|If you have a network adapter connecting to a standalone router, that's connected to a standalone high speed modem, or to a combo router / high speed modem, that's your internet gateway. You don't disable it if you want to connect to the internet. You can disable that in the router's configuration.|
When you're using a wireless networking adapter to connect to a wireless router, or to the router in a combo wireless router / high speed modem,
- you use Infrastructure mode, not ad hoc mode
- that mode must be set the same in both the wireless networking adapter's configuration and the router's configuration
If you have not connected to the wireless router or combo wireless router / high speed modem previously, NOTE that the wireless feature - wireless broadcast in the wireless router's configuration - is often disabled by default.There is an led on the device that shows whether the wireless broadcast has been enabled.If that's not on,. you must access the router's configuration via a network cable connection and enable that setting (see below).
- if you're using Security settings to protect the wireless connection, which is recommended, the settings must be compatible with each other in the wireless networking adapter's configuration and the router's configuration. E.g. the code or the password you use must be the same.
If those are not compatible, you cannot connect wirelessly to the router. If the router has wireless security settings enabled, you must access the router's configuration setting to find what settings it's using if you don't know what they are,
- .by connecting to the router via a wired networking connection - a network cable between a network port on the same computer and the router
-or via a wireless connection (that is already working) or a wired network connection to the router from another computer in your local network that is connected to the same router.
The default 192.168.xxx.xxx address you type in your internet browser to access the router, and the default user name and password you use to get into the router's configuration, are in the manual for your router or combo router / high speed modem.
(If you have a combo router / high speed modem that was provided by your ISP - Internet Service Provider - there MAY be a label on the outside of the device that has those things printed on it.)
- the software for a wireless networking adapter often has both the drivers for it and a wireless settings configuration utility that came with it.
If that wireless settings configuration utility has been installed, you can't use XP's built in Wireless Zero (wireless settings) utility.
NOTE that if the wireless adapter is NOT built into the computer, you MUST install the software for it according to the proper installation directions.
E.g. if it's a USB adapter, you DO NOT plug it in until AFTER you have installed at least some of the software for it.
For that or for a built in wireless adapter, DO NOT install drivers for it when New Hardware Found pops up, unless the installation directions tell you to do that !
It's usually much easier to use XP's built in Wireless Zero (wireless settings configuration ) utility rather than the one that came with the wireless adapter's software to set up your wireless connection.
It's recommended you
- uninstall the wireless settings configuration utility that came with it if it's listed separately in Add or Remove Programs
- or - if it isn't listed, uninstall the single entry for the software for the wireless networking adapter listed in Add or Remove Programs - you MAY have the choice of un-installing the configuration utility but not the drivers when you do that
- or - uninstall the single entry for the software for the wireless networking adapter listed in Add or Remove Programs - you MAY be able to choose to NOT install the configuration utility when you install the sotware again, if you DO NOT choose the default Express or whatever default installation choice.
-or - if you can't install just the drivers for it, or in any case, the configuration utility is usually listed in msconfig.
Start - Run - type:msconfig (press Enter)
Click on the Startup tab.
Click on the small box with the checkmark before the line that loads the configuration utility, to remove the checkmark.
Restart the computer.
A System Configuration window will pop up.
Click on the small blank box to insert a checkmark to prevent that from popping up again.
Close the window by clicking on the red X top right of the window,or click on OK at the bottom of that window..
Once the wireless adapter's configuration utility has NOT been installed,or has been disabled.
Look at the icons in your taskbar bottom right - one of them shows your available wireless connections - click on that - choose the SSID - label - that is the one your want to connect to - usually that is the one in your router's settings - click on Connect - the XP Wireless Zero utility finds most settings automatically. If the connection has Security enabled, you will be prompted to supply the code (encryption key) or Password that the connection is using.
(If you don't know what that is, you must find out what it is - see above - or if you have physical access to the router, you can reset the router's settings to defaults, but that MAY disable all wireless connections to the router - switch off wireless broadcast - by default )
NOTE that copying and pasting a code string into the box may NOT work - you may need to type it in manually.
There will be an icon for the wireless connection in your taskbar.
If it doesn't have green on it, the wireless connection is not working.
You can only connect to the internet one way at a time from the same computer - via either a wired or wireless network connection..
If you want to connect to it via a wired network connection, there must be a network cable between the wired network adapter on your computer and the router, and your wireless connection should be disabled. .
If you want to connect to the internet via a wireless connection, unplug the network cable between your computer and the router.
If you change the way you connect to the router, you need to Restart Windows and access your internet browser - it will take a short while for the browser to find an internet connection the first time. After that it will connect in much less time for the same type of connection.