Iâ€™m looking help from the blogoshpere for a way to have XP only connect to my wireless access point.
I do not want the user to have the ability to see other available wireless networks and more importantly I donâ€™t want them to have the ability to connect to wireless networks other than the one I configured XP with.
Scenerio: The computers are part of the management offices of apartment complexes. We will have 1 wireless router and 3-5 computers per location. Being that these are apartments, there are usually quite a few open access points within reach of the leasing office. And somehow my users are getting associated to these â€˜otherâ€™ wireless networks. My biggest support issues right now are them calling up saying they cannot print anymore to a printer in the office and I find out they are connected to â€˜linksysâ€™ instead of the one they are suppose to be. I simply have them re-connect to the office WIFI and remove the rogue AP from the preferred list to get them back on their network.
For the record, the â€˜Automatically connect to non-preferred networksâ€™ is not checked.
What Iâ€™ve tried: If I stop the WZC service after the computer boots up, that prevents the â€˜view availableâ€™ functionality, which is good and allows for continued use on their wireless network, but if I disable the service completely, wireless networking does not work at all upon reboot.
How can I make XP only work with just one access point?
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Try the details at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0703.mspx which allows you to set this with group policy. If you don’t have group policy, I imagine you can do something similar with registry entries.
This was a great question and something I’m suprised hasn’t been documented in a broader manner as surely this is a security restriction corporates should use a lot.
Thanks for the comment Andy. I’m still researching a solution. Micrsoft so far has been of no help.
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