I can't see any reason why it should be impossible to use both connections (wireless and wired). Actually, I'am sitting on a laptop, which has both connections into network, this means it has 2 IP's. And to me this has nothing to deal with the problem I am trying to resolve. Again - it is only a matter of software functionality; I've seen myself IBM laptops - they allow user to connect firstly to WiFi network, and then, with the help of this connection, to establish login procedure to Active Directory. In other words: 1. I load up Windows, the OS loads up fully until the logon window 2. At this moment Wireless network card client has already started and allows me to insert WEP-key to connect to WiFi network. 3. The established wireless connection allows me to input my domain user credentials and logon into domain corporate network via WiFi. THAT'S HOW IT SHOULD WORK.
You can if you enter the SSID in the Preferred Connections box and select the authenticate prior to windows logon checkbox. Problem is with the Dell drivers for the 1300, it crashes with this option selected!
You would still need to log onto to Windows as it is those details it uses to authenticate on the network. Just means it will load the drivers in place, otherwise they load as part of startup in systray. Logon script cant be activated etc etc. Prehaps I've got the wrong end of the stick here with this thread.