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Search for WiMAX Networks

Searching for WiMAX1 networks

There are two kinds of network searches:

Fast search

In a fast search, the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility searches only for home networks, that is, networks that you have already activated, or that may be pre-activated. A fast network search is performed automatically, periodically, and the list of home networks is displayed in the WiMAX Networks List. If the utility is in auto connect mode, then it connects to the WiMAX home network after a fast search.

To perform a fast search, click Search for networks on the main window.

Exhaustive search

In an exhaustive search, the utility searches for all networks and displays the list of found networks in the WiMAX Networks List. This includes home networks and inactivated networks. You can then select from the list, which network to connect to or activate.

Note An exhaustive search for all networks is battery-intensive and will take several minutes to complete.

To perform an exhaustive search, perform these steps:

  1. Click Options on the main window and click Search for networks (exhaustive) . The following message will be displayed.
    This operation will take approximately one minute to complete. Begin an exhaustive network search now?
  2. Click Yes .

If you select to perform an exhaustive search while auto connect mode is enabled, this message is displayed:

Auto connect mode is enabled. To start an exhaustive network search, you must turn off auto connect mode.

You should only need to conduct an exhaustive search if you have not yet activated a WiMAX network for your laptop, or if you are in a different city or area where you have not activated service and a home network has not been detected. In this case, see First Time Connection to a WiMAX Network.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Business, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 32-bit*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 64-bit*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 64-bit*, Windows Vista Business, 64-bit*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 64-bit*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 64-bit*, 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-029562
Last Modified: 23-Oct-2014
Date Created: 04-Aug-2008
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