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Connect to Wi-Fi Networks Without Security on Windows Vista*

Use the following steps to connect to an unsecure Wi-Fi network on Microsoft Windows Vista*.

Note Connecting to any type of computer network, Wi-Fi included, without implementing security is not a recommended practice. This document is provided for basic configuration purposes only.
  1. Access the Network and Sharing Center using Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center or another method.
  2. Select Manage wireless networks.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Click Add a network that is in range of this computer. In this example, wireless-n is the network that will be added.
    Note Many network names, known as SSIDs, have security enabled. Connecting to such networks requires the user know the correct passphrase or preshared key.

  5. Select your Wi-Fi network from the list.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. You will receive a warning about connecting to an unsecured network. Click Connect Anyway. If the network addition is successful, you will see a window with the message: "Successfully connected to wireless-n" (wireless-n is used as an example; your chosen network name should appear).
  8. Select Save this network if you do not want to manually create this connection/profile every time you would like to access the network.
  9. Select Start this connection automatically if you would like to automatically attempt connection to this network when using Wi-Fi.
  10. Click Close.

If you return to Manage wireless networks at this point, you will see that your network is now listed.

Access Network and Sharing Center

To access the Network and Sharing Center, use one of the following methods:

  • Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
  • Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center.
  • Right-click the network system tray icon (the icon that displays two computer monitors) > Network and Sharing Center.
Related topics
Adding network security details to your profile
Create a Wi-Fi network profile without security
Create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network (peer-peer network) without security

Operating System:

Windows Vista 64*, Windows Vista 32*

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN

Solution ID: CS-025383
Last Modified: 01-Oct-2014
Date Created: 08-Jan-2007
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