You can use a wireless network to share Internet access, files,
printers, and more. Or you can use it to surf the Web while you're
sitting on your couch or in your yard. Plus, it's easier to install
than you think.
There are 4 steps to creating a wireless network:
Choose your wireless equipment
Connect your wireless router
Configure your wireless router
Connect your computers
For Windows XP
users, Windows XP Service Pack 2
is not required for wireless networking, but it does make things much
easier. Service Pack 2 also helps protect you against hackers, worms,
and other Internet intruders.
Connect your computers
computer does not have wireless network support built in, plug your
network adapter into your USB port, and place the antenna on top of
your computer (in the case of a desktop computer), or insert the
network adapter into an empty PC card slot (in the case of a laptop).
Windows XP will automatically detect the new adapter, and may prompt
you to insert the CD that came with your adapter. The on-screen
instructions will guide you through the configuration process.Note:
The steps below only apply if you're using Windows XP Service Pack 2.
If you're running Windows XP and you don't have Service Pack 2 yet,
plug your computer into your wireless router and download and install Windows XP Service Pack 2
Windows XP should show an icon with a notification that says it has found a wireless network.
Follow these steps to connect your computer to your wireless network:
Right-click the wireless network icon in the lower-right corner of your screen, and then click View Available Wireless Networks
If you run into any problems, consult the documentation that came with
your network adapter. Don't be afraid to call their tech support.
Wireless Network Connection window should appear and you should see
your wireless network listed with the network name you chose. If you
don't see your network, click Refresh network list
in the upper-left corner. Click your network, and then click Connect
in the lower-right corner.
Windows XP prompts you to enter a key. Type the encryption key that you wrote down earlier in both the Network key and Confirm network key
boxes, and then click Connect
XP will show its progress as it connects to your network. After you're
connected, you can now close the Wireless Network Connection window.
If the Wireless Network Connection window continues to show Acquiring Network Address
, you may have mistyped the encryption key.