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Installing Linksys Wireless Adapters Without Installing the Linksys Wireless Monitor

Linksys Wireless Adapters come with a Linksys Wireless Monitor or the Linksys Wireless Connection Manager.  You will need to use the Linksys Wireless Monitor if your computer does not have its built-in wireless configuration utility.  Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 have a built-in wireless configuration utility that will detect and connect to wireless networks.

This article will guide you in installing a wireless adapter without installing the Linksys Wireless Monitor.  You need to perform two things in the following order:

i. Installing the Hardware
ii. Installing the Drivers

NOTE:  The following procedure does not apply to operating systems lower than Windows XP.

Installing the Hardware

The first thing you need to do is install the hardware to the computer.  Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 computers should automatically detect and install generic drivers for the adapter.

For PCI adapters, you will need to open your computer’s tower case and insert the adapter snugly to an available PCI slot.  For instructions, click here.

For USB adapters, you may attach the adapter to one of the available USB ports of your computer.

Installing the Drivers

After inserting the wireless adapter to the computer, a Found New Hardware Wizard will appear on Windows XP.  For details about installing drivers only on Windows XP, click here.

On Windows Vista and Windows 7, you would need to locate the drivers of the adapter and install the drivers using the Device Manager console.  For details about installing drivers only on Windows Vista or Windows 7, click here.

NOTE:  You can use the same procedure in installing drivers in Windows Vista and Windows 7.  Same procedure applies to installing USB or PCI adapter drivers.

Related Articles:

Connecting to a Wireless Network Using Windows XP Wireless Configuration
Connecting a Wireless Computer to go Online Using a Router on Windows Vista
Connecting a Wireless Computer to go Online Using a Router on Windows 7


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