Asus 54Mbps Pocket Wireless Access Point WL-330g User`s manual

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Wireless WL-HDD
(For 802.11g/b Wireless Clients)
User’s Manual
E2013 / Mar 2005
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Table of Contents
Copyright Information ................................................................................. 2
Limitation of Liability ................................................................................... 3
1. Introduction .......................................................................................... 7
Overview ................................................................................................ 7
The ASUS Wireless Family ................................................................... 8
Features .............................................................................................. 10
System Requirements ......................................................................... 10
Power Requirements ........................................................................... 10
Package List ........................................................................................ 11
Hardware Components ............................................................................ 12
Ports and Buttons ................................................................................ 12
Status Indicators .................................................................................. 12
Wireless Performance .............................................................................. 13
Site Topography ................................................................................... 13
Range .................................................................................................. 13
Site Surveys ........................................................................................ 14
Roaming Between ASUS APs ............................................................. 14
Roaming Guidelines ............................................................................ 14
2. Getting Started ................................................................................... 15
Location Tips ................................................................................... 15
Making Connections ....................................................................... 15
Connecting Power ........................................................................... 17
Configuring the Wireless Client ........................................................... 17
TCP/IP Settings ............................................................................... 17
SSID Settings .................................................................................. 19
Using the Hard Disk Drive ............................................................... 20
Accessing the Hard Disk Drive ....................................................... 20
Using the ASUS Utility .................................................................... 21
Hard Drive Pre-scan Function ......................................................... 22
Formatting the Hard Disk ................................................................ 22
Setting up Permissions ................................................................... 24
Editing the User List ........................................................................ 24
Editing the Shared Nodes List ........................................................ 24
Applying permissions ...................................................................... 26
Sharing files on the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD ................................ 27
Transferring Data from External Flash Memory .............................. 27
Auto-copy Function ......................................................................... 27
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Locating the Copied Files on the Hard Disk Drive .......................... 28
Shutting down the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD .................................. 28
3. Software Configuration ..................................................................... 29
Configuring the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD ........................................... 29
Wireless .......................................................................................... 30
Interface .......................................................................................... 30
Bridge .............................................................................................. 34
Access Control ................................................................................ 34
Advanced ........................................................................................ 36
Client Mode ..................................................................................... 38
IP Config ......................................................................................... 41
LAN ................................................................................................. 41
DHCP server ................................................................................... 42
Storage Setting ............................................................................... 43
Shared Nodes ................................................................................. 43
Disk Tool .......................................................................................... 45
System Setting ................................................................................ 46
Change Password ........................................................................... 46
Firmware Upgrade .......................................................................... 47
Factory Default ................................................................................ 48
Status and Log ................................................................................ 49
Status .............................................................................................. 49
Wireless .......................................................................................... 50
DHCP Leases ................................................................................. 51
4. Troubleshooting ................................................................................ 52
5. Appendix ............................................................................................ 53
Specifications ........................................................................................... 53
Safety Statements .................................................................................... 54
Federal Communications Commission ................................................ 54
FCC Radio Frequency Exposure Caution Statement .......................... 56
Operation Channel for Different Domains ........................................... 56
Canadian Department of Communications .......................................... 56
FCC Radio Frequency Interference Requirements ............................. 57
FCC RF Exposure Guidelines (Access Points) ................................... 57
FCC RF Exposure Guidelines (Wireless Cards) ................................. 57
France Restricted Frequency Band ..................................................... 58
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ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" User’s Manual
Chapter 1 - Introduction
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1. Introduction
Overview
Thank you for purchasing the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD". This device is
a wireless local area network (WLAN) hard disk drive (HDD) with
additional Access Point (AP) functionality. It is designed to be fully
compliant with the IEEE 802.11g standard and provides data transfer at 54
Mbps using the OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing)
technology. It is also backward compliant with IEEE 802.11b standards
and can be adapted for wired environments for data storage.
Wireless LANs are complementary extensions to existing wired LANs,
offering mobility while maintaining continuous network connectivity to
both corporate and home Intranets. They add a new level of convenience
for LAN users. PC users stay connected to the network anywhere throughout
a building without being bound by LAN cables. This is accomplished
through the Access Point functionality of the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
The device also has the additional advantage of providing network storage
with its hard disk drive. This allows you to share information and storage
capacity through the WLAN and use the hard disk like a public wireless
folder. The large storage capacity of the hard disk and a high speed data
transfer of 54 Mbps makes the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" a very useful
tool to share music and video files. The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" also
supports automatic copying of files from a flash memory disk to the hard
disk.
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The ASUS Wireless Family
The ASUS Wireless family contains a several wireless network solutions for
802.11g & 802.11b wireless local area networks in the home or office.
Access Point/Client
The ASUS WLAN 802.11g
Access Point (WL-300g)
creates a wireless network
using the IEEE 802.11g and
802.11b wireless standards.
The ASUS 3 in 1
Pocket Access Point
(WL-330g) creates a
wireless network
using the IEEE
802.11g/b wireless
standards.
Access Point/Router
The ASUS WLAN Gateway (WL-500g) creates
a wireless network using the IEEE 802.11g/b
wireless standards and allows sharing a single
Internet connection.
PCMCIA Client
The ASUS WLAN PC Card
(WL-107g) is a wireless LAN
adapter that fits into a PCMCIA
Type II slot in a Notebook PC
and creates a wireless network
using the IEEE 802.11g/b
wireless standards.
The ASUS WLAN 802.11g Pocket Router (WL530g) creates a wireless network using the IEEE
802.11g and 802.11b wireless standards and
allows sharing a single Internet connection.
Compact Flash (CF) Client
The ASUS 802.11b Wireless
CF Card (WL-110) is a IEEE
802.11b wireless LAN adapter
that fits into a Compact Flash
Type II slot in a Portable
Digital Assistant (PDA).
(The illustrations are not to scale.)
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USB Access Point/Client
The ASUS USB Wireless
LAN Adapter (WL160g) creates a wireless
network using the IEEE
802.11g/b
wireless
standards and connects to
any computer using
USB2.0 connectivity.
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USB Client
802
.11g
54M
bps
The ASUS USB Wireless LAN Adapter (WL167g) is thumb-sized and creates a wireless
network using the IEEE 802.11g/b wireless
standards and connects to any computer using
USB2.0 connectivity.
PCI Client
Access Point/File Server
The ASUS WLAN PCI Card (WL-138g) is a
wireless LAN adapter that fits into a standard PCI
slot in a desktop PC and creates a wireless
network using the IEEE 802.11g/b wireless
standards.
The ASUS WLAN 802.11g Access Point (WLHDD) creates a wireless network using the IEEE
802.11g and 802.11b wireless standards. Also
serves as a file server (wireless network attached
storage).
