Setting up Wireless Network on Windows® XP
Get to know more about setting up wireless network on Windows XP computers
Computer networks are a means by which multiple computers are connected and these connected computers can share data with each other. There are basically two types of connections; wired and wireless. Wireless connections are those connections that do not require any wires or cables to be attached between the network source and the connected devices. Windows XP comes with a network setup wizard that can be used to set-up connections on the system. This wizard can be used to set-up wireless networks on the system. Setting up wireless networks on Windows XP involves installing wireless drivers and configuring network related settings on the system to accept and connect to wireless networks within range. There are no complicated procedures involved in setting up wireless network connection on Windows XP computers and users can directly run the wizard and then follow on screen instructions to complete the process. Before starting with the set-up of wireless connection on Windows XP, users are advised to check the wireless drivers installed on the system and make sure they are updated and free of issues.
Following detail gives users more information regarding tips to set-up wireless connection on Windows XP:
- Enable Firewall
- Set-up Password
- Use Encryption
Windows XP has a default security feature known as Windows firewall. Firewall filters out the content coming into the system and Windows XP users setting up/configuring wireless networks are advised to enable the firewall so that malware and other threats do not gain access to the system over the wireless network.
When setting up wireless network on Windows XP, users are recommended to set-up a password for the connection. As wireless networks can be accessed by anyone with a wireless enabled device, it is important that the network is made accessible only with a password. This would prevent unauthorized users from connecting to the network and gaining access to the system to steal valuable data.
When setting up wireless network on Windows XP, users are advised to make use of encryption. Encrypting data being sent/received would mean that data is changed into a form that is only understandable by the intended user. Most router software come with an encryption software that can be used for this purpose. Encrypting data would ensure that even if data is intercepted, it cannot be used. WPA or WPA2 encryption is advisable as it is not easy to crack by hackers.
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