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Creating and Managing Wi-Fi Network Profiles with Intel® PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility


Last Reviewed: 19-Sep-2017
Article ID: 000007174

The Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility is also known as Intel® PROSet Wireless Enterprise Software. 
How it works:

  • Create a profile using the utility.
  • When you are in range of a Wi-Fi network, Intel PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility scans the network profile list to find a match.
  • When it finds a matching profile, you are automatically connected to the network.
Note You do not need the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility to create a WiFi profile in the Windows* operating system (OS). See how to Create Wireless Profiles in Windows*.

Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility is not installed by default with the recent installer and is not supported on Windows® 10. See how to do a customized install to install the Intel PROSet/Wireless Connection Utility. For Windows® 10, use the Wi-Fi management interface native to the OS.

Click or the topic for details:

Create a profile

Option One: The easiest way to create a new profile is to connect to the wireless network using Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility.

  • When you successfully connect to a network using this software, a profile is saved. The profile is used to access the network the next time you are within range.
  • The method to create a new profile works well if the network security is disabled. If security is enabled, you need know the passcode to access the secure network.
    Note We recommend disabling security through your router's software. See documentation from your router manufacturer for details.

Option Two: Manually add a profile in the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility.

  1. Open Intel PROSet/Wireless Software by either:
    • Double-clicking the Taskbar icon Wireless Networking Taskbar Icon.
    • Selecting Start > Programs > Intel PROSet Wireless > WiFi Connection Utility.
  2. Click Profiles. The profiles window opens. The profiles window lists:
    • Connection status
    • Operating mode
    • Security level
    • Profile name
    • Network name 
  3. Click Add to access the wizard and create a profile.

    More details on the sections found in the profiles window:
    Profiles screen
    Connection icons
    Buttons
    Security settings


     

    Create WiFi Profile Wizard
     

    Screenshot of General Setting section of the Create WiFi Profile window

     

    General settings description

    Profile name Name of the Wi-Fi network profile. When you configure a Wi-Fi network selected from the Wireless Networks list, the profile name is the same as the WiFi network name (SSID). You can change the name 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 exactly match the name of the Wi-Fi access point.

    When you configure a Wi-Fi network selected from the Wi-Fi 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, you must create a new profile before connecting. After connection, the <SSID not broadcast> is still displayed in the Wi-Fi Networks list. View the associated SSID profile 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 only useful for connections between two or more computers. 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
    • Maintain Connection
     

    Profiles screen

    Screenshot of Profiles window

     

    Connection icons

    Connection Icon Indicates you are connected to this network.
    network icon Identifies network or operating mode. Operating mode allows you to connect to the Internet.
    device icon Identifies device to device or ad-hoc operating mode. Establish the setting by creating a profile. It allows you to connect to another computer but not to the Internet.
    Administrator profile icon Signifies an administrator profile is set. The administrator profile manages network options, such as security settings and user log on types, through a central profile. It allows easier changes across a network.
    Security icon Indicates security is enabled for the network.
    Network exclude list icon Indicates the network is on the exclude list and needs to be manually connected.
     

    Buttons

     
    Connect

    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.
     

    Security settings

     

    Screenshot of the security Settings section of the Create WiFi Profile window

     
    Personal security

    If you are setting up a Device to Device (Ad Hoc) profile, select 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

     

    Screenshot of the Advanced Settings window

     
    Application auto launch Specify a program to start when a Wi-Fi connection is made with this profile.
    Auto connect
    • Automatic: Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility tries to connect to this profile when not connected.
    • On Demand: Connects only when you select the network and click connect.
    Auto import Network administrator can export a profile on another computer.
    Band selection
    • Mixed band: Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility connects the profile to an available network without matching network settings.
    • 2.4 GHz band or 5.2 GHz band: only connects to a network with matching network settings and band selection.
    • The setting is not applicable for:
      • Intel® WiFi Link 1000
      • Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
      • Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
      • 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 Protect this profile with a password to prevent the settings from being viewed or changed. You must use the profile password to make future changes.
    Maintain connection Select to remain connected to a user profile after logging off.
Modify an existing profileTo modify an existing profile:
  1. Click Profiles on the Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility main window.
  2. Select the profile to edit from the profiles list.
  3. Click Properties to open the WiFi Profile Properties - General Settings.
  4. Click Next and Back to navigate through the Wi-Fi Profile Properties' General and Security Settings.
  5. Click OK to save the current settings and exit. Click Cancel to exit without saving changes.

You may export the profiles created using the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility and then import the profile on another Windows system that has Intel® PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility installed.
Note IT Administrators typically export and import profiles. They use the functionality to roll out one or more network profiles to a large number of systems. For general users, it is often easier to create the profile on the system rather than exporting or importing the profile.
Export a profileTo export profiles manually:
  1. Select individual or multiple profiles from the list.
  2. Select Export to export one or more profiles from the profiles list.
  3. Select the destination folder. Click Browse to search your hard disk for the destination directory. The C:\ drive is the default directory.
  4. Click OK to export the selected profile. You are notified: Successfully exported selected profiles to the destination folder: C:\
Import a profile

To import profiles manually:

  1. Go to Control Panel by clicking Start > Control Panel, then select Network and Internet.
    Control panel

  2. Under Network and Internet, select Intel® PROSet/Wireless Tools.
    Select Intel® PROSet/Wireless Tools

  3. Under Administer subsection of the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Tools, click the Import button.
    Click Import button

  4. Select the profile files to import by browsing the files on your computer.
    select files to import

  5. After selecting the profile, click the Import button.

    You are notified that the profile has been successfully imported.

    Note An administrator can set profiles to be imported automatically into the profiles list. Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software monitors the import folder on your hard disk for new profile files. Only profiles that have been enabled through Enable Auto-Import in the Advanced Settings are automatically imported. If a profile of the same name already exists in the profiles list, you are notified to either reject the imported profile or accept it. If accepted, the existing profile is replaced.