Wireless Networking, Windows XP, and Living without ‘Net…
Was helping a friend of mine setup his new office today, install a LAN, buy a computer, and all that jazz. He’s got a snazzy new Dell Laptop with Windows XP, and we snagged a new Compaq AMD Athlon system that’s pretty snappy.
Then came the LAN.. We loaded up a Linksys WPC11 card into his laptop, followed the directions, got it installed and talking to the access point.. and then it refused to share files.
Four frustrating hours later, we gave up and went home.
In five minutes at home, I had the answer. The drivers were out of date, the ones in the box didn’t support Windows XP.. now I have the new drivers here on my laptop to take in to him tomorrow so he can get things running properly.
This really isn’t about the problems we had or the missing drivers.. it’s that his office doesn’t have ‘net access yet as Verizon hasn’t gotten around to installing it… so we couldn’t the obvious.. head to Google, do a search, and find the answer.