Wireless Access Point
Repeater
Bridge
USER MANUAL
Manual Overview
This manual guides you through the steps necessary for setting up and
configuring the AirTies AP-301 54Mbps 802.11g Wireless Access
Point/Repeater/Bridge. Please read this manual carefully before beginning
the installation process.
The Warranty does not cover failure or damage as a result of not following
the instructions in the manual. AirTies will not be held responsible in such
circumstances.
The User Manual is an important resource you can refer to for safe and
proper use of your device. Please retain it for future reference.
Safety and Maintenance
• In order to prevent damage to your device, be sure to keep
it in its original box during transportation.
• The device must be used solely with its original power adapter.
Please note that the adapter is 220V only. Do not use with
110V AC.
• Do not insert a PSTN (phone) plug into the LAN port.
• If you encounter any problems, do not open or disassemble
the device. Instead, call AirTies Technical Support at +90 212
444 0239.
• In order to prevent electric shock, do not operate the device
in wet or damp areas. Do not use the phones connected to
the device during lightning storms.
In the event of a gas leak, do not use the device. Do not turn
the device on or off. Do not plug or unplug the power cord.
• Avoid using the device in dusty environments. If dust buildup
should occur, use a dry cloth to remove the dust.
• To clean the exterior of the device use a dry cloth. Do not
attempt to clean the interior. There are no user serviceable
components inside.
• For information regarding the installation and configuration
of the device consult the remainder of this manual.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.Introduction...............................................................................................1
1.1.Main Features........................................................................................2
1.2. Minimum System Requirements........................................................2
1.3. Package Contents...............................................................................2
1.4. Top View...............................................................................................3
2. Connecting the Cables............................................................................3
3. Preparing For Installation....................................................................4
3.1. Assigning a local IP address to a computer that is running WindowsXP.....4
3.2. Assigning a local IP address to a computer that is running Windows98......5
3.3. Assigning a local IP address to a computer that is running Windows2000.....7
4.1. IP Settings...........................................................................................8
4.2. Wireless Network...............................................................................9
4.2.1. Wireless Settings...............................................................9
4.3. Setting the Operating Mode...............................................................10
4.3.1. Configuring the AP-301 as an Access Point...................................11
4.3.2. Configuring the AP-301 as a Repeater...........................................12
4.3.3. Configuring the AP-301 as a Bridge............................................14
4.4. Wireless Security Settings....................................................................15
4.1 WPA Security Settings...................................................................15
4.4.2 WPA2 Security Settings................................................................16
4.4.3 WEP Security Settings...........................................................................17
4.5. Access Control..................................................................................18
4.6. Management.......................................................................................19
4.7.Tools....................................................................................................20
4.8. Reset.................................................................................................20
5. Technical Specifications..........................................................................21
6. Physical Specifications............................................................................21
1.
Introduction
The AirTies AP-301 is an IEEE 802.11b/g compliant, 54 Mbps wireless
communication device that can be used as a Wireless Access Point,
Repeater, or Bridge.
You can connect the AirTies AP-301 to a wired router through the Ethernet
port to setup a wireless local network and enable your wireless computers
to access the Internet.
As a repeater, the AP-301 enables you to extend the coverage area
of a wireless network. The AirTies Mesh Technology is what makes this
possible. The AirTies Mesh Technology resolves problems such as loss of
wireless signal or limited coverage area often encountered in multiplestory or reinforced concrete buildings. Using the AP-301, the wireless
coverage area can be extended to the maximum without sacrificing
signal quality.
Computers on the network connect to the AP-301 with the strongest
signal, and reach the router or the wired network through the AirTies
Mesh Network.
The AP-301, used as a bridge, enables wired devices (with an Ethernet
interface) such as printers and desktop computers to be included in a
wireless network.
