[unisog] XP silently configuring ad-hoc wifi networks

Frank Sweetser fs at WPI.EDU
Fri Sep 23 02:55:06 GMT 2005

As all of the students wander onto campus this year, we've been noticing that a
lot of them have common ad-hoc SSIDs configured as a preferred network.  So
far, none of them admit to having any idea how those networks got configured or
where they came from.  While it's quite possible that the users told Windows to
connect without realizing or just without remembering, this has made me

Does anyone know of any circumstances under which an XP system might attempt to
connect to a previously unconfigured ad-hoc SSID without any user interaction?

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