How to set up a direct Wi-Fi connection in Windows XP? (page 2 of 6)

Ad-hoc setup on the first computer (1)

1. Go to Control Panel and open Network Connections folder. If you have installed your Wi-Fi adapter correctly, you will find a Wireless Network Connection icon on the right pane under LAN or High-Speed Internet.

Viewing available wireless networks from Wireless Network Connection icon

Figure: starting a connection from Wireless Network Connection icon.

2. Locate the Wireless Network Connection icon on the right pane. Right-click on it and click Properties to open Wireless Network Connection properties window.
3. On the Wireless Networks tab of the Wireless Network Connection properties window, click Add under Preferred networks. The Wireless Networks tab only appears if your wireless network adapter supports Windows XP's Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service and you have enabled it according to your adapter manufacturer directions or if it is possible simply uninstall the utility (software) that comes with your adapter but do not remove the driver.

creating a Wi-Fi ad hoc network from Wireless Network Connection properties window

Figure: Creating a wireless (Wi-Fi) ad hoc (peer-to-peer) network
via Wireless Network Connection properties window.

4. On the Association tab, type the name of your ad-hoc wireless network in Network name (SSID).

configuring the wireless ad hoc network via Wireless network properties window

Figure: input the wireless ad hoc network name (SSID), authentication, and encryption
on the Association tab of Wireless network properties window.

5. Check "This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network" and clear "The key is provided for me automatically" if you want to input your network key manually.

 
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