These directions will walk you through configuring the Windows XP Service Pack 2 wireless configuration process for use on your home network. While many wireless cards ship with a vendor supplied configuration tool, these tools are too widely varied for us to easily ascertain which ones properly support WPA, and if so, how to configure them. Therefore, we are only able to provde information for the Windows built in configuration process.
Note that when picking an SSID to you, you should pick a unique one. If you attempt to reuse an already configured SSID, such as WPI-Wireless, you will have connectivity problems.
Setup of Your Home Wireless Network
- Open "Network Connections" via Start -> Control Panel -> Network Connections
- Right click your Wireless Network Connection and select Properties
- On the Wireless Networks tab, Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings should be checked. If it is not, your wireless setup may not work properly due to third-party software.
- Click the Add... button
On the Wireless Network Properties window, use the SSID you have configured on your wireless router. Network authentication should be WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK, and Data Encryption should be TKIP or AES. The Network Key value should be the passphrase you configured on your wireless router.
If WPA does not appear as a valid option for Network Authentication, that indicates that your network card drivers do not support WPA. If this is the case, you should check with the manufacturer of your laptop or network card for updated drivers.
- Click on the Connection tab
- On the Connection tab, select Connect when this network is in range and click Ok
- Returning to the Wireless Network Connection Properties
window, the Home-SSID (Automatic) entry should now be present.
- Click the Advanced button
- On the Advanced window, use the following information:
- Click close
- Click Ok to close the Wireless Network Connection Properties window
Last modified: Dec 04, 2006, 19:03 EST