Windows XP Networking Guide

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Windows XP Networking Guide : New Connection Wizard

You can get to the New Connection Wizard through:
1) Start>Control Panel>Network Connections>Network Tasks>Create a new connection, or
2) Start>All Programs>Accessories>Communications>Network Connections>Network Tasks>Create a new connection, or
3) My Network Places>Network Tasks>View network connections>Network Tasks>Create a new connection, or
4) Start>All Programs>Accessories>Communications>New Connection Wizard, or
5) Start>Connect To>Show all connections>Network Tasks>Create a new connection.

Before setting up your network or connection with the New Connection Wizard, you must install the necessary hardware, e.g. modem, network adapter, hub, access point, cable, and connector. In Windows XP if you install a network adapter (e.g. Ethernet, Wi-Fi, HPNA) in your computer, a LAN connection is automatically created for you. If you have more than one network adapters installed, you can enable the ones you use and disable the rest from the context menu (by right clicking the connection icon in Network Connections folder). 

You can check the network or connection that is created using the New Connection Wizard at Network Connections folder that can be accessed from Control Panel or Accessories. You can then rename, configure, delete, disable, or enable the connection. You can also create a desktop shortcut to the connection. And when your network is active, you can check the status of your connection that tells you about your connection time, the number of bytes sent and received, signal strength (in wireless case), and your connection details.

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