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Wireless - Windows XP

This document contains instructions for configuring Windows XP when using a wireless Ethernet connection. If you have any questions about any of the information provided in this document, please contact the Computing Center at 275-6865 or send e-mail to CCDesk@URMC.Rochester.edu.

In order to establish a wireless Ethernet connection, you'll need to:

  • Get the Hardware You'll Need - Click here to learn more about Purchasing Wireless Equipment.
  • Configure Your Software for Wireless Ethernet Networking.
  • Configure Your Software for Wireless Ethernet Networking

    Please read/follow the documentation & installation introductions for the wireless hardware you have obtained. The general information you will need to configure your wireless connection is:

    SSID: urmcwireless
    Encryption (WEP): (none)

    Once the card and the driver are installed, see below:

    Note: These instructions assume that you are using the Windows XP menu structure, not the Classic menu structure. To edit your menu structure, right-click on the Start button, select Properties, make sure that the Start menu radio button is selected, then click OK.)

    Select Start > Connect to > then right-click on Wireless Network Connection. Select View Available Wireless Networks from the menu. The Wireless Network Connections dialog box is displayed (the SSID "urmcwireless" should be displayed):

    Since WEP is not currently used, you must check the "Allow me to connect to the selected wireless network. even though it is not secure" box. (See Below)

    Click on "Connect". You should now be connected.

    If you still have difficulty obtaining a wireless signal, do the following:

    1. Check to make sure you are located in a wireless area.
    2. Check the TCP/IP setting of your wireless connection. Ensure it is set for DHCP. (Select Start > Connect to > then right-click on Wireless Network Connection. Select the Properties option. Under the line "This connection uses the following items:" you should see "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)"; select it and click on the Properties tab just below it. Ensure that both the "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically" radio buttons are selected.
    3. Refer to you hardware documentation.
    4. Reboot the machine.
    5. Call us @ 275-6865 to schedule an appointment to have us check you wireless settings.

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