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Intel ProSet Wireless (in Dell Notebook) does not automatically connect

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Hi EE

My Intel ProSet Wireless does not automatically connect to the wireless network from a Dell Notebook.  Note that if I use the the Windows wireless controller as the default, it will automatically connect.

I am running Intel ProSet Wireless Software 10.1.1.4 and it is the default controller for wireless network connections

In the desired Intel ProSet 'Profile' for the Wireless Network I am attempting to connect to, in the 'Properties' > 'Advanced' settings, it is set to Automatically connect.  The problem is that it does not and every time I start the computer or log off /log back on, or wake up the computer from sleep, I have to manually select the wireless network I want to connect to..  

Can anyone provide me assistance as to make it work automatically with the Intel controller?  Technically I could use the default Windows utility to do so, but it is bugging me that the Intel one is not working properly.

Note I have removed the profile and tried to re-enter it as well, but the problem remains the same.

Your assistance in resolving this will be appreciated.  
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What version of windows is this? I have always found that letting windows manage the wireless connection has proven to be the most reliable. You may want to try and download the newest version of the software/driver from intel, but sometimes  you have to force the install.
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Hi cbmm

Thanks for your response.  It is Windows XP Pro SP3.  I had no opinion on whether the windows driver is more or less reliable, but given my experience here, you may be right

I did think about updating the intel driver, but there was no obvious option within the Intel ProSet WiFi Connection utility to updating it, so I came here to EE in the first instance.  

Following your advice,  I went to the Intel website as follows: http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/detect.htm  and selected the 'Check your system for latest updates' ' option to check for updates to the current hardware.  

It reported that the Intel ProSet Wireless driver need to be upgraded from version 10.1.1.4 to version 13.4.0.0 and I duly downloaded the driver as per the options on the Intel web site and updated.  Note that in my case, the driver update advised that I needed to manually remove the old driver.  

Following installation, I added a couple of profiles and tested with log off and restart.  The new driver now automatically connects to the network  in all cases

Many thanks
FH
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