WL556E
Portable 300Mbps Wireless-N Extender
User Manual
Table of Contents
About the Device........................................................................................................ 3
Minimum System Requirements ................................................................. 4
Package Contents ........................................................................................ 4
Device Overview.......................................................................................... 5
Front Panel ................................................................................................................5
Bottom Panel ............................................................................................................6
Configuring the Device............................................................................................... 7
Setup Your Device........................................................................................ 8
Use the Device as a Wireless Repeater...................................................... 12
Use the Device as a Wireless Bridge.......................................................... 12
Setup Your Device as a Wireless AP........................................................... 13
Changing the Wireless Settings ................................................................. 15
Changing the Wireless Security Settings ................................................... 16
WPS ........................................................................................................... 17
Configuring Wireless MAC Filtering............................................................ 18
Viewing the Home Page............................................................................ 19
System Management ............................................................................................... 20
Accessing System Management ................................................................ 20
What’s on System Management................................................................ 20
Information .............................................................................................................21
Firmware .................................................................................................................22
Reboot .....................................................................................................................23
Password .................................................................................................................24
Setting a Static IP on your PC .................................................................... 25
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About the Device
Aztech WL556E Portable 300Mbps Wireless-N Extender supports
wireless 802.11b/g/n standards with one 10/100Base-T Ethernet port.
WL556E is designed with MIMO technology to extend the reach of any
existing wireless router/AP to maximize the coverage in your home or
office. It basically receives the signal from your wireless router/AP and
repeats it to extend the range to farther locations that are previously
unreachable.
Equipped with 64/128-bit WEP, WIFI Protected Access (WPA), and the
latest WPA2 encryption with TKIP and AES algorithm to protect your wireless
network from unauthorized access. MAC Address Filtering for wireless links
provides an additional layer of security for your wireless network.
The device comes with 1 x 10/100M Auto MDI/MDIx Ethernet port
that can be used to connect to an existing wired network to serve as a
wireless AP or wireless bridge. It can also be used to configure the device
via its web-based GUI, or upgrade the firmware when connected to the
Network Interface Card of your PC.
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Minimum System Requirements
Your computer must meet the following minimum requirements.
Any operating system can be used
Web Browser
233MHz processor
Ethernet network adapter
Or Wireless network adapter
Package Contents
Package contents are listed below. For any missing items, please contact
your dealer immediately. Product contents may vary for different models.
WL556E
Ethernet cable
Easy Start Guide
Resource CD
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Device Overview
Front Panel
LABEL
POWER LED
ETHERNET LED
WIRELESS LED
WPS LED and BUTTON
STATE
On – Solid Green
Off
On – Solid Green
On – Blinking Green
Off
On – Solid Green
On – Blinking Green
Off
On – Solid Green
On – Blinking Green
Off
DESCRIPTION
Device is powered ON
Device is powered OFF
Ethernet device is connected
Indicates LAN activity
No Ethernet device connected
Wireless interface is UP
Indicates wireless activity
Wireless interface is DOWN
WPS association is successful
WPS authentication on going
WPS disabled
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Bottom Panel
LABEL
DESCRIPTION
RESET
Press the Reset button for 5 seconds to restore the device to
default factory settings
ETHERNET PORT
Connect to computers/Ethernet devices
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Configuring the Device
Before moving ahead to setup your wireless extender, it is often a good
idea to identify the areas where you have good wireless reception and
weak or no wireless signal at all. Based from this assessment you may place
the wireless extender in between a location where you have good wireless
reception and where you have poor wireless coverage. The illustration
below is an example of a network diagram.
NOTE: Placement of the Wireless Extender is crucial to get the best possible
results for extending your existing wireless signal. It is ideal for the wireless
extender to be placed in a location where it can receive good wireless signal
from the wireless router/AP so as to avoid disconnection and packet loss.
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Setup Your Device
Setting up the device is easy. Simply follow the steps below to connect the
device to your existing wireless router/AP. Please note that the main
router/AP and Wireless Extender must be on the same wireless channel.
