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Solving problems occurring while configuring wireless network IP address in Windows® XP

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What are the different ways to configure a wireless network IP address in Windows XP?

Windows XP is the most popular Windows version from Microsoft. It comes with many advanced, yet easy-to-use features that can be used effectively to increase users’ productivity. Windows XP has a light-working platform and a simple graphical interface which makes it possible for even beginners to operate their system with minimal complications and issues. The working platform of Windows XP is the same as that of its predecessors but this Windows version is packed with loads of performance and networking features that are tuned to make the most of the powerful hardware features that are found in in modern computers. The wireless networking capabilities of Windows XP help users connect over wireless networks without any issues. Windows XP users are provided with options that can be used to configure networking parameters like IP addresses, DNS addresses etc. Wireless network’s IP addresses can also be configured manually by the user and many issues can arise while doing so. Invalid IP address, limited connectivity after configuring IP address, inability to validate the new IP address sets etc are some of the issues that can arise when one tries to configure IP address for wireless networks in Windows XP.

Discussed below are some points that will help users configure wireless network in Windows XP:

  • Control Panel
  • Set-up wizard
  • Enter credentials & connect

Control Panel

Windows XP users can configure their system to connect with a wireless network by using the options in the ‘Control Panel’. The ‘Control Panel’ of the Windows XP operating system can be accessed by using the ‘Start’ menu. Users should open the network and the ‘Internet connections’ option in the system ‘Control Panel’ to access the wireless network set-up wizard that is integrated in Windows XP.

Set-up wizard

The wireless network set-up wizard in the Windows XP operating system is a module that helps users easily configure a wireless network in a system. The wizard is a software program that guides users through the different levels of the network configuration process. Once launched, the wizard will prompt the users to enter the required credentials like network name, IP addresses, username, password, etc and it will configure the working settings in the system accordingly.

Enter credentials

Windows XP users should enter valid credentials in the available fields that best match with the ones that are recommended by the service provider. Finishing the wizard will help complete the configuration process and a new wireless network connection will be created in the system with the entered settings and it will be ready to be used. Turning on the wireless adapter and pressing the ‘Connect’ button will help establish a stable wireless connection.

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