Windows® 98 Wireless Network Setup
Wireless network setup in Windows® 98 OS
Wireless network, also called as Wi-Fi network or WLAN, is a network set up by using radio signal frequency to communicate among PCs and other network devices. This network is quite popular nowadays due to its easy setup and absence of any cables. This means, you can connect computers anywhere in your home without the need for wires. If you have a wireless network enabled on your system, it is definitely a great addition. This way you can easily transfer your mails and other data in a speedy way.
The following points will shed more light on wireless network setup in Windows 98 OS:
- What is a wireless network?
- Advantages of having a wireless network setup
- Tips to setup a wireless network
What is a wireless network?
A wireless network is a set of connections, which is used via radio signal frequency to communicate among different networking devices and computers. It is also referred as WLAN or Wi-Fi network.
Advantages of having a wireless network setup
Most of the new computers have the option to log onto wireless network easily and without any hassle. The good thing about these computers is that they come with wireless adapters or chips that enable them to join such network right away with no hardware needed to be added to the computers in the first place.
In order to have your Windows® 98 run computers attached to the wireless networks, you will need at least two computers running Windows® 98 and both of these should have one of the wireless adapters or the USB adapters attached. You have to have these adapters installed in the first place. Most of the adapters in the market and the USB adapters do run a plug-and-play system. If not, you will need to have the driver that runs these adapters installed from the manufacturer CD. Once you do so, you will have to set your new network settings. To do so, you will have to open your ‘Control Panel’. Double click on the ’Networks’ icon, and then you should be having a TCP/IP, a networking client and a network adapter present in your networking properties. When you are done with this, some changes should be done to the default settings of your networking properties. For starters, you will have to disable the DNS, let your computer find the IP address on its own, leave the gateway fields free and empty. Next, you will have this small wireless networking icon down in your task bar of your screen, double click on this small icon and choose ‘Enable wireless networking’. The next thing is having the hardware attached to your computer joint into the network. For devices that are already attached set up like scanners and printers, you can simply right click on the printer and the scanner icons in the ‘Control Panel’ and then press on ‘Join network option’. This way, other computers attached to the network can use the printers and the scanners attached in an easy and a wireless way, in the same manner and speed as the original mother computer.