How to Find A Wireless Network With Windows Vista

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To be able to find wireless networks with Microsoft Vista, you need to open a command window. To open a command window, click on Start (usually in the lower left hand corner) and then click on run. In the run box, type in the three letters: cmd then click on the OK button.

When the command window comes up either type in or copy / paste the following command exactly as shown:

netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid

Then hit the enter key.

The command window will list every network your computer could link too and give the following type of information about the network:

SSID: JohnDoeFamily
Network Type : Infrastructure
Authentication : Open
Encryption : WEP
BSSID 1 : 00:14:16:8a:01:03
Signal : 99%
Radio Type : 802.11g
Channel : 6
Basic Rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 6 11 12 24
Other Rates (Mbps) : 9 18 36 48 54

Hopefully Windows 7 will include the network features of Vista.  This is a handy tool to have when you need to look for a wireless network to connect to.

To be able to find wireless networks with Microsoft Vista, you need to open a command window. To open a command window, click on Start (usually in the lower left hand corner) and then click on run. In the run box, type in the three letters: cmd then click on the OK button.

When the command window comes up either type in or copy / paste the following command exactly as shown:

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