When your wireless adapter is connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can view detailed information about the connection using the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility.
Use the following steps to view this information.
- Click Start > All Programs > Intel PROSet Wireless > Wi-Fi Connection Utility.
- Click Details.
The name of the profile.
The network name (SSID) of the current connection.
The quality of the radio frequency (RF) signal. This is determined primarily by signal strength and by the ratio of RF noise present. If the amount of RF noise is high, or if the signal strength is low, it results in a lower signal to noise ratio. This lowers the signal quality because it is difficult for the radio receiver to discern the data information contained in the signal from the noise itself.
The quality of the transmit and receive signals between your Wi-Fi adapter and the access point or computer. It ranges from excellent to out of range and can be affected by distance, concrete barriers, interference caused by signal reflection from metal objects, and interference caused by other electrical devices.
||If the network contains multiple access points (AP), the signal strength of the closest AP is displayed.|
IPv4 or IPv6 address
The Internet Protocol (IP) address for the current connection. If you have trouble accessing the network, verify if the IP address is valid. If the IP address is 0.0.0.0 or 169.x.x.x, then it is probably not valid. If your network is setup for automatic network address assignment, click Repair and request a new IP address.
Adapter MAC address
The Media Access Control (MAC) address for the Wi-Fi adapter.
The Wi-Fi band of the current connection: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n.
Number of antennas in use
The number of antennas currently in use. This depends on the band(s) that the various networks are using, the transmit/receive modes in use on those bands, the signal strength, and the capabilities of the access point(s). You do not have direct control over this parameter.
Supported data rates
The rates at which the Wi-Fi adapter can send and receive data. It displays the speed in Mbps for the current frequency.
- 802.11a: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, and 54
- 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, and 11
- 802.11g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, and 54
- 802.11n: 300, 270, 243, 240, 180, 150, 144, 135, 130, 120, 117, 115.5, 90, 86.667, 72.2, 65, 60, 57.8, 45, 43.3, 30, 28.9, 21.7, 15, 14.4, 7.2
The frequency of the current Wi-Fi connection.
- 802.11a: 5.15 GHz to 5.85 GHz
- 802.11b/g: 2.400 GHz to 2.4835 GHz (dependent on country)
- 802.11n: 2.400 GHz to 5.00 GHz
The transmit and receive channel.
The 802.11 authentication used by the profile currently in use: Open, Shared, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise.
The data encryption mode: None, WEP, TKIP or AES-CCMP.
802.1x authentication type
The 802.1x authentication type: None, EAP-SIM, TLS, TTLS, PEAP, LEAP, or EAP-FAST.
802.1x authentication protocol
The 802.1x authentication protocol: None, PAP, GTC, CHAP, MS-CHAP, MS-CHAP-V2 or TLS.
The version of the Cisco Compatible Extensions on the Wi-Fi connection.
Current TX power
The current power at which the Wi-Fi adapter is currently transmitting, in milliwatts.
Supported power levels
The range of power levels that the Wi-Fi adapter is capable of transmitting.
Access point MAC address
The Media Access Control (MAC) address for the associated access point.
Mandatory access point
If enabled, the MAC address for the access point that the Wi-Fi adapter will connect to (in 48-bit 12 hexadecimal digits, for example 00:06:25:0E:9D:84).
If not enabled, None.
| Windows XP*, Windows XP 64-bit Edition*
This applies to: