Wconnect has been designed so you don't need to
understand its icons. The dial-status dialog makes
sure you know what's going on; follow what it says
and you can't go wrong. In summary:
mean its okay for you to use the net; you cannot
use the net for any other icon.
The means no-one is using
everything is disconnected and the connection
shouldn't be up.
Everything else is something inbetween--there
are tooltips for each icon describing what it
means and packing in as many useful extras as
there is room for. The following is a detailed
breakdown of how the icon works:
Connect keeps the connection open as long as
anyone is using the net. (So the net can be open
even if you're not using it.) Wconnect's icon shows
both whether you personally want to use the net,
and what the link as a whole is doing. These two
things are independant.
what you want is indicated by
colour; like a traffic-light
green for go (you want the net) and
red for stop (you don't want the net).
It can also be grey when its not
possible to use the net.
What actually's happening is
represented by shape: a triangle
pointing down means the connection is down (or
going down) while an upwards arrow means the connection
is up (or going up).
The big down triangle
is displayed when there is no connection: its
triangle, pointing up from the bottom of the tray
is displayed to indicate the first attempt at
An up-arrow with a
box under it indicate the link is making its
second dial attempt.
An up-arrow with
two boxes under it indicates the srver is making
at least its third attempt to dial-out. The
server comes preconfigured to make no-more than
three dial attempts--but it is possible to
override this. The tooltip and dial-status dialog
both show the exact dial attempt.
The big up arrow is
displayed when the link is fully up. But the green
up-triangle is used only when you're the only
person using the net.
The up-arrow with
"wings" (they're meant to be two triangles in the
background) is displayed when the connection is up
and you're sharing it with other users. This
isn't displayed for red or grey connections.
A small triangle, at the
top of the tray, pointing down, is used when the
link is closing.
Green icons indicate that you
want to use the net. N.B. its only
possible to use the net for the
or icons. Other shapes
indicate that the server is trying to establish a
connection for you.
Double-clicking on a green icon always
disconnects you (making your icon red). Similarly
wconnect's menu offers the option to disconnect
from whichever provider is in use.
Red icons are shown when you don't
want to use the net. (It may be possible to
access the net despite a red icon--but don't count
on it; the server certainly won't keep the
connection open on your behalf.)
Whenever a red item is shown, wconnect's menu
offers you the option to connect. When the
connection is fully down () its
possible to connect to any provider and the
connect option opens onto a submenu of providers
(unless your system only has one). Double clicking on
connects to the default provider; which
is probably the last provider used.
Double-clicking on other red icons will connect
to the provider which is in use.
Like red icons, Grey icons signify
you're not using the net, but unlike a red icon
you cannot connect even if you want to; you're connection
is blocked. While blocked Double-clicking does nothing
and wconnect's menu is greyed out.
Grey icons happen because the
server is misconfigured (either no providers or no
links setup) or because the Connection Control List
prohibits you from connecting.
Connections prohibitted while the link is down
(i.e. ) are because you've
exceeded your quota, or you can't access any of the
providers at this time of day. For other grey
icons it may simply be because another user is
accessing a provider you can't use.
Any of these icons can be changed from the config file.
name is the icon to be changed:
file is a .ICO file or DLL
containing the icon and index is the
number of the icon within that file.
Sometimes Explorer dies and restarts leaving
wconnect running but with no visible icon. The
only way I've found to spot this is to
periodically check if explorer has restarted,
so whenever wconnect changes the icon or receives
a keepalive probe probe from the server (which normally
happens once a minute) wconnect will reattach to
the iconbar if explorer has restarted.
If you can't wait that long (or you're not
logged-in or the server is not sending keepalives)
then wconnect will also check whenever you hit its
hotkey (by default control+shift+A).
Wconnect can be instructed to poll for explorer
from the config file, with the