My feelings about Window$ Vista are well documented, but hey the world is moving towards an almost universal adoption of the software in homes and offices so we have to learn how to connect to another thing that is becoming almost ubiquitous: the wireless network. This little guide is an attempt to explain this brave new world, which is quite different from connecting in Windows XP...
1) Right click on the Network Icon at the bottom right hand corner of your screen and select Connect to a Network.
2) Then click on Set up a network as shown below if you are not entitled to connect to any of the networks that the scan brings up. Notice that in the figure, all the networks are security enabled, so we have to set up our own network...
Next up, we are given a dialogue with options:
- Connect to the Internet
- Set up a wireless router or access point
- Manually connect to a wireless network
- Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network
- Set up a dial-up connection
- Connect to a workplace
A page is then displayed to enter information for the wireless network you want to add. On that page, you can configure the following:
- Network name (Type the name of the wireless network)
- Security type (Select the method used to authenticate a connection to the wireless network).
The choices are as follows:
- No authentication (Open) Open system authentication with no encryption.
- WEP Open system authentication with Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).
- WPA2-Personal Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) with a preshared key.
- WPA-Personal Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) with a preshared key (also known as a passphrase).
- WPA2-Enterprise WPA2 with IEEE 802.1X authentication.
- WPA-Enterprise WPA with IEEE 802.1X authentication.
- 802.1x IEEE 802.1X authentication with WEP (also known as dynamic WEP).
And after that, well, I think you're done.