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.
- Access the Network and Sharing Center using Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center or another method.
- Select Manage wireless networks.
- Click Add.
- Select Manually create a network profile.
||Many network names, known as SSIDs, have security enabled. Connecting to these networks requires that the user know the correct passphrase or preshared key.|
- Enter the network name. This example uses a network named wireless-n.
- Select the security type.
- Select the encryption type.
- Enter the security key or passphrase.
||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.|
- Select Start this connection automatically if you would like to use this network when using Wi-Fi.
- Click Next.
- 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
| Windows Vista 64*, Windows Vista 32*
This applies to: