Wireless Zero Configuration


Wireless Zero Configuration

Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC), also known as Wireless Auto Configuration, or WLAN AutoConfig is a wireless connection management utility included with Microsoft Windows XP and later operating systems as a service that dynamically selects a wireless network to connect to based on a user's preferences and various default settings. [cite web
url=http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg1102.mspx
title=Windows XP Wireless Auto Configuration: The Cable Guy, November 2002
accessdate=2007-06-03
] [cite web
url=http://cws.internet.com/article/3115-4448.htm
title=Windows Wireless Zero Configuration: Five Steps to Sanity: Ditching WZC and the WZC Two-Step: WinPlanet Windows Software Reviews
accessdate=2008-02-07
] This can be used instead of, or in the absence of, a wireless network utility from the manufacturer of a computer's wireless networking device. The drivers for the wireless adapter query the NDIS Object IDs and pass the available network names (SSIDs) to the service. The service then lists them in the user interface on the "Wireless Networks" tab in the connection's "Properties" or in the "Wireless Network Connection" dialog box accessible from the notification area. A "checked build" version of the WZC service can be used by developers to obtain additional diagnostic and tracing information logged by the service.

Overview

Wireless Zero Configuration was first introduced with Windows XP. In Windows Vista, the service that provides equivalent functionality is called "WLAN AutoConfig". It is based on the "Native Wifi" architecture introduced in Windows Vista.

See also

* List of Microsoft Windows components
* Wireless connection management utility
* Wireless LAN client comparison

References

External links

* [http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms706587.aspx Wireless Zero Configuration application programming interface]
* [http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/wifi/vista_ad_ext.mspx Active Directory Schema Extensions for Windows Vista Wireless and Wired Group Policy Enhancements]
* [http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/04/CableGuy/default.aspx The Cable Guy: Wireless Group Policy Settings for Windows Vista]
* [http://www.smallbusinesscomputing.com/webmaster/article.php/3577111 Windows Wireless Zero Configuration: Five Steps to Sanity]


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