Chances are, there are multiple wireless networks anywhere you’re trying to connect. These connections are all access points, because they link into the wired system that gives you Internet access. So how do you make sure you’re connecting to the right one? Simple—by configuring your PC to let you approve access points before you connect.
Configure Windows XP Access Points
- Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
- In Control Panel, double-click Network Connections.
- In the Network Connections window, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and then click Properties.
- In the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box, on the Wireless Networks tab, make sure that the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings check box is selected.
- Under Preferred networks, make sure that the name of the network that you want to connect to is highlighted, and then click Advanced.
- In the Advanced dialog box, click Access point (infrastructure) network only, and then click Close.
- Click OK.
Configure Windows Vista Access Points
Windows Vista takes the guesswork out of connecting to hotspots because you are automatically prompted to approve new connections. In addition, after you approve a connection, you assign it a profile for future use. display:none