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What does each one of the Wi-Fi taskbar icons on Windows XP* mean?

The Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software taskbar icons on Microsoft Windows XP* are located on the lower right corner of your Windows desktop and provide a visual indication of the current Wi-Fi connection state.

There is a different taskbar icon for each of the following connection states:

Note To hide the Intel ProSet Wireless Software taskbar icons, open the utility and click Tools > Application Settings.
Wi-Fi off

This icon is white with a red x on it and remains static.

If this icon is present, it means that the Wi-Fi adapter is currently off, so the device is not transmitting or receiving data. To turn on the Wi-Fi adapter, right-click the icon and click Wi-Fi On.


Searching for Wi-Fi networks

This icon is white and animated.

If this icon is present, it means that the Wi-Fi adapter is currently searching for an available Wi-Fi network.


No Wi-Fi networks found

This icon is red.

If this icon is present, it means that the Wi-Fi adapter did not find any available networks. The Intel PROSet/Wireless Software periodically scans for available networks; however, if you wish to force an immediate scan, double-click the icon to launch the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software Connection Utility and click Refresh.

Wi-Fi networks found

This icon is yellow.

If this icon is present, it means that the Wi-Fi adapter found an available network. Double-click the icon to display the list of available networks; to connect to a network, select the network and click Connect.

Authentication failed

This icon is green with a yellow warning triangle.

If this icon is present, it means that the Wi-Fi network could not be authenticated.

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network

This icon is green with waves that reflect the signal quality. It is animated.

If this icon is present, it means that the Wi-Fi adapter is connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

Connected to a Wi-Fi network

This icon is green with waves that reflect the signal quality; the more waves there are, the better the signal quality is. It remains static.

If this icon is present, it means that the Wi-Fi adapter is connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you move your mouse over the icon, a tool tip will display the network name, speed, signal quality, and IP address.

Related Topic:
Open or close Intel® PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility on Microsoft Windows XP*

Operating System:

Windows XP *, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition*

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 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
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® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN

Solution ID: CS-025733
Last Modified: 17-Jul-2014
Date Created: 15-Mar-2007
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