Wireless network adapter remains disabled in Windows Server 2008 R2

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.07.2011 at 14:23

I recently got myself a Belkin Wireless FSD7050 USB adapter for my Windows Server 2008 R2 test machine.

After installing the latest drivers from Belkin, the adapter is detected by Windows, but refuses to ‘enable’.

This is because wireless networking is disabled by default in Windows Server 2008 R2. To enable it, go to Server Manager > Features > Add Features > and add the Wireless LAN Service.

Also applies to: Windows Server 2008


Setting up a home wireless network without a wireless access point

by Shijaz Abdulla on 21.05.2009 at 13:34

You can now share an internet connection among multiple computers in your home, even if you do not have a wireless access point or wireless router hardware – as long as the computers are running Windows 7.

You can now set up a wireless ad-hoc network (computer-to-computer network) WITH internet connection sharing!

At home, I use a Nawras Huawei E220 3G USB modem, which can only be used to access the internet from the PC on which the modem is physically connected. Thanks to Windows 7, my wife and I can both use the internet at the same time using just one modem on two different computers without any wires or extra hardware! :-)