(The illustrations are not to scale.)
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Features
The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" has the following useful features:
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54 Mbps high speed WLAN access
• Up to 54 Mbps transfer speeds over the 2.4 GHz frequency band
• Compatible with existing 802.11b WLAN environments
• Auto fallback algorithm to select transmission rate
Secure wireless connectivity
• AP mode: 64 / 128 bit WEP, WPA
• Client mode: 64 / 128 bit WEP
Standard IDE device support
• Uses Ultra DMA 100 IDE controller
• Adapted for 2.5-inch slim hard disk drives
Real time clock support to synchronize the network time.
Auto copy function to copy data from an external memory disk through USB
Hard disk pre-scan to scan hard disk functionality at startup
Windows-based utility to set up WLAN and hard disk data access
Wireless profile enabling connectivity for home or office environments
Hard disk access using Network Neighborhood in Windows or Samba in Linux
UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) feature for Windows XP and Windows ME
Firmware upgrade function using Ethernet or WLAN
System Requirements
To begin using the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD, your system must have the
following minimum requirements:
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An Ethernet (10BaseT or 10/100BaseT) adapter for wired client
At least one 802.11g (54Mbps) or one 802.11b (11Mbps) wireless adapter
for wireless mobile clients
TCP/IP and an Internet browser installed
Power Requirements
The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" requires power from an external power
supply. Your package ships with a 5V power adapter. Use only the power
adapter provided for safe operation.
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Package List
Your package contains the following items:
2.4GHz dipole antenna
Screw on to install
ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" with 2.4GHz dipole antenna
RJ-45 Ethernet cable (straight-through)
Power adapter (5 volts DC)
Quick start guide
Support CD (drivers, utilities, and manuals)
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Hardware Components
This section gives you a tour of the different ports and status indicators of
the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD". Refer to this section when installing and
operating your device.
Ports and Buttons
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1 Power Connector: Connect the power adapter here.
2 USB Port:
Insert a USB flash disk here.
3 LAN Port:
Connect one end of the RJ-45 Ethernet cable here and the other end to the RJ-45 port
of a network hub, switch, or router.
4 Reset Button:
Press this button for 5 seconds to shut down the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
Press this button for 30 seconds to reset the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
Status Indicators
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LED
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Status
Indication
1 Green
Blinking
Data is being transferred with a speed of 10Mbps
2 Yellow
Blinking
Data is being transferred with a speed of 100Mbps
3 POWER
On
Blinking (slow)
Power adapter is plugged in and the device is powered on
File system on the hard disk drive is inconsistent
4 USB
Off
Blinking (fast)
Blinking (slow)
On
No USB device found
Copying from the USB device to the hard disk drive
Partition 1 of the hard disk drive is full
USB device found
5 WLAN
On
Blinking
Normal state
Wireless packets are being transmitted or received
6 HDD
Off
Blinking
Normal state
Hard disk drive is being accessed
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Wireless Performance
This section provides a few ideas to help you improve the performance of
your WLAN.
Site Topography
For optimal performance, locate wireless mobile clients and the ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD" away from transformers, heavy-duty motors,
fluorescent lights, microwave ovens, refrigerators, and other industrial
equipment. Signal loss can occur when metal or concrete walls or floors
block transmission. Locate the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" in open areas
or add more devices (APs) as needed to improve coverage.
Microwave ovens operate in the same frequency band as the ASUS Wireless
"WL-HDD". Therefore, if you use a microwave oven within range of your
device, you may notice network performance degradation. However, your
microwave oven and ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" will continue to function.
Range
Every environment is unique with different obstacles, barriers, materials,
and so on. Therefore, it is difficult to determine the exact range of your
WLAN without testing in the specific environment. However, you can
follow some of the guidelines described in this section to estimate the range
of your network.
Radio signals may be reflected by some obstacles or absorbed by others
depending on their construction. For example, with two 802.11b radios,
you may achieve clear reception over a distance of up to 1000 feet in open
spaces, with the two devices being in line of sight (meaning they have no
obstacles in a straight line between them). However, the same two units
may only achieve up to 300 feet of range when used indoors.
By default, the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" automatically adjusts the data
rate to maintain a usable signal connection. Therefore, a client that is close
to the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" may operate at higher speeds while a
client that is on the fringe of coverage may operate at lower speeds. You
can configure the data rates used by the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" to
improve the performance. However, if you limit the range of data rates
available to the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD", you may reduce the effective
wireless range of the WLAN coverage.
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Site Surveys
A site survey analyzes the installation environment and provides users with
recommendations for equipment and its placement. The optimum placement
differs depending on the ASUS AP design and specifications.
Roaming Between ASUS APs
If there are multiple ASUS APs on the network, then a wireless mobile client
may seamlessly roam from one ASUS AP to another.
Each ASUS AP creates its own wireless cell or coverage area. This is also known
as a Basic Service Set (BSS). Any wireless mobile client can communicate with
a particular ASUS AP if it is within the ASUS AP’s coverage area.
If the cells of multiple ASUS APs overlap, then the wireless mobile client may
switch from one ASUS AP to another as it travels throughout the building. During
the hand-off from one ASUS AP to another, the wireless mobile client maintains
an uninterrupted connection to the network. This is known as “roaming.”
Multiple ASUS APs connected to a common Ethernet network form an Extended
Service Set (ESS). All members of an Extended Service Set are configured with
an ID, known as the SSID or ESSID. Wireless mobile clients must be configured
with the same SSID as the ASUS APs on the network; a client can only roam
between ASUS APs that share the same SSID.
Roaming Guidelines
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An ASUS WLAN card can only roam between APs of the same type.
All ASUS APs must have the same SSID.
All ASUS WLAN cards must have the same SSID as the APs that they will
roam between.
If WEP encryption is enabled, then all ASUS APs and client adapters must
use the same encryption level and WEP Key(s) to communicate.
ASUS APs’ cells must overlap to ensure that there are no gaps in coverage
and to ensure that the roaming client will always have a connection available.
ASUS APs that use the same Channel should be installed as far away from
each other as possible to reduce potential interference.
It is strongly recommended that you perform a site survey using the utility
provided with the ASUS WLAN card to determine the best location for
each ASUS AP in the building.
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Location Tips
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Determine the best location for the device while keeping in mind the
following considerations:
The length of the Ethernet cable that connects the device to the network
must not exceed 100 meters.
For standard placement, try to place the device on a flat, sturdy surface as
far from the ground as possible, such as on top of a desk or bookcase,
keeping clear of metal obstructions and away from direct sunlight.
For external antenna mounting, install the external antennas so that they
are clear of obstructions; refer to the documentation that came with the
antennas for mounting and installation instructions.
