Greg, in this case you may want to create a Persistent profile with the Administrator Tool so the adapter will be connected even when the user is not logged on. You may also enable Adapter Switching so the wireless adapter will be disconnected whenever the Ethernet cable is connected.
Please check the instructions in the Intel® Proset user guide (pages 65 and 92 respectively):
Here is what the help file says:
Persistent profiles are applied at boot time or whenever no one is logged on the computer. After a user logs off, a
Persistent profile maintains a wireless connection either until the computer is turned off, or a different user logs
: Persistent profiles are not supported for Windows Vista* or Windows* 7. See
Single Sign-on Considerations
for Windows Vista* and Windows* 7
So to me it says it is NOT supported. Is the documentation incorrect? Am I reading something incorrectly?
The information is correct. Our best suggestion is to contact Microsoft* in order to see if they offer an alternative solution using Windows* Wireless Zero Configuration being this an operating system limitation.
These are Dell units and until I started using Intel's WIFI I didn't have this issue. The Dell wifi connects and stays connected before login and after so this is something to do with Intel in my mind.
I'll switch to Windows configuration and see if that resolves it... BUT that is where I will lose the adapter switching if I don't use Intel's software to control things right?
I verified, adapter switching also operates while Windows* manages the WiFi connection.