Setting up wireless network help needed

January 6, 2010 at 11:40:05
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.399 GHz / 509 MB
I just purchased a Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G adapter and Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Router for my Dell Inspiron 1000 laptop and have a few questions. Do you recommed using the CD's to do the setup? Which device should I set up first, the laptop adapter or the router? Can I remove and plug the adapter back in when I want to go wireless? Do you have any other helpful advice?

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January 6, 2010 at 11:58:10
Do you recommed using the CD's to do the setup?

Not for the router. I've set quite a few up and never once touched the CD's. In fact, since you bought a WRT54GL you can even use a 3'd party firmware on it. My personal preference is Tomato Firmware. If you'd like to have a look at a couple others, there are multiple links to other 3'd party firmwares at the bottom of the page I linked to.

As for the network interface, you will probably have to run the CD. At the very least, you would want to load the drivers off of it. If it were me, I'd physically install the adapter and then let windows "find" the new hardware. When prompted to load drivers, I would then put the CD in the CD-ROM and have windows search the CD for drivers. If it finds drivers on the CD, load them and check in Device Manager to see if the device has loaded properly and is working. If it is, then try searching for wireless networks.

I would configure your wireless network on the router first. When doing so I recommend using WPA encryption and a complex password for your own safety.

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January 7, 2010 at 06:44:12
If you want to do everything manually, can have a look on this wireless network setup tutorial to find out more, it's not difficult to set up wireless network after all.

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January 7, 2010 at 14:40:47
Lots of info in that tutorial. I will read it thuroghly. Thanks

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