Solved How do I hook up wi-fi to winxp?

May 16, 2014 at 07:43:40
Specs: Windows XP, 128
I just loaded Win XP on a computer. How can I hook up wi-fi to it? It asks for a dial-up modem. I hard wire this particular machine.

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May 20, 2014 at 15:31:58
Do you know how to access the Netgear's home/setup/admin pages? If so go there and verify that wifi is actually enabled on the router? Also that its SSID isn't "hidden" - an option within wifi config on the router.

You can get the quick start manual and other more detailed manuals too here:

http://www.netgear.com/service-prov...

The default address for the admin pages is:

http://www.routerlogin.net

(they used to give it as an ip address...?)

In the setup manual - page 11 is basic setup etc. and page 20 onwards is all about wifi set up.



#1
May 16, 2014 at 07:56:32
Do you have a dial-up Modem or a Wi-fi Router with broadband Modem.

If the latter, what is the model Number.

What do you mean by hard wire. Wi-fi by definition has no wires.

Stuart


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#2
May 16, 2014 at 09:39:28
Presumably you are able to connect to your modem (broadband?) by an ethernet/cat-5 cable; and want to use wifi?

If so... Then does the computer have a wifi adapter installed and enabled. It maybe built-in (typically on most current laptops); or may require an add-in card, or a usb-adapter/dongle. In any of these possibles you will need to ensure the drivers for for the wifi adapter are correctly installed.

As best I know there is no wifi version of a dial-up modem; although I may be wrong there...

In Internet Explorer in the tools/option section (via menu bar at the top) there is a location to enable how you connect to the internet. Typically if there is an active cat-5 connection already established - you are able to connect to a router... - then that connection option will be set to LAN. If no active cat-5 connection enabled to a router then it (IE) may well ask for how you wish to connect; and may even proffer a dial-up...

So...

Is there a wifi adapter installed in the computer; and if so - what kind (make/model if possible) is the adapter?

What make/model computer is it you have here.

Are you actually wishing to connect to a standard (these days) broadband router that allows wifi and cat-5/ethernet connections?

What make/model is the router?


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#3
May 17, 2014 at 09:12:17
Desktop computers don't usually have a WiFi adapter because the manufacturer assumes it won't be required, the most commonly used connection method is wired via ethernet cable.

If you want to connect your desktop PC to a wireless router using wireless you have to buy a PCI wireless card or a USB wireless adapter.
However, if the router is close enough to the PC for a wired connection you are better off using that since a wired connection is more reliable and generally faster than wireless.

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#4
May 20, 2014 at 07:03:20
You can run a wire into the computer. The rest of the house is wireless. That's what I mean by hard wire. The XP OS was on this computer before. Something corrupted it so I tried to repair it with a disc. Instead it re-downloaded itself and now I've lost all the info I had before as well as the wi-fi ability I had before.

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#5
May 20, 2014 at 08:12:53
mmm... Likely you have realised the benefit and wisdom of ensuring all your personal "stuff" was saved (copied/duplicated) elsewhere at all times; typically to DVD and/or even an external HD. That way if "anything" causes a loss of "stuff on eh system as is (was...) all that personal "stuff" is secure and safe elsewhere...

Back to your wifi problem.

Is there a wifi adapter installed; be it a plug-in card (internally) or via usb-adapter (aka a dongle - looks like an oversized usb stick).

If so are the drivers installed for whichever it is?

Go to Control-panel\system - as per this simple "how to":

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windo...

There (as possibly you already know) you can inspect all hardware installed. See if the network tab has anything listed - and of course any wifi adapter will be there - under whatever name the device is called... If it's installed correctly there will be no yellow exclamation marks etc against it. If it 's not correctly installed there will be a yellow mark next to it.

If you right click on each network adapter/device you will see a dialogue box etc. which allows you to view it's status - drivers etc. and to update drivers if needs-be (or even install them if not present already).

So clarify what your wifi adapter is - make/model; are the drivers correctly installed. Is the device (if correctly installed) actually enabled (as in switched on) Typically there is an icon bottom left tray area that indicates if the wifi connection is enabled/active (or not). If the icon is present right click on it and see what says/offers as well; possibly the device is simply switched off - and thus you can switch it on via that icon?

Also confirm that you do have a router that allows wifi - which by the sound of your comments overall you do have...; what make/model is it?

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#6
May 20, 2014 at 11:31:39
Router is Netgear N-150.

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May 20, 2014 at 15:31:58
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Do you know how to access the Netgear's home/setup/admin pages? If so go there and verify that wifi is actually enabled on the router? Also that its SSID isn't "hidden" - an option within wifi config on the router.

You can get the quick start manual and other more detailed manuals too here:

http://www.netgear.com/service-prov...

The default address for the admin pages is:

http://www.routerlogin.net

(they used to give it as an ip address...?)

In the setup manual - page 11 is basic setup etc. and page 20 onwards is all about wifi set up.


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