Try to centrally locate the device and its antenna so that it will provide
coverage and access to its hard disk drive to all of the wireless mobile
devices in the area.
Use only the power supply that came with this unit. Other power supplies
may fit but the voltage and power may not be compatible.
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Note: It is the responsibility of the installer and users of the ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD" to guarantee that the antenna is operated at
least 20 centimeters from any person. This is necessary to ensure
that the product is operated in accordance with the RF Guidelines
for Human Exposure which have been adopted by the Federal Communications Commission.
Making Connections
You can use your ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" as an Access Point or as a
wireless network storage device in an existing WLAN. When the ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD" is turned on, it searches for other existing Access
Points in its vicinity. If no other AP is found, it acts as an AP, while at the
same time allowing access to its hard disk drive. If an existing WLAN and
AP is found in the vicinity, it acts as a wireless shared hard disk that can be
accessed by other wireless clients in the WLAN.
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AP Mode
INTERNET
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In order to use the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" as an AP, it has to be
connected to a network hub for Internet access. Attach one end of the RJ45 Ethernet cable to the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" and attach the other
end to the RJ-45 port of a network hub, switch, router, or patch panel
(represented by the INTERNET connection in the illustration).
Network Storage Mode
INTERNET
To use the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" as a WLAN storage device in an
existing network, no network cable connections to the device are required.
The wireless network consisting of an AP and one or more wireless clients,
uses the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" as a shared network hard drive. The
clients can read or write data from the device as required.
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Connecting Power
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Attach one end of the AC power
adapter, included in the product
package, to the power jack on the device
and the other end to a power outlet. The
POWER LED lights up when the unit
is powered ON.
Warning: Use the product only with
the power adapter supplied in the
product package. Using another
power supply may damage the device.
Warning: To shut down the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD, click the Shutdown button on the web manager. This prevents damage to the
hard disk. Unplug the power cord only after shutting down the device. See “Shutting down the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD” for details.
Configuring the Wireless Client
TCP/IP Settings
In order to access the shared hard disk drive of the ASUS Wireless "WLHDD" or to use the device as an AP, you may need to configure the TCP/IP
settings. The TCP/IP settings should be on the IP subnet of the ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD".
Note: Change the TCP/IP settings only if the wireless network does
not support automatic IP addresses or if there is a problem operating the device. If you are not sure about the settings, use the default settings where the client obtains the IP address automatically.
Note: Changing TCP/IP settings may require rebooting your PC
(wireless client). When rebooting, the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD"
should be switched ON and in the ready state.
The following are the default IP settings of the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD:
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IP address 192.168.1.220
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0.
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If you set your computer’s (wireless client) IP manually, it needs to be on
the same segment as the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD". To set the TCP/IP
settings, use the Network and Dialup Connections wizard to create a new
LAN connection and configure its TCP/IP settings as follows:
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1. Select “My Network Places” from 2. Click View network connections.
Windows start.
3. Right-click the Local Area 4. Double-click Internet Protocol
(TCP/IP)
Connection.
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4. Select “Use the following...”
IP address: 192.168.1.xxx (xxx
can be any number between 1 and
254 that is not used by another
device except 192.168.1.220 which
is used by the “WL-HDD”)
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
SSID Settings
The SSID or the network name of the
WLAN adapter must be configured
correctly for proper operation. Click
the LAN icon under “Network and
Dialup Connections” and right-click
to view its Properties. Click
Configure under the General tab.
Then select the Wireless Network
tab. Make sure that the Network Name
is set to “WL-HDD” and click OK.
Note: Disable WEP and set the
SSID to default for any existing
wireless LAN device connected
to your computer.
Note: The procedure described here may be slightly different for
various wireless adapter utilities. Refer to the documentation for
your wireless client (notebook or PDA) as well as that for the wireless adapter for specific instructions.
When the wireless client is
configured correctly, connection to
the “WL-HDD” should be
automatic.
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Using the Hard Disk Drive
Now that you have installed the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" and connected
it as required, you are ready to start using the hard drive as a network
storage device as described in the following sections.
Accessing the Hard Disk Drive
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You can access the hard drive in any of the following ways:
Searching for the Device
The easiest method to locate the hard disk from the
network is to search for all computers on the network
and then locate the hard drive as follows:
1. Select “My Network Places” from Windows start.
2. Click the Search button on the toolbar.
3. Enter "WL-HDD" and click Search.
Windows may or may not have
already found the “WL-HDD”.
4. When ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD"
is found, double-click to view the
contents of the drive.
The hard disk shows the
configuration folder and the
partitions (part1, part2, etc.) on the
hard disk drive. You can set the
access permissions for the hard disk
drive using the configuration utility.
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Using the ASUS Utility
We recommend that you install the ASUS utility provided on the software
CD included in your package. The utility enables you to search for the
device and connect to the device to access the hard drive and configure the
settings. Follow these steps to use the ASUS utility:
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1. Using Windows, click Start | Programs | ASUS
Utility | Wireless HD | Device Discovery.
2. The utility displays the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" and other available
wireless devices in the device list. Select the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD"
and click Configure to access the device.
Note: You can also enter the “WL-HDD” default IP address (http://
192.168.1.220) manually in Internet Explorer. The default IP address
is not applicable if a DHCP server assigned an IP addresses to the
ASUS Wireless “WL-HDD”. The IP address of the ASUS Wireless
“WL-HDD” is shown in the Device Discovery utility.
3. Default User name:admin
Default Password: admin
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Hard Drive Pre-scan Function
When the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" is first turned on, it performs a prescan of the hard disk drive to ensure that it is functioning correctly and
does not have any corrupt data. If the hard drive is not working, has not
been formatted, or has been corrupted, a message is displayed on the screen
asking you to format the hard disk.
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Note: We recommend that you format the hard disk at least once
before using it.
Formatting the Hard Disk
To format the hard disk, do the following:
1. The pre-scan function detects the unformatted disk and prompts you to
start formatting. Click OK.
2. The Disk Tool from the Storage Setting menu opens in your browser. This
tool formats the hard disk and creates up to four (4) partitions. Specify the
size of the partitions in megabytes and click Apply to start formatting.
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3. A message is displayed on the
screen to warn you that formatting
will erase all data on the disk. Click
OK to continue.
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4. Formatting of the hard disk begins
and the browser window displays
the formatting status.
5. After formatting is completed, you are asked to restart the system. Click
Save&Restart to restart the system.
6. The browser window displays the status while the ASUS Wireless "WLHDD" restarts. Wait till the screen is refreshed before using the system.
Note: If you view the disk status using the software configuration
tool and if the disk is corrupted (see “Status”), the following information is displayed.
