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I heard that the configuration of the WLAN(WIFI) is special to windows XP and doesn't exist in windows 2000, is it true? Did you know a small program who make that? Excuse me for my poor english, I'm French...

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Windows XP has a special service called Wireless Zero Configuration (in English at least) that handles the various duties of scanning for networks and associating with them. This service, and the related GUI elements were never back ported to Windows 2000.

That being said, every wireless card I have ever used that had a Windows 2000 driver also came with a utility that would manage the connections as well. Almost all wireless cards are manufactured through Broadcom, Atheros, Intel and a handful of other vendors - it is quite possible that you could get a generic driver/connection manager working with almost any given card. You will have trouble finding a generic utility as the API for working with the card was not standardized prior to Windows XP and each driver can (in theory) behave differently.

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Five or so years ago I was wondering how I could connect my old Windows 98 and 2000 PCs to my wireless network. New wireless adapters didn't support 98 or 2000. Then I found out about DD-WRT and wireless bridges. DD-WRT (and probably a bunch of other open-source router firmware nowadays) lets you configure a wireless router as a client bridge. This means you connect your old PC to the router (operating in client bridge mode) via an ethernet cable. Since its connected via ethernet, there's no additional drivers or software that you need to install on the PC. Then the client bridge is configured with the wireless settings to connect to your actual wireless router. This is the best solution if you're unable to find an old wireless adapter with software/drivers for the operating system.

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