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Restricting Wireless to Preferred ONLY

By cwiebe ·
Our kids have a couple of netbooks with wireless access. I am quite diligent with security, WPA2 with AES encryption. Due to the size of the area, we have two SSID's.

Sometimes, unknown to them, they manage to connect to the neighbours unsecured wireless network.

Is there a way to restrict an XP PC to be able to only connect to preferred networks?

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Check your wireless application

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Restricting Wireless to P ...

In addition to Windows' built-in wireless application, the Dells we use have Intel software specific to the systems' wireless NIC. That software has a feature to restrict the card to a specified list of access points.

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Will take a look

by cwiebe In reply to Check your wireless appli ...

They are using Acer netbooks with Atheros wireless cards. Not sure if third-party software is available, but I'll take a look. Thanks!

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Check Atheros' web site first.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Will take a look

Look for upgraded drivers or software for your specific wireless card. Also:

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Atheros cards in notebooks

by jck In reply to Will take a look

I have a Dell with an Atheros-based card.

There is a utility for the 5211 (I think it is... been a while) that will let you choose what wireless points are configured to talk to, encryption is configured for, etc.

You could go check out the Acer website to see if they have a tool, or have the Atheros tool in their downloads.

Good luck

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