of the Administrators.
    The network will not go live until after the user logs in. Linksys'
    software engineering team really took the easy way out (read LAZY) on that
    one. Nice.

    Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

    Roy Avery, May 10, 2007
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  2. Hi
    If the network is functional before Log On then what is the point of Log On.
    Windows 2000 is not as flexible as Windows XP.
    You have to use the original manufacturer utility as is or write you own.
    I think that Boingo has free utility that works with Win2000 too.
    Jack (MVP-Networking).
    Jack \(MVP-Networking\)., May 12, 2007
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  3. Roy Avery

    Roy Avery Guest

    If the network is functional before Log On then what is the point of Log
    Jack, I'm sure you already know the answer to this, so I'm wondering why you
    even asked in the first place? Logging on and a having a functional network
    are not the same. Logging on authenticates the user, depending on network
    design, to either the local machine or to the domain, or even to both. A
    functional network just allows the machine to talk to the network. What you
    do with the machine that is connected to the network is up to the "net
    admin". Whether it be to push updates from a server, or to back up files
    using xcopy or a fancy program, you shouldn't have to have a user logged
    onto the machine in order for these procedures to take place. It would be
    rather difficult to pcAnywhere to a machine connected to a network
    wirelessly, if the machine did not have a user logged on at the time,
    wouldn't it?

    The NIC software engineers are taking the lazy way out by not building that
    functionality into the software. What are we, a bunch of 80 year olds who
    just bought our computer from Circuit City yesterday? That's how I felt
    about the Linksys software, and I am hoping that D-Link or Netgear or even
    Belkin has something that will work the way I want. Does anybody know if
    they do?

    Roy Avery, May 13, 2007
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