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Q11. How to connect to a wireless network in Windows XP


To connect your computer to your wireless network


Right-click the wireless network icon in the lower right corner of your screen, and then click View Available Wireless Networks.

Wireless network shortcut menu with View Available Wireless Networks selected

Note: If you run into problems, kindly refer to the documentation that came with your network adapter. Do not hesitate to call our technical support number for assistance.



The Wireless Network Connection window appears and displays your wireless network listed with the SSID you chose. If you don't see your network, click Refresh network list in the upper left corner. Click your network, and then click Connect in the lower right corner.

Choose a wireless network page in Wireless Network Connection window



Windows XP prompts you to enter a key. Type the encryption key that you configured in your wireless router or access point earlier in both the Network key and Confirm network key boxes, and then click Connect.

Wireless Network Connection window network key page



Windows XP will show its progress as it connects to your network. If the Wireless Network Connection window continues to show Acquiring Network Address, you may have mistyped the encryption key—click Cancel and return to step 3.

After you're connected, you can close the Wireless Network Connection window. Now you're ready to browse the Web wirelessly. You can also create a wireless network in your home that connects your computers, printers, cameras, games, and other accessories for easy access and enjoyment.