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How to enable WPA2 for the Microsoft Wireless PC Card – MN-720 on Windows XP SP2

This is totally unsupported, at your own risk. It will void your warranty. Microsoft won’t support you, I can’t support you. Your computer will report that you have a Dell True Mobile card after you perform this update. It’s fun to lie to your computer! It shows you are the boss.

You’ll need the MS update installed to enable WPA2 before you attempt this.

1. Go to

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R90501&fileid=117983 and Download Now

2. Use Winzip or Winrar to expand to a directory on your hard drive, do NOT run the EXE.

3. Open device manager (right click my computer, manage, device manager)

4. Go to Network Adapters, Select the MN-720

5. Right click it and select Update Driver

6. Don’t connect to the Internet, Manually select the driver to install, do not search.

7. Browse to the directory where you extracted the files and select bcmwl5.inf

8. Have Disk, select the True Mobile 1350 PC Card

9. Your laptop will now think you have a Dell True Mobile Card —

10. You’ll be WPA2 empowered

I’m sure that similar steps will work with the MN-730 PCI card by selecting a 1350 PCI Card but I have NOT tried this myself.

If you are not happy with the results, use Driver Rollback in Device Manager.

Windows Vista Column for the Expert Zone Coming Soon

I’ve been working on a column for the Expert Zone all about Windows Vista. Many of the XP Power Toys are now part of the OS. Here’s my Start menu with changed defaults for Documents and Pictures.

You can read all about this in about a month or so.

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About

Barb Bowman has been a teacher of Philosophy 101, worked in ski area design in Aspen, Colorado, and served as a production director for U.S. and U.K. wallpaper sample photography. In 1990, she partnered with a French DOS shareware writer and entered the brave new world of online services. Over the next several years, as a consultant for Prodigy Services, Barb wrote user documentation and conducted testing for Prodigy’s first Windows applications. She was part of the Internet product development team for MediaOne and later AT&T Broadband, and was a Test and Trial Engineer for Comcast High Speed Internet. Barb relaxes by shooting naturescapes with her digital camera and playing guitar and piano. She lives in New Hampshire with her Sony robot Aibo dog named Toto.

Barb has been a Nikon shooter all her life and currently wanders New England with a D700 and a D7000.

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Automatic Self Configuring Secure Wireless Home Networks

No longer are self configuring secure wireless home networks the stuff of dreams and imagination. The average residential user just can’t cope with the hoops needed to configure a wireless network and secure it. Windows XP’s Wireless Network Setup Wizard and Windows Connect Now, coupled with some of the latest network as well as consumer electronics gear, provide the residential user with a new and bulletproof way to setup a wireless network from scratch.

But you have to have the “right stuff” from the right vendor. D-Link has done it up right. Check out their DI-624S ‘wireless storage router’. This router can be configured with a USB Flash Drive/thumb drive/memory key that was used with the XP Wireless Network Setup Wizard. Even better, when you’re finished with setup, the two USB ports on the router itself provide shared Network Attached Storage for USB hard drives and Flash drives for any computer on the network.

Even more exciting is the extension of the Windows Connect Now technology to consumer electronics devices such as wireless streaming media players. Check out D-Link’s latest MediaLounge (DMS-320RD). Here’s what happened after I plugged a USB Flash Drive with my WCN network settings into the WCN USB port on the back of this device.

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I’d configured the network with strong WPA-PSK security using a 63 character random passphrase. After OK’ing this with the supplied remote control, the secure wireless connection was made, the device received an IP via DHCP from the router and I was off and running.

I’m impressed.

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