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Prevent Windows XP from Connecting to Certain Wireless Networks

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#1 xioc1138


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Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:37 AM

At the office we have two wireless networks. An internal network and a free network for people in the office. One of the guys who works in the office always manages to connect his computer to the free network instead of the network offering office resources. I would like to know if there is a way to instruct Windows to not allow it to connect to that free network. I have done the "preferred order" of things, I have tried telling the computer to automatically connect to the office network and not to connect to the free network. Somehow, this guy always ends up on the free network.

Any thoughts?

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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 19 February 2010 - 01:22 PM

You can disable/turn off the radio on the wireless card.

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 08:36 PM

If your router supports it, you can add a MAC address list DENY for his MAC on the open network. Kind of an overkill solution, but it seems not much else is working. It sounds like you have tried everything else I can think of.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 05:16 AM

Are you using Windows Zero Config to connect? Some wireless cards come with software to help you connect. Whichever you are using, try using the other.

Anytime my wireless acts up I uninstall/install it. I have the drivers downloaded. Starting in device manager and then in Add/Remove programs I remove anything that has to do with my wireless, reboot and install it all. Download the drivers for the card and give that a shot. Only takes a few minutes.

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