Once a work space is selected the console will start the process of connecting to all the (Enabled) gateways in parallel. It does this because communication with the gateways across the LAN / WAN is asynchronous and the specific timing and state of the gateways is an unknown (at least at the start).
However where this causes significant load on the console it can create a constant cycle of disconnect and connect which may take a long time to resolve (assuming it recovers at all). The connection behavior can be changed by use of the following flag in the activeconsole.gci file (assuring no leading or trailing spaces)
This will force the console to connect to each gateway in full one by one, and in order. While this can slow down the process in most systems, it can help in others where the gateways are large and connections takes time since it can stop the disconnection of already connected gateways.