Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I set up the wireless Ethernet on a portable computer in Windows XP?A: A wireless Ethernet network, also known as IEEE 802.11b or WiFi, exceeds the speed of either HPNA 2.0 or standard Ethernet. In addition, this type of network allows the freedom to move about home or office with your computer. For example, you can take the computer from the home office to the patio without having a telephone or Ethernet jack available.
If there is a wireless Ethernet installed, the first time you start the computer, the system automatically installs the wireless Ethernet drivers. Immediately following the initial startup, you may be instructed to run the Network Setup Wizard.
The network setup procedure uses the Microsoft® Windows® XP Network Setup Wizard. The following instructions are typical installation instructions in the course of using the wizard. Some network situations differ from those used in this example. You may encounter additional screens or screens with different options. Read each screen in the wizard and make your selections based on your particular network situation.
Follow these steps to run the Network Setup Wizard.
Note: These instructions are for setting up a peer-to-peer wireless network. If using a Residential Gateway (RG) or an Access Point (AP), please follow the instructions included with that device.
- Start the Network Setup Wizard.
- On the Windows XP taskbar, click the Network Setup Wizard icon.
- From the Start menu, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and then click Network setup wizard.
- In the Network setup wizard dialog box, click Next.
- Click Next.
- On the Wizard found disconnected network hardware screen, click to select the Ignore disconnected network hardware check box, and then click Next.
- On the Select a connection method screen, select the method that the computer uses to access the Internet, and then click Next, or click Other, and then click Next for a list of additional methods. Make a selection, and then click Next.
- On the Your computer has multiple connections screen, click Let me choose the connections to my network, and then click Next.
- On the Select the connections to bridge screen, ensure that no check boxes are selected, and then click Next.
- On the Give this computer a description and name screen, in the Computer description box, type a description of the computer.
- In the Computer name box, type the name by which the computer is identified on the network, and then click Next.
- On the Name your network screen, in the Workgroup name box, type the name of the workgroup this computer belongs to. This name is usually assigned by the network system administrator and identifies which group of computers this computer is most likely to communicate with.
- Click Next.
- On the Ready to apply network settings screen, to apply the network settings, click Next.
- On the You're almost done screen, if you are setting up a wireless Ethernet network on other computers, you may want to use the Network Setup Wizard to do so. Select a method for installing and configuring the network on your other computers, and then click Next.
- Click Finish.