Create an Intel PROSet/Wireless 11.x New 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.

Create a New Profile

Note: Start Intel® PROSet/Wireless using one of the following methods:

  • Click Start>All Programs>Intel PROSet Wireless>Intel PROSet Wireless .
  • Right-click the Taskbar icon located in the lower right corner of your Windows Desktop to open the Taskbar menu. Click Open Intel PROSet/Wireless .
  • Double-click the Taskbar icon to open Intel PROSet/Wireless.From the Intel PROSet/Wireless main indow, click Profiles .

From Wireless Networks List:

Select a network from the Wireless Networks list. Click Connect .

The Create Wireless Profile manager guides you through the necessary steps to create a profile and connect to the network. During this process, the Create Wireless Profile Security Settings attempts to detect the appropriate security settings for you.

Create a new profile from Profiles List:

  1. From the Intel PROSet/Wireless main window, click Profiles .

  2. On the Profiles list, click Add to open the Create Wireless Profile General Settings.
  3. Profile Name: Enter a descriptive profile name.
  4. Wireless Network Name (SSID): Enter the wireless network name.
  5. Select the Operating Mode: Network (Infrastructure) or Device to Device (ad hoc).

    General Settings Description (for assistance in understanding the above steps)

    Profile Name

    Name of the wireless network profile. When you configure a wireless network that was selected from the Wireless Networks list, the profile name is the same as the Wireless Network Name (SSID). This name can be changed to be more descriptive or customized for your personal use. Examples: My Office Network, Bob抯 Home Network, ABC Company Network.

    Wireless Network Name (SSID)

    Name of the wireless network access point used by the wireless adapter for connection. The network name must match exactly the name of the wireless access point. It is case sensitive.

    When you configure a wireless network that was selected from the Wireless Networks list, the network name is taken from the wireless network list. You cannot and should not change it.

    If an access point does not broadcast its network name (SSID) or the wireless adapter receives a hidden network name from a stealth access point, <SSID not broadcast is displayed in the Wireless Networks list. To associate with an <SSID not broadcast network entry, a new profile must be created before connection. After connection, the <SSID not broadcast is still displayed in the Wireless Networks list. The associated SSID profile is viewed in the Profiles list.

    Operating Mode

    1. Network (Infrastructure):

      Connect to an access point. An Infrastructure Mode Network consists of one or more access points and one or more computers with wireless 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).
    2. Device to Device (ad hoc): Connect directly to other computers in an ad hoc wireless network. This type of connection is useful for connections between two or more computers only. It does not provide access to network resources or the internet.


    Click Advanced to access the Advanced Settings. Use the Advanced Settings to set Maintain Connection, User Name Format, Auto Connect or Auto Import options, launch an application (Start Application), set a profile password (Password Protection) or specify a certain access point address for adapter connection (Mandatory Access Point).


    Proceeds to the Security Settings page.


    Finishes creation of the new profile with the current settings.


    Closes the Create Wireless Profile manager and cancel any changes.


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  6. Click Advanced for the following options:

    • Auto Connect: Select to automatically or manually connect to a profile.
    • Auto Import: Network administrator can export a profile on another computer.
    • Mandatory Access Point: Select to associate the wireless adapter with a specific access point.
    • Password Protection: Select to password protect a profile.
    • Start Application: Specify a program to be started when a wireless connection is made.
    • Maintain Connection: Select to remain connected to a user profile after log off.

    Advanced Settings Description (for assistance in understanding Step 6 above)

    Use to password protect a profile and select a specific access point on a network to connect to. Click the Advanced button on the General Settings page to access this page.

    Auto Connect

    1. Automatic (Default): Select to have Intel PROSet/Wireless connect automatically to this profile when it is in range.
    2. On Demand: Select to prevent automatic connection of a profile when the network is in range. For example, if there is a cost for a wireless connection and you did not want to connect automatically when in range.

    To connect to the network:

    1. Select the network from the Wireless Networks list.
    2. Click Connect .

    Auto Import

    Allows a network administrator to easily move the selected profile to other computers. When the exported file is placed in the Wireless\AutoImport directory on another computer, Intel PROSet/Wireless automatically imports the profile.

    NOTE: Auto Import is unavailable in the Advanced Settings when Administrator Profiles are configured.

    Mandatory Access Point

    Forces the wireless adapter to connect to an access point that uses a specific MAC address. Type the MAC address of the access point (BSSID); 48-bit 12 hexadecimal digits. For example, 00:06:25:0E:9D:84. This feature is not available when ad hoc operating mode is used.

    • Clear:
    Clear current address.

    ?strong>Password Protection

    1. Password protect this profile (maximum 10 characters): Select to enable a password for the profile. The default setting is cleared for no profile password.
    2. Password: Enter a password. The entered password characters display as asterisks.
    3. Confirm New Password: Reenter the password.

    NOTE: If the administrator or you do not know the password, there is no process available to reset the password.

    NOTE: Unavailable for Administrator Profiles.

    Start Application

    Automatically starts a batch file, executable file, or script whenever you connect to the profile. For example, start a Virtual Private Network (VPN) session automatically whenever you connect to a wireless network.

    1. Click Enable Start Application.
    2. Enter the name of the program that you want to start or click Browse to locate the file on your hard disk. C:\Program Files\myprogram \myVPNfile.exe.
    3. Click OK to close the Advanced Settings.

    NOTE: Unavailable for Administrator Profiles.

    Maintain Connection

    The Maintain Connection option maintains the wireless connection with a user profile after log off.

    If the Maintain Connection option is selected and a persistent profile exists, the persistent profile will not be applied at logoff. It will be applied only if the connection with this profile is lost.

    NOTE: This option may be used with Nortel VPN client when it is configured to Logoff on Connect.


    Close and save the settings.


    Close and cancel any changes.


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  7. From the General Settings, click Next to open the Security Settings.

  8. Select either Personal or Enterprise Security to select the Network Authentication and Data Encryption options. Enter the encryption key settings and configure the 802.1x settings as required.

  9. Click OK when you have completed the profile settings. To change or verify the profile settings, click Back.

  10. If you are not currently connected to a network, Intel PROSet/Wireless detects that a new profile has been added and automatically attempts to connect to this new profile.

  11. If you want to manually connect to this profile, click Connect. The connection icon displays the current connection status. The network name, transmit and receive speeds, and signal quality are also displayed.

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

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