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What is the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility?

Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX1 Connection Utility


Application overview

The Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility (or just the WiMAX connection utility) lets you easily manage your laptop connections to WiMAX networks. Connecting to WiMAX is simple. And the utility keeps track of available networks and can connect to them automatically. The utility is completely configurable. The WiMAX adapter and connection can be easily turned off whenever necessary.


Start Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility

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

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

Taskbar icons
The Taskbar icons provide visual indication of the current state of WiMAX. The taskbar status icon is located on the lower right corner of your Windows desktop.


Available networks
: WiMAX networks are available for connection. This icon is only displayed if you are not connected to a WiMAX network and networks are available. Double click the icon to open the WiMAX connection utility.

Connecting: When the adapter is connecting to a network, this icon changes (animates) to show a varying number of white arcs.

Searching. When the adapter is searching, the round magnifying glass moves around the icon. Click on the icon to learn more information.

Signal quality . Shows the signal quality for the current WiMAX connection.

Wireless radio is turned off. You are not connected. The utility also cannot search for available networks. Click on the icon to learn more information.

No WiMAX networks are available. A search has been performed and no networks are available in the area. Click on the icon to learn more information.

Problem: A problem exists. WiMAX cannot be used until the problem has been corrected. Click on the icon to learn more information.

Because your laptop computer has a WiMAX adapter, a software program is always managing the adapter. If a program other than the WiMAX connection utility is managing your WiMAX adapter, you may see the following message:

Another connection manager application is currently managing WiMAX connections.

If the above message is displayed, close the other application so that it is no longer running. Then the start Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility. If this message displays again, you should remove the other application.

A blue launch window is displayed if you start Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility from the Start menu.

If there are any issues encountered when starting the application, a window is displayed showing the possible reasons.

This message indicates that WiMAX on your laptop is not ready. Reasons may be:

  • No WiMAX device was found. The required WiMAX adapter is not installed in the computer, or the adapter is not working correctly. Check that a proper working adapter is installed. (Turn off the computer before doing this.)
  • The WiMAX adapter has been disabled. The adapter may be disabled via the Windows XP* or Windows Vista* operating system. Check the Device Manager to be sure that the adapter is enabled.
  • The WiMAX driver and/or software are not working correctly. You may need to reboot the computer.


Main window

The Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility main window lets you:

  • View the current status in the Status area
  • View Networks available to connect
  • First Time Connection
  • Connect to a Network
  • Search for available networks


Status area

This area tells you about the status of the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility. For example, if you are currently connected to a network, this area shows you current network name, signal quality, and connection duration. This area will also show messages about the availability of networks, the operation currently in progress, and the status of the WiMAX adapter. Click Status to see all possible status messages.


WiMAX Networks list


This area lists the detected, available WiMAX networks. This area can be hidden or shown, by clicking on this icon in the lower-right corner of the window:

WiMAX networks are shown in the following order:

  • Connected network: This is the WiMAX network you are currently connected to. It is also shown in the Status area above.
  • Networks available to connect: This list includes activated Home networks and inactivated networks.
    • A Home network is indicated by the icon. Double-click on any home network, you will then be connected to that network. You can also right-click on the network to select either Connect or Details.
    • An inactivated network is indicated by the icon. An inactivated network is one that you have not activated for service. Double-click on an inactivated network and you will then begin the activation process. You can also right-click on the network to select either Connect to begin the activation process, or Details. inactivated networks are only shown in this list after you have performed an exhaustive search for networks.
    • An unidentified network is one that is not recognized by the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility. You can attempt to connect with the network, by double-clicking on the network or by selecting it and clicking Connect. However, as an unidentified network, it may not function properly with the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility.

Icons

The following icons are presented in the main window. Additionally, icons used in the taskbar keep you informed about WiMAX networks and your WiMAX adapter.

Connected to: Indicates the WiMAX network you are currently connected to. There are several other icons and status messages displayed in this area.

Indicates signal strength. The number of green bars may range from one to five, with more green bars indicating a stronger signal. Stronger signals enable more rapid connections. Weaker signals may result in slower or dropped connections.

Indicates that this is already activated and the network is available for connection. Your computer may have been configured during manufacture to have one or more home networks available. Or this may list as home network because you activated service with this WiMAX network service provider.

Indicates that you have not activated this network. To make the network available, you need to first activate service. For unknown networks, the activation process is guided by the WiMAX network service provider.

Indicates the time duration for this connection, from the moment at which the current connection was made.
Time


Buttons

The main window has the following buttons:

Details

In the status area, provides details of the currently connected network (if connected). In the WiMAX Networks List area, provides details of the current network selected from the list.

Connect / Disconnect

In the Status area, click Connect to connect to the selected network. When the selected network in the list is an activated (for example, a home network), then clicking Connect opens a connection with that network. Information about the connection is provided in the Status window. If the selected network is not yet activated, then clicking Connect will start the activation process. You can also connect to an available network by double-clicking on it. This button is grayed out if no networks are available.

Click Disconnect to disconnect from the currently connected network. The network will then be listed in the Networks List.

WiMAX On/Off

Turns the WiMAX adapter on or off. If you are connected to a network and you turn the adapter off, you will be disconnected. If the utility is searching for networks and you turn the adapter off, the search will be stopped.

Options

Clicking Options presents these choices:

  • Preferences...
  • Detailed Information...
  • Advanced...
  • Search for networks (exhaustive)
  • About: Provides version and contact information about the WiMAX connection utility.
Help

Help Information

Search for Networks

The WiMAX connection utility periodically searches for home networks automatically, keeping the Networks List current with home networks. This is called a fast search. Clicking Search for Networks causes the adapter to search again for home networks.


Close Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility Window

To close the utility main window, click X on the main window, upper-right corner. Closing the utility does not close a connection. The utility and the adapter continue to function. To close a connection, click Disconnect on the main window, or click WiMAX: Off.

1 WiMAX connectivity requires a WiMAX-enabled device and subscription to a WiMAX broadband service. WiMAX connectivity may require you to purchase additional software or hardware at extra cost. Availability of WiMAX is limited; check with your carrier for details on availability and network limitations. Broadband performance and results may vary due to environmental factors and other variables. See WiMAX Technology for more information.

Operating System:

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition*, Windows Vista Starter, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Business, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Business, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 64-bit version*, Windows XP Starter Edition*, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition*, Windows XP Professional*, Windows XP Home Edition*, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition*, Windows XP Media Center Edition*

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products

Solution ID: CS-029552
Last Modified: 23-Oct-2014
Date Created: 03-Aug-2008
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