Note that If you are installing an access point on an existing LAN, be sure that the network is operating correctly before installation. These operating systems were specifically designed to be compatible with Wi-Fi. If you have Windows 2000, be sure to upgrade to the latest Service Pack to take advantage of all Wi-Fi features. If your Wi-Fi hardware is compatible with your operating system, just turn off your computer, install the hardware and boot up the computer again. Your operating system will detect and install your Wi-Fi equipment, and a wizard will launch to help you configure it. Be sure to read the documentation that comes with your Wi-Fi equipment so you will be ready for the questions the wizard will ask. Any drivers or software provided by the manufacturer should be on hand.
If you are using Windows XP or Windows 2000 (SP2 or later) and your Wi-Fi card is connected to your computer, an icon will appear in the system tray (Under "Start",
"My Network Places", "View Network Connections") that looks like a computer with a small vertical antenna. It's called the Wireless LAN Configuration Utility. You can click with your left mouse button at any time to check the status of the connection and adjust the configuration.
Windows XP™ also will automatically detect any open or available Wi-Fi networks in the area, provide a list and allow you to connectThen, if your desktop computer was connected to the Internet, you could take a laptop walk with your laptop to check your e-mail,
surf the Net or read the latest news on your patio, upstairs or even across the street in that little neighborhood park.Before you do, ponder this: anyone who installs a Wi-Fi card within transmitting distance can now gain