Thanks to BenMcDonald and Firedancer for their kind replies. I'm afraid that on my main computer(WinXP) the only connection under control panel>network connection is one called LAN
or High Speed Internet that shows Local Area Connection, connected/firewalled, Intel(R) PRO/100 M Network.... On my wife's laptop, there are several connections, including a wireless one. Under its properties, it shows MSHOME as the only and preferred Network. Clicking its properties shows Network Authentication as OPEN, Data Encryption as WEP, but the network key is just a series of dots.
Under that, the key index is set to 1, and the box next to "The key is provided for me automatically" is unchecked. As I mentioned, the network was set up for me by the guys who actually connected a dedicated line for the DSL connection. The line goes from the curb to a Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless-G Kit (MN-820) From the back of the router, it goes into a lan
connector on the back of a dell Dimension 8250. My wife's laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro with a built in wireless pci
card. Both computers are XP with SP2
installed. I have a second laptop which I would like to connect to this network, and put to use the Wireless Network Adapter (MN-720) that I purchased with this kit. My question is, I guess, Should I establish a new network, since I can't determine the WEP encryption key of the existing one?
If so, which wizard should I use: The new connection Wizard from within the NETWORK Connections icon, or the Network Setup Wizard icon, or he Wireless Network Setup Wizard? In any case, do I set up the new network on the Dell desktop and then install the PCMCIA card into the new laptop?
I'm afraid this'll probably require some handholding, Ben, as I don't know what the consequence of setting up a new connection will be on the Toshiba laptop. If I establish the new network, will the old one still transmit to the wireless built-in in the Toshiba, and the new one then transmits to the Notebook Adapter card in the second laptop?
Thanks, in advance.
I doubt that this matters much, but the kit is model MN-820. The actual Base Station is Model MN-700, and the Notebook Adapter is MN-720.