Waiting for Wireless before mapping drives

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I share a PST for several PCs, (one at a time) by mapping a central location
    as a network drive on the remote (laptop) system. All running XP Home SP2,
    and working well on a wired LAN.

    Now I just upgraded to a wireless 802.11g switch and put a matching card in
    the laptop. Here is the problem: upon startup, XP declares that it cannot
    reconnect the shared drive and then when I open Outlook it reports that it
    can't find the remote PST. I can search on the network, find the correct
    remote folder, and select the PST, but that is a pain to do every time I use
    Outlook. The problem, of course, is that XP tries to connect the remote
    dirive before the LAN card startup has completed.

    Any suggestions about how to defer the drive map attempt until the wireless
    link is up and running? I am not afraid to try BAT files, DOS level network
    commands, etc. if necessary.
    Guest, Apr 7, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    I am replying to my own post, because I received help from another user group

    The problem is a race. Mapping trys to happen well before the Wireless card
    software is ready for action.

    Solution: Unmap the remote drives.
    Write a simple batch file along the lines of

    net use O: \\computername\foldername (using quotes around any names with
    spaces in them)

    to establish the connection, and only run it after the wireless LAN is

    One could also add the command to start Outlook or some other program that
    needs a file in \\computername\foldername, put the .BAT file on the desktop,
    and give it a handy icon. Then start both the connectionand the Client at
    the same time.

    Home User
    Guest, Apr 26, 2005
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