To Setup your device via the Web GUI:
1. Connect the WL556E to a power outlet.
2. Connect a PC/laptop to the Wireless Extender.
For WIRED Connection
Plug an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port at the base portion of the
device.
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For WIRELESS Connection
You can find the default SSID and wireless security information from the
sticker located at the back of the device.
3. Once a connection to the device is established, your PC/laptop will
receive an IP address and you can start the configuration using the
web graphical user interface.
4. To access the web GUI, Open your web browser
5. Type 10.0.10.254 on the address bar
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6. Input admin for both username and password fields and click on the
OK button
7. On the top pane, click on Quick Setup
NOTE: If you are connecting to a hidden wireless network, you need to keyin the information from your existing wireless router/AP manually.
8. Choose the Operation mode from the drop-down box
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9. Click the Site Survey button to show the list of available wireless
networks
10.
Click the Connect button located on the right side of the
Wireless network you want to connect to
11.
Key-in the wireless network key/passphrase
12.
Click the Apply button to commit the changes
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Use the Device as a Wireless Repeater
Once the wireless connection from the WL556E to the main AP/router is
established you can connect your wireless devices like laptops and
smartphones through the wireless repeater. These devices will obtain an IP
address from the main AP/router and should be able to access the Internet
from farther locations previously unreachable by your wireless signal.
Setup Diagram
Use the Device as a Wireless Bridge
Connect wired devices to your wireless network by connecting an Ethernet
cable from a wired device, such as a Desktop PC, Game Console or Internetready LCD TV, to the Ethernet port of the WL556E.
Setup Diagram
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Setup Your Device as a Wireless AP
Use the WL556E as a Wireless Access Point to turn a regular modem-router
into a wireless capable networking device. Simply connect an Ethernet cable
from any available Ethernet LAN port on the modem-router to the Ethernet
port of the WL556E. The WL556E will serve as a wireless interface for your
wireless-enabled devices such as laptops and smartphones to connect to the
Internet via your existing modem-router.
To setup the device as a wireless AP:
1. Connect an Ethernet cable from an available port in your modemrouter and connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet
port of the WL556E.
For a new Out-of-The-Box unit, No extra configuration is needed for the
WL556E to be used as a wireless AP. Simply connect an Ethernet cable
from your existing modem-router to the WL556E and you are ready to
surf the Internet wirelessly. If you have already made any configuration
on the WL556E, press the Reset button beside the Ethernet port for 5
seconds to restore the device to its factory default configuration.
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2. You may refer to the sticker pasted at the back of the WL556E for the
default SSID and password to connect your wireless devices.
Setup Diagram
NOTE: To change any wireless settings on the WL556E, you would need to
set a static IP address on your wireless network card to be able to access the
web GUI before you can configure the settings. Please refer to the steps on
how to set a static IP on your PC also included in this manual.
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Changing the Wireless Settings
Modify the default Wireless Settings to suit your own preference.
To change the Wireless settings via the Web GUI:
1. Open your browser
2. Type 10.0.10.254 on the address bar
3. Input admin for both username and password fields and click on OK
4. On the top pane, click the Wireless button to show the menu
5. You can change the advanced wireless settings as preferred from this
page
6. Click Apply to commit the changes
7. Ensure to recreate the wireless profile on your computer to match the
new settings
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Changing the Wireless Security Settings
Modify the default Wireless Security Settings to suit your own preference.
To change the Wireless security settings via the Web GUI:
1. Open your browser
2. Type 10.0.10.254 on the address bar
3. Input admin for both username and password fields and click on OK
4. Click the Wireless button, and click the Security menu. You can change
the wireless security settings as preferred from this page
5. Click Apply to commit the changes
6. Ensure to recreate the wireless profile on your computer to match the
new settings
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WPS
WPS or Wifi Protected Setup makes it easy for wireless clients to connect to
the wireless repeater. Simply press the WPS button on the repeater and
press the WPS button on the wireless client within 2 minutes, and the
wireless security authentication will be done automatically.
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Configuring Wireless MAC Filtering
Wireless MAC Filtering allows you to select which wireless clients to allow or
deny access to the Wireless Repeater.
