Windows® 2000 Wireless Set-up
Do you need the guidelines for setting up a Windows® 2000 wireless network?
A Windows® 2000 wireless network can be set up for any purpose, personal or official. It is a type of networking technology that allows various computers to communicate with each other without the use of cables. A Windows® 2000 wireless network also utilizes radio signals that receive and transmit data between wireless access points and network cards operating on the 2.4 GHz frequency band.
Following points need to be kept in mind while setting up a Windows® 2000 wireless network:
- Update your computer as per your requirements
- Install and configure Windows® 2000 wireless network
- Secure your Windows® 2000 wireless network
Update your computer as per your requirements
For setting up a Windows® 2000 wireless network, you need to upgrade your machine with several components, like Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4, a built-in wireless card, or a slot for an external PCMCIA card. If your machine does not have a built-in wireless card, then you need to install an external wireless card. The Windows® 2000 wireless network also needs wireless LAN client adapters, access points, and wireless-enabled systems. In addition, your machine needs to have a web browser, like Netscape® or Internet Explorer®, as well as an e-mail client, such as Netscape®, Pine®, or Outlook®.
Install and configure Windows® 2000 wireless network
For installing and configuring a Windows® 2000 wireless network, go to ‘Control Panel’ on your Windows® 2000 machine and double-click on the ‘Network and Dial-up Connections’ option. Now double-click on ‘Local Area Connection’ and select ‘Properties’. You will see an icon, ‘Connect Using’ which displays the brand name and model number of your wireless network card. After this, check for ‘Client for Microsoft Networks’ and ‘Internet Protocol’. If any other thing appears, then select them and click on ‘Uninstall’. In the next step, select the ‘Internet Protocol’ icon and click on ‘Properties’. Then, select the ‘Obtain an IP Address Automatically’ and the ‘Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically’ icons. Click ‘OK’ in the ‘Local Area Network Properties’ window and then click ‘Close’ icon in the ‘Local Area Network Status’ window. Finally, restart your computer as this will help in locating the card and connecting to the wireless router.
The Windows® 2000 wireless network allows you to surf the Internet from anywhere in your house; however, it is also prone to hacking and interference from other users. In order to secure your wireless network, you should change the SSID to a different name than the default. An SSID can be changed at any time, as long as the change is made on all wireless clients. You should also disable SSID broadcast, because through this anyone with a wireless network card can detect your SSID to gain access to your network. In addition, change the default user name and password of your wireless access point and use MAC address filtering.