Allied Telesis AT-2814FX User`s guide

AT-2814FX
Fast Ethernet Fiber (SC) ExpressCard
Installation and User’s Guide
613-001676 Rev. C
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Electrical Safety and Emissions
Standards
This product meets the following standards.
U.S. Federal Communications Commission
Declaration of Conformity
Manufacturer Name: Allied Telesis, Inc.
Declares that the product: Fast Ethernet Fiber (SC) ExpressCard
Model Numbers: AT-2814FX
This product complies with FCC Part 15B, Class B Limits:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device
must not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Radiated Energy
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15
of FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on. The user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
-
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
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Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Changes and modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer or registrant of this equipment can void your
authority to operate this equipment under Federal Communications Commission rules.
Industry Canada
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
European Union Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances
(RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment
This Allied Telesis RoHS-compliant product conforms to the European Union Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous
Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment. Allied Telesis ensures RoHS conformance by requiring
supplier Declarations of Conformity, monitoring incoming materials, and maintaining manufacturing process controls.
RFI Emissions
Immunity
Electrical Safety
FCC Class B, EN55022 Class B, VCCI Class B, C-TICK, CE
EN55024 Class B
EN60950 (TUV), UL 60950-1 (CULUS)
Laser Safety
EN60825
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Translated Safety Statements
Important: The  indicates that a translation of the safety statement is available in a PDF
document titled “Translated Safety Statements” posted on the Allied Telesis website at:
www.alliedtelesis.com/support/.
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Contents
Preface ................................................................................................................................................................................11
Safety Symbols Used in this Document................................................................................................................................12
Contacting Allied Telesis ......................................................................................................................................................13
Chapter 1: Overview ..........................................................................................................................................................15
Physical Description .............................................................................................................................................................16
PCI ExpressCard...........................................................................................................................................................16
SC Fiber Connector.......................................................................................................................................................16
Rubber Plug ..................................................................................................................................................................16
LED ...............................................................................................................................................................................17
Stabilizer........................................................................................................................................................................17
Supported Operating Systems .............................................................................................................................................18
Hardware Features ...............................................................................................................................................................19
Contents of Your Shipment ..................................................................................................................................................20
Chapter 2: Installing the Driver Software ........................................................................................................................21
Overview...............................................................................................................................................................................22
Guidelines .....................................................................................................................................................................22
Downloading the Driver Software .........................................................................................................................................23
Installing the Driver Software................................................................................................................................................24
Chapter 3: Installing the Hardware ..................................................................................................................................29
Reviewing Safety Precautions ..............................................................................................................................................30
Pre-Installation Checklist ......................................................................................................................................................32
Installing the AT-2814FX ExpressCard ................................................................................................................................33
Connecting the Network Cable .............................................................................................................................................38
Chapter 4: Modifying Advanced Properties ....................................................................................................................41
Overview...............................................................................................................................................................................42
Guidelines .....................................................................................................................................................................42
Starting the Device Manager ................................................................................................................................................43
Device Manager on Windows XP ..................................................................................................................................43
Device Manager on Windows Vista and Windows 7 .....................................................................................................47
Flow Control .........................................................................................................................................................................50
Interrupt Moderation .............................................................................................................................................................52
Jumbo Packet .......................................................................................................................................................................54
Large Send Offload (IPv4) ....................................................................................................................................................56
Log Status Messages ...........................................................................................................................................................58
Max IRQ per Sec ..................................................................................................................................................................60
Network Address ..................................................................................................................................................................61
Receive Buffers ....................................................................................................................................................................63
Speed & Duplex....................................................................................................................................................................65
TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4).....................................................................................................................................67
Transmit Buffers ...................................................................................................................................................................69
Wake From Shutdown ..........................................................................................................................................................71
Wake-Up Capabilities ...........................................................................................................................................................73
Chapter 5: Uninstalling the Driver Software ...................................................................................................................75
Overview...............................................................................................................................................................................76
Guidelines .....................................................................................................................................................................76
Uninstalling the Driver Software ...........................................................................................................................................77
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Contents
Appendix A: Specifications ..............................................................................................................................................79
Physical Specifications .........................................................................................................................................................79
Environmental Specifications................................................................................................................................................79
Power Specifications.............................................................................................................................................................79
Performance Specification ....................................................................................................................................................79
Operating Specifications .......................................................................................................................................................80
Appendix B: Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors ...............................................................................................................81
Overview ...............................................................................................................................................................................82
Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors Using a Cartridge-Type Cleaner ......................................................................................83
Cleaning Fiber Optic Connector Using a Swab ....................................................................................................................85
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Figures
Figure 1. AT-2814FX ExpressCard .....................................................................................................................................16
Figure 2. AT-2814FX LED ...................................................................................................................................................17
Figure 3. Stabilizer...............................................................................................................................................................17
Figure 4. Software Downloads Search Result .....................................................................................................................23
Figure 5. Setup File .............................................................................................................................................................24
Figure 6. Marvell Miniport Driver Setup Wizard ...................................................................................................................25
Figure 7. Setup Wizard License Agreement ........................................................................................................................26
Figure 8. Installation Complete ............................................................................................................................................26
Figure 9. Finishing Setup Wizard.........................................................................................................................................27
Figure 10. Selecting the PCI ExpressCard Slot...................................................................................................................34
Figure 11. Pressing the Button ............................................................................................................................................34
Figure 12. The Button and Plate after Pressing the Button .................................................................................................35
Figure 13. Removing the Plate ............................................................................................................................................35
Figure 14. Attaching the Stabilizer to the AT-2814FX ExpressCard....................................................................................36
Figure 15. Inserting the Unit into the 54mm Slot .................................................................................................................36
Figure 16. System Properties Window on Windows XP ......................................................................................................43
Figure 17. Hardware Page on Windows XP ........................................................................................................................44
Figure 18. Device Manager Window on Windows XP .........................................................................................................44
Figure 19. Device Manager with an Expanded List on Windows XP...................................................................................45
Figure 20. Properties Window .............................................................................................................................................46
Figure 21. Advanced Properties Window ............................................................................................................................46
Figure 22. System Window on Windows Vista and 7 ..........................................................................................................47
Figure 23. Device Manager Window on Windows Vista and 7 ............................................................................................48
Figure 24. Device Manager with an Expanded List on Windows Vista & 7 .........................................................................48
Figure 25. Properties Window on Windows Vista and 7......................................................................................................49
Figure 26. Flow Control Page ..............................................................................................................................................50
Figure 27. Interrupt Moderation Page..................................................................................................................................52
Figure 28. Jumbo Packet Page ...........................................................................................................................................54
Figure 29. Large Send Offload (IPv4) Page ........................................................................................................................56
Figure 30. Log Status Messages .........................................................................................................................................58
Figure 31. Max IRQ per Sec Page.......................................................................................................................................60
Figure 32. Network Address Page.......................................................................................................................................61
Figure 33. Receive Buffers Page.........................................................................................................................................63
Figure 34. Speed & Duplex Page ........................................................................................................................................65
Figure 35. TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) Page .........................................................................................................67
Figure 36. Transmit Buggers Page......................................................................................................................................69
Figure 37. Wake From Shutdown Page...............................................................................................................................71
Figure 38. Wake-Up Capabilities Page................................................................................................................................73
Figure 39. Device Manager Window with an Option List .....................................................................................................78
Figure 40. Confirm Device Uninstall Window ......................................................................................................................78
Figure 41. Ferrule in an SC Connector Plug........................................................................................................................82
Figure 42. Unclean and Clean Ferrule.................................................................................................................................82
Figure 43. Cartridge Cleaner ...............................................................................................................................................83
Figure 44. Rubbing the Ferrule Tip on the Cleaning Surface ..............................................................................................83
Figure 45. Lint-Free and Alcohol-Free Swabs .....................................................................................................................85
Figure 46. Cleaning a Recessed Ferrule .............................................................................................................................85
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Figures
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Tables
Table 1: Fiber Optic Port LED Status ..................................................................................................................................17
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Tables
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Preface
This manual is the installation and user’s guide for the AT-2814FX Fast
Ethernet Fiber (SC) ExpressCard. The instructions in this guide explain
how to install the ExpressCard on a laptop computer, install and uninstall
the driver software, and configure the driver software. This preface
contains the following sections:

