Intel PROSet/Wireless Software Application Settings on Windows 2000/XP

The Intel® PROSet/Wireless Main Window allows you to:

  • View the current connection status (signal quality, speed and current network name)
  • Scan for available wireless networks
  • Manage profiles
  • Auto-connect profiles to available networks in a specific order defined in the Profile list
  • Connect to Infrastructure and Device to Device (ad hoc) networks
  • Configure adapter settings
  • Troubleshoot wireless connection problems

Application Settings (Tools Menu)

Adapter Lists the network adapter(s) that are currently available.

Advanced Settings: The following settings control how Intel PROSet/Wireless behaves and displays information.

Show application icon on the taskbar: Select to display the Taskbar status icon. This icon resides on the Windows Taskbar (Notification Area). This icon provides the status of your wireless connection. Clear to not display the Taskbar status icon.
The Taskbar Status Icon provides several functions:

  • Visual feedback for the connection state and wireless activity of your wireless network. The icon changes color and animation for different wireless activity.
  • Menu: A menu is displayed when you right click the icon. From this menu you perform tasks such as turn on or off the radio or launch the Intel PROSet/Wireless application.
  • Tool tips and desktop alerts.

Show Alert Notifications: Select to display desktop alerts next to the taskbar icon. When your action is required, a message displays. Only events of high importance trigger a desktop alert. If the desktop alert is selected, then the appropriate action is taken. Clear to not display desktop alerts.

Select one of the following options:

Information Notifications:

Show Information Notifications: Selected by default. All informational desktop alerts are displayed next to the taskbar status icon. These desktop alerts improve your wireless experience with notifications when available wireless networks are within range. They also inform you when a wireless connection has been made or has been lost.

Show a list of available networks when not connected: When Show Information Notifications is cleared, you can select this item. When the desktop alerts are disabled, this option allows you to continue to be notified of available networks when the wireless adapter is not connected.

Notify when another application uses the wireless adapter:

When selected, a message is displayed when other applications are trying to manage your wireless adapter. This is helpful if you use software provided by a hotspot location (coffee shop, airport terminal). To take advantage of the Intel PROSet/Wireless features, disable this software when you leave the hotspot.

Enable TLS rejected certificates notification:

Select if you want a warning issued when a PEAP-TLS certificate is rejected by the authentication server.

Auto Connect

Connect to available network using profiles only:

(Default) Connect the wireless adapter to an available network with a matching profile from the Profiles List. If no matching profile is found, you are notified. The wireless device remains disconnected until a matching profile is found or you configure a new matching profile.

Connect to any available network if no matching profile is found:

Select to connect to a network automatically if you have not configured a profile and are at a location that has an open, unsecured wireless network.

Note: Open networks have no security. You would need to provide your own security for this wireless connection. One way to secure an open wireless connection is with Virtual Private Networking (VPN) software.

Connect to any network based on profiles only (Cisco* mode):

Select to try every profile in preferred order. This signifies that you are in the vicinity of an access point which has more than one SSID but only advertises one.
Manage Exclusions
Enable automatic exclude list feature: Select to enable the automatic exclude list feature. This feature provides a way to exclude access points from automatic connection.
Enable manual exclude list feature: Select to enable the manual exclude list feature. This feature provides a way to exclude networks from automatic connection.
Wireless Networks List
Show column sort headers: Select to display the column names in the Wireless Networks list. Click a column header to sort the column in either ascending or descending order.
Shared Folder Notification
File and printer sharing enables other computers on a network to access resources on your computer. You should be cautious when you use your wireless notebook computer with file and printer sharing enabled. Use this feature to receive notifications when you connect to a wireless network with shared folders that meet one of the following conditions:

  1. The Microsoft Windows firewall is disabled.
  2. File and Printer Sharing are enabled as an exception to the Microsoft Windows firewall settings.

Automaticall remove shared folders when connected to an unsecured network:

Select to hide shared folders automatically each time you connect to an open, unsecured network.

Disable this notification:

Select to maintain your current shared folder settings each time you connect to an open, unsecured network.

Notify when connected to an unsecured network:

Select to receive notification each time you are connected to an open, unsecured network.

Device to Device (ad hoc) Network Notification
Receive alerts dependent on the following settings when connected to an ad hoc network. You are alerted every two minutes, with a maximum of five alerts.

Notify when no peers have joined the ad hoc network:
Select to receive notification if no peers join the ad hoc network.

Notify when all peers leave the ad hoc network: Select to receive an alert when all the peers leave the ad hoc network.

Network Name (SSID) Notification

Network Name (SSID) alert notice:
Notifies you when the default network name (SSID) is used to connect to a network. Common examples of pre-defined, default network names are: wireless, WLAN, linksys, default.
Connecting to an access point that has the default network name (SSID) can be a security problem. This access point usually uses all the default security and, management settings (for example, Open authentication; default IP address, user name, or password). If this is a personal network, change the network name and security settings to improve the security of the network.

Notify when connected to a network with the default SSID name:

Select to receive an alert when connected to a network with the default network name.

OK: Save settings and return to the previous page.

Cancel: Closes and cancels changes.

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