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· WiFiMan is a tool that shows wireless adapters installed on a computer, lists available wireless networks and allows you to manage connection profiles.

Note: This module requires Windows XP SP2 or a newer operating system.


The interface of this tool consists of the following three groups: Wireless Adapter, Available Networks, and Preferred Networks (profiles).

The Wireless Adapter group displays information about the selected network adapter. If you have more than one adapter installed, select the desired one from the list. For each adapter, you can view its basic parameters, including the details of the wireless network it is connected to. The following commands are available for this group:

· Refresh – refreshes information about wireless adapters.
· Change… – shows the dialog where you can change the parameters of the selected wireless adapter: IP Address, Subnet mask, Default gateway, DNS server, and MAC address.
· All Network Adapters – displays the dialog with the list of all network adapters and information about them. Use the corresponding buttons to enable, disable or restart the adapter.
· Advanced Options – allows you to configure a number of settings; you can select the network type, indicate whether Windows should be used for managing the adapter and select the mode used for connecting to a network. The following options are available for this dialog:
o Networks to access – configures the behavior of the wireless network search. This option works in Windows Vista or newer operating systems only.
o Use Windows to configure settings – this option is supported in Windows XP only.
· Automatically connect to non-preferred networks – this option is supported in Windows XP only.

The Available Networks group lists available wireless networks along with their details. The following commands are available for this group:

· Scan – scans the air for available wireless networks.
· Connect – connects to the selected network.
· Disconnect – disconnects from the selected network.

Right-clicking on the record displays the context menu with the Connect and Disconnect commands.

The Preferred Networks (profiles) group lists preset profiles for connecting to wireless networks. You can create, edit, or delete existing profiles. Exporting and importing profiles in XML format might be useful when you need to quickly transfer settings from one computer to another, or even distribute settings over a group of users. The following commands are available:

· Management – opens the standard dialog for managing wireless networks. This option is available in Windows Vista or newer operating systems. It is not available in Windows XP.
· Add from XML – adds a network profile from an XML file.
· Save to XML – saves a network profile to an XML file.
· View as XML – allows you to view the selected network profile as XML.
· Properties – click on this button (or double-click on the selected record) for the network profile configuration dialog to be shown. Authentication, data encryption, and other settings may be configured in this dialog.
· Add – adds a new network profile and allows you to configure its settings.
· Remove – deletes the selected profile from the preferred networks list.

If you'd like change to change the order of preferred network profiles, use the Up and Down buttons located to the right from the Preferred networks (profiles) list.