Wireless adaptors are being used more than the native Ethernet adaptors because of the increasing popularity of wireless networks, portable devices like laptops, netbooks, wireless printers, smart phones etc. Computers being sold these days already have a wireless card installed in them, which is used to be an optional device a few years back. Along with the wireless adaptors comes a disk to install the driver and software for the device. Every wireless card manufacturer has its own way to control the device and has many features in it. Sometimes the interface of these wireless connection managers is very hard for the users to understand and tweak, and sometimes the options and the settings in the connection manager become a hurdle in the smooth operation over the network as they might conflict with other network software.
Generally, people continue using the connection manager provided by the manufacturer, thinking that there could not be an easy way out. In this post I will tell how to let the very simple connection manager provided by Windows take control of the wireless device and manage it. Every version of the Windows operating system which has the capability to control wireless adaptors has got an inbuilt connection manager which works with any card type. You just need to enable the same and the standard features of this connection manager make the tasks very easy and simple.
Let us see how to make your own wireless connection manager in the Windows operating system.
Step 1: Click on the Start button and then click on Run. In the Run box type ‘CMD’ and press ‘Enter’. If Run is not available in the Start menu then just click on the ‘Start’ button and type ‘CMD’. This will list Command Prompt in the results which then you need to click upon.
Step 2: Type the following command in the command prompt without quotes. “netsh wlan show settings”.
Step 3: If your Windows wireless connection manager is not enabled, you will get the following line in the result of the command executed in Step 2 “Auto Configuration logic is disabled on interface Wireless Network Connection”.
Step 4: Type and execute the following command “set autoconfig enabled=yes interface =”Wireless network connection””.
Step 5: Exit the command prompt
Step 6: Click on the Start button and open the Control Panel.
Step 7: In Control Panel open Network and Sharing Center.
Step 8: In Network and Sharing window you will find an option on the left “Manage Wireless Networks” – click on it.
Step 9: Here in this window you will get options to scan for networks and connect to them. Do the same and then double click on the icon of the wireless connection and make other necessary settings in the configure window.
These were some easy steps to let Windows Wireless Connection Manager take control of the installed wireless card. This automatically disables the manufacturer’s connection manager. Windows Wireless Connection Manager has a standard interface and it can be easily configured to save the security keys, SSID, and auto-connect settings of any wireless network available.