How to prevent windows xp sp2 from autoconnecting to a network?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Mario, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. Mario

    Mario Guest

    I have my own application which connects a wlan network.
    So I have DISABLED the Wireless Zero Configuration Service.

    The problem is, if I disable the service, windows automatically connects the
    wlan adapter to any of the available wlan networks. I don't know how that
    works, but anyone connects to a network....

    Can anyone tell me how to disable this?
    My app sould be the only thing which connects to a wlan network!!!

    Thanks in advance
    Mario, Apr 27, 2005
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  2. Mario

    Jack \(MVP\) Guest

    Do not use the Default SSID make a unique name.
    Switch all the Wireless hardware to channel 11.
    Use the original Utility and look through the menu,might be that there is an entry to
    restrict general logging.
    Jack (MVP-Networking).
    Jack \(MVP\), Apr 27, 2005
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  3. Mario

    Mario Guest

    Perhaps, I sould discribe my problem a litte bit detailed:

    I have disabled the Wireless Zero Configuration, because I have my own
    applicatoin to connect to Wlan networks.

    At XP SP1, when I plug on a wlan adapter nothing happens. No one is
    connecting to a network.

    At XP SP2, when I plug in a wlan adapter, windows is autoconnecting to any
    of the available wlan networks!!!
    The prblem is, I havent found a way to "disable" this autoconnecting from
    The only way is to enable Wireless Zero Configuration and set there the
    settings. But this is no possible solution for me, becuase the service MUST
    always be stopped, otherwise I got problems with Ndisuio, which I need for
    my app to connect to wlans....

    You suggested to not using the default SSID, but where sould I set this?
    Wireless Zero Configuration is disabled, so there is nothing to configure in

    what do you mean my switch hardware to channel 11?

    thanks for your help...
    Mario, Apr 29, 2005
  4. I'll jump in with two possible theories, let me know if this helps.

    1) A client adapter that recieves a "null" SSID will connect to any network
    within range. If you created a wireless profile in the Microsoft client
    that did not specify a name in the SSID field, you would experience the
    behavior you have described below. From the Wireless networks tab, click in
    the box for "Preferred networks:". If the "Remove" button becomes
    available, click it to delete the invisible profile. Click "OK" at the
    bottom of the property sheet to save the changes.

    Additionally, you can uncheck the box on the same property sheet for the
    field "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings."

    2) An application on your system may be placing wireless settings to the
    adpater. If a "null" SSID is set, then you will experience the
    auto-connecting behavior. Double check your application to ensure this is
    not happening.
    Jerry Peterson[MSFT], May 2, 2005
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