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Hello, sorta new to the wireless world, I have a d- link router I set up to a desktop computer with the dsl line. my laptop has a built in wireless card and I can get online using this setup. Two things I need help on,
1- setting up the security for the network, the d-link settings do not allow me to change what is in the firmware i think it was called, i played with it once and the wireless went down for a week until I played with again and then it worked. is there a good program i get on download.com or something that works well and doesnt cost much?

2- Can I go through the wireless setup and get into the desktop computer? say to play the music on the computer and speaker set up and not my laptops. or to view the files on that computer and then print from that computer? Can i do this through a windows xp application or I need a special program to do it?
both computers are dell and have windows xp.

thanks for any help

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Hi David,

1 - You can setup Wireless encryption using the Windows Wireless Network Setup Wizard. To use this, you first need to plug your computer directly into the router (with an ethernet cord), and then continue...

Run the Wireless Network Setup Wizard:
  • The easiest way to open the Wireless Network Setup Wizard is through the Start Menu: go to Programs, Accessories, then Communications, and you'll find it there.
  • The first thing to do when the wizard appears is read the welcome message, and click Next.
  • Now, type a name for your network -- anything will do, as long as it's relatively unique to you. You're allowed up to 32 letters to express yourself, but remember that your neighbours might get to see this name at some point! (Note: if you already have an SSID and Encryption Key, then you must enter these, rather than creating new ones.)
  • Unless you already have a network key that you absolutely must use, select the Automatically Assign a Network Key radio button.
    (Note: You should write down -- on a piece of paper -- both your SSID and your Network Key!)
  • If you bought equipment with WPA (stronger encryption), tick that box. Click Next again.
  • Unless you have a USB flash drive (it's unlikely), choose the option for manual setup. Don't worry -- it's just a matter of printing out some settings and entering them into your other computers. If you don't use encryption, you can usually skip this step.
  • Now, right-click on the wireless icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen -- it looks like a small computer with two lines on the right of it.
  • On the menu that appears, click 'View Available Wireless Networks'.
  • Now, you should see a list of the wireless networks your computer is in range of. Look for the name of your own network. This will be the name you typed in the setup wizard earlier or, if you use a router, it will probably be the name of your wireless equipment's manufacturer.
    (Note that this is the screen to come to if you ever want to connect to a wireless network other than your usual one -- just double click the one you want, wait a while, and it should work.)
  • To make sure Windows knows which network is yours, you need to click 'Change the order of preferred networks' on the left of the available networks screen.
  • You should click the 'Add' button to add the name of your network to this list, and use 'Remove' to take away any that aren't yours.
  • When you've highlighted your network, click Properties, and then go to the Connection section.
  • Make sure 'Connect when this network is in range' is ticked. If all else fails, you might have to take your printout from the Wireless Network Setup Wizard and enter that information on each computer.
2 - Yes, you can share files, resources, etc.. And no, you don't need any special/third-party utilities to do this. But, let's worry about that once we get your Network up :tazz:

- Dan
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