To configure Wireless MAC Filtering via the Web GUI:
1. Open your browser
2. Type 10.0.10.254 on the address bar
3. Input admin for both username and password fields and click on OK
4. Click the Wireless button, and click MAC filter menu. You can select
Allow or Deny from the Policy drop down box and enter the MAC
address of the wireless client you wish to allow/deny access to the
wireless repeater
5. Click Apply to commit the settings
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Viewing the Home Page
The Home Page will tell you information about your device.
To view the Home Page via the Web GUI:
1. Open your browser
2. Type 10.0.10.254 on the address bar
3. Input admin for both username and password fields and click on OK
4. AP Client Connection Status displays the Connection status and SSID of
the Access Point being extended.
5. Wireless Client List displays the current wireless clients connected to
the repeater.
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System Management
The System Management menu is used for device settings administration.
Accessing System Management
To access the Web User Interface:
1. Open your browser.
2. Type-in 10.0.10.254 on the address bar and then press Enter.
3. Input admin for both username and password fields and click on OK
What’s on System Management
System Management includes the following options:
Information
Firmware
Reboot
Password
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Information
This page shows the device information. Below is the list of information
shown in this menu.
Firmware Version – Shows the current firmware version of the device
Build Date – Shows the firmware release date
Serial Number – Shows the serial number of the device
ETH MAC Address – Shows device’s Ethernet interface MAC address
Wireless MAC Address – Shows device’s wireless interface MAC
address
Wireless Status – Shows the status of the wireless interface.
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Firmware
Firmware menu allows you to see the current firmware version and build
date as well as upgrade the firmware of the device.
Firmware Information – Shows the current firmware’s version and
build date
Firmware Upgrade – Load a new firmware upgrade file to the device
NOTE: Make sure you connect to the device via Ethernet cable when
upgrading the firmware to avoid corruption during the firmware upgrade
procedure.
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Reboot
Reboot allows you to reboot the device for new settings to take effect.
Reboot – Allows you to reboot the device
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Password
Password menu allows you to change the device’s password to access the
Graphical User Interface (GUI).
Password – Allows you to change the router’s password
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Setting a Static IP on your PC
The WL556E Wireless N Repeater will only give an IP address to your PC
upon initial installation. Once you have associated it with your Wireless
Router/AP, you will no longer have access to the device’s web GUI. If you
wish to change any settings on the WL556E, you need to set a Static IP
address on your PC. Just remember to set it back to “Obtain and IP address
automatically” after you are done.
To set a static IP address on your PC using Windows XP:
1. Click Start > Control Panel
2. Click on Network and Internet Connections
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3. Click on Network Connections
4. Right-Click on the Network Adapter you will use to configure the
wireless repeater and click Properties
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5. Click to select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties
6. Select “Use the following IP address:” and key in 10.0.10.1 as the IP
address and 255.255.255.0 for the Subnet mask. Leave the other
fields blank.
7.
Click OK to commit the settings.
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To set a static IP address on your PC using Windows Vista:
1. Click Start > Control Panel
2. Double-Click Network and Sharing Center
3. Click Manage network connections
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4. Right-Click on the Network Adapter you will use to configure the
wireless repeater and click Properties
5. Click to select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/Ipv4) and click
Properties
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6. Select “Use the following IP address:” and key in 10.0.10.1 as the IP
address and 255.255.255.0 for the Subnet mask. Leave the other
fields blank.
7. Click OK to commit the settings.
To set a static IP address on your PC using Windows 7:
1. Click Start > Control Panel
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2. Click View network status and tasks
3. Click Change adapter settings
4. Right-Click on the Network Adapter you will use to configure the
wireless repeater and click Properties
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5. Click to select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/Ipv4) and click
Properties
6. Select “Use the following IP address:” and key in 10.0.10.1 as the IP
address and 255.255.255.0 for the Subnet mask. Leave the other
fields blank.
7. Click OK to commit the settings
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Safety Precautions
Do not open, service, or change any component.
Only qualified technical specialists are allowed to service the
equipment.
Observe safety precautions to avoid electric shock
Check voltage before connecting to the power supply. Connecting to
the wrong voltage will damage the equipment.
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