How to connect to a wireless network in Windows XP

The below example uses the Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration tool in order to connect to a wireless network:

1.      1. Windows will automatically flag a message to saywhen a wireless network is within range:

xp wireless detected

2.      2. To connect to one of the available wirelessnetworks, simply right click on the wireless icon down by the clock and thenleft click  View Available Wireless Networks:

view available networksXP Wireless 2

3.      3. A Wireless Network Connection window will nowappear, displaying all the currently available wireless networks within reach.Click on the network you wish to connect to and click connect:

choose wireless network

4.      4. You will now be prompted to enter a security key if the wireless network you are connecting tois security-enabled. Type in the encryption key in both the Network Keyand Confirm network Key boxes, thenclick Connect.

wireless network connection

5.      5. Windows XP will now try to connect your machineto the wireless network. If it fail’s you be asked to re-enter the security key.If your machine successfully completes the connection progress you will see theword connected next to the networkname:

step 5 connected

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