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Setting up Permissions
You can set up the hard drive permissions so that only the specified users
can access it and write data to hard drive. This is a useful feature so as to
limit the data that is put on the network storage.
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Click the Storage Setting icon in the left pane to display the hard disk
settings. Refer to the next two sections to learn how to edit the user and
shared file lists.
Editing the User List
The user list is a list of people who are allowed to access
to the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD". You can add users
and their passwords to the list and you can also specify how many users are
allowed simultaneous access to the hard drive for optimum performance.
To add users to the user list, do the following:
1. Under the User List on the Storage Setting - “Shared Nodes” page, type the
desired User Name and Password. Click Add to add the user to the list.
2. Select a User Name from the list, then click Del to delete the user from the
list.
3. Click Apply to apply the changes or Finish to save the changes and restart
the device.
Editing the Shared Nodes List
The shared nodes list is a list of all the folders and partitions on the ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD" showing the sharing and writing permissions for each
node. You can specify which folder or partition is shared and which can be
written to. To modify the shared nodes list, do the following:
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1. Under the Shared Nodes List on the Storage Setting - Shared Nodes page,
scroll to select the desired folder or partition from the Folders and Partitions
drop-down box.
2. Type the desired name in the Shared Name field. This is the name by which
users can access a specific folder or partition using their wireless clients
and even map them as logical drives if needed.
3. Click the Shared check box to enable the folder or partition to be shared
between all users.
4. Click the Write check box to enable all users to write data to the folder or
partition.
5. Click Add to add the folder or partition to the shared nodes list.
6. Select a folder or partition from the list, then click Del to delete it from the
list.
7. Select a folder or partition from the list and click Edit to modify permissions
for the user in user list.
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The Access Right screen is displayed. Type in the Shared Name and any
Comments if required. Set the user permissions for the Guest account and
up to six user accounts. Select the appropriate user account names from the
drop-down box and check the Share and Write check boxes to enable sharing
and writing to the folder. Click Apply to apply the changes to the access
rights to the folder.
8. Click Apply to apply the changes or Finish to save the changes and restart
the device.
Applying permissions
After adding users who can access the hard drive and setting up access
rights for the hard drive’s partitions and folders, use the Network
Neighborhood Mode option to apply the permissions. Scroll to select Apply
rules in shared node list from the field and click Finish to save the changes
and restart the system.
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Sharing files on the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD
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The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" is primarily designed to help you share
data, music, video, or other files over the wireless LAN. You can set up this
device in your house, office, or dormitory, such that anyone can access
media files from it using a wireless connection. In order to share data from
the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD, you must access the hard disk drive using a
valid user name. See “Editing the User List” for more details about creating
users. If you want to copy any data to the hard drive, the destination folder
or partition must be write-enabled. Make sure that the access rights (see
“Editing the Shared Nodes List”) are set to Share – on and Write – on and
then copy data to the drive.
Transferring Data from External Flash Memory
The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" supports USB flash disks or external flash
memory cards through a USB connection to enable you to transfer data.
The device copies data automatically from the flash memory to the hard
disk when inserted into the USB slot.
Auto-copy Function
To transfer data automatically from the flash
memory, connect the USB flash memory disk to
the USB port of the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
Alternatively, to transfer the contents of other types
of flash memory cards such as CF, SD, MMC, and
so on, insert the card into an external card reader
(not supplied) and connect it to the USB port using
a USB cable.
The device copies the contents of the memory disk automatically to the
hard disk. The USB light blinks quickly when copying data.
The data from the USB flash memory is copied to a folder named
USBpartxxx, where xxx is a number from 001 to 999 indicating the order
in which the data was transferred.
Notes: When copying data automatically from a flash disk, the first
partition – part1 – is used first. All the data is copied as long as
there is free space in the first partition.
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Notes: If you remove the flash disk from the ASUS Wireless "WLHDD" and insert it again, the data is copied again to the hard disk
in a new folder with the folder name incremented by 1. For instance,
if the first time the data was copied under USBpart005, then after
removing and inserting the disk, the data is copied again to a new
folder named USBpart006.
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Locating the Copied Files on the Hard Disk Drive
To view the data transferred to the
hard disk from your flash memory,
double-click the hard drive partition
(part1) icon (see “Accessing the Hard
Disk Drive” for more details). The
contents of the flash memory are
stored under the USBpartxxx folder
(where xxx is a number from 001 to
999 indicating the order in which the
data was transferred).
Shutting down the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD
Use the SHUTDOWN link to shut down the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD"
after using it to prevent damage to the hard disk and loss of data.
1. Click the SHUTDOWN link.
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2. The device shuts down and the
following message is displayed.
3. Disconnect the power cord and shut
down the system safely.
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3. Software Configuration
The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" can be configured to meet various usage
scenarios. Some of the factory default settings may suit your usage; however,
others may need to be changed.
Configuring the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD
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After logging in, the Wireless Hard Drive home page opens. Links to the
various parameters that can be adjusted are shown in the left panel. Click a
link to configure the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" as desired. Click Restore
to clear the changes you have made and restore the previous settings. Click
Finish to confirm all your settings and restart the ASUS Wireless "WLHDD". Click Apply to confirm your settings and continue without restarting
the device. The following sections describe the various configuration
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Wireless
Click the Wireless option on the left panel to display its
submenus. The wireless menu enables you to configure
the wireless interface of the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD,
to configure its bridge settings, to set up access blocks
or bypass, and to enable the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD"
to act as an AP if no other AP is detected in its vicinity.
Interface
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The Interface submenu has the following options:
Region
Scroll through this drop-down box to select the appropriate region where
you are located.
SSID
The SSID is an identification string of up to 32 ASCII characters unique to
every AP. The SSID is also referred to as the “ESSID” or “Extended Service
Set ID.” By default, the SSID is set to ““WL-HDD””. All the wireless
clients in the vicinity must have the same SSID in order to use the ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD". This field is also used as the device name when you
are looking for the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" through the Windows
Network Neighborhood function.
Channel
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The 802.11g and 802.11b specification supports up to 14 overlapping
channels for radio communication. Choose an appropriate channel for the
operating radio frequencies or choose Auto to select a channel automatically.
The available channels change according to the Region selected.
Data Rate (Mbps)
This field allows you to specify the transmission rate. Select Auto to
maximize performance.
54g Mode
This field indicates the 802.11g interface mode. Selecting Auto allows both
802.11g and 802.11b clients to connect to the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
Selecting 54g Only maximizes performance, but prevents 802.11b clients
from connecting to the device. If 54g Protection is checked, G-Mode
protection of 802.11g traffic is enabled automatically in the presence of
802.11b traffic.
