Lesson 3- Getting the Notebook computer on the network and on the Internet


In Lesson 3 we go to the Notebook computer to get it on the network and online.  This computer is also running Windows XP and it has the PC Card wireless network adapter.   Once again we show getting it online with both configuration utilities, but with this network adapter we have to switch between the utilities manually.

Recommended Networking Hardware

D-Link DIR-655 Wireless N Router
Encore ENLWI-N Wireless N PCI card

D-Link DWA-140 Wireless N USB adapter
LINKSYS WPC600N Wireless N Cardbus Adapter


ENCORE ENHWI-N Wireless N Router


ENCORE ENUWI-N Wireless N USB adapter



Hello and welcome to Section 4, Lesson 3. We’re on our notebook computer, it’s running Windows XP and this is the computer that we installed the PC card wireless network adapter into the PC card slot.

Configure Windows Networking

If we look down here by the clock, in the tray, we can see that we have the Windows wireless networking icon and says we’re not connected. We also have the makers configuration utility saying we’re disconnected from a wireless network. Before we can connect to the network we need to right-click on the Windows networking icon and go to open network connections. On this computer we have two wireless network connections. That’s because this notebook has a built-in wireless G adapter which is the first one here in the list. If we just hover over it, it tells use the name of it and that it is an 802.11g network adapter. If we hover over  the second one, it’s our netgear adapter which is wireless N.

We need to right-click on it and go to properties. We’ll scroll down and find the Internet protocol TCP/IP and go to properties. We’re making sure that obtain an IP address automatically and obtain DNS server address automatically is checked okay out of these. Close down the network connections folder.

We’ve already moved over key.txt file from our USB thumb drive to the desktop and we’ll open it up, click and drag across, right-click and copy it, so now it’s in our clipboard.

Connecting with the Makers Configuration Utility

First we will use the makers configuration utility to connect to the network. We’ll double-click on it, if we go to the networks tab it will scan for networks and its found three networks of our neighbors and ours which is homenet.  We’ll highlight it, it identifies it as a wireless N network. Down at the bottom we’ll click Connect and we’re taken to the settings page. We’ll call the profile homenet. Its already detected the WPA2 PSK using the AES encryption which is good. We’ll right-click and paste in our security key and click apply. If we scroll down, we are connected to the wireless network.

Lets make sure we have an Internet connection. Once again will open up Internet Explorer and we are online.

Disabling the Makers Configuration Utility

Next we’re going to connect to the network using just a wireless configuration utility built into Windows. In Lesson 2 when we right-click on the makers configuration utility there was an option to switch to using the zero configuration utility that’s built in Windows. This is a Netgear wireless network adapter and its utility does not have that option, so were going to have to do it manually in Windows.

We will exit the utility and we’ve lost our Internet connection. To re-enable the wireless configuration utility built in the Windows we need to go to start and run and in the box we need to type in services.msc and click okay.

What we’re looking for is at the very bottom.

This is where the sample video ends and the free written instruction ends as well.

The Wireless zero configuration. To change its properties we need to double-click on it and the service status is stopped and the start-up type is manual. It will either be manual or disabled. We need to change it to automatic so it starts up every time Windows starts up and we’ll start it and click okay out of this and close the services.

Connecting with the Windows Configuration Utility

If we look down here in our system tray it says we’re not connected. We need to right-click on it and go to view available wireless networks. We have a few of our neighbors networks in our homenet.  We’ll double-click on that, right-click and paste in our security key and XP wants you do it twice. Click connect and we’re connected. We’ll just verify that with Internet Explorer and we are online. Let’s close this down.

I just want to tell you one extra thing here. If after you re-enable the service for the zero configuration utility you still don’t see a wireless networks and you’re getting a message saying that another utility is in control of a wireless network you need to go to change advanced settings, wireless networks and make sure use Windows to configure my wireless network settings is checked. Occasionally that won’t get re-enable even after you restart the service. We’ve close the makers configuration utility and we need make sure it doesn’t come up anymore.

We’ll go to start and run and type in msconfig. We’ll go to the startup tab and scroll down to find the configuration utility. There it is, the WN511T. We’ll uncheck it and click okay and we’ll restart later.

That’s the end of Section 4. All of our computers are now connected to the router and they have Internet access.

Next in Section 5 we’ll get the computers to see each other so they can share files and printers.