How to Set Up a Wireless Network in Windows XP


Windows XP has tools that will help you to set up your wireless home network quickly and easily. To get started, you will need a wireless router to connect directly to your broadband Internet connection and wireless adapters for each computer you wish to connect to the wireless network. Most new computers come with wireless adapters already installed. However, if you have older computers, you will probably have to install wireless adapters.

  • Install your wireless router and wireless adapters. Turn on all the computers in your network, as well as your broadband modem and router. Plug the Ethernet cable that came with the router into the router and one computer, then follow the manufacturer's instructions to configure the router.

  • Click the pop-up message that appears in the taskbar when the wireless network is detected. If you've already run the Network Setup Wizard, just click "Connect." Enter your encryption password if necessary.

  • Click "Next" if the Network Setup Wizard appears. Click the "This computer connects to the Internet through another computer on my network or through a residential gateway." option. Click "Next."

  • Click the "Let me choose the connections to my network." option and click "Next." Click the "Wireless Network Connection" check box. Click "Next."

  • Enter a name and description for your computer and click "Next." Enter a workgroup name for your computer. This name is used to connect to other computers over the network, make sure the name matches on all your computers.

  • Click "Next." Select an option to create a setup disc for computers that aren't running XP or click the last option to finish the wizard. Click "Next" and "Finish."

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