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To configure network settings for Windows 2000, follow these steps:

1. Locate and install the driver for your wireless adapter and operating system.

2. Shut down your computer and install or connect your wireless adapter.

3. Restart the computer.

4. In Windows 2000, choose Start > Settings > Network and Dial-Up Connections > Local Area Connection. If your computer is connected to a wired network, via Ethernet, there may be two Local Area Connection items on the menu. If you have recently added a wireless connection, it will probably be listed as Local Area Connection 2. A tooltip identifies the network connection you have selected.

5. Click the Properties button in the window that appears.

6. Select the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) item in the Components list. You may need to scroll to find it.

7. If TCP/IP isn't present, you can add it. Click Add, then Protocol. Click Add again, then choose Microsoft from the list of manufacturers. Under Network Protocols, select TCP/IP and click OK.

8. With TCP IP installed and selected, click Properties.

9. If your TCP/IP address is provided by a server (dynamically) as is usually the case, be sure that Obtain an IP address automatically is selected. If you have been given an IP address by your system administrator or ISP, click Use the following IP address and enter the details you have been given.

10. Click OK to finish editing TCP/IP settings, then click OK and Close.

11. With network settings complete, you can now join a wireless network using the client software supplied by the wireless adapter vendor. It was installed with the driver software you added earlier. The installer may have placed an icon for the client software in your system tray, or you can access it from the Programs menu.

To configure network settings for Windows 2000, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, choose Programs and locate the folder or application that is named for your wireless adapter or it manufacturer; e.g. Orinoco or D-Link.

2.  Choose the client application (the name will vary with the vendor of your the equipment. For the Orinoco adapter, choose Start > Programs > Orinoco > Wireless Network Settings).

3. In the Add/Edit Configuration Profile window, click Add to create a new configuration profile for the current network (Home or Coffee Shop, for example).

4. In the Edit Configuration window that appears next, enter a name for this network profile, e.g. Home.

5. Leave the Network Type set to Access Point unless you are creating or joining a peer-to-peer network. An access-point network is one managed by a wireless access point or router. A peer-to-peer network consists only of wirelessly connected computers.

6. Click Next.

7. Type the SSID (Network Name) of your wireless network, or click Scan to find all available networks, as shown here.

8. If you chose to scan for networks, select the one you want, click OK and then click Next.

9. If the network you've chosen uses WEP encryption, click Enable Data Security to activate the WEP fields.

10. Choose the encryption key type (text or hexadecimal) and enter the key.

11. Click Next.

12. Choose whether to turn power management on or leave it off. (The tradeoff is performance vs. battery life if you're using a portable computer. If your computer is powered by electricity, there's no reason to turn on power management. If you're unsure of the right choice, turn it on, use your computer with the feature enabled and determine for yourself whether performance suffers.) Click Next.

13. If you use multiple wireless networks as you travel with your laptop, you may want to check Renew IP Address when selecting this profile. When you join a new wireless network, your computer must acquire a new IP address in order to communicate with the access point, Internet gateway and other computers on the local network. Renewing your IP address when you change profiles ensures that your settings will be up-to-date when you join the new network.

14. Click Finish and then click OK.

15. Test your connection by launching a Web browser.

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