windows 2000 - Enable wifi

I have a very old laptop running Windows 2000.

Can wifi be used in Windows 2000 Professional? If so, how do I enable this?

When I look at Network properties, I only see options related to dialup.
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ank5Asked:
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El FierroNetwork EngineerCommented:
did you physically turn on the wifi? alot of old laptops have a physical on and off switch or button.
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ank5Author Commented:
wifi on the laptop is switched on
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Does the machine have Wi-Fi in it?  It may not.

Does it have a USB port? Try an inexpensive Wi-Fi USB stick. That will come with its own drivers.
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El FierroNetwork EngineerCommented:
can you see it in device manager? remove it and restart. let windows find it and install the driver (if the software can be located) if not look for the  laptop model and wireless driver online  (google). or just buy a 7 buck wireless pc card.
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ank5Author Commented:
Laptop has both wifi and usb port in it. I don't have a Wi-Fi USB stick, however, I do have a wifi at home which I wanted to use.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The manufacturer of the laptop should have drivers on their support site for the Wi-Fi. You can use a USB Wi-Fi stick at many outlets and may be worth a try.
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rindiCommented:
It depends on whether drivers exist for the WIFI card in that laptop for your OS. But usually that stuff is so old that you might at best be able to use WEP security, if any at all, and WEP is like no security at all and totally useless.

Today most Wireless Access points or routers will be at least using WPA or WPA2, so it is very likely you won't be able to connect to anything.

Besides that, it is very unwise to connect any such ancient OS to the LAN or Internet, it'll be full of open security holes, and the laptop along with your network will be attacked in no time at all.
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