In an ideal world, it would be possible to plug a wireless network adapter into a computer, fire it up, and connect to the network right away. No fuss, no bother (and no need for a book like this one). That's the way Windows ought to work; when Windows identifies a network adapter during startup, it should automatically place a Network icon on the desktop and configure all of the settings your computer needs to make a connection.

But nothing is ever that simple. Before you can start to move data across a wireless network, you will probably have to tell Windows exactly how and where to find the network and how to connect ...

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