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1.1. Main Features
• IEEE 802.11b/g compatible, 54Mbps Wireless Access Point, Repeater,
Bridge
• Backward compatible with 11Mbps 802.11b wireless devices
• AirTies Mesh Technology support to extend wireless coverage area
across very wide areas or concrete buildings where signal strength
problems are common
• Used as a "Wireless Bridge", ability to include wired devices with an
Ethernet interface in the wireless network
• Wireless operating ranges of up to 400 meters outdoors and 100
meters indoors
• Advanced wireless security with support for WPA2, WPA,WEP, and
802.1x standards
• High performance using the latest chip technologies
• With "Auto MDI/MDIX", it automatically operates with both straight
and cross Ethernet cables
• Easy to use Web-based user interface
• Automatic local IP address assignment by the DHCP server
• Firmware updates through the web interface
• 24x7 technical support by the highly trained AirTies Technical Support
team backed up by the AirTies R&D team
1.2. Minimum System Requirements
In order to configure the AirTies AP-301, a PC running any version of
Windows, Unix, Linux, or Mac operating systems is required. The AP-301
does not need to be connected to a PC during normal operation.
1.3. Package Contents
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Ethernet Cable
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WLAN
LAN
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AP-301 is powered on.
AP-301 is off.
Green
Wireless network is set up and active
Green flashing
Data exchange over the wireless LAN
Off
Wireless network not active No Wireless network
Green
There is a device connected to the LAN port
Green flashing
Data exchange over the LAN port
Off
No connection on the LAN port
Connecting the Cables
The correct way of connecting the AP-301 is shown in the figure below.
Port
LAN
Interface
10/100 Ethernet port (auto MDI/MDIX); connects to LAN
Power
5V DC; to be connected to the power adapter
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3.
Preparing For Installation
The installation settings of the AP-301 must be done from a PC that is
directly, not wirelessly, connected to it. However, the AirTies AP-301
cannot assign an IP address to the PC connected to it for doing the
installation settings since the DHCP feature is not enabled in the default
factory settings. Therefore, an IP address will need to be assigned
manually to the PC.
3.1. Assigning a local IP address to a computer that is
running WindowsXP
Double-click on the "Local Area Connection" icon on
the bottom right corner of the WindowsXP desktop. This
will bring up the "Local Area Connection Status" window.
Click "Properties" to go to the "Local Area
Connection Properties" window.
Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click
"Properties".
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In the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties" window, enter 192.168.2.10
in the "IP Address" field and 255.255.255.0 in the "Subnet Mask" field. The
IP address of the AP-301 is 192.168.2.254. Therefore, the IP address of the
computer should be in the 192.168.2.x range.
Click "OK" to save the values you have entered.
3.2. Assigning a local IP address to a computer
that is running Windows98
Right click-on the "Network Neighborhood" icon on your desktop and
select "Properties".
This will take you to the "Network Connections" window. Select "TCP/IP"
and click "Properties".
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In the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties" window, go to "IP Address"
tab. Enter 192.168.2.10 in the "IP Address" field and 255.255.255.0 in the
"Subnet Mask" field. The IP address of the AP-301 is 192.168.2.254. Therefore,
the IP address of the computer should be in the 192.168.2.x range.
Click "OK" to save the values you have entered.
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3.3. Assigning a local IP address to a computer that is
running Windows2000
Right-click on the "Network Neighborhood" icon on your desktop and
select "Properties".
In the window that appears,
right-click on the "Local Area
Connection" icon and select
"Properties". This will bring up
the "Local Area Connection
Properties" window.
Click "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) then
click "Properties".
In the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Properties" window, enter 192.168.2.10
in the "IP Address" field and 255.255.255.0
in the "Subnet Mask" field. The IP address
of the AP-301 is 192.168.2.254. Therefore,
the IP address of the computer should
be in the 192.168.2.x range.
Click "OK" to save the values you have
entered.
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4. Installation Settings
You can setup your AP-301 using the web user interface. First, open a
web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape). In the
Address field enter 192.168.2.254, the default IP address of your router,
and press Enter. This will launch the web interface of your AirTies AP-301.
You will be prompted for a password to login. There is no password set
by default. Initially, leave this field blank and continue by clicking "Submit".
In the screen that appears, the "Welcome" screen, a summary of the
current network and device settings are displayed.
4.1. IP Settings
You can change the IP address, the subnet mask and the gateway
address of the AP-301 by going to the" IP Settings" submenu under the
"LAN" menu of the web interface.
These values can be obtained from the administrator of the network
the AP-301 is connected to.
Note: If you change the IP address of the AP-301, you must use the new
address to connect to the AP-301's web interface.
