How to Configure a WiFi Adapter

by Dean Lee

You can configure a WiFi Adapter to work with a pre-existing wireless network for Windows XP. The WiFi adapter allows a user to connect to an Internet netowork without the use of wires.

Assuming the WiFi adapter has been installed properly (this usually involves plugging the adapter into a laptop PCI slot or a USB port and letting Windows detect the device), access the adapter properties by clicking "Start," then click on "Control Panel."

Find "Network Connections" and right click on the icon. Select "Properties."

Click on the Wireless Networks tab and check the box for "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings." This overrides device controllers for the WiFi adapter that may have been installed.

Under the Preferred Networks sections, click on "Add."

Enter the SSID for the desired wireless network.

Enter the WEP or WPA key for the wireless network. There may not be a key for the network. If the key is not known, contact the network administrator or the person who setup the router.

Click "OK," and the WiFi adapter should be good to go.


  • check If the WiFi adapter is not working after configuration, make sure the adapter is enabled and installed properly. Also, the network key may be Open or Shared. Changing this setting to match the router could allow the WiFi adapter to work properly.

About the Author

Dean Lee began writing in 2008, with articles appearing on various websites. Lee is currently a network technician with both Cisco Certified Network Associate and Security+ certifications. Lee graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and later completed a Master of Arts in communication at Regent University.