- You are running a Windows Vista-based computer.
- You use a wireless access point that is configured to use Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) and shared-mode network authentication.
- In the properties of the wireless network connection, you click View Wireless Networks, and then you click Choose a wireless network.
The Wireless service in Windows Vista performs a scan for available wireless network access points. The results of the scan are shown in the list of available networks in the Wireless Network Connection dialog box. Access points broadcast an identifying beacon that uses a format that is defined by the IEEE 802.11 standard. This format does not include the authentication mode that is used by the access point. Because most access points use open authentication, the wireless service assumes that all access points use open authentication for connections.
Note For networks that do not use Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), we recommend that you use open authentication together with WEP encryption instead of using shared authentication with or without encryption. This helps provide additional security for your wireless network. If you use a shared key instead of open authentication together with WEP encryption, an unauthorized user could decrypt the shared key to obtain access to all the computers in your wireless network.
- Click Start, type network and sharing in the Start Search box, and then click Network and Sharing Center in the Programs list.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
- Click Manage Wireless Networks, and then click Add.
- Click Manually create a network profile.
- In the Network Name box, enter the name of the network.
- In the Security type box, click Shared.
- If the network uses encryption, select the encryption type in the Encryption type list, and then enter the security key in the Security Key/Passphrase box.
- Click Next, and then click Close.
Steps to reproduce the problem
- On a Windows Vista-based computer, connect to a wireless access point that is configured to use Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) and shared-mode network authentication.
- Open the properties of the wireless network connection.
- Click the Wireless Networks tab.
- Click to select the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings check box.
- Click View Wireless Networks, and then click Choose a wireless network.
- Double-click the WEP-shared mode access point.
You cannot connect to the access point, and you receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.
Article ID: 948180 - Last Review: Apr 16, 2008 - Revision: 1