“Safety Symbols Used in this Document” on page 12

“Contacting Allied Telesis” on page 13
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Preface
Safety Symbols Used in this Document
This document uses the following conventions:
Note
Notes provide additional information.
Caution
Cautions inform you that performing or omitting a specific action
may result in equipment damage or loss of data.
Warning
Warnings inform you that performing or omitting a specific action
may result in bodily injury.
Warning
Warnings inform you that an eye and skin hazard exists due to the
presence of a Class 1 laser device.
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Contacting Allied Telesis
If you need assistance with this product, you may contact Allied Telesis
technical support by going to the Support & Services section of the Allied
Telesis web site at www.alliedtelesis.com/support. You can find links for
the following services on this page:

24/7 Online Support - Enter our interactive support center to
search for answers to your questions in our knowledge database,
check support tickets, learn about Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA), and contact Allied Telesis technical experts.

USA and EMEA phone support - Select the phone number that
best fits your location and customer type.
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Hardware warranty information - Learn about Allied Telesis
warranties and register your product online.
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Replacement Services - Submit an RMA request via our interactive
support center.

Documentation - View the most recent installation guides, user
guides, software release notes, white papers and data sheets for
your product.

Software Updates - Download the latest software releases for your
product.
For sales or corporate contact information, go to
www.alliedtelesis.com/purchase and select your region.
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Preface
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Chapter 1
Overview
This chapter provides an overview of the the AT-2814FX Fast Ethernet
Fiber (SC) ExpressCard in the following sections:

