Use the following steps to create a Wi-Fi network profile without security on Microsoft Windows Vista*.
||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.|
- Access the Network and Sharing Center using Start » Network » Network and Sharing Center or another method.
- Select Manage wireless networks.
- Click Add.
- Click Manually create a network profile.
||Many network names, known as SSIDs, have security enabled. Connecting to such networks requires the user know the correct pass phrase or preshared key.|
- Enter the network name. This example uses a network named wireless-n.
- Select No authentication (Open) as the Security Type.
- Select Start this connection automatically if you would like to use this network when using Wi-Fi.
- Click Next.
- Select Connect to...
The Wi-Fi profile should now be connected to the Access Point (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
Create a secure Wi-Fi network
Connect to an unsecure Wi-Fi network
Create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network (peer-to-peer network) without security
| Windows Vista 64*, Windows Vista 32*
This applies to: