This problem came in from a customer who was able to find the resolution on his own. We are posting it here for possible help to others.
Using windows 8, I logged in with both Chrome and Internet Explorer. It does not matter which. I log in and as soon as I select anything from the tree (product, category, site) and any selection causes a request to log back in.
We are in a rural area so in addition to our phone high speed internet we also have satellite internet backup. Since satellite is pay per use we have windows 8 set to metered usage when is selected so it doesn't do all of it's magical stuff 24 hours a day automatically and use up all allowed bandwith. When I switched back over to phone company unlimited it works fine.