Microsoft Windows Connect Now (WCN) is a technology designed to address the need for a simple and more secure way to configure network devices and computers. In addition to easier device configuration, you can use WCN to save wireless network settings to a USB flash drive and then plug that drive into devices (such as routers) and computers so you can quickly and easily add them to a network.
Windows Connect Now is easier to use and more secure than manual network configuration methods, but you must have WCN-compatible devices to take advantage of it. Check the information that came with your device to see if it is WCN-compatible, or look for a "Certified for Windows Vista" or "Works with Windows Vista" logo on the device itself or the device packaging.
To take advantage of the latest Windows Connect Now technology, you’ll need:
A computer running Windows Vista.
WCN-compatible devices, such as routers and printers.
A USB flash drive (if you want to use the USB configuration option).
The Windows Connect Now options are:
USB Configuration. You can put wireless network settings on a USB flash drive and then insert that drive into another computer or a WCN-compatible device such as a router or printer.
Wired (Ethernet) Configuration. Using an Ethernet cable, you can connect a router or access point to a computer running Windows Vista, and then run a wizard to configure the router or access point. Once the device is configured, you can add additional devices to the network wirelessly.
Wireless Configuration. This is the same as Wired (Ethernet) Configuration, but without the cables.
Wireless Join a Network. You can connect to a wireless router or access point that is already configured.
For information about setting up a network with or without Windows Connect Now, see Setting up a home network. For information about adding devices or computers to a network, with or without Windows Connect Now, see Add a device or computer to a network.