Intel PROSet/Wireless Software Connection Details on Windows* XP/2000

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

Connection Details

When you are connected to a network, click the Details button on the Intel PROSet/Wireless main window to display the Connection Details.

Profile Name

Name of the profile.

Network Name
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Network Name (SSID) of the current connection.

IPv4 Address Internet Protocol (IP) address for the current connection.

Signal Quality

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.

Signal Strength

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:

  1. Signal quality decreases with distance and is affected by metal and concrete barriers.
  2. Metal objects can reflect signals and cause interference.
  3. Other electrical devices can cause interference.

Adapter MAC Address

Media Access Control (MAC) address for the wireless adapter.


Indicates the wireless band of the current connection.
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g

Supported Data Rates

Rates 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 Frequency

Displays 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 Number

Displays the transmit and receive channel.

Network Authentication

Displays Open, Shared, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise. Displays the 802.11 authentication used by the currently used profile.

Data Encryption

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.

CCX Version

Version of the Cisco Compatible Extensions on this wireless connection.

Current TX Power

Cisco Compatible Extensions Transmit Power Levels.

Supported Power Levels

1.0, 5.0, 20.0, 31.6, 50.1 mW

Access Point MAC Address

The Media Access Control (MAC) address for the associated access point.

Mandatory Access Point

Displays None, if not enabled. If enabled, from the Mandatory Access Point setting, the access point MAC address is displayed. This option directs the wireless adapter to connect to an access point that uses a specific MAC address (48-bit 12 hexadecimal digits, for example, 00:06:25:0E:9D:84).


Renews the IP Address. If you have trouble accessing the network, verify if the IP address is valid. If it is or 169.x.x.x, then it is probably not valid. If your network is setup for automatic network address assignment, then click Repair and request a new IP address.


Closes the page.


Provides help information for this page.

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