Wireless network adapters are devices that are available to users for the purpose of enabling wireless network connections. The connection between the computer and the network is enabled because of the network adapters.
The adapters either exist as inbuilt devices within the computer systems or can be inserted or connected to the systems as external devices either through USB or through network slots.
The network adapters that are providing help for the system and network in enabling wireless connections between them are referred to as the wireless network adapters. They are designed with the capabilities to support more than one Wi-Fi standard.
The devices also include built-in transmitting and receiving components. Corresponding driver software should be installed on the system for enabling the working of the wireless network adapter devices.
Discussed below are some points related with the wireless network adapter set-up in the Windows operating system:
Steps to access the set-up
- Steps to access the set-up
- Basic set-up process
- Advanced options
The wireless network adapter set-up can be accessed through the 'Network connections' option in Control Panel. Click on 'Start' menu and then choose the 'Control Panel' option to open the window. Inside the 'Control Panel', click on 'Network connections' and then find the right wireless connection corresponding to the wireless adapter included in the system. Right click on the connection and select 'Properties' option. Inside the properties window, the user can access the various set-up options for the wireless network adapter.
Basic set-up process
The basic set-up process for the wireless network adapter can be configured through the 'Wireless Networks' tab on the 'Properties' window. As a primary step, choose the option at the top, 'Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings'. Thus the management of the wireless adapter changed to the built-in wireless configuration tool in Windows XP. Another set-up option is by adding the preferred networks to the particular computer. For that click on 'Add' option in the same window and thus enable connection with new devices using the wireless connection.
Wireless network configuration basics can be read out from the properties window by clicking on the particular option at the bottom of the wireless networks tab page. Click on 'Advanced' button near the option for enabling the advanced set-up process on the wireless network adapters. Authentication and connection properties for the various wireless networks configured on the system can be enabled using the advanced options menu.
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