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5. MANAGING YOUR WI-FI CONNECTIONS > Loading the Driver Software

Loading the Driver Software

Regardless of their physical format, just about all wireless adapters are plug-and-play devices, which means that Windows should automatically recognize the adapter and load the relevant drivers as soon as you install it. However, sometimes you'll need to install a specific software driver manually before your operating system can use the adapter to send and receive data.

Drivers can come from three sources: some are supplied with the operating system or a copy might have been provided on a diskette or a CD with the adapter. But the best source for the most recent version of any driver is the manufacturer's online technical support website. You can also find links to the latest Windows drivers for your adapter from one of these driver directories on the Internet:


  

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