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Create a Secure Wi-Fi Network Profile

The Network and Sharing Center in Microsoft Windows Vista* can be used to create a secure Wi-Fi network profile. A Wi-Fi profile is used to configure connections to different access points (AP) or broadband Wi-Fi routers.

Create a secure Wi-Fi network profile

Follow these steps to create a secure wireless network profile from the Network and Sharing Center.

  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. Select Manually create a network profile.
    Note Many network names, known as SSIDs, have security enabled. Connecting to these networks requires that the user know the correct passphrase or preshared key.

  5. Enter the network name. This example uses a network named wireless-n.
  6. Select the security type.
  7. Select the encryption type.
  8. Enter the security key or passphrase.
    Note It is not recommended that you select Display characters because this selection will allow anyone around you to see the characters and will compromise network security.

  9. Select Start this connection automatically if you would like to use this network when using Wi-Fi.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Select Connect to....

The wireless profile should now be connected to the AP or broadband Wi-Fi router.

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

Access the 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
Add a network that is in range of this computer
Create an ad hoc network (peer-peer network)

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® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-025384
Last Modified: 01-Oct-2014
Date Created: 08-Jan-2007
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