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Windows Network Card Power Conservation Settings

By default, Windows XP and higher has a setting for network interface cards that allows the computer to turn off the network card if Windows thinks the connection is inactive.  This can cause issues for programs that are open, but not necessarily active such as Timeslips and Amicus Attorney. For this reason, I recommend that you turn the option OFF.  Because it is ON by default, you must go to EACH machine in your office and UNcheck the option to stop this behavior.  Depending on your version of Windows:

For XP Users:

Go to Start, Control Panel, Network Connections…

For Windows 7 Users:

Go to Start, Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center, Change Adapter Settings…

For Both Operating Systems:

RIGHT-click on the correct network adapter, and choose Properties. You should get a window similar to this.  Click the Configure button under the NIC card name.

In the next window, click the Power Management tab and UNcheck the option to “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.”

Click OK to save and close all the windows to get back to your regular desktop view.

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