“Physical Description” on page 16

“Supported Operating Systems” on page 18

“Hardware Features” on page 19

“Contents of Your Shipment” on page 20
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Chapter 1: Overview
Physical Description
The AT-2814FX ExpressCard is an integrated Fiber Fast Ethernet PCI
ExpressCard with a pair of SC fiber connectors based on Marvell 88E8059
chipset. A PCI ExpressCard is a new notebook interface that replaces the
PCMCIA Card Bus interface.
Using fiber optic cabling and a connector that meets 62.5/125 µm or 50/
125 µm multimode specifications, the AT-2814FX ExpressCard connects
a laptop computer to a Fast Ethernet network. The ExpressCard operates
at a speed of 100 Mbps in either full-duplex or half-duplex mode.
The AT-2814FX ExpressCard is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. AT-2814FX ExpressCard
PCI ExpressCard
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The AT-2814FX ExpressCard has a 34mm-wide PCI ExpressCard
interface. You can install the AT-2814FX ExpressCard in a 34mm or
54mm PCI ExpressCard slot on your laptop computer.
SC Fiber
Connector
The faceplate on the AT-2814FX ExpressCard has a pair of SC fiber
connectors for attaching the ExpressCard to a compatible link partner.
One fiber optic connector is for transmitting and the other is for receiving.
Rubber Plug
The rubber plug prevents the fiber optic connectors from being exposed to
dust particles when the connectors are not used. Remove the rubber plug
before connecting them to the fiber optic cable.
AT-2814FX Fast Ethernet Fiber (SC) ExpressCard Installation and User’s Guide
LED
The AT-2814FX ExpressCard has one LED as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2. AT-2814FX LED
Table 1 describes the link states that the LED indicates.
Table 1. Fiber Optic Port LED Status
State
Stabilizer
Description
Green
The port is operating at 100 Mbps and has a valid
link.
Flashing
The port is receiving or transmitting network packets
at 100 Mbps.
The stabilizer is a plastic bracket to help the ExpressCard snugly fit into
the 54mm PCI ExpressCard slot. Allied Telesis recommends utilizing the
stabilizer when installing the ExpressCard in the 54mm interface slot.
Figure 3. Stabilizer
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Supported Operating Systems
The following operating systems are supported:

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows 7

Linux 2.6
When new driver software is released, they will be posted on the Allied
Telesis website: www.alliedtelesis.com/support/software/.
Note
The procedures for Installing the driver software for the Linux
operating system is not included in this manual.
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Hardware Features
The AT-2814FX ExpressCard supports the following features:

One 100BASE-FX port with a pair of SC multi-mode fiber connectors

Full and half duplex Media Access Control (MAC)

Link/Activity LED

PCI ExpressCard Interface

Flow control (IEEE 802.3x)

CPU interrupt control

Jumbo packet
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IPv4 large send offload and checksum offload

Log message selection

Receive buffer

Transmit buffer
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Contents of Your Shipment
The following items are included with your AT-2814FX ExpressCard:

Antistatic bag
The ExpressCard is shipped in an antistatic bag. It protects the card
when stored or shipped. Keep the card in its packaging until ready for
installation.
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Rubber plug
The rubber plug prevents the fiber optic connectors from being
exposed to dust particles. Cover the connectors when the fiber optic
connectors are not used.

Stabilizer
When installing the AT-2814FX ExpressCard into the 54mm PCI card
slot of your laptop computer, attach the stabilizer to your AT-2814FX
ExpressCard.
Note
The AT-2814FX ExpressCard is not shipped with a software driver
CD. You must download the driver software from the Allied Telesis
website. See Chapter 2, “Downloading the Driver Software” on page
23.
Inform your network supplier of any missing or damaged items. If you
need to return the ExpressCard, you must pack it in the original (or
equivalent) packing material or the warranty will be voided. See
“Contacting Allied Telesis” on page 13.
The product documentation is available in Portable Document Format
(PDF) on our web site at www.alliedtelesis.com/support/software/. You
can view the documents online or download them onto a local workstation
or server.
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Chapter 2
Installing the Driver Software
This chapter describes how to install driver software for the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard onto your operating system. It contains the following topics:

“Overview” on page 22

“Downloading the Driver Software” on page 23

“Installing the Driver Software” on page 24
Note
To set Advanced Properties, see Chapter 4, “Modifying Advanced
Properties” on page 41.
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Chapter 2: Installing the Driver Software
Overview
To install the driver software, you must download the driver software for
the AT-2814FX ExpressCard from the Allied Telesis website onto your
operating system.
Allied Telesis recommends installing the driver software for the AT2814FX ExpressCard before physically installing the card.
Guidelines
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Here are the guidelines to installing the driver software on your operating
system:

To install the driver software, you must have administrative privileges.

When you install the AT-2814FX ExpressCard before installing the
driver software, the Windows system detects a new adapter and may
install a default driver. To update the driver software for the AT2814FX ExpressCard, follow the instructions as described in
“Downloading the Driver Software” on page 23 and “Installing the
Driver Software” on page 24.

When you install the AT-2814FX ExpressCard before installing the
driver software, the Windows system may install the native Marvell
driver if your laptop has an onboard Marvell network interface. To
update the driver for the AT-2814FX ExpressCard, follow the
instructions as described in “Downloading the Driver Software” on
page 23 and “Installing the Driver Software” on page 24.
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Downloading the Driver Software
The AT-2814FX ExpressCard is not shipped with a software driver CD.
You must download driver software from the Allied Telesis website.
To download driver software, do the following:
1. Open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or FireFox, on your
system and enter the following:
http://www.alliedtelesis.com/support/software
2. The Allied Telesis Software Download page is displayed.
3. Enter “2814fx” in the search box and press the enter key.
The search result is displayed as shown in Figure 4.
.
Figure 4. Software Downloads Search Result
4. Click “AT-2814FX Drivers for Windows.”
5. Save the AT2814FX-drivers-setup zip folder onto your system and
record the location of the folder.
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Installing the Driver Software
To install the driver software for the AT-2814FX ExpressCard, do the
following:
1. Locate the AT2814FX-drivers-setup zip folder that you downloaded
from the Allied Telesis website onto your system. See “Downloading
the Driver Software” on page 23.
2. Open the folder. Figure 5 shows an example in the Windows XP
operating system.
Figure 5. Setup File
3. Double-click the setup.exe file.
The User Account Control window appears, prompting you to allow the
Marvell Miniport Driver program to make a change on your system.
Note
If you are using Windows XP operating system, the User Account
Control window does not come up. Go to step 5.
4. Click Yes to allow Marvell Miniport Driver to be installed.
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The Marvell Miniport Driver Setup Wizard window comes up. See
Figure 6.
Figure 6. Marvell Miniport Driver Setup Wizard
5. Click Next.
The Licence Agreement window comes up as shown in Figure 7.
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Figure 7. Setup Wizard License Agreement
6. Read the License Agreement.
7. If you accept the terms of the agreement, select the first option and
click Install.
When the installation is completed, the Installation Complete window
is displayed. See Figure 8.
Figure 8. Installation Complete
8. Click Next.
The final Wizard windows comes up as shown in Figure 9 on page 27.
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Figure 9. Finishing Setup Wizard
9. Click Finish.
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Chapter 3
Installing the Hardware
This chapter contains the following sections:

“Reviewing Safety Precautions” on page 30

“Pre-Installation Checklist” on page 32

“Installing the AT-2814FX ExpressCard” on page 33

“Connecting the Network Cable” on page 38
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Chapter 3: Installing the Hardware
Reviewing Safety Precautions
Please review the following safety precautions before you begin to install
the AT-2814FX ExpressCard.
Note
The  indicates that a translation of the safety statement is
available for viewing in portable document format (PDF) titled
Translated Safety Statements from our web site at
www.alliedtelesis.com/support.
Warning
This is a “Class 1 LED product”.  L1
Warning
Do not stare into the laser beam.  L2
Warning
Do not look directly at the fiber optic cable ends or inspect the cable
ends with an optical lens.  E29
Warning
Do not work on this equipment or cables during periods of lightning
activity.  E2
Warning
Operating Temperature: This product is designed for a maximum
ambient temperature of 40 degrees C.  E7
Note
All Countries: Install this product in accordance with local and
National Electric Codes.  E8
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Warning
The AT-2814FX ExpressCard is being installed in a system that
operates with voltages that can be lethal. Before you remove the
cover of your system, you must observe the following precautions to
protect yourself and to prevent damage to the system components.
– Remove any metallic objects or jewelry from your
hands and wrists.
– Make sure to use only insulated or nonconducting
tools.
– Verify that the system is powered OFF and
unplugged before accessing internal components.
– Installation or removal of the ExpressCard must be
performed in a static-free environment. The use of a
properly grounded wrist strap or other personal
antistatic devices and an antistatic mat is strongly
recommended.  E39
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Pre-Installation Checklist
Before installing the AT-2814FX ExpressCard, check the following list:
1. Verify that your laptop is using the latest BIOS.
2. When you download the driver software from the Allied Telesis support
website, record the path to where the driver file resides on your
system.
3. If your laptop is active, shut it down.
4. When the system shutdown is complete, power off and unplug your
system.
5. Holding the ExpressCard by the edges, remove it from its shipping
package and place it on an antistatic surface.
6. Check the ExpressCard for visible signs of damage, particularly on the
edge connector.
7. Ensure that you have installed the driver software for the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard before installing the card.
Caution
Do not attempt to install a damaged product. If the product is
damaged, report it to Allied Telesis. See “Contacting Allied Telesis”
on page 13.
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Installing the AT-2814FX ExpressCard
The following instructions describe how to install the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard in a laptop computer equipped with a 34 mm or 54 mm PCI
ExpressCard interface slot. The installation illustrations in this manual use
the 54 mm interface because it is the more common interface for laptop
computers.
For additional information about installing an PCI ExpressCard on your
particular laptop, refer to the manual that was supplied with your laptop.
Note
To perform the following procedure, you need to supply a pen.
To install an AT-2814FX ExpressCard, do the following:
1. Review the “Pre-Installation Checklist” on page 32 and “Reviewing
Safety Precautions” on page 30.
Note
Allied Telesis recommends that you turn off your laptop computer
and unplug from the power outlet before installing the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard.
2. Select the 34 mm or 54 mm ExpressCard slot.
See Figure 10 on page 34 for an example of the 54 mm ExpressCard
slot.
Note
If you do not know how to identify a PCI ExpressCard slot, refer to
your laptop documentation.
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Figure 10. Selecting the PCI ExpressCard Slot
3. Use a pen and press the button toward the laptop and to the left. See
Figure 11.
The button pops out along with the plate. See Figure 12 on page 35.
Figure 11. Pressing the Button
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Figure 12. The Button and Plate after Pressing the Button
4. Remove the plate from the laptop. See Figure 13.
Keep the plate in a safe place. You may need it for future use.
Figure 13. Removing the Plate
5. When installing the ExpressCard in the 54mm Express Card slot,
attach the stabilizer to the card as shown in Figure 14 on page 36.
When installing the ExpressCard in the 34mm ExpressCard slot, skip
this step.
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Figure 14. Attaching the Stabilizer to the AT-2814FX ExpressCard
6. Applying even pressure at both corners of the ExpressCard, push the
card until it is firmly seated in the PCI ExpressCard slot. Figure 15
shows how to insert the card in the 54mm slot.
The ExpressCard fits snugly into the slot.
Figure 15. Inserting the Unit into the 54mm Slot
Caution
Do not use excessive force when seating the card. Applying excess
force may damage the system or the card. If the card resists seating,
remove it from the system, realign it, and try again.
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7. Make sure the ExpressCard is seated securely.
8. Power on the laptop computer.
Once the system returns to proper operation, the ExpressCard
hardware is fully installed. Next, connect the network cables. See
“Connecting the Network Cable” on page 38.
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Connecting the Network Cable
The AT-2814FX ExpressCard has a pair of optic connectors for attaching
the laptop to a compatible link partner, or an IEEE 802.3z compliant Fast
Ethernet switch. One optic connecter is for transmitting and the other is for
receiving.
To connect the ExpressCard to a network, you must have a fiber optic
cable with SC connectors. For optical characteristics of the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard, see Appendix A, “Specifications” on page 79. In addition,
the AT-2814FX Datasheet is available on the Allied Telesis website:
www.alliedtelesis.com.
Note
Allied Telesis recommends installing the driver software before
installing the ExpressCard and connecting a fiber optic cable to the
card. See Chapter 2, “Installing the Driver Software” on page 21 for
more information.
To connect a fiber optic cable to the ExpressCard, perform the following
procedure:
1. Remove the rubber plug from the ExpressCard.
Keep the rubber plug in a safe place. You may need it for future use.
Warning
The fiber optic ports contain a Class 1 LED device. When the ports
are disconnected, always cover them with the provided plug.
Exposed ports may cause skin or eye damage.
2. Connect one end of the fiber optic cable to the ExpressCard.
3. Connect the other end of the fiber optic cable to the appropriate
Ethernet fiber optic port.
After you connect your laptop to the network and power is supplied,
the AT-2814FX ExpressCard attempts to establish the connection at
100 Mbps full-duplex mode by default. See “Speed & Duplex” on
page 65 for instructions to change the speed and duplex mode.
4. Observe the LED signal to check the link state.
After the cable is properly connected at both ends, the ExpressCard
port LED is functional. See “LED” on page 17 for a description of the
LED operation.
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Note
Even minor smudges or dirt on the end face of the fiber can disrupt
light transmission and lead to failure of the connection. For
instructions that describe how to clean the fiber optic connector, see
Appendix B “Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors” on page 81
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Chapter 4
Modifying Advanced Properties
This chapter includes the following topics:

“Overview” on page 42

“Starting the Device Manager” on page 43

“Flow Control” on page 50

“Interrupt Moderation” on page 52

“Jumbo Packet” on page 54

“Large Send Offload (IPv4)” on page 56

“Log Status Messages” on page 58

“Max IRQ per Sec” on page 60

“Network Address” on page 61

“Receive Buffers” on page 63

“Speed & Duplex” on page 65

“TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4)” on page 67

“Transmit Buffers” on page 69

“Wake From Shutdown” on page 71

“Wake-Up Capabilities” on page 73
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Chapter 4: Modifying Advanced Properties
Overview
To modify the advanced properties of the AT-2814FX ExpressCard, you
must access the Device Manager on your operating system, then go to
each advanced property page. To start the Device Manager, see “Starting
the Device Manager” on page 43.
Guidelines
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Here are the guidelines to modifying the advanced properties:

To change the advanced property settings, you must have
Administrator privileges.

When you upgrade the driver software, the settings of the advanced
properties may change. Verify the settings after upgrading the driver
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Starting the Device Manager
The procedures for accessing the Device Manager are different among
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. To start the Device Manager
on your system, perform one of the following procedures:
Device Manager
on Windows XP

“Device Manager on Windows XP” on page 43

“Device Manager on Windows Vista and Windows 7” on page 47
To start the Device Manager on Windows XP, do the following:
1. Right-click on Computer and select Properties.
The System Properties window is opened as shown in Figure 16.
Figure 16. System Properties Window on Windows XP
2. Select the Hardware Tab.
The Hardware page is shown in Figure 17 on page 44.
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Figure 17. Hardware Page on Windows XP
3. Click Device Manager.
The Device Manager window opens shown in Figure 18.
Figure 18. Device Manager Window on Windows XP
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4. In the Device Manager window, click the + next to the Network
Adapters folder.
The selection expands to show the list of installed network adapter
cards as shown in Figure 19.
Figure 19. Device Manager with an Expanded List on Windows XP
5. Double-click on Allied Telesis AT-2814FX.
The properties window opens as shown in Figure 20 on page 46.
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Figure 20. Properties Window
6. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced Properties window opens as shown in Figure 21.
Figure 21. Advanced Properties Window
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Device Manager
on Windows
Vista and
Windows 7
The procedures for accessing the Device Manager on Windows Vista and
Windows 7 are identical. To start the Device Manager on Windows Vista
or Windows 7, do the following:
1. Right-click on Computer and select Properties.
The System window is opened as shown in Figure 22 on page 47.
Figure 22. System Window on Windows Vista and 7
2. Click Device Manager on the left side bar.
The Device Manager window opens as shown in Figure 23.
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Figure 23. Device Manager Window on Windows Vista and 7
3. In the Device Manager window, click the  next to the Network
Adapters folder.
The selection expands to show the list of installed network adapter
cards. See Figure 24.
Figure 24. Device Manager with an Expanded List on Windows Vista & 7
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4. Double-click on Allied Telesis AT-2814FX.
The properties window pops up as shown in Figure 25 on page 49.
Figure 25. Properties Window on Windows Vista and 7
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Flow Control
The Flow Control feature allows you to control the flow between the AT2814FX ExpressCard and the link partner. You can enable or disable this
feature to process received pause frames and transmit pause frames.
To enable or disable the Flow Control feature, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Flow Control in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 26.
Figure 26. Flow Control Page
5. Select one of the following options:
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Tx & Rx Enabled— The AT-2814FX ExpressCard processes
pause frames when receiving and transmits pause frames This is
the default setting.
6. Click OK.
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Interrupt Moderation
The Interrupt Moderation feature allows you to limit the rate of interrupts to
the CPU during packet transmission and packet reception. When this
feature is enabled, interrupts are handled as a group so that the CPU
utilization decreases; however, the latency may increase. The interrupt
rate is specified using “Max IRQ per Sec” on page 60.
To enable or disable the Interrupt Moderation feature, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Interrupt Moderation in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 27.
Figure 27. Interrupt Moderation Page
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5. Select one of the following options:

Disabled— The Interrupt Moderation feature is disabled

Enabled— The Interrupt Moderation feature is enabled. This is the
default setting.
6. Click OK.
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Jumbo Packet
The Jumbo Packet property specifies the size of the frame that the AT2814FX ExpressCard supports. The network performance usually
improves when the larger packet size is specified; however, the network
must be capable of supporting such large packets.
To change the Jumbo Packet size, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Jumbo Packet in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 28.
Figure 28. Jumbo Packet Page
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5. Select one of the following options:

1514 Bytes— The AT-2814FX ExpressCard supports up to 1514
bytes in a packet size. This is the default value.

4088 Bytes— The AT-2814FX ExpressCard supports up to 4088
bytes in a packet size.

9014 Bytes— The AT-2814FX ExpressCard supports up to 9014
bytes in a packet size.
6. Click OK.
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Large Send Offload (IPv4)
The Large Send Offload feature for IPv4 traffic allows you to control the
load of sending out large packets. When this feature is enabled, the AT2814FX ExpressCard segments large packets and reduces the CPU load.
To enable or disable the Large Send Offload (IPv4) feature, do the
following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
to start the Device Manager on your system.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Large Send Offload (IPv4) in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 29.
Figure 29. Large Send Offload (IPv4) Page
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5. Select one of the following options:

Disabled— The AT-2814FX ExpressCard does not segment
packets.

Enabled — The AT-2814FX ExpressCard segments large packets
before sending them out. This option reduces the CPU load as the
AT-2814FX ExpressCard performs the segmentation. This is the
default setting.
6. Click OK.
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Log Status Messages
The Log Status Messages property specifies which messages to be
generated and stored in the event log file.
To change the Log Status Messages setting, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Log Status Messages in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 30.
Figure 30. Log Status Messages
5. Select one of the following options:
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All Messages— All messages are generated and stored in the
event log.
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Errors — Only error messages are generated and stored in the
event log file.

None— No message is generated.

Status Messages — An event log entry is generated every time
the link status changes and stored in the event log file. This is the
default setting.

Warnings — Only warning and error messages are generated and
stored in the event log file.
6. Click OK.
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Max IRQ per Sec
The Max IRQ per Sec property specifies the rate of interrupts to the CPU
during packet transmission and packet reception. The interrupt
Moderation feature uses this property to group CPU interrupts. When the
Interrupt Moderation is disabled, the value of Max IRQ per Sec is ignored.
To change the Max IRQ per Sec value, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Max IRQ per Sec in the Property box.
The Max IRQ per Sec page is displayed as shown in Figure 31.
Figure 31. Max IRQ per Sec Page
4. In the Value textbox, enter a number from 1000 to 5000.
The default value is 5000.
5. Click OK.
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Network Address
The Network Address allows you to replace the MAC address originally
assigned to the AT-2814FX ExpressCard with a user-defined address.
The user-defined address that you assign to the ExpressCard is called a
locally administered address.
Caution
A locally administered address overrides the original MAC address
stored in the AT-2814FX ExpressCard hardware. When you change
the MAC address, be sure to assign a unique MAC address.
To assign or change the Network Address, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Network Address in the Property box.
The Network Address page is displayed as shown in Figure 32.
Figure 32. Network Address Page
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4. In the Value textbox, enter a locally administered address for the AT2814FX ExpressCard.
Here are guidelines to assigning a locally administered address:

The address must be unique.

The address consists of a 12-digit hexadecimal number, for
example, “000C46005501.”

The range is from 0000 0000 0001 to FFFF FFFF FFFD.

Do not use a MAC address whose least significant bit of the most
significant octet is 1. The MAC address is a multicast address.
5. Click OK.
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Receive Buffers
The Receive Buffers property sets the number of receive buffers that is
allocated for the AT-2814FX ExpressCard. Increasing this value may
enhance performance in receiving traffic, but consumes more system
memory.
To change the Receive Buffers value, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select the Receive Buffers property in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 33.
Figure 33. Receive Buffers Page
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5. Select one of the following numbers:

256— This is the default value.

512
6. Click OK.
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Speed & Duplex
The Speed & Duplex property set both the link speed and the duplex mode
of the AT-2814FX ExpressCard.
To change the Speed & Duplex property, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Speed & Duplex in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 34.
Figure 34. Speed & Duplex Page
5. Select one of the following options:

100 Mbps Full Duplex— 100 Mbps speed in the full duplex mode.
This is the default setting.
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100 Mbps Half Duplex— 100 Mbps speed in the half duplex
mode.
6. Click OK.
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TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4)
The TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) function enables the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard to compute the checksum of transmitting packets and verify
the checksum of receiving packets, taking load off from the CPU on your
laptop.
To enable or disable the TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) feature, do
the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 35.
Figure 35. TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) Page
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5. Select one of the following options:

On— Enables the TCP/UDP Checksum Offload function. This is
the default setting.

Off— Disables the TCP/UDP Checksum Offload function.
6. Click OK.
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Transmit Buffers
The Transmit Buffers property specifies the number of transmit buffers that
is allocated for the AT-2814FX ExpressCard. Increasing this value may
enhance performance in transmitting traffic, but consumes more system
memory.
To change the Transmit Buffers, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select the Transmit Buffers property in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 36.
Figure 36. Transmit Buggers Page
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5. Select one of the following numbers:

256— This is the default value.

512
6. Click OK.
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Wake From Shutdown
The Wake From Shutdown feature enables your laptop to start from the
shutdown state when the AT-2814FX ExpressCard receives the types of
frame that are specified by “Wake-Up Capabilities” on page 73.
To enable or disable the Wake From Shutdown function, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select the Wake From Shutdown property in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 37.
Figure 37. Wake From Shutdown Page
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5. Select one of the following options:

On— Enables the Wake From Shutdown feature.

Off— Disables the Wake From Shutdown feature. This is the
default setting.
6. Click OK.
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Wake-Up Capabilities
The Wake-Up Capabilities property specifies the type of frame that the
Wake From Shutdown feature uses. When the Wake From Shutdown
feature is enabled, your laptop starts from the shutdown state as the AT2814FX ExpressCard receives the type of frame that the Wake-Up
Capabilities property specifies. When the Wake From Shutdown is
disabled, the value of the Wake-Up Capabilities is ignored.
To change the Wake-Up Capabilities setting, do the following:
1. Access the Device Manger on your operating system.
See “Starting the Device Manager” on page 43.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
The Advanced page is displayed. See Figure 21 on page 46.
3. Select Log Status Messages in the Property box.
4. Click on the  in the Value box.
The options are displayed as shown in Figure 38.
Figure 38. Wake-Up Capabilities Page
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5. Select one of the following options:

Link Change— Your laptop wakes up from the shutdown state
when the link status is changed if the Wake From Shutdown
feature is enabled.

Magic Packet— Your laptop wakes up from the shutdown state
when the AT-2814FX ExpressCard receives a special packet
called a magic packet if the Wake From Shutdown feature is
enabled.

None— Your laptop does not wake up from the shutdown state
even when the Wake From Shutdown feature is enabled.

Magic Packet & Pattern Match— Your laptop wakes up from the
shutdown state when the AT-2814FX ExpressCard receives a
special packet called a magic packet or a packet that matches the
pattern specified by the operating system. The Wake From
Shutdown feature must be enabled for your laptop to behave this
way. This is the default setting.

Pattern Match — Your laptop wakes up from the shutdown state
when the AT-2814FX ExpressCard receives a packet that matches
the pattern specified by the operating system. The Wake From
Shutdown feature must be enabled for your laptop to behave this
way.
Note
See Microsoft’s Technet website, technet.microsoft.com for more
information.
6. Click OK.
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Chapter 5
Uninstalling the Driver Software
This chapter describes how to uninstall the driver software for the AT2814FX ExpressCard.
This chapter contains the following topics:

“Overview” on page 76

“Uninstalling the Driver Software” on page 77
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Overview
When you no longer use the AT-2814FX ExpressCard for your laptop
computer, you may want to uninstall the driver software from your
operating system.
Guidelines
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Here are the guidelines to uninstalling the driver software from your
system:

You must have Administrator privileges to remove the driver software.

Before uninstalling the Allied Telesis device, capture all of the
Advanced Property settings for later use. The properties are lost
during the uninstallation process.
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Uninstalling the Driver Software
To uninstall the driver software from your operating system, do the
following:
1. Start you Windows operating system and log in.
2. Open the Device Manager.
For instructions on how to open the Device Manager, see “Starting the
Device Manager” on page 43.
3. In the Device Manager window, click the  next to the Network
Adapters folder.
Note
For the Windows XP operating systems, click the + next to the
Network Adapters folder to expand the Network Adapter folder.
The selection expands to show the list of installed network adapter
cards. See Figure 19 on page 45 for Windows XP or Figure 24 on page
48 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
4. Select the Allied Telesis AT-2814FX, right-click on the name, then
select Uninstall on the options.
Figure 39 on page 78 shows the Device Manager with the option list.
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Figure 39. Device Manager Window with an Option List
A Confirm Device Uninstall window pops up as shown in Figure 40.
Figure 40. Confirm Device Uninstall Window
5. Check the checkbox if you wan to remove additional driver and
installation files.
Note
This option is available only for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
operating systems.
6. Click OK to complete the uninstall.
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Appendix A
Specifications
Physical Specifications
This section provides the dimensions and weight of the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard.
Dimensions:
13.7 cm x 3.4 cm (5.4 in. x 1.3 in.)
Weight:
0.02 kg (0.05 lb)
Environmental Specifications
The following environmental specifications apply to the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard:
Operating Temperature:
0°C to 45°C (+32°F to +113°F)
Storage Temperature:
-20°C to +70°C (-4°F to +158°F)
Relative Humidity:
5% to 95% (non-condensing)
Altitude:
Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft.)
Power Specifications
The following power specifications apply to the AT-2814FX ExpressCard:
Power Consumption: 2.5 Watts, @ +3.3V
Performance Specification
The following performance specification apply to the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard:
MTBF
3,210,000 hours
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Operating Specifications
The following operating specifications apply to the AT-2814FX
ExpressCard:
Wavelength:
1310 nm
Output Optical Power:
62.5/125 µm -19 (min) / -14 (max)
50/125 µm
-22.5 (min) / -14 (max)
Input Optical Power Minimum at Eye Center:
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Appendix B
Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors
This appendix explains how to clean fiber optic connectors and includes
the following topics:

“Overview” on page 82

“Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors Using a Cartridge-Type Cleaner” on
page 83

“Cleaning Fiber Optic Connector Using a Swab” on page 85
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Overview
The fiber optic connector consists of a fiber optic plug and its adapter. The
end of the fiber optic cable is held in the core of the ferrule in the plug.
Light signals are transmitted through the core of the fiber. Even minor
smudges or dirt on the end face of the fiber, completely invisible to the
naked eye, can disrupt light transmission and lead to failure of the
component or of the entire system. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to
clean all fiber optic connectors before use.
Figure 41 shows the ferrule in an SC connector.
Ferrule
Figure 41. Ferrule in an SC Connector Plug
Figure 42 shows part of the end face of an unclean and clean ferrule.
Unclean
Clean
Figure 42. Unclean and Clean Ferrule
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Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors Using a Cartridge-Type Cleaner
Fiber optic cartridge-type cleaners are available from many vendors and
typically called “cartridge cleaners.” See Figure 43.
Figure 43. Cartridge Cleaner
Note
Do not use compressed air or aerosol air to clean a fiber optic
connector.
To clean a fiber optic connector using a cartridge cleaner, do the following:
1. With one hand, hold the cartridge cleaner and push the lever on the
cleaning cartridge in the direction of the arrow to expose the cleaning
surface.
2. Place the ferrule tip on the exposed cleaning surface and rub the
ferrule in a downward direction, as shown in Figure 44.
Figure 44. Rubbing the Ferrule Tip on the Cleaning Surface
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Note
Rub the ferrule tip on the cleaning surface in one direction only.
3. When you reach the end of the cleaning surface, pick up the ferrule tip,
rotate and place it at the top and rub downwards at least 2 times.
Caution
Failing to pick up the ferrule tip when you reach the bottom of the
cleaning surface can result in static electricity that can damage the
fiber optic cable.
4. If desired, repeat steps 3 and 4.
5. If a fiber inspection scope is available, use the scope to inspect the
ferrule end face to make sure that it is clean.
6. Reconnect the cable to the port or protect the ferrule tip with a dust
cap.
Note
Always keep a dust cap on a fiber optic cable when it is not in use.
Note
Do not touch the end face of the ferrule in the connector.
Warning
Do not stare into the laser beam.  L2
Warning
Do not look directly at the fiber optic cable ends or inspect the cable
ends with an optical lens.  L6
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Cleaning Fiber Optic Connector Using a Swab
Specially treated swabs (stick cleaners) are available for cleaning inside
connector adapters or hard-to-reach ferrule tips. These swabs, often
referred to as “lint free” or “alcohol free” swabs, are available from many
vendors. Stick cleaners are available in both 2.5 mm and 1.25 mm sizes
for use on SC and MU connectors respectively. See Figure 45.
Note
NEVER use a household cotton swab and/or alcohol to clean a fiber
optic connector. This may leave a residue on the ferrule tip.
Figure 45. Lint-Free and Alcohol-Free Swabs
Note
Do not use compressed air or aerosol air to clean a fiber optic
connector.
To clean a recessed ferrule using a swab, do the following.
1. Insert the swab into the adapter as shown in Figure 44 and rub the
ferrule tip with the swab.
Figure 46. Cleaning a Recessed Ferrule
2. If needed, repeat step 1.
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3. If a fiber inspection scope is available, use the scope to inspect the
connector to make sure that it is clean and to check for scratches, pits,
or other problems that may affect performance.
Note
Always keep a dust cap on a fiber optic cable when it is not in use.
Warning
Do not stare into the laser beam.  L2
Warning
Do not look directly at the cable ends or inspect the cable ends with
an optical lens.  L6
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