To use a wireless connection you will need a wireless card
(either internal or PCMCIA), a router and a high speed internet connection.
To configure network settings for Windows 2000, follow these
Locate and install the driver for your
wireless adapter and operating system.
Shut down your computer and install or connect your
Restart the computer.
In Windows 2000, choose Start > Settings > Network and
Dial-Up Connections > Local Area Connection. If your
computer is connected to a wired network, via Ethernet,
there may be two Local Area Connection items on the menu. If
you have recently added a wireless connection, it will
probably be listed as Local Area Connection 2. A tooltip
identifies the network connection you have selected.
Click the Properties button in the window that appears.
Select the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) item in the
Components list. You may need to scroll to find it.
If TCP/IP isn't present, you can add it. Click Add, then
Protocol. Click Add again, then choose Microsoft from the
list of manufacturers. Under Network Protocols, select
TCP/IP and click OK.
With TCP IP installed and selected, click Properties.
If your TCP/IP address is provided by a server
(dynamically) as is usually the case, be sure that Obtain an
IP address is selected automatically. If you have been given
an IP address by your system administrator or ISP, click Use
the following IP address and enter the details you have been
Click OK to finish editing TCP/IP settings, then click
OK and Close.
With network settings complete, you can now join a
wireless network using the client software supplied by the
wireless adapter vendor. It was installed with the driver
software you added earlier. The installer may have placed an
icon for the client software in your system tray, or you can
access it from the Programs menu.
To configure network settings for your WiFi connection, follow these
(Please note: You must complete the above steps for configuring Windows 2000
before you can proceed with the steps below)
From the Start menu, choose Programs and locate the
folder or application that is named for your wireless
adapter or its manufacturer, e.g. Orinoco or D-Link.
Choose the client application (the name will vary
with the vendor of your the equipment. For the Orinoco
adapter, choose Start > Programs > Orinoco > Wireless
In the Add/Edit Configuration Profile window, click Add
to create a new configuration profile for the current
network (Home or Coffee Shop, for example).
In the Edit Configuration window that appears next, enter
a name for this network profile, e.g. Home.
Leave the Network Type set to Access Point unless you are
creating or joining a peer-to-peer network. An access-point
network is one managed by a wireless access point or router.
A peer-to-peer network consists only of wirelessly connected
Type the SSID (Network Name) of your wireless network, or
Click Scan to find all available networks, as shown here.
If you chose to scan for networks, select the one you
want, click OK and then click Next.
If the network you've chosen uses WEP encryption, click
Enable Data Security to activate the WEP fields.
Choose the encryption key type (text or hexadecimal) and
enter the key.
Choose whether to turn power management on or leave it
off. (If you're using a portable computer the tradeoff is
performance vs. battery life . If your computer is powered by
electricity, there's no reason to turn on power management.
If you're unsure of the right choice, turn it on, use your
computer with the feature enabled and determine for yourself
whether performance suffers.) Click Next.
If you use multiple wireless networks as you travel with
your laptop, you may want to check Renew IP Address when
selecting this profile. When you join a new wireless
network, your computer must acquire a new IP address in
order to communicate with the access point, Internet gateway
and other computers on the local network. Renewing your IP
address when you change profiles ensures that your settings
will be up-to-date when you join the new network.
Click Finish and then click OK.
Test your connection by launching a Web browser.