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How to login to a domain through wireless Internet?

By Jskid ยท 5 replies
Nov 17, 2010
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  1. We just setup a wireless network using a home wireless router. However no one can login to there domain account, probably because you need to login to Windows and enter the password to connect to the wireless network. What's the best way to resolve this problem?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    That question has multiple issues.

    1) at home, we seldomly use a DOMAIN; we use workgroups. An XP/Home system can only use the workgroup. Unless you have a Windows Server 2000,2003, or 2008 - -
    you can only use workgroups.

    2) the computer WiFi connects to your WiFi router, not a domain NOR a workgroup.
    Connecting to the router should be possible using the Wireless Network Setup tool in the Controls. (it needs the service Wireless Zero Configuration to be running).
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    using an admin account:
    • launch Control->User Accounts
      you should see all logins defined for this system
      I have four and all are visible
      If you have more than one and you can't
      see them all, then you're not using an admin account

      Click Change the way users log on or off
      [x] Use the Welcome screen
      [x] use Fast User Switching

      click apply
    • launch run->services.msc
      scroll to find Net Logon
      set Startup Type to MANUAL or DISABLED
      (this is where one would login to a domain AFTER joining it)
  4. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 346

    We do use Windows Server 2003s and 2008s and Windows XP Pro. They won't be able to get to the shared drives, will they?
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Very unusual setup - - but it should be doable.

    Step one is to connect to the router. This puts all systems on the same subnet.
    Let the router use its DHCP to assign IP addresses for everyone OTHER THAN the servers.
    Typically, the router is at x.y.z.1, so set the DHCP range to 2-10.
    The servers need static addresses and you might set them to 20-30.
    This can be manually OR depending upon the router make/model, you might be able
    to map a MAC address directly to an IP address in the 20-30 range.

    Your network is correct when
    1. each system can ping any other (by ip address!)
    2. and can resolve a domain name into its IP address, eg:
      run->cmd /k nslookup google.com. (note the trailing DOT)
    This will allow the browser to get webpages and you can read/write email.

    Step two is the sharing or other functions you intend from your Win/2xxx servers.
    Simple Print/File Sharing(P/FS) does not require the server approach AND
    if you need other server features, then P/FS will not be the approach to take.

    Assuming you need Server functions, then each client computer will need to
    JOIN the domain created by the Server. There's a lot of tasks to creating a Windows Server, and I'll refer you to the manuals for the details.

    Once a system is JOINED, then the normal approach is to create folders on the server
    where specific types of data are stored, and then use Map Network Drives ... on each Client system.

    When the user (Client) systems boot, they frequently then use the Network Login service to access the server. It is possible that they can also still Login Locally and access the server when needed - - again, I'll refer you to the manuals
  6. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 346

    Alright, thanks.

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