Q: Should I use Windows Connect Now on my enterprise network?

A: In a word: No!

Windows Connect Now is designed to simplify home wireless network configuration. The feature takes the form of a number printed on an access point (AP). A user is supposed to type this number into a Windows dialog box to make the AP and Windows negotiate a secure connection. In many ways, Windows Connect Now is similar to the WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) button on many APs.

Windows Connect Now is not, by any stretch, an enterprise deployment tool. The feature can actually cause limited configuration damage to a corporate wireless network by changing the configuration of Windows and other components that support the feature.

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