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Automatic Wireless Device Configuration

Windows XP includes built-in drivers for several popular wireless LAN cards. In most cases, you can simply pop in a wireless card and use it with no configuration changes. But the generic Microsoft wireless LAN driver doesn't provide access to some manufacturer-specific features, like manual channel selection and proprietary authentication schemes.

If you need access to these features, you'll need to install the driver provided with your wireless card. But be aware that if you install a manufacturer-specific driver, you may lose the ability to connect to any wireless LAN you may encounter. Whereas Windows XP automatically connects to any new wireless LAN that it sees, some manufacturers' drivers don't let you do this without changing settings (usually the system-specific ID, or SSID) in the LAN card driver.

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