How to install a wireless network?


I have a wired network already set up. 1 laptop / 2 towers. I would like to go wireless on the laptop. If possible is it fairly easy to set up

jim alexander


This question was answered on March 27, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Yes it is fairly easy to set up.

You will need either laptop or a Windows CE device Please note that Macintosh and Palm is not supported at this time You will also need a wireless network card The recommended network cards are the Agaere Gold and the Orinoco Gold cards (not silver) Other wireless cards may work with the system but compatibility cannot be assured in the long term.

- You will need to install the software and set up the configuration

- The usual setup time is about 15-20 minutes or less

- Yes The wireless network will enable you to do anything that you would normally do with a wired network.

- The speed of the wireless network is 11 MB


How to install the TCP/IP Protocol

Before your networking programs such as Netscape Navigator, MS Internet Explorer, Eudora Light, and telnet clients can function using DHNET services, you must install and configure the Windows NT networking software For most of your networking purposes, you will only need to install Microsoft's TCP/IP protocol (component) Other networking components exist but should only be added to your computer when necessary

The following instructions will walk you through setting up the Microsoft TCP/IP protocol:

1 Press the Start button and the options, Settings and Control Panel Then: double-click the Network icon inside.

2 In the Network window, select the Protocols tab You will see a Network Protocols window Does the entry TCP/IP Protocol appear in the component's list?

3 If your answer is YES, go to section, How to configure Microsoft's TCP/IP stack.

4 If your answer is NO, add the protocol with these instructions:

a Press the Add button

b Scroll down the Network Protocol list and double-click the TCP/IP Protocol entry

c Answer YES when asked, "Do you wish to use DHCP?" (You will be prompted for the Windows NT CD.)

d If you have Dial-Up Networking installed, you will be asked, "Do you want to add the TCP/IP protocol to the RAS service?" Answer YES

e The Remote Access Setup window will appear Press the Network button and check TCP/IP

f Press OK and then the Continue button in the Remote Access Setup window At this point, the TCP/IP Protocol should appear in the Component's list

g DO NOT press the OK button You must configure the TCP/IP Protocol before closing the Network Window

How to configure TCP/IP Protocol

1 Select the TCP/IP Protocol entry and press the Properties button

2 In the IP Address tab, verify that your ethernet driver is listed in the Adapter field If not, press the down-arrow beside the Adapter field and select the ethernet card driver

3 Check the setting, Obtain an IP address from a DHCP server

4 Press the WINS Address tab and uncheck the option, Enable DNS for Windows Resolution

5 Press the Routing tab and uncheck the option, Enable IP Forwarding

6 Press the OK and then the Close button in the Network window

7 Press the Yes button to restart the computer

After installing the TCP/IP Protocol Return to Top

Once the TCP/IP Protocol is installed and configured, your networking programs, such as Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, Eudora Lite, WS-FTP Limited, should work properly If your networking programs do not work, follow these instructions:

- Review the ethernet card's installation instructions

- Verify that the ethernet line is plugged into the ethernet card properly

- Review these instructions again Make sure more than one networking program is not working (If one networking program does not work and another does work, then (more than likely) the networking program that does not work is installed or configured improperly and not your networking software

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Posted by Enyenihi of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 27, 2003