Intel® Wi-Fi Products
Manage Wi-Fi Profiles on Windows XP*

To start Intel® PROSet/Wireless, use one of the following methods:

  • Click Start > All Programs > Intel® PROSet Wireless > WiFi Connection Utility.
  • Right-click the Taskbar icon located in the lower right corner of your Windows Desktop to open the Taskbar menu. Click Configure WiFi.
  • Double-click the Taskbar icon to open Intel PROSet/Wireless.

Profile management

A profile is a saved group of network settings. They are displayed in the Profiles list. Profiles are useful when moving from one Wi-Fi network to another. Different profiles can be configured for each Wi-Fi. Profile settings include the network name (SSID), operating mode, and security settings.
A profile is created when you connect to a Wi-Fi network.

  1. Select a network from the WiFi Networks list.
  2. Click Connect.
  3. If the Wi-Fi network requires a WEP password or encryption key, you are prompted to enter this information prior to connection. To change the security options, click Advanced to open Configure WiFi Settings.
  4. Click OK to connect. A profile is created and added to the Profiles list.

Profiles list

The Profiles list displays a list of existing profiles. When you come within range of a Wi-Fi network, Intel® PROSet/Wireless scans the Profile List to see if there is a match. If a match is found, you are automatically connected to the network.

  1. Click Profiles from the Intel® PROSet/Wireless main window.
  2. You may add profiles if you know the WiFi Network Name and settings. Profiles can also be removed.
  3. Use the up-arrow to move the position of a selected profile up in the profiles list. Use the down-arrow to move the position of a selected profile down in the profiles list.

The Create WiFi Profile manager guides you through the settings required to connect with the Wi-Fi network. At completion, the profile is saved and added to the Profiles list. Since these Wi-Fi settings are saved, the next time you are within range of this Wi-Fi network you are automatically connected.


Profile name
Profiles are network settings that allow your Wi-Fi adapter to connect to a network access point (Network [Infrastructure] mode) or computer (Device to Device [ad hoc] mode) which does not use an access point.

Network name (profile name or SSID)
The name of the Wi-Fi network that the adapter is connected to. The Name column displays the SSID or the Profile name if a profile for the network is available.

Connection icons
The following network profile status icons indicate different connection states of the adapter with a Wi-Fi network, type of operating mode being used, and whether network security is being used.

Blue circle
The Wi-Fi adapter is associated with an access point or computer (ad hoc mode). If a profile has 802.1x security enabled, this indicates that the Wi-Fi adapter is associated and authenticated. Indicates Infrastructure mode.

Indicates infrastructure mode

Indicates device to device (ad hoc) mode

The WiFi network uses security encryption

Position profiles in a preferred order for auto-connection.

Move the position of a selected profile up in the Profiles list.

Move the position of a selected profile down in the Profiles list.

If the network is in range, and the profile matches the configuration of the network, then a connection is made.

Opens the Create WiFi Profile General Settings, which is used to create a new profile.

Removes a selected profile from the Profile list.

Enables you to edit the contents of an existing profile.

Allows you to import and export user-based profiles to and from the Profile list. Wi-Fi profiles can be automatically imported into the Profile list.

Closes the profile management window.

Provides help information for this page.

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 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-025746
Last Modified: 02-Oct-2014
Date Created: 20-Mar-2007