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Windows 7: Wireless LAN disconnects just after successful RDP connection

05 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Wireless LAN disconnects just after successful RDP connection

I've seen a few threads about similar problems, but nothing precisely the same and nothing I've found solves my issue. I've got a laptop (Toshiba Satellite) running Windows 7 Professional (64-bit). I'm trying to connect to the laptop from another machine via RDP, but the connection dies every time. This is what happens:

1) I log into the laptop, which then connects to the wireless network.
2) I initiate the RDP connection from the other machine.
3) The connection is successfully made, I see the "Welcome" window, then the RDP screen goes black. At the same time (just as the screen goes back on the RDP client), the screen on my laptop locks (goes back to the login screen) and the network monitor icon ("Toshiba Wireless LAN Indicator") shows that the wireless connection is down - no network connection available.
5) After a few seconds (15 to 20) I get a message on the client that the connection couldn't be made.

From this I'm gathering that my firewall is set up to allow incoming connections properly (I also verified this manually) and I can see that the initial connection is being made. My best guess is that the wireless connection is being killed when the RDP session is started.

Is there a way to prevent the network connection from being reset (or whatever's happening) when connecting via RDP?

I've noticed that my laptop doesn't connect to wifi until after I've logged in. Is this the likely culprit? If so, is there a way to change this so the computer will connect to the wireless network before I've actually logged in?

For what it's worth, I get the same behavior regardless of the client machine being used (Win 7 Enterprise, Win 7 Home Premium, Linux, etc.).

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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05 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Murphy's Law is alive and well. Not even an hour after posting this thread I found the answer myself. The issue was that my network connection was set to be available to myself only. Apparently this is the default setting, so I deleted and manually recreated the network connection so it's now available to all users and my RDP connection is just fine!

To give credit where credit is due, here's where I found the answer:

Wireless before Login

Hopefully this will help someone else in the future.
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1 Week Ago   #3

Windows 7 64-bit Professional
Thank you so much!

I was chasing everything! I checked everything I knew to check - nothing. Then, I saw this post. That was the problem - wifi profile restricted to 'Me Only.' WTF? Oh well.

Thanks again.
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