Workspace Control knows two different methods of detection of the connection state:

Default detection of Connection State: if the connection state of the computer is required for a setting or for accessibility to an application, the IP address of the local network connection will be used for this task. If no IP address is available, an "offline" Connection State will be assumed.

Advanced detection of Connection State: in certain conditions, the default method to detect the Connection State will fail. For example, if a fixed IP address is assigned to the local network connection, the detected Connection State will always be "online". By using "Advanced detection", this problem can be solved.

Advanced detection can be based on reachability of a specific

  • host (Ping remote host on IPv4, Ping remote host on IPv6; specify a host name or IP address)
  • port (Open remote port; specify an IP address and port number)
  • URL (Open URL (http), Open URL (https))
  • share (Open remote share)

to define an online or offline Connection State. Computers with access to the specified Zone will only have an "online" Connection State if the specified address can be detected on the network.

A timeout for the detection can be specified, except for Open remote share.

Advanced detection of Connection State may be useful, for instance if a specific URL is only available from within the company network. Setting the advanced connection state to detect this URL allows you to use Advanced detection of Connection state to determine whether a laptop is used inside or outside the company network. This might especially be useful to, for example, prevent company-sensitive information to be available outside the company.