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User-Specific Wireless Networks in Windows XP

Posted on 2013-01-26
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Can you have User-Specific Wireless Networks in Windows XP? So each user automatically connects to a different SSID.
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by:EMJSR
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You should be able to simply do this via the command line. If you write a little batch script and put it or a shortcut to it into the Startup folder of the respective user's profiles, then that should allow you to specify which SSID to connect to.

I don't have a Windows XP system available right now with a WIFI connection, so I cannot say for sure, but the following command should work. Make sure, just in case, it has SP3.

netsh wlan connect=SSID

Replace SSID with the name of the wireless network you want to connect to. So, if you have connected to a wireless network once and have enterred the passphrase, then that should work fine all the time.

@echo off
echo.
echo Connecting to Wireless Network. Stand by...
echo.
netsh wlan connect=SSID
echo.

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by:RickEpnet
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Looks like
netsh wlan

Is not in Windows XP
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OK, then in that case, I recommend the following software (freeware):

https://code.google.com/p/netprofiles/

You can create different profiles for all kinds of settings, including the WIFI SSID. When you right lick on the created profile within the application, you can create a shortcut for your customized profile on the Desktop. If you add that shortcut to the Startup folder, it should autoload the profile you have created, including the SSID information you have specified.

So, simply create a profile per user on the machine and change the shortcut per user profile. If you place the shortcuts in a generic folder that could be accessible user independently, you should be good to go.
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