Wireless tooltip appears to be incorrect by stating network is (unsecured)

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by charlesjsmith, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Hi all,

    This is more of an annoyance than anything else. I'd like to find out
    if anyone knows of a hotfix, patch, or KB article regarding this issue
    - I would appreciate it.

    OS: Windows XP Home SP2 with WPA/WPA2. (multiple machines)
    Hardware: the machines experiencing the issue contain only wireless
    network (linksys, intel) cards so that is there only form of
    Symptoms: If I perform a repair or just boot the machine a tooltip
    comes up stating:
    Connected to: SSID (unsecured)
    Signal Strength: Excellent

    Fact: The access point I am connecting to is secure because its running
    Reminder: the (unsecured) message only appears after a reboot or after
    a repair. If I hover over the wireless network icon in the taskbar, it
    does NOT show the (unsecured) message.

    Guess: My guess is that the tooltip is just reporting inaccurate
    information - which confuses the user(s).

    Troubleshooting performed:
    Ran sniffer to determine if anyone else was spoofing my ssid - does not
    appear to be the case.
    Ran sniffer to determine if in fact the traffic was encrypted and it
    Drivers have been updated on wireless network cards (broadcom, linksys,
    etc.) as this is occuring on multiple systems. I also have some friends
    this is occuring to. I also noted some other entries on the web (not
    too many) but there are some, here's one example:

    Bottom line is that there are no answers to this little oddity and I'd
    like an answer for myself and for others that are experiencing the same
    issue. I can recreate the issue at will and have screen captures if

    Thanks in advance,
    charlesjsmith, Sep 7, 2006
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  2. This is interesting. I read through what everyone said on that link and so
    changed to WZC to check it out for myself. Doesn't happen here. My balloon
    tooltip just says I am connected without saying whether I am securely
    connected or not. Viewing available networks shows it is security enabled
    and shows a neighbour's network that says that network is unsecured, which
    it is (though the word "unsecure" seems wrong to me. I think it should be
    "insecure" but that's another issue).

    I use a Gigabyte USB wi-fi NIC on all my computers (my laptop being bought
    in 2002 was not centrino enabled thank goodness so it has a USB NIC as well.
    I find the PCMCIA cards useless in comparison to a USB NIC) and none of them
    reflect the problem you are having.

    So, what I would ask you to do to test for yourself is, if you have access
    to another brand of wi-fi NIC other than the one you use, to install it and
    see if the problem continues. I don't mean to say the stuff you use is not
    secure or is, in some way, buggy but I always like to try and find out if
    that is a possibility.

    I have also used D-Link NICs and they don't do that, nor does any Netgear
    NIC of which I am aware.

    It is quite possible that somewhere, someone is using the same SSID as yours
    and is in close range but I doubt that is the case. What I think is possibly
    more likely is that you are using WPA or WPA2 and for some reason your NIC's
    driver is not communicating details properly and that if you used just WEP
    for a test, that balloon tip with "unsecured" would go away. If you test
    with WEP only and it shows as linking in secured, I would be emailing the
    maker of your NIC and telling them they have a problem.
    Diamontina Cocktail, Sep 7, 2006
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  3. Diamontina,
    Thanks for the assistance, but I have tried all those steps and still
    experience the issue.
    charlesjsmith, Sep 9, 2006
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