Figure 6-21 The Connect To A Network dialog box allows you to select the wireless network in Software

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Figure 6-21 The Connect To A Network dialog box allows you to select the wireless network
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Manually connect to a wireless network Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network Set up a dial-up connection Connect to a workplace
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So, not only can you configure wireless connections, but other types as well For more information on these other types of connections, see 5
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To manually configure a wireless connection, click Manually Connect To A Wireless Network, and then click Next The resulting dialog box looks like the one shown in Figure 6-22 Vista asks you various questions about the wireless network s configuration settings The settings and requested information is listed in Table 6-3
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Figure 6-22 Connecting manually to a wireless network requires you to enter information about it
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Setting Network Name Security Type
Description Enter the name of the wireless network Select the type of authentication you want to use to connect to the network This is shown in Figure 6-23 Choices are: No Authentication (Open) WEP WPA-Personal WPA-Enterprise WPA2-Personal WPA2-Enterprise 8021x
Encryption Type
Select which method should be used to encrypt data sent over the network The choices will depend on your security type You can choose from: None (when No Authentication is your security type) WEP (when WEP is the security type) TKIP or AES (when a form of WPA is the security type)
Security Key/Passphrase
Enter the WEP key (assuming WEP was chosen as the security type), the preshared key (if WPAPersonal was the security type), or the WPA2 preshared key (if you picked WPA2-Personal as the security type) Indicates whether you want to view the security key characters as they are entered
Display Characters
Save This Network For All Indicates whether this profile will be available for Users Of This Computer/Save all users on the computer or just the current user This Network For Me Only Start This Connection Automatically Connect Even If The Network Is Not Broadcasting Indicates whether Vista will automatically connect to this network Indicates whether Vista should try to connect to the network even if it is not broadcasting its name
Table 6-3 Configurable Settings for a Wireless Network
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Figure 6-23 Depending on the type of security your network is using, you ll need the appropriate
key or passphrase
Connecting to the Network
You can connect to the network that you just configured by clicking Connect To and then double-clicking the network s icon in the Connect To A Network dialog box Once the connection has been created, you can manage it right-clicking the connection icon and selecting Properties You ll see a properties box like the one shown in Figure 6-24 In this box, you can select: The Connection tab This allows you to view the wireless network s name, SSID, network type (access point for infrastructure networks or computerto-computer for ad hoc networks), and availability You can also opt to automatically connect when the network is in range, connect to a more preferred network, or connect if the network is not broadcasting This tab is shown in Figure 6-25 The Security tab This allows you to manage the security settings that were detailed in Table 6-3 This tab is shown in Figure 6-26
You can manage your wireless networks from the Manage Wireless Networks dialog box, as shown in Figure 6-27
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Figure 6-24 Managing wireless networks and their settings is accomplished in its Properties box
To display this dialog box: 1 Click Start 2 Click Control Panel 3 Click Manage Wireless Networks This dialog box allows you to add and remove wireless networks and manage the properties of a connection
COMMAND LINE
In addition to the very visual, easy-to-follow interface provided by the Vista graphical user interface (GUI), you can configure clients using the command line Netsh short for network shell is a utility that was provided with Windows 2000 and XP It allows for local or remote configuration of network settings Netsh is commonly used to reset the TCP/IP stack to default settings that are known to be good
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Figure 6-25 The Connection tab shows various connection details and allows you to manage them
Netsh
Netsh is a powerful networking tool, but Window s flashier GUI brother seems to get more of the action than this frumpy command-line tool NOTE You can also use Netsh to connect remotely to other systems by using the r parameter
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