Authentication Method
This field enables you to set different authentication methods for determining
various encryption schemes. The relationship between Authentication
Method, Encryption, Passphrase and WEP Keys is listed in the following
table:
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Relationship among keys
Authentication Method
Encryption
Open System or Shared Key None
WEP-64 bits
WEP-128 bits
Shared Key
WEP-64 bits
WEP-128 bits
WPA-PSK
TKIP only
AES only
Passphrase
Not required
1~64 characters
1~64 characters
1~64 characters
1~64 characters
8~63 characters
8~63 characters
WEP Key 1~4
Not required
10 hex digits
26 hex digits
10 hex digits
26 hex digits
Not required
Not required
Encryption
If the Open System or Shared Key or Shared Key authentication method is
used, WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption is applied. If the WPAPSK method is used, a newly proposed TKIP or AES encryption in WPA is
applied.
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Enabling WEP can protect your data from eavesdroppers. If you do not
need this feature, select None to skip the following setting. The ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD" supports both 64-bit and 128-bit encryption using
the WEP algorithm. Select the type of encryption you want to use (64 or
128 bit) and configure one to four WEP Keys. The 128-bit method is more
secure than the 64-bit method.
64/128 bits versus 40/104 bits
You may be confused about configuring WEP encryption, especially when
using multiple wireless LAN products from different vendors. There are
two levels of WEP Encryption: 64 bits and 128 bits. 64-bit WEP and 40-bit
WEP are the same encryption method and can interoperate in the wireless
network. This lower level of WEP encryption uses a 40 bit (10 hex digits
[0~9, a~f, and A~F]) as a “secret key” (set by user), and a 24 bit
“initialization vector” (not under user control). This together makes 64 bits
(40 + 24). Some vendors refer to this level of WEP as 40 bits and others
refer to this as 64 bits. ASUS WLAN products use the term 64 bits when
referring to this lower level of encryption. Secondly, 104 bit WEP and 128
bit WEP are the same encryption method and can interoperate in the wireless
network. This higher level of WEP encryption uses 104 bits (26 hex digits)
as a “secret key” (set by user), and a 24 bit “initialization vector” (not
under user control). This together makes 128 bits (104 + 24). Some vendors
refer to this level of WEP as 104 bits and others refer to this as 128 bits.
ASUS WLAN products use the term 128 bits when referring to this higher
level of encryption.
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Passphrase
If you select TKIP only or AES only as the Encryption method, this field will
be used as a password for the encryption process. A password with 8 to 63
characters is required. If you select WEP-64 bits or WEP-128 bits as the
Encryption method, this field will be used to generate four WEP keys
automatically. A WEP key is either 10 or 26 hexadecimal digits based on whether
you select 64 bit or 128 bit in the WEP pull-down menu. Type a combination
of up to 64 letters, numbers, or symbols in this field, which will be used to
generate the four WEP keys. If you want to type in the keys manually, leave
this field blank. The ASUS WLAN family of products uses the same algorithm
to generate the keys so that all the products can use the same WEP key.
Note: This function saves users from having to remember their
passwords and is compatible for all ASUS WLAN products. However, this is not as secure as the manual assignment of the keys.
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WEP Key
At most four WEP keys can be set. A WEP key is either 10 or 26 hexadecimal
digits (0~9, a~f, and A~F) based on whether you select 64 bit or 128 bit in
the WEP pull-down menu. The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" and ALL of its
wireless clients MUST have the same default key.
Default Key
The Default Key field lets you specify which of the four encryption keys you
use to transmit data on your wireless LAN. As long as the ASUS Wireless
"WL-HDD" or a wireless mobile client with which you are communicating
has the same key in the same position, you can use any of the keys as the
default key. If the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" and ALL of its wireless clients
use the same four WEP keys, select key rotation to maximize security.
Otherwise, choose one key in common as the default key.
Hide SSID
By default, No is selected so that wireless mobile users can see your ASUS
Wireless WL-HDD’s SSID and join the network. If Yes is selected, your ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD" will not show in site surveys by wireless mobile clients
and they will have to manually enter your device’s SSID. If you want to restrict
access to your ASUS Wireless WL-HDD, this is a simple way to do it.
Basic Rate Set
This field indicates the basic rates that wireless clients must support. Use 1
& 2 Mbps only when backward compatibility is needed for some older
wireless LAN cards with a maximum bit rate of 2 Mbps.
WPA-PSK
This field specifies the time interval after which the WPA group key is changed
in seconds. 0 means no periodic key-change is required.
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Bridge
The bridge or WDS (Wireless Distribution System)
enables you to connect to one or many APs through a
wireless connection. Choose an AP mode and configure
the WDS settings as follows:
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AP Mode
AP Mode configures the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" for a specific purpose.
By default, the device is set to serve as an Access Point (AP only) where a
wireless mobile client can connect wirelessly to a wired Ethernet network.
Choose WDS only for communicating with other APs. Hybrid allows you
to use the device both as an AP as well as a wireless bridge.
Channel
All the Access Points in a Wireless Bridge mode must be set to the same
channel. The channel is set to 1 for WDS and Hybrid AP modes.
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Connect to APs in Remote Bridge List (Yes/No)
Select Yes to connect to access points in the remote bridge list.
Allow anonymous? (Yes/No)
Select Yes to allow users without accounts to connect to the AP.
Note: If Connect to APs in Remote Bridge List and Allow Anonymous are both set to No, it means that this AP will not connect with
other APs and therefore the AP mode setting is set automatically to
AP Only.
Remote Bridge List
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Use the remote bridge list to set up the MAC addresses of the devices in
the wireless bridge. Enter the MAC address of the target APs in order to
designate partners for your device. Click Add to add the address or click
Del to delete a selected address.
Access Control
For additional security, the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD"
has the ability to only associate with or not associate
with wireless mobile clients that have their MAC address
specified in this menu. The Access Control menu enables
you to block the access from certain wireless stations or
to bypass access from certain wireless stations. The
menu has the following options:
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MAC Access Mode
The default setting of Disable allows any wireless mobile client to connect
to this device. The Accept option only allows clients with their MAC
addresses specified in the Access Control List, to connect to the device.
The Reject option prevents devices with their MAC addresses specified in
the Access Control List from connecting to this device.
Access Control List
To add a MAC address to the Access Control List, enter the 12 hexadecimal
digits into the white box under MAC Address and click the Add button.
The MAC address will be placed in the control list below. A total of 31
MAC addresses can be entered into this page. For optimum use, determine
which will be the lesser value; addresses you wish to accept connections
from, or addresses you wish to reject connections from. Then, choose the
appropriate MAC Access Mode.
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Advanced
The Advanced menu allows you to set up additional
settings for the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD". However,
it is recommended that you use the default values for
correct operation.
