I posted the following question in 2 other groups (microsoft.public.windowsxp.network_web & microsoft.public.windows.networking.wireless). Please excuse me if I overlapped some.....Also please excuse the long and detailed description. Hopefully it's not too long to dissuade you from digging in and helping me solve my problem. Here it is:
My problem is related to a vpn connection/remote desktop connection problem. Here is my current set up: I have a cable modem that connects to a Lynksys WRT54GS wireless router. My desktop PC is connected to one of the ports on the wireless router and my laptop computer connects to the network using a wireless card. Everything works fine until I try to connect to my workplace through VPN.
Connecting to my office computer though the VPN and remote desktop is actually NOT the problem. The problem occurs after I disconnect. After having been logged into my office. I log out of the remote desktop connection, disconnect the VPN connection and then when I go to connect to the internet on the laptop or the desktop, I get a pop up box that says dial-up connection on it (I have a screen shot of it if someone needs to see it).
By the way, this dial-up connection, comes up with my companies name, my username and my password. The password doesn't look like my password as my password only has 9 characters. So it's not even the same password that is stored with the VPN connection. But back to the problem, when the box comes up, I can click "connect" or I can just close the box, which I guess means I cancel the option. But neither option seems to rectify the situation. So instead I'll do one of the below work-arounds.1) I simply connect the desktop to the cable modem. When I do this there are no problems after connecting to my office. This is why I think it is the wireless modem.
2) I unplug the power cables from the cable modem and the wireless modem and then turn off the desktop computer. Then I restart the cable modem, wireless modem and desktop (in that order). When the computer starts up, I can then connect to the internet on the desktop or the laptop without getting a dial-up connection box asking for me to connect.3)Running this command from the cmd line seems to work: "netsh int ip reset ****.txt"
Someone at Lynksys tech support suggested changes in "Internet Connections" from the control panel by selecting the radio button that says "Never dial a connection" for my VPN connection. But I have tried this before and after talking to tech support and it doesn't seem to permanantly fix problem.
If you need any more detail let me know. I've looked and looked and looked at other posts and have not been able to figure anything out.