Setting Up a Wireless Router or Access Point
You can set up a wireless router or wireless access point by completing these steps:
1. Click Start and then click Control Panel. In the Control Panel, click Network
and Internet and then click Network and Sharing Center.
2. In the Network and Sharing Center, click “Set up a connection or network” in
the left pane. This opens the “Set up a connection or network” Wizard.
3. In the wizard, click “Set up a wireless router or access point,” and click the Next
4. Read the introductory text. The wizard allows you to configure a wireless router
or access point, set up the properties of file and printer sharing, save the net-
work configuration for future use, and make the network a private network. If
you have all of the required information to set up your wireless network, click
the Next button and follow the steps provided by the wizard.
5. The wizard starts by detecting network hardware and settings. If you have an
access point, Windows Vista discovers it, and if the device allows automatic con-
figuration, it will connect to the device. If your device does not allow automatic
configuration, you have the option to “Configure this device manually,” or “Cre-
ate wireless network settings and save to USB flash drive.” Selecting the first
choice opens an authentication dialog window for connecting to your device.
This allows you to configure the access point or router manually by following
the information in the user manual associated with the network device.
6. The latter choice allows you to copy network settings and transfer the settings to
multiple computers. This feature also allows you to share the settings across the
network after configuration of the central connection for hosts associated with
the network. You must input the network name (SSID), and click the Next but-
ton. You must then enter the pass phrase for network connections, and click the
Next button. Next, select the file and printer sharing options, consisting of “Do
not allow file and printer sharing,” “Allow sharing with anyone with a user
account and password for this computer,” and “Allow sharing with anyone on
the same network as this computer.” After selecting the properties of file and
printer sharing, click the Next button, and identify the USB key or path where
you want to save the network settings for future use.
Profile Types Change the way profiles are handled on the computer. You can use all-user profiles, or all-user and
per-user profiles. All-user profiles apply to all users of the computer. Per-user profiles apply only to
the logged-on user.
Network and Sharing
Open the Network and Sharing Center, allowing you to manage more of your network settings.
Table 17-5. Properties for managing wireless networks (continued)
Option This feature allows you to…