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Fragmentation Threshold (256~2346)
Fragmentation is used to divide 802.11 frames into smaller pieces
(fragments) that are sent separately to the destination. The use of
fragmentation can increase the reliability of frame transmissions. This field
allows you to enable fragmentation by setting a specific packet size
threshold. The default value (2346) is recommended.
RTS Threshold (0~2347)
The RTS/CTS (Request to Send/Clear to Send) function is used to minimize
collisions among wireless stations. If you enable RTS/CTS, it will refrain
from sending a data frame until another RTS/CTS handshake in the air is
completed. This field allows you to enable RTS/CTS by setting a specific
packet size threshold. Default value 2347 is recommended.
DTIM Interval (1~255)
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DTIM (Delivery Traffic Indication Message) is a kind of wireless message
used to inform clients in Power Saving Mode when to wake up to receive
broadcast and multicast messages. This field indicates the time interval in
multiples of the Beacon Interval that the system broadcasts DTIMs for
clients in Power Saving Mode. The default value (3) is recommended.
Beacon Interval (1~65535)
This field indicates the time interval in milliseconds after which the system
broadcast packet, called beacon, is sent to synchronize the wireless network.
The default value (100 milliseconds) is recommended.
Enable Frame Bursting?
This field allows you to enable frame-bursting mode to improve performance
with wireless clients that also support frame bursting.
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Client Mode
This menu page enables you to connect to the AP using
a wireless connection and has the following options:
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Become an AP if no AP can be connected?
Click Yes to enable the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" to be an Access Point
in a wireless network, if no other AP is detected.
Client Mode
Select Disabled if you do not want to connect to other APs in the network.
Select Connect to AP in profiles to enable the device to connect to the APs
specified in the Profile List.
Preferred AP
Scroll through this drop-down box to specify which AP (from the Profile
List) should be given preference when connecting to other APs.
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Profile List
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Use this option to add the SSIDs of other APs in the WLAN, to which the
ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" connects. Type the SSID of the AP under the
SSID field, then click Add to add it to the Profile List. Select an existing
AP SSID, then click Del to remove it from the list and disable connection
to it. Select an existing AP SSID and click Edit to modify its connection
parameters as follows:
SSID
Type the SSID of the AP in this field.
Channel
Scroll through this drop-down box to specify the channel for this AP. Auto
is the default option.
Network Type
Specify if the network consists of other APs by selecting the Infrastructure
option or choose Ad Hoc if the network consists of direct connections
between computers.
Authentication Method
This option enables you to set the authentication method for various
encryption schemes for the selected AP. Choose Open System or Shared
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Key depending on the AP’s encryption system. The authentication method
for the AP should be the same as that chosen for the ASUS Wireless "WLHDD" (see “Authentication Method”).
Encryption Method
Select WEP - 64 bits or WEP - 128 bits for the encryption method to protect
your data by encrypting it. The encryption scheme for the AP should be the
same as that chosen for the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" (see “Encryption”).
Passphrase
Type in the passphrase that will be used to create one to four WEP encryption
keys. A password with 8 to 63 characters is required. If you leave this field
blank, the WEP keys are randomly generated.
WEP Keys (1 ~ 4)
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The WEP keys are generated randomly or based on your passphrase. A
WEP key is either 10 or 26 hexadecimal digits (0~9, a~f, and A~F) based
on whether you select 64 bit or 128 bit in the WEP pull-down menu.
Default Key
The Default Key field lets you specify which of the four encryption keys
you use to transmit data on your wireless LAN. The selected AP and ALL
of its wireless clients MUST have the same default key.
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IP Config
Click the IP Config option on the left panel to display
its submenus. The IP Config submenus provide options
for your LAN and DHCP settings as described in the following sections.
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LAN
The LAN menu page has the following settings:
Get IP Automatically
Select Yes (default) or No to get an IP address automatically from a DHCP
server.
If you select Yes, this means that the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" will send
out a DHCP request during bootup. If you have a DHCP (Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol) server on the network, set this option so that the
ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" can receive an automatic IP address and subnet
mask assignment. The DHCP server automatically assigns the ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD" an IP address when it is powered up. To determine
what settings have been assigned to the ASUS Wireless WL-HDD, check
the Status page (see “Status”).
If you select No, the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" accepts a static IP address.
You can manually configure the IP address and subnet mask in this case.
Enter an IP address and a subnet mask in the field provided to assign the
ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" a static IP address. If you don’t know your
Gateway setting, leave it empty (not 0.0.0.0).
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DHCP server
The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" is set up to be a DHCP
server by default. This enables it to support up to 254 IP
addresses on the WLAN. The IP address for a wireless client can be designated
by the network administrator or can be assigned by the ASUS Wireless "WLHDD" automatically. The following options are available on this page:
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Enable the DHCP Server Automatically
Select Yes to enable the DHCP server and No to disable it automatically.
Domain Name
Type a domain name that will be used by the DHCP clients.
IP Pool Starting Address
Type the IP address of the first device in the group of DHCP clients. Make
sure that it is on the same subnet mask as the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
IP Pool Ending Address
Type the IP address of the last device in the group of DHCP clients. Make
sure that it is on the same subnet mask as the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
Lease Time
Type in the period of time over which a DHCP client can lease an IP address.
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Storage Setting
Click the Storage Setting option on the left panel to
display its submenus. The Storage Setting menus enable
you to configure the various parameters of the hard disk drive that is shared
on the WLAN. Refer to the following sections for more details.
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The Shared Nodes menu page enables you to set the sharing rights and
privileges for the shared partitions on the hard disk drive of the ASUS
Wireless "WL-HDD". The following options are available:
Network Neighborhood Mode
Select the default setting of Share all partitions on disk to enable sharing of
all partitions on the disk.
Work Group
Specify the name of the work group to which the device belongs. The default
is Mygroup.
FTP Mode
Select the FTP Mode to specify which partitions is the default when used
by FTP clients for logging in.
Maximum Login User
Specify the maximum number of users that can log in to access the hard
disk drive and its partitions. The default is 6.
Shared Nodes List
This option enables you set up the various partitions on the hard disk drive.
The partitions are all Linux partitions. Enter in the path for a folder or
partition to be shared under Path. Type in a name for the partition under
Shared Name that will be used by wireless clients when accessing the hard
disk drive. Click the Shared check box to enable sharing of the selected
folder. Click the Write check box to enable writing access of the selected
folder. Click Add to create the partition. To edit the properties of an existing
partition, scroll through the Folders and Partitions drop-down box to choose
a partition for making changes. Make the changes desired, then click Edit
to save your changes. Click Del after selecting a partition to delete it.
User List
You can specify which users can access your hard disk drive by creating a
user list. Type in a name under User Name and its password under Password.
Only the users specified in this list will be able to access the hard disk
drive. Click Add to add the user and Del to delete a selected user in the list.
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Disk Tool
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The Disk Tool enables you to specify the sizes of the
partitions on the hard disk drive. You can create up to 4
partitions on the hard disk drive. The total disk space is specified in the
Disk Space field. Enter the size in MB for each of the desired partitions in
the Disk Space of Partition x (where x goes from 1 through 4) fields.
Warnings: Any data on the hard disk will be lost after creating new
partitions. Make sure that the data is backed up before using this
tool.
The hard disk is formatted using Linux partitions (EXT2). It cannot be
connected directly to a Windows system without reformatting. Reformatting
will erase all your data.
Note: We recommend that you format the hard disk at least once
before using it.
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System Setting
Click the System Setting option on the left panel to display its submenus.
This set of menus enables you to make changes to the system parameters
of the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD". You can change the password, upgrade
the firmware from a file provided by ASUS, or restore the device to its
default factory settings using this set of menus.
Change Password
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The Change Password menu allows you to change the
system password of the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
(The default password is admin.) To change the
password, enter the new password in the New Password field and enter it
again for confirmation in the Retype New Password field. Click Save to
confirm your changes. You can enter any password between 1-16 characters
long (cannot be left blank). If you forget the password at any time, you can
use the Factory Default menu (see “Factory Default”) to restore the password
to its default (admin) value.
Note: The password is case sensitive.
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Firmware Upgrade
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The Firmware Upgrade menu enables you to upload new
firmware upgrades to the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
Follow the instructions on the screen to upgrade the firmware. The menu
page displays the device name under Product ID and the current Flash Code
(Firmware) version installed in the device under Firmware Version.
Periodically, a new flash code is available for the ASUS 802.11g APs on
ASUS’s Web site. Click Browse to specify the location of the new firmware
file provided by the manufacturer. Click Upload to start uploading.
Note: The firmware upgrade takes approximately 80 seconds. The
device reboots after the upload is complete. When the firmware
upgrade is completed, you will be directed to the home page menu
automatically.
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Factory Default
Use this menu to restore the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD"
to its default factory settings. Click the Restore button
to clear all settings and restore the factory defaults. The
device reboots after this function.
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values by pressing and holding down the Reset button for 5 seconds.
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Status and Log
Click the Status and Log option on the left panel to
display its submenus. These submenus enable you to
view the status and a log report of the ASUS Wireless
"WL-HDD". Various system parameters are displayed on the Status page.
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Status
The Status submenu displays the following settings:
System Time
This field displays the current system time of the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
Click Sync to synchronize the system with that of your wireless client.
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Disk
The disk properties of the hard disk
drive are displayed in this part of the
menu page. The Model Name, Size
of Partitions in megabytes along with
the number of free partitions, and File
System Status are shown. Click File System Check under Action to check
the status of the file system. This verifies that the file system on the hard
disk drive is intact and not corrupt. The screen displays the status while the
file system is being checked.
LAN Interface
The LAN Interface displays the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default
Gateway (if any) for the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
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Wireless
The Wireless submenu (11g Interface) displays a log of
activities performed on the device. Any settings changed
are displayed in this log file.
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DHCP Leases
3 - Software
The DHCP Leases log file shows a list of devices
(clients) that access the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD"
when DHCP is enabled. The MAC address of each
device, along with its IP address and lease time are displayed in this log
file.
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Chapter 4 - Troubleshooting
4. Troubleshooting
Refer to the following tips to resolve any problems that you may encounter
when using the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD".
The ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" cannot be found using the Search for
computer technique.
•
Use the Device Discovery tool of the wireless utility on your wireless client
to search for the “WL-HDD”. If the “WL-HDD” is found with a different
subnet mask from your client, set the IP of your client to the same subnet.
• If the ASUS Wireless "WL-HDD" is not found using Device Discovery,
please check your network connection.
Only the Configuration folder found on the “WL-HDD”.
•
Check if the hard disk drive is mounted correctly on the ASUS Wireless
"WL-HDD".
• Check if the hard disk drive is formatted.
• Check if the partitions and folders are shared using the Shared Nodes utility
(see “Shared Nodes”).
Shared folders cannot be accessed using Windows 98 or Windows ME.
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If you use Windows 98 or Windows ME to access the shared folders that
are protected by username and password, you can only view the contents
of the folder which uses the same username and password pair as your
wireless client.
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5. Appendix
Specifications
Support
Ethernet and 802.3 with maximum bit rate 10/100
Mbps and auto crossover function (MDI/MDI-X)
Connector 1 x RJ-45 for 10/100BaseT
Antenna
Support
2 (One internal inverted-F PCB antenna, one external dipole antenna)
Connector Reverse-SMA antenna connector
LED
Power x 1
HDD access x 1
Wireless activity x 1
USB copy x 1
LAN port x 2 (Ethernet Link/Activity with 10/100 Mbps)
USB
USB 1.1
RTC
Supports real time clock
Reset button
Push for 5 seconds to restore factory settings.
Hard disk drive
2.5-inch slim attachable hard drive
IDE controller
Ultra DMA 100, Conforms to ATA-5 specifications
DC power adapter
AC input: 100V~240V (50~60 Hz)
DC output: 5V with maximum 2A current
Emissions
CE mark, FCC Part 15
Size
180 mm x 90 mm x 25 mm
Weight
200g
Operating frequency
2.4 - 2.5 GHz
Spreading
OFDM and DSSS
Modulation
OFDM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK
Data rate
802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 26, 54 Mbps
802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
Operation channels
11 for North America, 14 for Japan, 13 for Europe, 3 for non-overlapping
Range
11 Mbps: Indoor 130 ft. (40m), outdoor (Line-of-Sight) 300 ft. (100m)
54 Mbps: Indoor 80 ft. (25m), outdoor (Line-of-Sight) 200 ft. (60m)
Output power
802.11g: 13 to 16 dBm (at normal temperature range)
802.11b: 13 to 15 dBm (at normal temperature range)
Encryption
64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK
Network protocols
HTTP server, UPnP (upgradeable), DHCP client, TCP/IP, Samba server,
FTP server, DHCP server,
Web server
HTTP based, Dynamic or static address
Utilities
Device discovery
Firmware restoration: Restore the firmware while system enters rescue mode.
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LAN Ethernet port
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Management
Web-based configuration
Internet Explorer 6 or later
Netscape Navigator 6 or later
Other Java-enabled browsers
System settings
Server name
Workgroup (upgradeable)
Time zone and current time
DHCP and static IP
Auto IP
Folder access
Shared, Password setting, Read or Read and Write
System tools
Reboot, Shutdown, Format, Scan disk, Firmware upgrade
HDD functionality and limitations
Supported file systems
FAT, FAT32, NTFS (read-only), EXT2
Supported disk size
Less than 40GB
Supported file size
Less than 2GB
System tool
File system check for EXT2 only
Format and partition for EXT2 only
Supported USB flash
USB flash identified as USB mass storage.
External power is required for USB hard disk.
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Safety Statements
Federal Communications Commission
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
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•
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class
B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the Federal Communications
Commission (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 the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
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.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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WARNING! The use of a shielded-type power cord is required in
order to meet FCC emission limits and to prevent interference to
the nearby radio and television reception. It is essential that only
the supplied power cord be used. Use only shielded cables to connect I/O devices to this equipment. You are cautioned that changes
or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible
for compliance could void your authority to operate the equipment.
Reprinted from the Code of Federal Regulations #47, part 15.193, 1993.
Washington DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records
Administration, U.S. Government Printing Office.
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Chapter 5 - Appendix
FCC Radio Frequency Interference Requirements
MPE Statement: Your device contains a low power transmitter. When device
is transmitted it sends out Radio Frequency (RF) signal.
This device is restricted to INDOOR USE due to its operation in the 5.15 to
5.25GHz frequency range. FCC requires this product to be used indoors for
the frequency range 5.15 to 5.25GHz to reduce the potential for harmful
interference to co-channel of the Mobile Satellite Systems.
High power radars are allocated as primary user of the 5.25 to 5.35GHz and
5.65 to 5.85GHz bands. These radar stations can cause interference with and /
or damage this device.
This device and its antenna(s) must not be co-located or operating
in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
FCC RF Exposure Guidelines (Access Points)
This Wireless LAN radio device has been evaluated under FCC Bulletin OET
65C and found compliant to the requirements as set forth in CFR 47 Sections
2.1091, 2.1093, and 15.247(b)(4) addressing RF Exposure from radio frequency
devices. The radiation output power of this Wireless LAN device is far below
the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, this device shall be
used in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal
operation – as a mobile or portable device but use in a body-worn way is
strictly prohibit. When using this device, a certain separation distance between
antenna and nearby persons has to be kept to ensure RF exposure compliance.
In order to comply with the RF exposure limits established in the ANSI C95.1
standards, Access Point equipment should be installed and operated with
minimum distance [20cm] between the radiator and your body.
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CAUTION: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved
in this manual could void your authorization to use this device.
FCC RF Exposure Guidelines (Wireless Cards)
This device has been tested for compliance with FCC RF Exposure (SAR)
limits in typical portable configurations.
In order to comply with SAR limits established in the ANSI C95.1 standards,
it is recommended when using a PC card adapter that the integrated antenna is
positioned more than [2.5cm] from your body or nearby persons during extended
periods of operation. If the antenna is positioned less than [2.5cm] from the
user, it is recommended that the user limit the exposure time.
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FCC Radio Frequency Exposure Caution Statement
Use only with supplied antenna. Unauthorized antenna, modification, or
attachments could damage the transmitter and may violate FCC regulations. Any
changes of modifications not expressly approved by the grantee of this device
could void the users authority to operate the equipment.
Installation and use of this Wireless LAN device must be in strict accordance
with the instructions included in the user documentation provided with the product.
Any changes or modifications (including the antennas) made to this device that
are not expressly approved by the manufacturer may void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment. The manufacturer is not responsible for any radio or
television interference caused by unauthorized modification of this device, or the
substitution or attachment of connecting cables and equipment other than
manufacturer specified. It is the responsibility of the user to correct any interference
caused by such unauthorized modification, substitution or attachment.
Manufacturer and its authorized resellers or distributors will assume no liability
for any damage or violation of government regulations arising from failing to
comply with these guidelines.
Canadian Department of Communications
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise
emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations
of the Canadian Department of Communications.
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.
Declaration of Conformity (R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC)
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The following items were completed and are considered relevant and sufficient:
• Essential requirements as in [Article 3]
• Protection requirements for health and safety as in [Article 3.1a]
• Testing for electric safety according to [EN 60950]
• Protection requirements for electromagnetic compatibility in [Article 3.1b]
• Testing for electromagnetic compatibility in [EN 301 489-1] & [EN 301]
• Testing according to [489-17]
• Effective use of the radio spectrum as in [Article 3.2]
• Testing for radio test suites according to [EN 300 328-2]
CE Mark Warning
This is a Class B product, in a domestic environment, this product may
cause radio interference, in which case the user may be required to take
adequate measures.
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Chapter 5 - Appendix
Operation Channel for Different Domains
N. America
Japan
Europe ETSI
2.412-2.462 GHz
2.412-2.484 GHz
2.412-2.472 GHz
Ch01 through CH11
Ch01 through Ch14
Ch01 through Ch13
France Restricted Frequency Band
Some areas of France have a restricted frequency band. The worst case
maximum authorized power indoors is:
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10mW for the entire 2.4 GHz band (2400 MHz–2483.5 MHz)
100mW for frequencies between 2446.5 MHz and 2483.5 MHz
NOTE: Channels 10 through 13 inclusive operate in the band 2446.6
MHz to 2483.5 MHz.
There are few possibilities for outdoor use: On private property or on the private
property of public persons, use is subject to a preliminary authorization
procedure by the Ministry of Defense, with maximum authorized power of
100mW in the 2446.5–2483.5 MHz band. Use outdoors on public property is
not permitted.
In the departments listed below, for the entire 2.4 GHz band:
• Maximum authorized power indoors is 100mW
• Maximum authorized power outdoors is 10mW
Departments in which the use of the 2400–2483.5 MHz band is permitted with
an EIRP of less than 100mW indoors and less than 10mW outdoors:
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01
08
16
32
45
59
64
70
84
Ain Orientales
Ardennes
Charente
Gers
Loiret
Nord
Pyrénées Atlantique
Haute Saône
Vaucluse
02 Aisne
03
09 Ariège
24 Dordogne
36 Indre
37
50 Manche
55
60 Oise
61
66 Pyrénées
67
71 Saône et Loire 75
88 Vosges
Allier
11 Aude
25 Doubs
Indre et Loire
Meuse
Orne
Bas Rhin
Paris
89 Yonne
05 Hautes Alpes
12 Aveyron
26 Drôme
41 Loir et Cher
58 Nièvre
63 Puy du Dôme
68 Haut Rhin
82 Tarn et Garonne
90 Territoire de Belfort
94 Val de Marne
This requirement is likely to change over time, allowing you to use your wireless
LAN card in more areas within France. Please check with ART for the latest
information (www.art-telecom.fr)
NOTE: Your WLAN Card transmits less than 100mW, but more than
10mW.
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