Wireless configuration in Windows® XP®
Read on to know the techniques to configure wireless connection in Windows XP.
Wireless connection enables two or more devices to connect without the help of wires and cables for data sharing purposes. One of the major features of wireless connection is Wi-Fi, which is wireless networking that is based on IEEE 802.11 standards. Today, millions of people use this technology in various devices such as personal computers, laptops, PDAs, printers, camera, games, mp3 players and more. Many gadgets are coming with built in wireless connection feature. Wi-Fi connection in computer replaces the traditional wired networks between two or more computers and enables file transferring from server to clients and vice versa without wires, networking cards, hubs and other important networking related hardware. Also, with the use of Wi-Fi Internet connection, minimum hardware is used in order to connect computers to each other. WLAN cards enable feature of wireless networking among devices, wireless routers help to broadcast wireless networking signals in given area. Wi-Fi is a long-distance, transportable connectivity technology for individual, business or for certain geographical area.
Following are the techniques to configure wireless connection in Windows XP:
- Wireless Zero Configuration(WZC) service
- Manually configuring
- Things to be kept in mind
Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service
You can quickly set-up a wireless network using the wireless configuration feature in Windows XP using Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service. Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%system32services.msc /s, and then click OK. Double-click Wireless Zero Configuration. In the Startup type list, click Automatic, and then click Apply. In the Service status area, click Start, and then click OK.
In order to manually configure you need to select Run and type 'ncpa.cpl'. Then you can get a Network Connections window, right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon, and then hit Properties. Click the Wireless Networks tab and there under the preferred networks, hit the Add button. In the Network name (SSID) box, you need to type the name of the access point and select the appropriate settings according to your network requirements. Under Available networks, you need to hit the View Wireless Networks button. In the Wireless Network Connection dialog box, choose a network by clicking on its name, and then click Connect. Some networks may appear in the list as secured or unsecured; you may hit your needed connection.
All computers that you need to have a wireless network shall have a wireless network card installed in it. Most of the computer and hardware manufacturers come with their own utility to configure the wireless network that replaces the Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service. If so, you must use the software provided to configure the network. Sometimes, you cannot use the Windows functionality then you need to configure manually.