I think it was off the first time. Since you connected it the first time, it has remembered and stayed connected. How would it have connected right out of the box on your home network, without having to supply a password and picking a network to connect to?
I think it gets harder on a domain. We have a Cisco access point that authenticates each user with their own username and password against active directory. so, a bit different than a home point where you just use a wpa2 key.
So, I saw that my local amazon showroom FINALLY got the Surface tablets, both Pro and RT in stock and on display. YES!!!!!
First off, my impressions, I was taken aback as I have FINALLY been able to fondle said devices. They are nicely built, no cheap quality like every other android tablet in that aisle, not lackluster in features like the ipad. Just right.
I have to say, pparks, you are correct, the DPI is by default at 150% at even then, it's closer to 1366x736 at native DPI. Pretty crazy, but that's what I guess happens with 1080p and a 10.6 inch screen. I found little issue though actually fingering though the Desktop though, I set the folder view to Large Icons, made thing other things from Details to Large Icons view and it was fine. It takes a bit to get used to though. Office 2013 on the RT was pretty nice to use, it wasn't the Preview version but the actual RTM that has better touch refinements. It seems real nice to use with just your finger, Excel is iffy, but I only touched it fro a few seconds and went back to playing with the Pro. I REALLY enjoyed clicking on the touch cover! WOW, holy magnets! That is nifty!
Considering I can type pretty fast as it is with mostly everything, I was iffy about the 10.6 inch touch screen keyboard. But I was able to type pretty swiftly with it, not a two finger tap tap tap, but like, Data from Star Trek fast. Pretty accurate as well. What was REALLY trippy for me was typing on the touch cover, WHOA! It's like, it feels it shouldn't work but it works but it doesn't click or anything so you're like, "What?" Typing on that I find will take some adjustment though. I ADORE the kickstand, the most simplest, utterly mundane feature ever, but makes a TON of difference. Why no other tablet has that is literally beyond my ability to think. Such an idiotic move on OEMs to copy the ipad straight up and not do anything unique to make the form factor functional. The Surface isn't a laptop, so it can't actually be used like a laptop. It is a tablet, with a kickstand. The Pro is LIKE a laptop in some respects, but isn't able to be used in the same fashion as a laptop, meaning you can't physically plop it on your lap. Personally, I rarely do that for a few reasons. One, that will build up heat on the laptop and my crotch. Two, lint will get trapped in the fan and heatsink. And three, if you do it excessively, the heat from it can cause skin damage. Oh, and I prefer a level surface to put a laptop on as I don't want to fuddle with the hard drive and causing screw-ups with that because it was being used all over the place.
I have to wonder if your particular Surface just has a single glitch, as the Pro I played with picked up several wifi signals around the showroom and the AP points weren't nearby or 20 feet away.
Being myself, I took pictures...
Very pretty devices! Personally, I'm not going to buy one this year, but that was sorely tempting! I think I might wait it out until I for sure will NEED one, hopefully by then the Surface Pro 2 will be out with an AMD APU and an 11.6 screen with a larger SSD. Maybe NFC support? Maybe 3G/4G data capabilities? Glad to know they're nearby as I'm going to be trying to make a portable app of Photoshop CS6 and AutoCAD to try out with a touch screen on the Surface Pro and one of their AIOs they have, or maybe that Dell XPS at Costco... Now THAT is also a pretty PC!
Hey pparks, have you tried plugging in a USB hub and seeing how many devices can be attached to it, like external hard drives and such, to it? I'm mildly curious about that. A friend of mine is REALLY into buying one and I was saying today how an external hard drive should be used for backups/Storage Spaces. I kind of want to know how well that works.
I am surprised they hadn't sold out before you got there.
Did you have to fight through a huge crowd?
I have not tried a usb hub as I don't own one. Never really had a shortage of ports on most of my devices.
so, tonight I experienced a problem with the lync client crashing. Trying to dig through the event viewer on this touch screen and trying to drag the window bars around so that I could view what I wanted was an absolute exercise in futility. I was simply trying to get the little bar to slide it up to make the preview pane bigger and no matter what I tried, it wasn't happening under touch. I attached the type cover, and it still took a very concerted effort to grab the bar even with the touchpad. Just another incident of the UI less suitable for touch, and the resolution being a bit too high.
the more I use this device, the less I am liking it. Its slick in many areas, but falls so woefully short when I really try to accomplish something rather than just playing around and screwing around.
and without a desk surface, I find this very difficult to work with. Using it on my lap is very hard, and the inability to adjust the tilt of the kickstand makes it a very limited device..even on a flat surface.
this can be a portable device to use in a pinch, but as a regular use machine...NOT FOR ME.
The chromebook would have the very same issue, except it has a configurable network option prior to login. So, you can connect to network, then logon with your Gmail account.
As far as I have been able to determine, there is no similar option on the surface. It's the same issue you have if you have a remote employee, give them a machine on the domain and don't log them in first before you send out the machine. When they get it, they won't be able to log in if it cannot find a domain controller.