Install and Secure a Wireless Network

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Procedure : Install a Wireless Network

To install a wireless network in Windows:

1.      You will need a wired connection for initial router setup. Connect your wireless router or Wireless Access Point to any computer in your network that has a physical network adapter, using the cable and port specific to the wireless device.

2.      Open a web browser and enter the address of the wireless device as specified by the manufacturer. Or, for first-time setup, you may choose to run the setup and configuration software supplied on a setup disk by the router manufacturer.

3.      To connect to the router, enter the default user name and password when requested. The default user name and password are specified by the manufacturer in the user manual.

4.      Using the web interface of the wireless device, configure the settings of the router based on your security needs. It is important to change the default user name and password. The specific configuration procedures will vary depending upon the device manufacturer.

5.      Once the settings are configured, if all network systems have wireless network interface cards, you can disconnect the wired connection between the router and the computer.

Procedure : Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows 7

To connect to a wireless network in Windows 7:

1.      If your computer does not have wireless capabilities built-in, install a PC wireless network adapter card or connect a USB wireless network adapter.

2.      Click the

3.      From the list of wireless networks, click a network, and then click

4.      If it is a secured network, provide the authentication information to connect to the network.

Procedure : Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows XP

To connect to a wireless network in Windows XP:

1.      If your computer does not have wireless capabilities built-in, install a PC wireless network adapter card or connect a USB wireless network adapter.

2.      Windows XP will automatically detect any available wireless networks within range. The Wireless Networks icon will appear in the System Tray.

3.      Click the Wireless Networks icon to display the Available Wireless Networks list.

4.      Click the required wireless network.

5.      Depending upon the security configuration of the wireless network, you will be asked to enter security information.

6.      Once you are connected to the network, close the Wireless Network Connections window.

Procedure : Manually Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows XP

To manually connect to a wireless network in Windows XP:

1.      Choose StartConnect ToShow All Connections.

2.      Right-click the wireless network connection and choose Properties.

3.      On the Wireless Networks tab, in the Preferred Networks section, click Add.

4.      In the Wireless Network Properties dialog box, on the Association tab, in the Network name (SSID) text box, enter the name of the wireless network.

5.      In the Wireless network key section, enter the following parameters:

  • Network Authentication type.
  • Data encryption type.
  • Network key.

6.      Uncheck the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used check box and click OK.

7.      Click OK to close the Wireless Network Connection Properties window.

8.      Windows will automatically search for wireless networks that match the networks added in the Preferred Networks list. Once the network is detected, double-click the network connection to launch the connection.

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