Wireless Card Installation—Stand Alone

Lab 2.4.2 Installing and Uninstalling Client Adapter/Utilities
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes
Number of Team Members: six teams with two students per team
Objective
The student will learn the procedures for installing the client adapter in the PC for wireless
networking.
Scenario
Install a wireless LAN adapter card and make it work.
Wireless Card Installation—Stand Alone
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PCI352
PCM352
CB20A
Preparation
This lab will require the following materials:
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Desktop or Laptop PC
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Appropriate wireless client adapter card
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One Cisco Aironet PCI352, CB20A, or PCM 352 Client Adapter Network Interface Card.
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One PC installed with a Microsoft Operating System
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One Screwdriver for PCI card installation
Step 1
The Cisco Aironet PCM 352 Client Adapter installs into the PCMCIA slot. The CB20A installs into the
Laptop PC cardbus slot. A CardBus adapter will not fit completely into a PCMCIA laptop slot. A
PCMCIA adapter will fit in a PCMCIA slot or a CardBus slot.
Turn off the PC and all the components.
Remove the computer cover.
Remove the screw from the top of the CPU back panel above an empty PCI expansion slot. This
screw holds the metal bracket on the back panel.
Examine the client adapter. The antenna connector and the LEDs face out of the computer and are
visible when the cover is placed back on.
Tilt the adapter to allow the antenna connector and LEDs to slip through the opening in the CPU
back panel.
Press the client adapter into the empty slot until the connector is firmly seated.
Reinstall the screw on the CPU back panel and replace the computer cover.
Attach the 2-dBi “rubber duckie” antenna to the adapter antenna connector until it is finger-tight.
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For optimal reception, position the antenna so it is straight up.
Boot up the computer and proceed to Step 2. Install the drivers for Windows.
Step 2
Install the drivers for Windows
After the client adapter is installed into the computer, Windows automatically detects it and briefly
opens the Found New Hardware window.
The Found New Hardware Wizard window opens and indicates that the wizard will help to install the
driver.
Click Next. Another window opens and asks what the wizard should do.
Select the recommended Search for a suitable driver for my device and click Next.
Select CD-ROM drives. Deselect all other options. Insert the Cisco Aironet Series Wireless LAN
Adapters CD into the computer CD-ROM drive. Click Next.
The wizard finds the installation files on the CD and displays the search results.
When the client adapter driver is displayed, click Next to copy the required files.
When Windows has finished the installation, click Finish.
Remove the CD from the computer CD-ROM drive.
Step 3
Install the Aironet Client Utilities (ACU)
To install or use the client utilities on Windows NT or Windows 2000 systems, a user must log onto
the system as a user with administrative privileges. The utilities do not install or operate correctly for
users not logged in with administrative rights.
Select Start then Run and enter the following path: d:\Utilities\ACU\setup.exe. “d” is the letter of
the CD-ROM drive.
When the Welcome screen appears, click Next.
In the Authentication Method screen, select None, the default value, for server-based authentication
is not enabled for a client adapter and click Next.
After the client utilities are installed, a user can elect not to implement any security features, or a
user can activate some level of security by using WEP keys.
In the Select Components screen, make sure the client utilities are selected. Make sure that any
undesired utilities are deselected. Click Next.
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In the Select Program Folder screen, click Next to allow icons for the client utilities to be placed in
the Cisco Systems, Inc. folder.
In the Setup Complete screen, perform the following:
If no server-based authentication was selected in Step 3, select Launch the Aironet Client Utility
and click Finish. The ACU opens so that the client adapter can be configured.
Step 4
Configure the SSID through windows.
Double-click My Computer, Control Panel, and System.
In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
Click Device Manager.
In the Device Manager window, double-click Network Adapters.
Right-click the Cisco Systems 350 Series PCMCIA Wireless LAN adapter.
Click Properties.
In the client adapter Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
In the Advanced window, select Client Name. Type the unique client name of the computer in the
Value dialog box.
Select SSID. Type the RF network SSID, as assigned by the instructor, in the Value dialog box.
Remember the SSID is case-sensitive. Click OK.
Step 5
Complete the driver installation without a DHCP server.
Double-click My Computer, Control Panel, and Network and Dial-up Connections.
Right-click Local Area Connection.
Click Properties, Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and Properties.
Click Use the following IP address and enter the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway
address of the computer which can be obtained from the instructor. Click OK.
In the Local Area Connection Properties window, click OK.
If prompted to restart the computer, click Yes.
The driver installation is complete.
Step 6
Verify the TCP/IP settings
Select Start > Run and enter the following:
On Win2000 or XP, enter cmd to bring up the command prompt. While at the command prompt, type
in ipconfig /all to verify the IP settings.
On Win95 or 98, enter winipcfg to bring up the IP configuration status.
Step 7
Uninstall the Client Utilities
Close any Windows programs that are running.
Insert the Cisco Aironet Series Wireless LAN Adapters CD into the computer CD-ROM drive.
Select Start then Run and enter the following path: d:\Utilities\ACU\setup.exe. d is the letter of the
CD-ROM drive.
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When the Welcome screen appears, select Remove and click Next.
When asked if selected applications should be completely removed, click Yes.
If a message appears indicating that a file was detected that may no longer be needed by any
application but deleting the file may prevent other applications from running, click Yes.
If a message is received indicating that locked files were detected, click Reboot.
In the Maintenance Complete screen, click Finish.
If prompted to restart the computer, remove the CD from the computer CD-ROM drive and click Yes.
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