Sunday, April 21, 2013

Enable Default Windows Wireless Connection Manager

Usually hardware manufacturers tools are better than the Windows default equivalent.  In the case of Wireless Network management, I usually find that Windows Zero Configuration Management is more reliable with the exception of a multi-location wireless network I use at work.  In some networks, especially cheap wifi routers (like the Fry's unit in my home) the built in Intel ProSET seems to get disconnected every so often and is very annoying, so for that, I will switch to the Windows built-in tool.

Enabling Windows Default in Windows 7

  • Start/automatic the Wired AutoConfig Properties service.
  • Start/automatic the WLAN AutoConfig Properties service.
  • Stop/Disable Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Zero Configuration Service, if it exists.
  • In task manager, view processes and sort task name.  Kill the task called Intel PROSet Wireless.

For instructions in Windows 8, XP also see the visual instructions from Aber Univ.

Enabling Intel Wireless Configuration Management in Windows 7

  • Start/automatic Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Zero Configuration Service, if it exists.
  • Stop/Disable the Wired AutoConfig Properties service.
  • Stop/Disable the WLAN AutoConfig Properties service.

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