Configuring Windows XP for Wireless Networking

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To configure a new 802.11b/g card to attach to the UW network:

  1. Insert your Wireless Network card.
  2. From the Start menu (usually bottom left of the screen) select Settings, then Control Panels and then open the Network Connections control panel.
  3. Select the Wireless Network Connection in the list of installed network components.
  4. Double-click Wireless Network Connection.
  5. Make sure "Allow me to connect to the selected wireless network, even though it is not secure" is checked and click "Connect".

To reconfigure an 802.11b/g card to attach to the UW network:

  1. Check that the 802.11b/g PC(MCIA) card is installed in the slot.
  2. Open the Network Connections control panel.
  3. Right click "Wireless Network Connection" and select "Properties" from the menu.
  4. Click on the "Wireless Networks" tab.
  5. In the "Preferred networks" box is a list of networks that you have connected to in the past. These networks will be automatically connected to if they are detected by your computer. If more than one is available your computer will connect to the network that appears first in the list.

If you haven't changed the network settings since configuring as described above, you should now have a working wireless connection to the Internet. If you have adjusted those settings, you will need to perform the steps above again in order to configure your card to attach to the UW network. With Windows XP once you have connected to a network, it is added to your preferred networks and will automatically be connected to in the future.

When done using the wireless connection you can shut down your computer and remove the 802.11b/g card. Some laptops provide a "card manager" that can be used to turn off and remove the PC(MCIA) card without shutting down the computer completely.

To switch to another network after using the UW Wireless network:

  1. For best results, start with the system off, the 802.11b/g PC(MCIA) card not installed in the slot, and no Ethernet wire connected.
  2. If using Ethernet, insert the PC(MCIA) adapter (if required) and connect the Ethernet cable to the computer and wall jack.
  3. Start your computer. It should automatically start using an Ethernet connection, or allow you to run dial-in networking to make a dial-in connection.

If you have trouble using the network (e.g., browsers won't open Web pages) then select Start->Run and type "cmd" without the quotes in the box. At the command line enter:

ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /renew