Connect to an Intel PROSet/Wireless 11.x Profile on Windows* XP/2000

What is a Profile?

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

A profile is created when you connect to a wireless network.

1. Select a network from the Wireless Networks list.
2. Click Connect .
3. If the wireless 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 the Create Wireless Profile Security Settings .
4. Click OK to connect. A profile is created and added to the Profiles list.

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

Profiles List

The profile list displays a list of existing profiles. When you come within range of a wireless 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.

Profile List Priority Arrows

  • 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.

Profiles List Icons

The network profile status icons indicate whether the adapter is associated with a network, the type of operating mode being used, and whether security encryption is enabled. These icons display next to the profile name in the profile list.

Profile Name

Profiles are network settings that allow your wireless 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 Name (Profile Name or SSID):

The name of the 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 wireless network, type of operating mode being used, and whether network security is being used.

Blue circle:

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

Indicates Infrastructure mode:

Indicates Device to Device (ad hoc) mode:

Indicates an Administrator profile:

The wireless network uses Security Encryption:


Position profiles in a preferred order for auto-connection.

Up-arrow: Move the position of a selected profile up in the Profiles list.

Down-arrow: 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 Wireless 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. Wireless profiles can be automatically imported into the Profile list.


Closes the profile management window.


Provides help information for this page.

Connect to a Profile

When you are in range of a wireless network that has a matching profile you are automatically connected to that network. If a network with a lower priority profile is also in range you can force the connection to that lower profile. This is achieved from Intel PROSet/Wireless or from the Taskbar icon. Manually connect to a profile from Intel PROSet/Wireless:

  1. Double-click the Taskbar icon to open the Intel PROSet/Wireless main window.
  2. Click Profiles to open the Profiles list.
  3. Select the profile from the Profiles list.
  4. Click Connect . Remember that the connection is only made if the wireless network is in range.

Manually connect to a profile from the Taskbar:

  1. Right-click the Intel PROSet/Wireless connection Taskbar icon.
  2. Click Connect to Profile.
  3. Select a profile.
  4. Click to start the connection.

Operating System:
Windows* XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows* 2000, 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®PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel®PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel®PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel®Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN