If a DHCP server is not found, it automatically configures an APIPA or alternate address.
For Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) or later or Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) with Microsoft 802.1X Authentication Client, use the Ipconfig tool to display the adapter status and IP address configuration for the wireless network adapter.
This article assumes background knowledge in IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN and associated security technologies and the components of a Windows-based authentication infrastructure.
For background information, see Wireless LAN Technologies and Microsoft Windows.
You can validate Windows XP Professional in a variety of ways. Click the Start button, then click "All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Activate Windows" to start the activation process.
Alternatively, click the "Windows Activation" icon in the notification area to start the activation process. Click the "No, I don't want to register now; let's just activate Windows" link if you only want to activate Windows XP Professional, then click "Next." Wait for the activation wizard to establish a network connection. Click the Start button, then click "All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Activate Windows" to start the activation process.
Within the Network Connections folder, the text under the name of the connection corresponding to the wireless network adapter indicates the status of the connection.