W@SP on Windows XP

  1. Exit all programs and close all windows. You may need your Windows CD at some point.  
  2. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel . In the left pane, click on Switch to Classic View. (NOTE: All further directions assume you are in Classic View, and not Category View while in the Control Panel. Category View is also know as Useless, I Can't Find Anything View.)
  3. Double-click on System.  
  4. In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager.  
  5. In the Device Manager window click the plus sign (+) next to Network adapters. (If there is a "?," "! ," or "x" next to the name of the wireless card or if your card is not listed, Windows is having trouble recognizing it. Check that it is installed correctly.)
  6. Close out of the Device Manager and System Properties windows.  
  7. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel . Double-click Network Connections.  
  8. In the Network Connections window right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon and choose Properties.
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  9. Click the General tab.  
  10. Find your wireless card on the list of installed network components and make sure it is labeled with a green network adapter icon.
  11. Click the Wireless Networks tab. (NOTE: If the Wireless Networks tab comes up greyed out, you probably have software known as a Wireless Client installed. This is installation software that came with your wireless card, and may offer more configuration options than Windows does natively. It should be found in the Start Menu, or running in the System Tray. You will have to mimic the following steps, and the screens will likely be quite different.)
  12. In the "Preferred networks:" section, click on the Add ... button. If you are within range of a W@SP access point, you will already see it as a detected network. In that case, click on Configure.XP Grabe 2

  13. In the Network name (SSID) field, type: W@SP.  
  14. Make sure that Data encryption (WEP enabled) is unchecked. Then click OK.XP Grab 3

  15. Back to the General tab. Look for Client for Microsoft Networks in the installed network components list. If it is not listed, add it as follows: Click the Install button. Select Client, then click Add. Select Client for Microsoft Networks. Click OK . If asked whether you want to restart your computer click Yes .  
  16. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click Properties. In the TCP/IP Properties window: Click on the General tab. Make sure Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected.  
  17. Click OK.  
  18. Restart your computer.