Wireless Configuration

Updated: January 7, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Wireless configuration is typically accomplished using Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies and the WLAN AutoConfig service.

All Wireless Network Connection settings that are configured by using the WLAN AutoConfig service (wlansvc), and then additionally configured by using either Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies or scripts that employ Netsh WLAN commands, apply to all Local Area Connections on the computer.


The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies Application

The Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies, Group Policy, and client-side extensions are used to configure security and connectivity settings for domain member clients that are connecting to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 Ethernet networks. Group Policy settings apply to all Wireless Network Connections on the computer.

WLAN AutoConfig Service

WLAN AutoConfig is a service that configures wireless security and connectivity settings. WLAN AutoConfig configures Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 wireless adapters for connectivity to ad-hoc wireless networks, small-office wireless infrastructure networks, and for networks that provide 802.1X-authenticated network access. When enabled, WLAN AutoConfig settings apply to all IEEE 802.11 wireless network adapters that are installed on a computer.