Going Wireless with Vista
Using Windows Vista to connect a wireless network is much easier and simpler when you compare it with Windows XP. So much so that you can connect your Vista computer to a home wireless network or public network without hardly any trouble at all. Also, Vista is now capable of detecting a non-broadcasting wireless network (hidden SSID), so you’re able to configure it as a preferred network. That feature is not supported in Windows XP. Let’s check out all the differences now!
So, assuming you already have a wireless adapter and a driver installed on your computer, go to the Start menu and click on Connect To.
- First of all, you need to connect to the network window that appears. This window will show all the available connections, which are dial-up, VPN and wireless, but your focus is on the wireless connection. Scroll down the list and select the wireless network you wish to connect and then hit the Connect button.
Note: If the network you choose is a security-enabled network, it will require authentication. If that happens, one of the following will occur:
- If the network key is automatically provided by your network or system administrator (that is, the network supports IEEE 802.1x), the connection will be made automatically.
- If the network key is not automatically provided, type in your key. The key can be a WEP, WPA or WPA2 encryption key.
- Once you’re connected to the wireless network, the connection will show up as connected.
- If you right click the connected wireless network and click Properties, you will be able to see the connection setting of the network and you can then make further configurations, if needed. For example, set it as a preferred network to connect automatically. Check through the settings and play with them until you have everything just the way you want them.
Here’s to a wireless Vista!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami