Wireless Zero Configuration in Windows®
How can we install and fix the issues related to Wireless Zero Configuration in Windows?
Wireless Zero Configuration service in Windows is also known as 'WLAN AutoConfig'. This property gives the computer an ability to view the wireless networks that are accessible to the system for connection. Most of the Windows-based computers have this feature enabled by default as they have been manufactured using a wireless network card. In some cases, you need to manually turn on the Wireless Zero Configuration service if an upgraded wireless network card is not provided with a network connection utility. Go to 'Start' menu, type 'services' in the 'Search' box and press 'Enter'. Then scroll to the bottom of the list and trace 'Wireless Zero Configuration'. Double-click 'Wireless Zero Configuration' or 'WLAN AutoConfig' in order to open its 'Properties' window. Click the 'General' tab of Wireless Zero Configuration' or 'WLAN AutoConfig' service. Now click the 'Startup type' drop-down menu and select 'Automatic' to have start the service automatically as the Operating System loads. Click the 'Start' button. Click 'Apply' and then 'OK'. Close the 'Services console window. Then select the Windows logo button, type 'cmd' in the 'Search' box and press 'Enter'. From the Command Prompt window, type 'netsh wlan show settings' and press 'Enter'. In the last line of 'Wireless LAN Settings', you may see 'Auto configuration logic is enabled on interface'. Now close the Command Prompt window and restart the computer.
Following are the tips to fix issues with Wireless Zero Configuration in Windows:
- SSID syndrome
- Prevent interruptions
- Third party connection manager
By default, most access points transmit their SSID. This allows the connection manager to find the SSID and check whether the access point is in range or not. Once the wireless adapter is free from Windows, you need to install another connection manager, if possible from your adapter vendor, to connect to a network. Some people wish to hide their SSID by configuring the access point to not broadcast. In such a case, you have to manually set the SSID in your connection manager to tie the connection. The issue with Wireless Zero Configuration happens if a second AP is also present within range. If that second AP is broadcasting its SSID, WZC may try to connect to it. As a result, WZC can establish a connection with the more licentious AP, and may cause instability in your link. You can solve it by disabling SSID broadcasting as it is considered a security precaution. You can also shelter your access point using the address filter and also solve this issue by enabling the SSID broadcasting and WZC.
Some people use enterprise-oriented authentication framework that Windows supports. If you fail to use 802.1X on your wireless network, Wireless Zero Configuration may disrupt your connection as it periodically attempts to execute 802.1X authentication against the related access point. To stop disruptions in connectivity, you need to disable 802.1 x authentication for the wireless network adapter.
Some vendors give their own wireless connection management utilities that can restore Wireless Zero Configuration. But a majority of wireless adapters rely on WZC. Prior to using any third-party connection manager, you need to disable WZC. Open 'Administrative Tools' in 'Control Panel' and select 'Services'. Scroll down the list of services and double-click on 'Wireless Zero Configuration'. Then choose 'Stop' to end the service and choose 'Manual' or 'Disabled' for the 'Startup Type'. Thus, the wireless adapter will be cleared from Windows. But you will have to install another connection manager, if possible from your adapter vendor, to connect to a network.
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