Remember wireless key on non-autoconnect wireless networks RRS feed

  • Question

  • If this is asked and answered elsewhere, please post a link. I've noticed that if I have a wireless network that I connect to, but not auto-connect, it will ask for the passphrase/key every time I go to connect. This is inconvenient when using a strong (read: long) security key. However, if I check auto-connect then Windows7 will remember the security key. Shouldn't it remember the security key for a particular wireless network once you've connected, regardless of whether you want it to auto-connect or not?
    Wednesday, July 29, 2009 1:24 PM


  • Hi bpb21,

    It sounds as if the wireless profile is not saved on your machine. Without the wireless profile being saved, it cannot connect without you providing the key each time.

    In order to allow it to remember the security key without autoconnecting, take the following steps:
    - Connect to the network, and select to Connect automatically.
    - Open Network and Sharing Center (through Control Panel).
    - Click on Manage wireless networks.
    - Locate the profile for the network, double-click on it.
    - Uncheck the box to Connect automatically when this network is in range, then click OK.

    You should now find that it will remember the security key, but not auto-connect to the network.

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:41 AM