Click Start then Control Panel.
By default, the Control Panel opens in “Category View”:
Click on “Switch to Classic View”, and scroll down to find “System”:
Double-click on “System” to open “System Properties”:
Click on the “Hardware” tab:
Click on the “Device Manager” button.
The Device Manager opens:
Select (e.g.) “Network adapters”, and click on the “+” sign to expand this part of the device list:
The red crosses show that both network adapters are disabled.
Double-click on the icon for the Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter:
Note that “This device is disabled (Code 22)”.
Click on “Enable” to enable the device:
The Device Manager now looks like this:
When the Wireless-G Network Adapter is enabled, a new icon will appear in the System Notification Area (“System Tray”). This icon will change its appearance as Windows XP attempts to connect automatically.
“Not connected” (a red X appears to the lower right of the icon):
“Acquiring network address” (an oscillating yellow dot appears):
The connection may appear to be up:
The connection may then revert to “Limited or no connectivity” (black exclamation mark on a yellow field)::
If so, this is most likely because the network needs a WEP key.
Right-mouse click on the wireless network connection icon and then click on “View Available Wireless Networks”.
This screen confirms that a network key is required.
At this stage the default TCP/IP settings will provide a 169.* IP address.
Use Start/Run/Cmd/ipconfig to check:
Click on “Disconnect” in the previous screen:
Click on “Yes”.
Windows searches for networks in range:
The network is found as before. Click on “Connect”. You will then be prompted for your WEP key. Enter the key TWICE and then click on “Connect”:
The network connection will usually be established within fifteen seconds: