Setting Up a Wireless Network

Configuring each device on a wireless network so that they all communicate with each other (and not with nearby networks that share the same airwaves) has traditionally been a tricky task. Understanding the alphabet soup of abbreviations—SSID, WEP, WPA, PSK, and MAC, to name a few—and providing appropriate values for each is a task for a true wizard. Fortunately, Windows Vista includes a wizard for each configuration task in wireless networking. These wizards, along with configuration support such as Windows Connect Now in modern wireless networking equipment, truly make setup simple:

  1. Run the wizard to configure the wireless access point.

  2. Transfer the configuration settings to the wireless access point, either through ...

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