Installing Network Adapters on Windows® XP
Get to know more about installing network adapters on Windows XP.
Network adapters are devices that are responsible for enabling the connection between the computers and the network. A network adapter possesses the same functionality as network cards that are installed on the system. The network adapter installed on the system enables communication between the system and the router device on the network. Ethernet cable connects the network adapter with the router device for enabling the network connections upon the system. Thus, adapters are necessary components for networking purposes. The network adapters are widely used in wireless networking. The adapters are available in various formats according to the type of system on which the device can be used. Among them, USB adapters are the common devices. They also require specific driver software for their working.
Here is more on installing network adapters on Windows XP:
- Role of Network Adapters
- Installation of Network Adapters
- Tips to Install
Role of Network Adapters
The network adapters provide an interface for devices while communicating through networks. The user can connect to the router through network adapters. They are more useful with wireless networking options. The network adapters play the role of network cards on Windows systems.
Installation of Network Adapters
The network adapter installation includes the following steps. Restart the system and the user can view new hardware wizard during startup. Click 'Next' and find driver software that is suitable for the device. Install the driver and then connect the network adapter with the system using the driver software. Click on the 'Finish' button after performing steps for the installation. The installation steps will vary according to the software providers since they are responsible for the installation of the devices on the system.
While installing a new network adapter on the system, the user should uninstall existing devices and their drivers. The uninstall option can be performed at the Device Manager window under the 'Action' option at the particular network adapter device. The driver software compatible with the network adapter device and the system should be saved on any system location prior to installation of the device. The USB ports should be in working state if the network adapters are inserted through USB ports.
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