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Chapter 22. Setting Up a Small Network > Managing Wireless Networks

Managing Wireless Networks

It’s not unusual to have multiple wireless networks configured on your computer. For example, you might have two or more wireless gateways in your home or office; you might have a wireless hotspot nearby; and as you saw in the previous section, Vista also enables you to set up computer-to-computer wireless connections to share files or an Internet connection without going through a wireless access point. Vista comes with a Manage Wireless Networks feature that lists your saved wireless networks and enables you to add new wireless connections, remove existing connections, and reorder wireless networks.

Why would you need to reorder the networks? By default, Windows Vista configures a wireless network with an automatic connection, so you get on the network as soon as Vista detects it. If you have multiple wireless networks, Windows Vista maintains a priority list, and a network higher in that list connects before a network lower in that list. If you are not connecting to the wireless network you want, it might be that the network is lower on the network priority list. To work around this problem, you can move the network higher in the list.


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