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To disable automatic wireless network configuration

  1. 1. To disable automatic wireless network configuration<br />Automatic wireless network configuration is enabled by default in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). With this setting, you can connect to an existing wireless network, change wireless network connection settings, set up a new wireless network connection, and specify the wireless network that you prefer to use. <br />If you are using non-Microsoft wireless configuration software, you should disable automatic wireless network configuration. To configure settings on the Wireless Networks tab, you must be logged on to this computer as an administrator.<br />Open Network Connections. <br />Right-click Wireless Network Connection, and then click Properties. <br />On the Wireless Networks tab, clear the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings check box. <br />Notes<br />To open Network Connections, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections. <br />The Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings check box is selected by default. If the Wireless Networks tab does not appear, then automatic wireless network configuration is not available. <br />You must use a wireless network adapter that supports the automatic wireless configuration service. If you are unsure whether your wireless network adapter supports this service, contact your network administrator or the wireless network adapter manufacturer. For more information about automatic wireless network configuration, click Related Topics. <br />Related Topics<br />To set up IEEE 802.1x authentication<br />To configure settings on the Authentication tab, you must be an administrator or a member of the Administrators group.<br />Open Network Connections. <br />For a wired connection, click the connection for which you want to set up IEEE 802.1x authentication, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection. <br />-or-<br />For a wireless connection, do the following:<br />Click the wireless connection, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection. On the Wireless Networks tab, click a wireless network in the list, and then click Properties. <br />On the Authentication tab, make sure that the Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network check box is selected. <br />In EAP type, choose the Extensible Authentication Protocol type to use with this connection. <br />If you choose Smart Card or other Certificate in EAP type, you can configure additional properties. Click Properties and, in Smart Card or other Certificate Properties, do the following: <br />To use your smart card certificate for authentication, click Use my smart card. <br />To use the certificate in your computer's certificate store for authentication, click Use a certificate on this computer. <br />To verify that the server certificate presented to your computer is still valid, select the Validate server certificate check box, specify whether to connect only if the server resides within a particular domain, and then specify the trusted root certification authority. <br />If the user name in the smart card or certificate is not the same as the user name for the domain to which you are logging on, select the Use a different user name for the connection check box.<br />To specify whether the computer should attempt authentication to the network if a user is not logged on, or if the computer or user information is not available, do one of the following: <br />To specify that the computer should attempt authentication to the network if a user is not logged on, select the Authenticate as computer when computer information is available check box. <br />To specify that the computer should attempt authentication to the network if the user information or computer information is not available, select the Authenticate as guest when user or computer information is unavailable check box. <br />Notes<br />To open Network Connections, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections. <br />IEEE 802.1x authentication provides authenticated access to 802.11 wireless networks and to wired Ethernet networks. 802.1x minimizes wireless network security risks and uses standard security protocols, such as RADIUS. For more information about 802.1x and 802.11, click Related Topics. <br />To make IEEE 802.1x authentication for this connection unavailable, clear the Network access control using IEEE 802.1x check box. <br />To connect to an available wireless network<br />Open Network Connections. <br />Click the wireless network connection icon, and then, under Network Tasks, click View available wireless networks. <br />Choose the wireless network from the list that appears, and then click Connect. <br />If the network is one that supports Wireless Provisioning Services, such as a public wireless network or a corporate network, you might be asked to download additional files that will allow your computer to connect to the network. <br />If the Web site listed in the dialog box is one that you trust to provide you with this information, click Download. Otherwise, click Cancel and choose a different network to connect to. <br />Once the files are downloaded (or if they were previously downloaded), follow the instructions in the Wireless Network Registration Wizard.<br />If the network you choose is security-enabled, one of the following will occur: <br />If the network key is automatically provided by your network or system administrator (that is, the network supports IEEE 802.1x), the connection will be made automatically. <br />If the network key is not automatically provided, in Network key, type the key. <br />To configure other wireless network connection settings, or if you are having difficulty making a connection to the wireless network that you selected, under Related Tasks, click Change advanced settings, select the wireless network that you want to configure, and then click Properties. If the wireless network is not in the list, click Add. <br />Notes<br />To open Network Connections, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections. <br />Some wireless networks might not appear on the list. For example, a public Internet service provider (ISP) can be configured to use another provider's wireless network name. In that case, you might see only the public ISP in the list of wireless networks. To show all wireless networks, click Show wireless access point names. <br />To manually add a wireless network to the Preferred Networks list<br />Open Network Connections. <br />Click the wireless network connection icon, and then, in Network Tasks, click View available wireless networks. <br />Under Related Tasks on the left, click Change the order of preferred networks. <br />Click Add. <br />In Network name (SSID), type a name for the wireless network. <br />In Network Authentication, click an item in the list. <br />If this is a security-enabled network, in Data encryption, select the encryption method. <br />In Network key, type the network key, and then in Confirm network key, retype the key. <br />Notes<br />To open Network Connections, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections. <br />If the network that you are adding provides a network key automatically, make sure that the The key is provided for me automatically check box is selected. <br />If the wireless network that you are adding does not have an access point or a router, select the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used check box. <br />For the network authentication method, we recommend that you choose Open. When the open method is combined with a wired equivalent privacy (WEP) network key, all network traffic is encrypted. If you choose Shared, a network key is still required, and even if you use a WEP network key, network traffic is not encrypted, which makes your network more vulnerable to intrusions. <br />To find a public wireless network location<br />Open Network Connections. <br />Click the wireless network connection icon, and then, under Network Tasks, click View available wireless networks. <br />Under Related Tasks, click Find a wireless network location. <br />Complete the fields to search for a wireless public Internet service provider (ISP) in a specific location. The more information that you provide, the more precise the search will be. <br />Notes<br />To open Network Connections, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections. <br />This feature is not available unless you are signed up with a network that supports Wireless Provisioning Services (for example, a public wireless ISP).<br />To change the order of wireless networks in the Preferred Networks list<br />Windows attempts to connect to wireless networks in the order in which they are listed in the Preferred Networks list on the Wireless Networks tab. You can change the order by moving a network name up or down in the list.<br />Open Network Connections. <br />Click the wireless network connection icon, and then, under Network Tasks, click View available wireless networks. <br />Under Related Tasks on the left, click Change the order of preferred networks. <br />Click a wireless network, and then click either Move up or Move down. <br />Notes<br />To open Network Connections, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections. <br />The Preferred Networks list is only available if automatic wireless configuration is enabled. <br />A computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network cannot be moved above a standard wireless network (an access point, or infrastructure network) in the list.<br />To remove a wireless network from the Preferred Networks list<br />Open Network Connections. <br />Click the wireless network connection icon. <br />Under Network Tasks, click View available wireless networks. <br />Under Related Tasks, click Change the order of preferred networks. <br />On the Wireless Networks tab, click the wireless network connection that you want to remove, and then click Remove. <br />Note<br />To open Network Connections, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections. <br />

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