Ways to solve wireless issues with Windows® XP
What are the methods to solve wireless issues with Windows XP?
Windows XP is a user friendly Operating System (OS) which is used by a majority of computer users. There are lots of advanced features and options in Windows XP which make it stable and one of the most reliable OSs. Wireless network support is one of the attractive features in Windows XP. You can install a wireless router and set-up a wireless network to share a network drive or wireless printer with other network users on the network. You need to install a wireless adapter on Windows XP which will transmit and receive wireless signals from the wireless router to establish a wireless communication. Once the wireless network driver is installed, you can run the wireless network setup wizard in Windows XP which will guide you through the wireless set-up process and make your computer a part of the network.
Here are some issues that can occur with a Windows XP wireless network and tips to fix such issues:
- Network card driver issues
- Intermittent connection
- IP conflict
Network card driver issues
A wireless network card has to be installed on each computer that needs to be connected to a wireless network. A driver program is installed on Windows XP to make the wireless network card communicate with the wireless router and other computers. If a network card driver is not installed or if it has some conflict, the wireless network set-up will fail. In such cases you need to go to 'Device Manager' and check if the wireless adapter is displayed under 'Network Adapter' tab without a red 'X' or an exclamation mark. If it shows a red X, it shows that the device is disabled. Hence, you can right-click on the device and go to 'Properties' and enable the device. A question mark on wireless network card means that a proper driver is not installed, so you need to install a network card driver.
The intermittent connection issue happens when your computer receives poor network signals. A wireless network works on network signals which pass through a wireless router. The computer which is closest to the router receives better network signals than the one kept far from the router. In Windows XP you can see the wireless network icon in the system tray which displays the signal strength, so if you notice that your computer is receiving a poor network signal, you need to adjust the antenna of the network card and place the router in such a location where distance between all computers are almost the same.
Each computer in the network has to be provided with an IP address which is the identity of the computer on the network. The IP conflict issue happens when two or more computers or routers share the same IP address. To avoid such issues you can set your Windows XP to obtain the IP address from Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), so that the router will provide each computer with a unique IP address.
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