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By ask_anurag ·
Hi,

I would like to know how to configure Wireless LAN in Windows 2000.
I have a Windows 2000 Server with Active Directory installed.I have 25 users and I want to configure my server and client on wireless LAN.
I would appreciate if someone provide me step by step procedure how to configure Wireless LAN.

Regards.

Anurag

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by Eric9 In reply to Regarding Wireless LAN

Hi Anurag,

First you will need to lay down the hardware framework of your wireless lan. There are three types of wireless currently in use, only two are widely used: 802.11b, and 802.11g. Both use the open 2.4 Ghz spectrum. 802.11b tops out at about 11Mbps, 802.11g tops out at 54Mbps, also most G access points are backwards compatable with 802.11b, so if a client walks into your building with a 802.11b card, they will be able to get on your network. So unless there is a specific reason, go with 802.11g.

So for starters put access points about every 150 feet, and if you have any thick walls I would recommend having access points on both sides, since 2.4Ghz has a hard time getting through thick walls. Linksys makes an inexpensive 802.11g access point:
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=575

You will then need to put 802.11G network cards in all of your computers, including your server:
Desktop:
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=36&prid=520
or laptop:
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=36&prid=507

Now the last thing you will have to do is configure some security options. If this is going to be a private network, and you do not want anyone else tapping into it you will want to change the default SSID, and disable SSID broadcasting. That is basically changing the name you need to know to access your network, and it is not being broadcasted, so you will need to know that name before you can get on. Then lastly enable WEP on all the access points, that is encrypting the traffic going across the wireless network, from your point of view though it will just be a password that you will need to know in addition to the SSID.

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So then you will have one hub or switch with network lines going out to each of your access points connecting them all together. If every computer is in very close physical proximity to each other, you can forgo multiple access points and a seperate switch by buying this instead, that has four physical network ports, and of course 802.11g wireless:
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=601

Hope this helps,

Eric

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