- Types of Wireless Access
- What's Down the Road
- Wireless Network Adapters
- Connect to an Existing Wireless Network
- Additional Wireless Connection Considerations
- Connect Automatically
- Connect to a Secure Network
- Connect to an "Unseen" Network
- Disable the Existing Network Connection
- Secure the Wireless Connection with 802.1x Authentication
- Secure the Wireless Access Point
- Infrared Communication
- Wrap Up
For any given wireless network, you can tell XP to connect automatically whenever the network is in range. Actually, you don't really have to; this also is default behavior. But in the event that your system is not connecting automatically to a network you think it should, you should check the network's Properties to ensure Automatic connection is enabled.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Right-click the networking icon in the System Tray and choose View Available Wireless Networks.
- From the Wireless Connection dialog box, look in the list of Related Tasks and choose the Change Advanced Settings link.
- Select the desired network in the list of Preferred networks, and click Properties.
- Now click on the Connection tab. Connecting automatically is done with a simple check box, as shown in Figure 10-8.
Figure 10-8 Windows connects automatically to networks within range.