Creating and Managing Wi-Fi Network Profiles with Intel® PROSet/Wireless Enterprise Software

Last Reviewed: 01-Feb-2017
Article ID: 000007174

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.


Profiles Screen
Connection Icons
Security settings


Profiles screen

Screenshot of Profiles window


Connection icons

Connection Icon Indicates you are connected to this network.
network icon Identifies network or operating mode. Operating mode allows you to connect to the Internet.
device icon 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.
Administrator profile icon 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.
Security icon Indicates security is enabled for the network.
Network exclude list icon 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.

Create WiFi profile wizard

Access the wizard by choosing Profile > Add to help you create a profile.

General settings description

Screenshot of General Setting section of the Create WiFi Profile window

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.

Security settings


Screenshot of the security Settings section of the Create WiFi Profile window

Personal security

If you are setting up a Device to Device (Ad Hoc) profile, select data encryption settings:

  • None: No authentication required.
  • WEP-64 bit or WEP-128 bit: A network key or password is used for encryption.

If you are configuring a Network (Infrastructure) profile, select:

  • WPA*-Personal (TKIP) or WPA2*-Personal (TKIP): WPA-Personal uses the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) for data encryption.
  • WPA-Personal (AES-CCMP) or WPA2-Personal (AES-CCMP): WPA-Personal uses a new method for privacy protection of wireless transmissions specified in the IEEE 802.11i standard.
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:

  • Open: Any wireless station can request authentication.
  • Shared: Uses an encryption key known only to the receiver and sender of data.
  • WPA-Personal or WPA2-Personal: Uses a password also called a pre-shared key (PSK).
  • WPA-Enterprise or WPA2-Enterprise: Use on enterprise networks with an 802.1X RADIUS server.

Note: WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise are interoperable.


Advanced screen


Screenshot of the Advanced Settings window

Application auto launch Specify a program to start when a Wi-Fi connection is made with this profile.
Auto connect
  • Select Automatic to have Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility try to connect to this profile when not connected.
  • Select On Demand to connect only when you select the network and click connect.
Auto import Network administrator can export a profile on another computer.
Band selection
  • Select Mixed band to have Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility connect the profile to an available network without matching network settings.
  • Select 2.4 GHz band or 5.2 GHz band to connect only to a network matching both network settings and band selection.
  • The setting is not applicable for the Intel® WiFi Link 1000, Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection, or Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection and older Wi-Fi adapters.
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.

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