When you come in range of a Wi-Fi network, Intel® PROSet/Wireless scans the profiles list to see if there is a match. If a match is found, you are automatically connected to the network.
The profiles screen lists the connection status, operating mode, security level, profile name, and network name. The Add button in the profile screen provides access to the Create Wi-Fi Profile wizard.
||Indicates you are connected to this network.|
||Identifies network or operating mode. This operating mode allows you to connect to the Internet.|
||Identifies device to device or ad hoc operating mode. This setting is established when the profile is created and allows you to connect to another computer, but not to the Internet.|
||An administrator profile is set if you see this icon. The administrator profile allows network options such as security settings and user logon types to be managed through a central profile, making changes easer across a network.|
||Indicated that security is enabled for the network.|
||Indicated that this network is on the exclude list and needs to be manually connected.|
Connect the selected profile for the wireless network.
||Opens the Create WiFi Profile>General Settings.|
||Remove a profile from the list.|
||Lists setting of the profile and allows you to edit the profile.|
||Allows you to export one or more profiles.|
||Allows you to import saved profiles.|
||Closes the profile management window.|
||Opens the user guide.|
Create WiFi profile wizard
This wizard is accessed through Profile > Add, and helps you create a profile.
General settings description
||Name of the Wi-Fi network profile. When you configure a Wi-Fi network that was selected from the Wireless Networks list, the profile name is the same as the WiFi network name (SSID). This name can be changed to be more descriptive or customized for your personal use. Examples: My Office Network, Bob’s Home Network, ABC Company Network.|
|WiFi network name (SSID)
||Name of the Wi-Fi network access point the Wi-Fi adapter uses for connection. The network name is case-sensitive and must match exactly the name of the Wi-Fi access point. |
When you configure a Wi-Fi network that was selected from the WiFi Networks list, the network name is taken from the Wi-Fi Networks list. You cannot and should not change it.
<SSID not broadcast> is displayed in the Wi-Fi networks list for hidden access points that do not broadcast their network name. To associate with an <SSID not broadcast> network entry, a new profile must be created before connection. After connection, the <SSID not broadcast> is still displayed in the Wi-Fi Networks list. The associated SSID profile is viewed in the Profiles list.
||Network (Infrastructure): Connect to an access point. An Infrastructure Mode Network consists of one or more access points and one or more computers with Wi-Fi adapters. This connection is the type used in home networks, corporate networks, hotels, and other areas that provide access to the network and/or the Internet.|
Note: Only Network (Infrastructure) is available for administrator profiles (Pre-logon/Common, Persistent and VoIP profiles).
Device to Device (Ad Hoc): This type of connection is useful for connections between two or more computers only. It does not provide access to network resources or the Internet.
||Click Advanced to access the Advanced Settings. Use the Advanced Settings for Application Auto Launch, Auto Connect, Auto Import, Band Selection, Mandatory Access Point, Password Protection and Maintain Connection settings.|
If you are setting up a Device to Device (Ad Hoc) profile, select from these data encryption settings:
- None: No authentication required.
- WEP-64 bit or WEP-128 bit: A network key or password is used for encryption.
If you are configuring a Network (Infrastructure) profile, select:
- WPA*-Personal (TKIP) or WPA2*-Personal (TKIP): WPA-Personal uses the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) for data encryption.
- WPA-Personal (AES-CCMP) or WPA2-Personal (AES-CCMP): WPA-Personal uses a new method for privacy protection of wireless transmissions specified in the IEEE 802.11i standard.
If you configure a profile for Device to Device (Ad Hoc) networking, the default setting is Open authentication.
If you configure a profile for an infrastructure network, select:
- Open: Any wireless station can request authentication.
- Shared: Uses an encryption key known only to the receiver and sender of data.
- WPA-Personal or WPA2-Personal: Uses a password also called a pre-shared key (PSK).
- WPA-Enterprise or WPA2-Enterprise: Use on enterprise networks with an 802.1X RADIUS server.
NOTE: WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise are interoperable.
|Application auto launch
||Specify a program to start when a Wi-Fi connection is made with this profile.|
- Select Automatic to have Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility try to connect to this profile when not connected
- Select On Demand to connect only when you select the network and click connect.
||Network administrator can export a profile on another computer.|
- Select Mixed band to have Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility try to connect this profile to an available network without matching network settings.
- Select 2.4 GHz band or 5.2 GHz band to connect only to a network matching both network settings and band selection.
- This setting is not applicable for the Intel® WiFi Link 1000, Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG adapter or Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG adapter and older Wi-Fi adapters.
|Mandatory access point
||Enter the Mandatory Access Point MAC address (BSSID) to associate your Wi-Fi adapter with this specific access point only. Valid entries are values between 0-9 and A-F.|
||Prevent the settings in this profile from being viewed or changed by protecting this profile with a password. To make future changes, this password is required.|
||Select to remain connected to a user profile after logging off.|
This applies to: