|You must install the software for the card according to the installation directions. |
DO NOT install drivers for the device when Windows finds New Hardware BEFORE you have installed that software properly - CANCEL THAT.
If you DID install drivers for it that way, you must Un-install the software you installed in Control Panel - Add or Remove Programs, and start over again.
If you have not set up a wireless connection before, that's not as easy as setting up a wired network connection.
If you HAVE set up a wireless connection before in 2000 or above, using it's built in Wireless Zero configuration program, that's much easier than it is when you need to use the wireless settings program that came with the adapter's software.
If you have not set up a wireless connection before....
If the adapter's drivers are installed properly,
- the device will be listed properly in Device Manager under Network Controllers.
(RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Device Manager tab)
- the settings in Control Panel - Network will list the adapter by the same or very similar name, and the settings for it will be correct.
NOTE that if you want to be able to share Files and Printers with other computers on your local network , you need to enable File and Printer Sharing there, and after that is done, you need to RIGHT click on a least one folder and enable Sharing, and enable Sharing in the Properties of your Printer model if it's connected to your computer.
If a printer you want to share is connected to another computer, that printer model's software must be compatible with you sharing the printer with the operating systems on the other computer(s) (you can't share some printer models if the other computers have 2000 or up on them), and you must Add a Printer, install it as a network printer, and install the software for the printer on your own 98SE computer - the printer's software you install must be compatible with 98SE.
You must use the wireless settings program that came with the adapter to set up the connection with your wireless router, or combo router / high speed modem.
The wireless broadcast in the router's configuration must be enabled - if you haven't used the wireless feature of the router before, many routers have that disabled by default.
The settings in the wireless settings program that came with the adapter must be compatible with the wireless settings in the router's configuration.
If the router is using Security settings - an encryption code or password - then the Security settings in the wireless settings program that came with the adapter must be compatible with those.
If you cannot connect to the router wirelessly, then you cannot access the router's configuration or the internet wirelessly. In that case, if you need to connect to the router to access it's configuration, you need to either
- connect a network cable from the wired network adapter on the same computer to the router
- or - connect to the router via another computer in your local network that's connected to the same router, via a network cable connection, or via a wireless connection that can already connect to the router.
The default URL address (192.168.xxx.xxx) you use in your internet browser program to access the router's login page for the router's configuration, and the default user name and password, are in the manual for your router model. (You're accessing the the router's configuration, inside the router, not the internet.)
The full manual for the wireless adapter, and the router or combo router / high speed modem. that's on the CD that came with it has a lot more detail.
If you don't have the CD, download the full manual from the maker's web site.
If you need more info, we need
- the exact model of your Netgear wireless adapter
- the exact make and model and hardware Revision or Version of your wireless router, or combo router / high speed modem.
The hardware Revision or Version is on a label, often on the underside of it.