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NETGEAR - Configuring your Wireless Connection Using Windows Vista Wireless Zero Configuration or WLAN AutoConfig Utility

This document will serve as a guide for Microsoft Vista clients in joining a wireless network using WLAN AutoConfig service.

What is WZC or WLAN AutoConfig?
Wireless Zero Configuration was first introduced with Windows XP.  In Windows Vista, it was renamed to "WLAN AutoConfig". 

Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) or WLAN AutoConfig is a service included with modern versions of Microsoft Windows that dynamically selects a wireless network to connect to base on a user's preferences and various settings.  This can be used instead (or in the absence) of a wireless network utility from the manufacturer of a computer's wireless networking device.

Configuring your wireless connection using Windows Vista Wireless Zero Configuration or WLAN AutoConfig utility:

To join a wireless network:

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel Home window, click View network status and tasks.

    Control Panel
    If you are using Classic View, double- click Network and Sharing Center.

    Control Panel: Network and Sharing Center
  3. Click Connect to a network.

    Network and Sharing Center: Connect to a network
  4. Select your network from the list and click Connect.

    Connect to a network
  5. If security is enabled on the network, you will be asked to type your network security key or passphrase for your AP/router.  After typing security key, click Connect.

    Entry: Security key or passphrase
              Note: For 64 bit WEP security – enter the 10 Hexadecimal digits from AP/router.
                        For 128 bit WEP security – enter the 26 Hexadecimal digits from AP/router
                        For WPA or WPA2 security – enter the passphrase from AP/router.
  6. After typing the correct security key, you should be connected to your router. Click Close.

    Save this network
  7. You can select a location profile for your network or skip it by clicking Cancel.

    Set network location
  8. You are now ready to connect to the Internet.

    Network and Sharing Center 

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:netgear configure windows vista wireless wlan auto config service guide utility   Doc ID:79748
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-30 11:08 MDTUpdated:2018-06-07 11:50 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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