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4.2. Wireless Network
As a wireless access point, the AP-301 enables mobile devices to access
the local network.
Clicking on the "WIRELESS " menu on the left menu bar of the AP-301
web interface displays all the wireless devices connected to the AP301. You can block a device's access to the AP-301 by checking the
"Block" box to the left of the MAC address of the device.
When all your modifications are done, click "Save".
4.2.1. Wireless Settings
To configure your wireless network, go to "Wireless Settings" under the
"WIRELESS " menu of the AP-301 web interface.
• Wireless Network Name (SSID) : In this field, you can assign a name
to your wireless network and enable/disable the broadcasting of this
name by the AP-301.
• Channel : Enter the broadcast channel number (frequency) in this
field.
• Data Rate : You can adjust the wireless data rate of the AP-301.
However, it is recommended that you leave this field as Auto.
• Mode : Select the wireless mode the AP-301 will be operating in.
• Wireless Transmit Power : You can set the Transmit Power of the AP301. The lower the transmit power, the smaller your wireless range will
be.
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4.3. Setting the Operating Mode
The AP-301 is a 3-in-1 device: it can operate as either an access point
or a repeater or a bridge.
To set the operating mode, go to the "Operating Mode" submenu under
the "WIRELESS " menu. The "Operating Mode Selection" window will
appear.
In this window, select the mode that you want your AP-301 to operate
in and click "Save".
4.3.1. Configuring the AP-301 as an Access Point
The AP-301 operates as an Access Point by default unless a different
mode is selected. Connect the AP-301 to an ADSL router, cable router
or local area network via its Ethernet port.
The diagram below is an example where the AP-301 is being used as
an access point device.
Access Point
• First verify that your computer has an IEEE 802.11b or 802.11g
compatible Wireless Access Card installed. If not, first install a Wireless
Access Card on your computer.
• After making the hardware connections of your AP-301 as explained
in the previous section, power it on.
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• On the computer(s) that will be connected to the AP-301 wirelessly,
start the utility program for the Wireless Access Card (e.g. "Intel Proset"
or "Wireless Network Connection" for Windows). Look for wireless
networks in range in the "View Wireless Networks" window. Connect
to the wireless network whose name (SSID) is "AIRTIES_AP-301", the
default SSID of the wireless network set up by the AP-301. If you have
assigned a different SSID to your wireless network during configuration,
connect to that one.
On your Windows computer, double-click the "Wireless Network" icon
on the bottom right corner. In the "Wireless Network Connection Status"
window that appears, click the "View Wireless Networks" button. The
result will be similar to the one shown below. This example assumes your
wireless network has the default SSID "AIRTIES_AP-301".
4.3.2. Configuring the AP-301 as a Repeater
To use the AP-301 as a repeater, go to "Operating Mode" under the
"WIRELESS" menu and select Repeater as the "Operating Mode". The
following diagram is an example of the AP-301's use as a repeater.
WLAN
LAN
POWER
AP-301 Repeater
WUS-300
WLAN
LAN
POWER
INTERNET
Phone Line / DSL
AP-301 Repeater
RT-211
PCC-2
PCC-2
WUS-300
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Using more than one AP-301 as a repeater, and taking advantage of
the AirTies Mesh Technology®, you can extend and strengthen your
wireless network.
AirTies Mesh Technology® helps resolve problems such as weak or lost
signal, and limited signal range that is commonly seen in concrete
buildings.
The Mesh Network consists of a wireless AirTies router and multiple AirTies
AP-301 devices. The AP-301s in repeater mode communicate with each
other and the wireless AirTies router via the Mesh protocol.
The wireless computers connect to the access point closest to them
automatically. They reach the AirTies router via the other repeaters in
between. In this manner, wireless coverage area can be expanded
significantly.
When you select Repeater as the "Operating Mode", the "Repeater
Settings" page will come up. From then on, this title will also appear
under the "Wireless Settings" menu of the web user interface.
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In the "Repeater Settings" page, you will find a list of available access
points and repeaters the AP-301 can connect to.
Check the box to the left of the access point / repeater you would like
the AP-301 to connect to. The access point will appear in the list below,
titled "Access Points to Connect to". Click "Save" to complete the Repeater
Settings.
Important: The repeaters and the access point must all be operating on
the same channel for them to form a Mesh Network. They should also
have a transmit power of at least -70dBm. (In the above example, 49dBm satisfies this requirement).
You need to configure the access point that will form a Mesh Network
with the AP-301 the same way as the AP-301. For example, to setup a
Mesh Network between a RT-211 and an AP-301, the Mesh settings
should be done the same way on both devices. The screenshot below
shows the RT-211 Mesh setup screen.
In this window, after you check the "Activate Bridge/Repeater
Connections" box, check the box to the left of the AP-301 that you have
already configured and click "Save".
The RT-211 and the AP-301 will now recognize each other. At the point
where the wireless signal from the RT-201 weakens, the AP-301 will boost
the signal and extend the coverage area.
Note: You can only use WEP encryption in a wireless network with a
MESH structure. You can find more information about this in the Wireless
Security section.
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4.3.3. Configuring the AP-301 as a Bridge
You can include a wired device (e.g. printer) to your wireless network
by connecting the device to the LAN port of an AP-301 operating in
Bridge mode. The diagram below is an example of the AP-301's use as
a bridge (connected to a printer).
To set the bridge mode, go to "Operating Mode" under the "WIRELESS"
menu of the web interface. Select Bridge in the "Operating Mode" field
and click "Save".
Note: The AP-301 does not do wireless broadcast in bridge mode. To
configure and operate the AP-301 in bridge mode, you need to be
directly connected to the Ethernet port.
When you select Bridge as the "Operating Mode", the "Access Point List"
page will come up. At the same time, "Access Point List" will appear
under the "Wireless Settings" menu of the web interface.
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In this window, you will see a list of all the available wireless access points
that the AP-301 bridge can connect to. Check the box next to the
access point you would like to connect to and click "Save".
4.4. Wireless Security Settings
It is not necessary to configure wireless security to enable wireless
communication. However, due to growing importance of data security,
it is recommended that you choose a suitable security protocol and
configure the AP-301 to use it.
WPA, WPA2 and WEP wireless encryption protocols can be used to
encrypt traffic between the wireless terminals and the AP-301.
MAC Address Filtering allows only the predefined authorized computers
to exchange data with the AirTies AP-301 and blocks access by those
that are not authorized.
For your wireless network security, it is recommended that both MAC
address filtering and one of the wireless encryption protocols WAP,
WAP2, or WEP be activated.
4.4.1 WPA Security Settings
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is one of the latest and most advanced
wireless encryption standards and provides you with the highest level
of data protection. All AirTies wireless products and the newly introduced
802.11g wireless communication devices support WPA. If you would like
to use WPA in your wireless network, all the wireless terminals in your
network need to support WPA.
Go to "Wireless Security" under the "WIRELESS NETWORK" menu on the
left menu bar of the AP-301 Web interface.
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• To enable WPA encryption, click on the "WPA" button in the "Wireless
Security" screen.Click on the "PSK" button and enter a network key that
is 8 to 63 characters long (use a combination of letters and digits) in
the "password" field. Make sure you choose a key that is not easy to
guess. Click "Save".
• You must activate WPA and set the same network key in all the wireless
devices that will communicate with the AP-301.
4.4.2. WPA2 Security Settings
WPA2 is the latest encryption method defined by the IEEE 802.11i wireless
security standard. If you would like to use WPA2 encryption in your
wireless network, all the wireless terminals in your network need to support
WPA2. If you have a Centrino laptop, in order to use WPA2 encryption
you need to download the WPA2 updates for your Windows XP operating
system. ( www.microsoft.com ).
• To enable WPA2 encryption, click on the "WPA2" button in the "Wireless
Security" screen.Click on the "PSK" button and enter a network key
that is 8 to 63 characters long (use a combination of letters and digits)
in the "password" field. Make sure you choose a key that is not easy
to guess. Click "Save".
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• You must activate WPA2 and set the same network key in all the
wireless
devices that will communicate with the AP-301.
4.4.3.WEP Security Settings
AirTies AP-301 supports the Wired Equivalent Privacy,WEP, encryption
standard as well. If any of the devices in your wireless network does not
support WPA, it is recommended that you choose WEP encryption.
If the AP-301 device is being used in a MESH Network, i.e. communicating
with other devices that operate in repeater mode via the MESH protocol,
then you can only use WEP encryption.
• Click on the WEP button in the Wireless Security window.
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• Check the Enable WEP Encryption box.
• Depending on which encryption level you choose, enter a network
key in the corresponding field.
• 64-bit hexadecimal encryption : Enter a key of up to 10 hexadecimal
• haracters (0-9 and A, B, C, D, E, F) e.g. "4321abcdef"
• 64-bit ASCII encryption : Enter a key of up to 5 ASCII characters(all
digits and letters) e.g. "sifre"
• 128-bit hexadecimal encryption : Enter a key of up to 26 hexadecimal
characters (0-9 and A, B, C, D, E, F) e.g.
"12a34b56c78d90e123456f7890"
• 128-bit ASCII encryption : Enter a key of up to 13 ASCII characters
(all digits and letters) e.g. "kablosuzsifre"
•You must activate WEP and set the same network key in all the wireless
devices that will communicate with the AP-301.
4.5. Access Control
To enable Access Control go to "Access Control" under the "WIRELESS"
menu of the AP-301 web interface. In the window that appears, you
can enter the MAC addresses of the devices that are permitted to
access the AP-301. No other device but those permitted can connect
to the AP-301.
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To add a new user, enter the MAC Address of the device in the "Authorized
Users" field and click "Add". The MAC addresses that you enter will be
added to the "Authorized Users" list.
To find out the MAC Address of your computer:
• Click the "Start" button on the lower left corner of your Windows
desktop.
• Click "Run". Type cmd in the window that opens and click OK.
• Enter ipconfig /all in the command line.
The "Physical Address" displayed under the "Wireless Network Connection"
is your computer's MAC address.
4.6. Management
The default password for accessing the web-based user interface of the
AP-301 is blank. It is recommended that you set a password to avoid
unauthorized access to this interface.
Enter the current password in the "Current Password" field. (Leave this
field blank for the first use.)
Then enter your new password in the "New Password" and "Confirm New
Password" fields. Click "Save".
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4.7. Tools
The AP-301 Web interface provides advanced management tools for:
Restart, Reset to factory settings and Firmware update. Go to "TOOLS"
menu of the web interface.
"Restart" simply restarts your access point device by powering it off and
on.
"Reset to Factory Settings" erases all your custom settings and returns the
device to the default factory settings.
Occasionally, a new firmware is published by AirTies to fulfill customer
needs. You can download the latest version of the firmware from
www.airties.com.
After you download the latest firmware version to your PC, click the
"Firmware Update" button in "TOOLS" window. On the screen titled
"Firmware Update" click "Browse" and select the new downloaded
firmware file. Then, click "Update".
You can see the version of the firmware that is currently on your AP-301
on the "Welcome" screen that appears as soon as you login to the web
interface.
4.8. Reset
To reset the AP-301 to the default factory settings, press and hold the
reset button at the bottom of the device with the tip of a pencil or similar
pointed object for 5 seconds.
Note: When you reset the AP-301, all your custom settings such as
passwords and IP addresses will be erased.
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5. Technical Specifications
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Ports: 1 Ethernet port (10/100, auto MDI/MDIX), 5V DC power in
Wireless transmit power: 20dBm EIRP
Wireless security: WPA (802.1x, TKIP, PSK), WPA2 (IEEE802.11i, AES,
CCMP), WEP (64/128 bit), MAC filtering, SSID hiding
Wireless standards: Compliant with IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11d,
802.11e and 802.11i
LEDs: Power, WLAN, LAN
Wireless data rates: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps (auto
speed adjustment)
Frequency range: From ETSI 2400MHz to 2483.5MHz (13 channels, 3
not overlapping)
Power: External 5V power adapter
Mounting: wall or desktop
Reset button to return the router to default factory settings
6.
Physical Specifications
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Dimensions: 9cm x 7cm x 2.5cm
Weight: 150 g
Power: 5Volt DC
Operating Temperature: 0°C - 40°C
Storage Temperature: -25°C - 75°C
Humidity: %10 - %90
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