We just released XPV version 188.8.131.52. This version speeds up the detection of USB devices added after the service starts. Detection happens in 3-5 seconds instead of taking 2 or more minutes.
So now if the user inserts a UDB wireless card it will be detected and disabled quickly.
Here is a tip to prevent Wireless AutoSwitch from showing up in Add/Remove Programs: set the property "ARPSYSTEMCOMPONENT" to 1 in the property table of the MSI.
You can do this by editing the MSI file using any MSI editing tool (a free one is Microsoft Orca) or use a transform file to add the property.
We just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV version 1.5.6.
This version updates the code to recognize the new DisplayLink driver for USB Docking Stations and fixes a code routine that caused the app to fail in some situations when using a USB Dock (very rare situations so missed for a few months now).
Corrected an issue where the IPCONFIG /RegisterDNS command was being issued every 3 seconds for one customer. This was due to a broadband card not returning the status in a standard format, very few would have been affected.
We also added a routine to further evaluate the connection state. This was also to fix a rare situation.
We just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV version 184.108.40.206. This version fixes an issue when using some USB docking stations and adds the Start Disabled feature (wireless disabled regardless of LAN).
In version 220.127.116.11 we added support for USB docking stations; recently we got a few reports that XPV was not working with some new USB dock stations. The issue was related to correctly identifying the USB dock and we have fixed that issue in 18.104.22.168.
We had a client request a new feature where all wireless cards would be disabled when the machine starts up (and Wireless AutoSwitch start) regardless of the LAN connection. Then the user can start Wireless AutoSwitch into normal operation with the use of a shortcut. This would only happen once (at start-up) and after that the standard auto switching facilities would go into effect. We added this feature for them and then thought maybe others would want the same. So now it is a production feature.
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Recently we were contacted by three clients that started using either a Toshiba or Targus 3.0 USB dock and Wireless AutoSwitch was not working. Wireless AutoSwitch did not properly recognize when the LAN was connected to these docks.
This is now corrected in the latest version of Wireless AutoSwitch XPV (22.214.171.124) and Wireless AutoOff (126.96.36.199).
I watch a show called "The People's Court" and the judge, Marilyn Milian, has a saying: "The cheap comes out expensive". She uses this line when she has litigants that go with a cheap contractor and end up having to get the work re-done all over again because things fell apart very fast, because of shoddy work, or the work was just not finished. Usually the fix is a lot more expensive than if they just went with the correct contractor at the correct price, because they have to tear down what was done before they can rebuild.
Why am I telling you this? Well recently I keep hearing that our competitors are charging less than we are, and yes it is true. This is the only way they can compete and as I stated in my article "Competition and Price Wars", this does not work unless you have a comparable product; they do not. Our price is set at the correct price point for the market and to sustain our business and the product. Our competitors do not have a sustainable model and they have an inferior product.
Here is what someone emailed me recently "About a year ago we purchased a product called [competitor] but are having some issues with it that we are currently working with their tech support on. I provided the quote for AutoSwitch to my supervisor as an alternative". The price quote request came on Feb 02, 2012, the above info came on March 1. So for over a month they have an open issue that hasn't been resolved. Wireless AutoSwitch works, and all issues are solved very very quickly. We do not have any open issues. We have over 350,000 installations worldwide and get about 3-4 support request per month and 95% are solved the same day and most within one hour. You can reach us very easily, our email address and phone number is on every page of our website, in plain sight, not hidden.
We have one competitor that charges a very low up front price then charges a sliding scale of maintenance costs over the next few years. We have never charged for support or maintenance and in this kind of product it doesn't make sense; it is just a clever scheme to make it seem like you are paying less, but in the end you are paying the same thing for an inferior product. We have consistently added features, made modifications, and fixes as needed, without any additional charge.
In the end you always get what you pay for, so get the right product and save your self the future trouble.
We have just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV 188.8.131.52. Here are the additions:
1. Previously one needed to be an admin to run the "Wireless AutoSwitch On-Off" shortcut. Now, when installed in Mode 1 or 3 the Wireless AutoSwitch On-Off shortcut is created (as before) and can now be run by a standard (non-admin) user. When clicked the user will see the following message: "Wireless AutoSwitch is now suspended and all devices have been turned on." And if they click it again they will see:"Wireless AutoSwitch is now running."
In addition to suspending Wireless AutoSwitch, all wireless devices are enabled. And when the operation is running again, Wireless AutoSwitch will do whatever is appropriate (disable if on LAN, enable if not on LAN).
2. Based on feedback we have added a couple more virtual or system devices to ignore by default and also allowed for a WMI issue that get inconsistent status info.
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Wireless AutoSwitch, had a record breaking year in 2011 selling over one hundred and fifty thousand licenses. That's more than double the previous year. Revenue in 2011 alone was responsible for over half the total revenue since 2007 (the first year of public sale). As a matter of fact for the last four years each year's sales and revenue has been double the previous year. And the success continues as over twenty thousand licenses have already been sold in just the first half of January 2012.
In 2011 there were eleven Enterprise Unlimited Usage licenses sold, representing 30% of total revenue, and there are already three sold in 2012. For clients with over 4000 laptops there is the Enterprise Unlimited Usage license. It allows unlimited usage of Wireless AutoSwitch XPV in the enterprise regardless of the number of installations. The majority of companies buying this license have well over 4000 laptops.
We just wrote a variant of Wireless AutoSwitch that some may like and find useful. It is called Wireless AutoOff. The function of the application is to disable all wireless by default regardless of LAN connection and only allow the user to manually request the wireless to be turned on, and this is only allowed it if there is no LAN.
- There is only one mode (what would be Mode 2 in Wireless AutoSwitch).
- The application starts and finds all wireless cards and disables them, regardless of the machine being on LAN or not.
- There is a shortcut created under "Start Menu - Wireless AutoOff" called "Wireless On-Off" (during installation you can choose to have the shortcut created on the desktop as well).
- If the user is on the LAN and clicks this shortcut they get a message displayed that this is not allowed while on the LAN.
- If the user disconnects the LAN and clicks this shortcut then the wireless is enabled.
- The moment the LAN is reconnected the wireless is disabled.
- If the user is not on the LAN and wireless is enabled, clicking the shortcut will disable all wireless.
The unique thing is that the user doesn't have to be an admin of the machine. The application is installed as a service and runs under the local system account. Clicking the shortcut sends a signal to the service to do a particular action and the shortcut app can be run by a non-admin user.
Try it out and let us know if there is any interest: http://www.wirelessautoswitch.com/Public/Wireless_AutoOff.zip
There is no manual yet but will be available soon. If there is interest or questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can't tell you how many times I had people tell me this product wasn't needed. You can do it this way or that way. Or my favorite from an IT Manager: "any IT person worth his ‘salt’ can do it in a couple of minutes". If I listened to these people I would never have created the product, never put it to market and many many companies would be wasting time and money having technicians running around manually configuring wireless cards, when there are more important things for them to do.
These days it is very easy to answer the nay-sayers, I simply tell them how many licenses I have sold and to how many companies across the globe. The proof is in the numbers. They change their tune right away. These are unimaginative people that do not understand innovation and efficiency. In this day and age there are very few things that should be done manually.
They are not all bad people, just people that need to be convinced and shown the proof (beware there ...
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