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What Do the Properties on the Windows XP* Wi-Fi Connection Details Window Mean?

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.

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Intel PROSet Wireless > Wi-Fi Connection Utility.
  2. Click Details.
Note If the Details button is not present, you will first need to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Profile name
The name of the profile.

Network name
The network name (SSID) of the current connection.

Signal quality
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.

Signal strength
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.

Note 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 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

Radio frequency
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

Channel number
The transmit and receive channel.

Network authentication
The 802.11 authentication used by the profile currently in use: Open, Shared, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise.

Data encryption
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.

CCX version
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.

Related topics
Open or close Intel® PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility on Microsoft Windows XP*
How to connect to a Wi-Fi network 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 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
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® PROSet/Wireless Software
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-025744
Last Modified: 02-Oct-2014
Date Created: 20-Mar-2007
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