Intel® Wi-Fi Products
Wi-Fi Network Profiles

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.

Profiles Screen
Connection Icons

Profiles screen

Connection icons

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.

Add Opens the Create WiFi Profile>General Settings.
Remove Remove a profile from the list.
Properties Lists setting of the profile and allows you to edit the profile.
Export Allows you to export one or more profiles.
Import Allows you to import saved profiles.
Close Closes the profile management window.
Help? Opens the user guide.

Create WiFi profile wizard
This wizard is accessed through Profile > Add, and helps you create a profile.

General settings description

Profile name 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.
Operating mode 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.
Advanced button 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.

Security settings

Personal security

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.
Enterprise security

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.

Advanced screen

Application auto launch Specify a program to start when a Wi-Fi connection is made with this profile.
Auto connect
  • 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.
Auto import Network administrator can export a profile on another computer.
Band selection
  • 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.
Password protection 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.
Maintain connection Select to remain connected to a user profile after logging off.

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 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
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 1000
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
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-025795
Last Modified: 02-Oct-2014
Date Created: 02-Apr-2007