Create a Wireless Network Profile Without Security on Windows Vista*

Note: A wireless profile is created and used to configure various connections to different access points (AP) or broadband wireless routers. Connecting to any type of computer network, wireless in this case, without implementing security is not a recommended practice. This document is provided for basic configuration purposes.Navigate to the Network and Sharing Center using several different methods:

  1. Start籆ontrol Panel籒etwork and Internet籒etwork and Sharing Center籑anage wireless networks
  2. Start籒etwork籒etwork and Sharing Center籑anage wireless networks
  3. Right-click mouse on System Tray icon (2 computer monitors image at lower right of screen)籒etwork and Sharing Center籑anage wireless networks

Manually Connect to a Wireless Network:

Click Add (as shown in above image) and choose one of three connection methods. We will focus on number two.
  1. Add a network that is in range of this computer
  2. Manually create a network profile
  3. Create an ad hoc network (peer-peer network)

Add a Profile:

We will manually add a profile using a network name already known to us. Many network names,
known as SSIDs, have security enabled. Connecting to such networks requires the user know the correct passphrase or preshared key. Configuring security is covered in another How To document.
  1. Click 'Manually create a network profile.'
  2. Type the known network name. This example uses wireless-n.
  3. Security type is 'No authentication (Open)' for our purposes.
  4. Check 'Start this connection automatically' if this is the default wireless network you would like to use when a wireless connection is employed
  5. Click Next.

  6. You should see that the wireless-n profile was created.
  7. Now click 'Connect to.'

  8. The wireless profile is now connected to the Access Point or broadband wireless router.

  9. Return to 'Manage wireless networks' window and you will now see wireless-n has been added.

Operating System:
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

This applies to:Intel®PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection
Intel®PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel®PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel®PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel®Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN