How to change Intel wired connection to wireless adapter

March 5, 2014 at 12:53:26
Specs: Windows 7
In 'Intel Management & Security' > Advanced Tab > Network Information, the connection type says 'Wired Connection' so I can't use my wireless adapter for internet connection.
How do I change the 'Wired Connection' to also allow using a wireless adapter?.
I have a Dell desktop, Windows 7 Pro for operating system

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#1
March 5, 2014 at 13:20:38
You can have both connections active though that is not recommended. Windows will usually choose the wired connection because its faster than wired.

Do you know the make and model of wifi card you have?

You can go to network connections and right mouse click on the wired connection and then set to disabled. This should make your wifi card the active connection.

Let us know how this works out for you.

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#2
March 5, 2014 at 13:35:55
Thanks for your reply. The Intel program is configured only to 'Wired Connection'. I need to know how to configure Intel to be allowing both 'wired' and 'wireless' connection. This is in the Intel program > Management & Security' > Advanced Tab > Network Information

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#3
March 5, 2014 at 14:25:02
As this is a Dell desktop it is unlikely it came with Wireless Interface and you will have to install one. the simplest solution would be to buy a USB wireless adpator.

If you go to a command prompt and type ipconfig /all it will show if you have a wireless connected installed and it will show disconnected.

Stuart


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#4
March 5, 2014 at 14:30:11
Not everybody has this Intel program of which you speak.

Honestly, even if I did, I wouldn't use it. It's much simpler to just control your network interfaces directly as wanderer has suggested.

Control Panel >> Network and Sharing Center >> Change Adapter Settings

Right click on the appropriate adapter and select Enable/Disable from the pulldown menu that appears.

You wish to enable wireless so you'd right click on the wireless adapter and select "Enable" As per wanderer's advice, I would disable the wired adapter first. If for some reason you wish to change back to the wired, go back to the same spot, disable the wireless and enable the wired.

I have 3 network adapters on my PC at work and swap between them all the time this way. Our work laptop has both a wired and a wireless adapter and I regularly swap between the wired./wireless using this method. I've never used Intel, or anybody else's 3'd party software to control my network adapters.

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#5
March 5, 2014 at 14:56:08
Yes, I do have a Netgear N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit adapter installed and it shows up when I try to connect via the Broadband connection. When I select connect it starts to connect, and then I get an Error 651 message.

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#6
March 5, 2014 at 15:50:27
You would not use the intel program which can not admin the wifi card but you would use the netgear software you installed to manage the card.

Doesn't sound like have been using the netgear software or perhaps even have it installed.

You need to use it since you have to set what the wifi encryption level and passphrase are so you can authenticate to the wifi router.

I am curious as to how you installed this Netgear yet seemed to miss this important aspect of its installation and configuration. Did you not follow the install instructions?

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#7
March 5, 2014 at 16:12:44
"I do have a Netgear N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit adapter installed"

The N900 is a wireless router. It has to be connected to an internet source (modem) & then connected to the desktop network port via an ethernet cable, then you can enter the router's setup menu & configure the network settings.


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#8
March 5, 2014 at 17:00:25
It is an adapter not a router

http://www.netgear.com/WNDA4100

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#9
March 5, 2014 at 19:39:36
According to this, N900 can also refer to a router.

Need an actual Model no to be certain.

If a USB wireless adaptor is installed correctly it should show up under ipconfig. If it doesn't it isnt installed correctly or it doesn't exist.

http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/produ...

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