Note The Windows XP SP2 features and components are included in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.
The Wireless service in Windows XP performs a scan for available wireless network access points. The results of the scan are shown in the list of available networks in the Wireless Network Connection dialog box. Access points broadcast an identifying beacon that uses a format that is defined by the IEEE 802.11 standard. This format does not include the authentication mode that is used by the access point. Because most access points use open authentication, the Wireless service assumes that all access points use open authentication for connections.
Note For networks that do not use WiFi Protected Access (WPA), we recommend that you use open authentication with Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) encryption. Use open authentication with Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) encryption instead of using shared authentication with or without encryption. This helps provide additional security for your wireless network and helps protect your wireless network from intrusions by malicious users. If you use a shared key instead of open authentication with WEP encryption, the malicious user can easily decrypt the shared key to obtain access to all the computers in your wireless network.
- Click Start, point to Connect To, click Show all connections, and then double-click your wireless network adapter.
- On the General tab, click
- Click the Wireless Networks tab, and then click Add.
- Type the service set identifier (SSID) of the access point.
- Set Network Authentication to
- Click to clear the following check box:The key is provided for me automatically
- Type the WEP key for the wireless network access point in the Network key box.
- Type the WEP key in the Confirm network key box, and then click OK.