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How to Set up a Wireless Network in Windows XP

This is a walkthrough of setting up wireless (IEEE 802.11 also known as WiFi) home networking with Windows XP.

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Set up a Wireless Network in Windows XP

This is a walkthrough of setting up wireless (IEEE 802.11 also known as WiFi) home networking with Windows XP.

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Set up your new router

  1. 1
    Note that if buying a router, all routers are compatible with Windows XP. It is wireless adapters that have varying levels of Windows XP compatibility. If your router isn't new, then turn it on and skip to "Detecting your wireless adapter" (below).
  2. 2
    Plug your router into your internet socket if you want to share your internet.
  3. 3
    Plug your router into your PC with an Ethernet cable.
  4. 4
    Linksys router setup screen
    Linksys router setup screen
    Go to your browser and type in the address "192.168.0.1" or whichever address the router's web server is listening.
  5. 5
    Enter your username and password from your router (often "admin" and "admin") then your internet service provider.
  6. 6
    Enable wireless and set your encryption (WEP or WPA) and type a memorable passkey.

Detecting your wireless adapter

  1. 1
    Your wireless adapter should be detected automatically by Windows XP.
  2. 2
    Check Device Manager.

Connecting to a network

  1. 1
    Wireless Network Manager
    Wireless Network Manager
    If your connection appears in the Wireless Connection Manager then connect to it, otherwise run the wizard.
  2. 2
    Wizard
    Wizard
    Run the Wireless Network Setup Wizard.
  3. 3
    SSID name
    SSID name
    Give it an SSID name if you want.
  4. 4
    Wireless security
    Wireless security
    Choose your "Encryption" (WEP or WPA) and enter your passkey.
  5. 5
    Wireless network properties
    Wireless network properties
    Adjust any properties.
  6. 6
    connecting
    connecting
    Connect.

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