Installing the Card

Okay, so now you have your Wi-Fi card in your hot, greedy hands and you're ready to get started with wireless networking today—either using a commercial hotspot or your own home network.

Whoa! Wait a minute there. Hold on, pardner! You still gotta add that fine new Wi-Fi card to your laptop, and get its software installed and configured to work nicely with a wireless network.

It's a good thing that there is nothing very difficult about any of this. Let's take it one step at a time.

Connections to Mr. Laptop

You probably know perfectly well what all the connections to your laptop do and what they are for. Just in case you don't, I want to show you some of the common connections on Windows laptop computers.

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