Using the Windows 7 Event log to check WLAN Link Quality

When using WLAN on a day to day basis we can see the WLAN signal strength via the Windows User Interface as shown in the screenshot below. But there are other ways, and yes the approach might appear a bit inconvenient, but basically I want to demonstrate the Power of the Windows Event log. First open the Windows Event viewer (eventvwr.msc) and then within the View Menu enable the Show Analytic and Debug Logs option. Read More …

Managing Wireless Configuration with NETSH

Today when I was using the netsh command to configure some firewall settings, I noticed that it also has options for WLAN. (Yes you never stop learning). When opening a command prompt and executing NETSH Wlan Help you get the following options. add            – Adds a configuration entry to a table. connect        – Connects to a wireless network. delete         – Deletes a configuration entry from a table. disconnect     – Disconnects from a wireless network. dump           Read More …

Enable Wireless (Wi-Fi) in Windows Server 2008 (R2)

I was just about to drop a post on how to enable Wi-Fi in Server 2008 (R2) as I just bumped into this when installing a Server 2008 R2 on a HP 8730p notebook and found out that by default this Service isn’t enabled, which makes sense as usually Servers don’t use a Wireless connection. But why rewrite something others did already. Read more about enabling Wi-Fi on Server 2008(R2) here.

Scripting HP Wireless Device State

An old colleague called me up this week (well in fact it was my old boss who has left our company), and told me about an issue they had when deploying an ISP specific Software Package that interacts with the Wireless Devices on their HP notebooks. The problem was that if the WWAN device has been turned of via the quick launch button by the end user, the software would not install. What many don’t Read More …

Wireless GPO settings for XP

In the last 2 days i have spend some time in getting Wireless GPO settings applied to a Windows XP client. I was actually about to describe what i have done to get it working, but just noticed that there is already a similar article published on Technet Magazine related to Vista, so i am not going to rewrite things in detail again. The Cable Guy Wireless Group Policy Settings for Windows Vista Maybe interesting Read More …

Wireless Router with Power button

This is what i have been looking for since a while, about 12 months ago i was actively searching for a Wireless router with a power on/off button, but with no luck. Yesterday i read a local IT magazine where there was a reference to a Netgrear Wireless Router that has a power on/off button. I find having a power on/off button very useful for 2 reasons: Energy saving Less Wireless signals in the house Read More …