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
When you are connected to a network, click the Details button on the Intel PROSet/Wireless main window to display the Connection Details.
Name of the profile.
?br />Network Name (SSID) of the current connection.
IPv4 Address Internet Protocol (IP) address for the current connection.
A radio frequency (RF) signal can be assessed by two components: signal strength and signal quality. The quality of the signal is determined by a combination of factors. Primarily it is composed of signal strength and the ratio of the RF noise present. RF noise occurs both naturally and artificially by electrical equipment. If the amount of the RF noise is high, or the signal strength is low, it results in a lower signal to noise ratio which causes poorer signal quality. With a low signal to noise ratio, it is difficult for the radio receiver to discern the data information contained in the signal from the noise itself.
The signal strength icon bars indicate the quality of the transmit and reeive signals between your wireless adapter and the access point or computer in Device to Device (ad hoc) mode. The number of vertical green bars indicates the strength of the transmit and receive signals.
Note: The signal strength is displayed for the closest AP for networks that contains multiple APs.
The signal strength ranges from excellent to out of range. The following factors affect signal strength:
- Signal quality decreases with distance and is affected by metal and concrete barriers.
- Metal objects can reflect signals and cause interference.
- Other electrical devices can cause interference.
Adapter MAC AddressMedia Access Control (MAC) address for the wireless adapter.
BandIndicates the wireless band of the current connection.
Supported Data RatesRates at which the wireless adapter can send and receive data. Displays the speed in Mbps for the frequency being used.
- 802.11g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, and 54
- 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, and 11
- 802.11a: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, and 54
Radio FrequencyDisplays the frequency of the current wireless connection.
- 802.11a: 5.15 GHz to 5.85 GHz
- 802.11b/g: 2.400 GHz to 2.4835 GHz (dependent on country)
Channel NumberDisplays the transmit and receive channel.
Displays Open, Shared, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise. Displays the 802.11 authentication used by the currently used profile.
Displays None, WEP, TKIP or AES-CCMP.
802.1x Authentication Type
802.1x Authentication Protocol
Displays None, PAP, GTC, CHAP, MS-CHAP, MS-CHAP-V2 or TLS.
Version of the Cisco Compatible Extensions on this wireless connection.
Current TX Power
Supported Power Levels
1.0, 5.0, 20.0, 31.6, 50.1 mW
Access Point MAC Address
Mandatory Access Point
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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