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How to Change Your Default Wireless Network

Changing your wireless network at Stanford

When you register with one of the wireless networks at Stanford, your device may retain that network's SSID (Service Set Identifier) as the default network and connect to it whenever you're on campus. You can change the default network. This can be helpful if you belong to multiple groups and use more than one wireless network at Stanford.

Windows Vista / 7

  1. Click the Start menu, then enter Network and Sharing Center into the search box and press Enter.
  2. On the left side of Network and Sharing Center, choose Manage wireless networks. You'll see all the wireless networks that you’ve connected to in the past.
  3. Change the priority of a wireless network in the list by selecting it and clicking Move up or Move down. The top network in the list has the highest priority.

Windows XP

  1. Go to Start and click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Network Connections.
  3. Select and right-click Wireless Network Connection and then select Properties.
  4. Click on the Wireless Networks tab. This takes you to Preferred networks, where you’ll see a listing of all wireless networks.  
  5. Change the priority by selecting the name of the wireless network and then using the buttons Move up or Move Down. Click OK when you're done.

Mac OS X

  1. Click the  menu in the top left of your screen.
  2. Click the Network pane.
  3. Select Wi-Fi in the left pane and then click Advanced…
  4. Under the Wi-Fi tab, drag from the list of preferred wireless networks in the center pane to reprioritize them. The network at the top has the highest priority.

For other devices

Refer to your device's documentation or search online for "prioritizing wireless networks" for your device.




Last modified August 16, 2012