Using the Wireless LAN
Depending on your model, an internal Mini PCI wireless LAN (WLAN) card may
have been pre-installed by your computer manufacturer at the factory. This card
allows you to access corporate networks or the Internet in a wireless environment.
The WLAN features include:
IEEE 802.11b standard compliance
2.4 GHz DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) technology
Peer-to-Peer (Ad-Hoc) and Access Point (Infrastructure) modes support
WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) 64/128-bit data encryption
Transmission rate at 11 Mbps, 5.5 Mbps, 2 Mbps, and 1 Mbps with automatic data
To take advantage of the WLAN feature, make sure that the WLAN driver is installed
correctly. (See Chapter 6 for more information.) If your WLAN card was provided by
your dealer instead of the computer manufacturer, contact your dealer for the correct
driver to use.
Configuring the WLAN
After driver installation, you can use the WLAN utility to configure and monitor your
WLAN connection. If you are using Windows XP, you can also use its built-in
WLAN utility. Follow this procedure to launch the WLAN utility in Windows XP:
1. Select Control Panel from the Start menu.
2. Click Network and Internet Connections.
3. Click Network Connections, then double-click the Wireless Network
4. Click Properties in the Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box.
You can configure your WLAN settings in the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box.
Operating Your Computer