Wireless Networking on Windows 2008 R2

I’ve just spent 30 minutes trying to get my new wireless card working under Windows 2008 R2. I had installed the drivers that came with the card, the card was visible under Device Manager but I could not connect to a wireless network.

It turns out that Windows 2008 R2 doesn’t include wireless LAN support unless explicitly enabled. So to rectify this, bring up Server Manager->Add Features->Wireless LAN Service and all the tools for connecting to a wireless network are installed.


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