A wireless network having a base station adapted for wireless communications, a wireless bar code scanner and a network ID label having a bar code symbol printed thereon. The bar code symbol includes encoded information pertaining to the base station. A wireless bar code scanner is adapted to scan and decode the network ID label. The wireless bar code scanner initiates a communications link with the base station utilizing information from the decoded network ID label. The wireless bar code scanner includes a light source for illuminating a printed bar code symbol, an electro-optical element for imaging the printed bar code symbol, a decoder for decoding the imaged printed bar code symbol into an alphanumeric string, and an input/output device for conducting wireless communications with the base station.