When you come in range of a Wi-Fi network, Intel® PROSet/Wireless scans the network profiles list to find a match. If the scan finds a match, you are automatically connected to the network.
The profiles screen lists the connection status, operating mode, security level, profile name, and network name. The Add button in the profile screen provides access to the Create Wi-Fi Profile wizard.
|Indicates you are connected to this network.|
|Identifies network or operating mode. Operating mode allows you to connect to the Internet.|
|Identifies device to device or ad-hoc operating mode. Establish the setting by creating a profile. It allows you to connect to another computer but not to the Internet.|
|Signifies an administrator profile is set. The administrator profile manages network options, such as security settings and user log on types, through a central profile. It allows easier changes across a network.|
|Indicates security is enabled for the network.|
|Indicates the network is on the exclude list and needs to be manually connected.|
Connect the selected profile for the wireless network.
|Add||Opens the Create WiFi Profile>General Settings.|
|Remove||Remove a profile from the list.|
|Properties||Lists setting of the profile and allows you to edit the profile.|
|Export||Allows you to export one or more profiles.|
|Import||Allows you to import saved profiles.|
|Close||Closes the profile management window.|
|Help?||Opens the user guide.|
General settings description
|Profile name||Name of the Wi-Fi network profile. When you configure a Wi-Fi network selected from the Wireless Networks list, the profile name is the same as the WiFi network name (SSID). You can change the name to be more descriptive or customized for your personal use. Examples: My Office Network, Bob’s Home Network, ABC Company Network.|
|WiFi network name (SSID)||Name of the Wi-Fi network access point the Wi-Fi adapter uses for connection. The network name is case sensitive and must match exactly the name of the Wi-Fi access point. |
When you configure a Wi-Fi network selected from the WiFi Networks list, the network name is taken from the Wi-Fi Networks list. You cannot and should not change it.
<SSID not broadcast> is displayed in the Wi-Fi networks list for hidden access points that do not broadcast their network name. To associate with an <SSID not broadcast> network entry, you must create a new profile before connecting. After connection, the <SSID not broadcast> is still displayed in the Wi-Fi Networks list. View the associated SSID profile in the Profiles list.
|Operating mode||Network (Infrastructure): Connect to an access point. An Infrastructure Mode Network consists of one or more access points and one or more computers with Wi-Fi adapters. This connection is the type used in home networks, corporate networks, hotels, and other areas that provide access to the network and/or the Internet. |
Note: Only Network (Infrastructure) is available for administrator profiles (Pre-logon/Common, Persistent, and VoIP profiles).
Device to Device (Ad Hoc): This type of connection is useful for connections between two or more computers only. It does not provide access to network resources or the Internet.
|Advanced button||Click Advanced to access the Advanced Settings. Use the Advanced Settings for Application Auto Launch, Auto Connect, Auto Import, Band Selection, Mandatory Access Point, Password Protection, and Maintain Connection settings.|
|Personal security|| |
If you are setting up a Device to Device (Ad Hoc) profile, select data encryption settings:
If you are configuring a Network (Infrastructure) profile, select:
|Enterprise security|| |
If you configure a profile for Device to Device (Ad Hoc) networking, the default setting is Open authentication.
If you configure a profile for an infrastructure network, select:
Note: WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise are interoperable.
|Application auto launch||Specify a program to start when a Wi-Fi connection is made with this profile.|
|Auto connect|| |
|Auto import||Network administrator can export a profile on another computer.|
|Band selection|| |
|Mandatory access point||Enter the Mandatory Access Point MAC address (BSSID) to associate your Wi-Fi adapter with this specific access point only. Valid entries are values between 0-9 and A-F.|
|Password protection||Protect this profile with a password to prevent the settings in this profile from viewing or changes. The password is required to make future changes.|
|Maintain connection||Select to remain connected to a user profile after logging off.|