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Set-up a Wireless LAN on Windows® XP

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How to set-up a wireless LAN on Microsoft Windows XP and resolve related issues?

Windows XP is the most popular and widely used operating system. It was introduced by Microsoft and is a successor of Microsoft Windows 2000 and is the predecessor of Microsoft Windows Vista. This operating system includes several advanced features and it goes a long way in increasing the system performance. It has been equipped with improved connectivity features. Users could use network capabilities of Windows XP to share files and folders using broadband Internet connection. Setting up a Local Area Network (LAN) is a simple process on Windows XP. Users have the option to set-up wired or wireless LAN on home or small office systems. For both set-up processes, users have to equip the system with minimum system requirements, require a router for main system, and also need network interface card or access point for each additional work group system.

Following are common problems that may arise while setting up a wireless LAN on Microsoft Windows XP:

  • Setting up wireless LAN
  • Connection issues
  • Configuration issues

Setting up wireless LAN

To set-up wireless LAN, connect your DSL or cable modem to your network router. This could be done by using an Ethernet cable. Also install the software that came with the router. After this, install the access point on your system with its respective software. Now for connecting the wireless network, users have to run ‘Network Setup Wizard’. For this go to ‘My Network Places’ and select ‘Set-up a home or small office network’ on the system that is connected to your router. Perform the display instructions and click ‘Finish’ to end the operation. After this, once again run the wizard on other work group computers to test your set-up.

Connection issues

A common issues that might arise while setting up a wireless LAN on Windows XP is the improper connection. This might be due to improper software or hardware connections. It could also be caused due to reception of weak signal, presence of bugs, corrupted drivers, improper connection with ICS, etc. Users have to ensure proper connection before setting up wireless LAN on Windows XP operating system. Users are recommended to check whether the Ethernet cables are properly inserted, place the router at a correct place, repair corrupted drivers, etc.

Configuration issues

This is another issue that might arise while setting up LAN. It is the issue which mainly occurs while configuring routers. This occurs when you give improper data in to the system. It could happen due to wrong IP address, incorrect username and password, incorrect connection type, etc. In order to resolve this issue, users have to provide apt and correct information and also have to ensure that the host computer that transmits the signal to the receiver should be connected to the Internet.

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