Wireless Compact Flash Adapter
User’s Manual
Version: 1.0
Wireless Compact Flash Adapter
Version: 1.0
Table of Contents
1
INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................... 4
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
FEATURES & BENEFITS ....................................................................................... 4
PACKAGE CONTENTS .......................................................................................... 4
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ..................................................................................... 5
APPLICATIONS..................................................................................................... 5
2
INSTALLING THE DRIVERS.................................................................................... 6
3
CONFIGURE THE WLAN SETTINGS...................................................................... 9
4
USING THE CLIENT UTILITY ................................................................................ 11
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
STATUS ............................................................................................................ 11
CONFIGURATION ............................................................................................... 12
ENCRYPTION ..................................................................................................... 13
SITE SURVEY .................................................................................................... 14
ABOUT .............................................................................................................. 14
APPENDIX A – SPECIFICATIONS ................................................................................ 15
APPENDIX B – REGULATORY COMPLIANCE INFORMATION ................................. 16
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Revision History
Version
Date
Notes
1.0
October 23, 2003
Initial Version
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1 Introduction
This product is an IEEE 802.11b Wireless Compact Flash Adapter that uses a
standard Type I CF adapter interface, which integrated with wireless LAN
technology. It provides an easy and fast way to access the Internet via wireless
network. This Wireless Compact Flash adapter allows the users to install on PDAs
(Personal Digital Assistants), Pocket/Handheld PCs and other devices equipped with
a Type I CF slot. This Compact Flash Card is 802.11b compliant and the data rate of
connection is up to 11Mbps. With an 802.11b Compact Flash Card you can send and
receive E-mail, synchronize with your desktop computer, and surf the Internet while
on the move.
1.1 Features & Benefits
Features
Benefits
11Mbps data transfer rate
IEEE 802.11b compliant
Automatic data rate scaling at
11, 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbps
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
encryption and decryption
support
High-speed data transmission
Fully interoperable with IEEE802.11b compliant products
Compact Flash Type-I standard
Supports both Pocket PC and
Windows PC operating systems
Wide coverage range up to 300
meters in open space
Advanced Power Management
and Suspend on WLAN
Plug and Play Compact Flash
Type-I interface
Significantly improved indoor
multipath distortion
Seamless roaming
Direct Sequence Spread
Spectrum (DSSS) technology
Optimized throughput, range and connectivity
Powerful data security at 64 and 128 bits.
Supports a variety of popular computing devices such as
PDA, Pocket PC, Tablet PC, Webpad and Handheld
device
Flexible to work with both your PDA and your notebook
PC
Wireless connectivity for all your computers
Very low power consumption delivers extended battery life
for client devices
Easy installation
Higher link quality in indoor environment
Full mobility
Provides robust, interference-resistant, and secure
wireless connection
1.2 Package Contents
One Compact Flash Card Unit
One Installation CD
One Quick Installation Guide
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1.3 System Requirements
The following are the minimum system requirements in order to use the Compact
Flash card.
• A PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) running Windows CE 3.0 with an
available Compact Flash Type 1 slot.
• A computer which uses Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP and has an
ActiveSync program to connect with the Handheld/Pocket PC.
1.4 Applications
The wireless LAN products are easy to install and highly efficient. The following
list describes some of the many applications made possible through the power
and flexibility of wireless LANs:
a) Difficult-to-wire environments
There are many situations where wires cannot be laid easily. Historic
buildings, older buildings, open areas and across busy streets make the
installation of LANs either impossible or very expensive.
b) Temporary workgroups
Consider situations in parks, athletic arenas, exhibition centers, disasterrecovery, temporary offices and construction sites where one wants a
temporary WLAN established and removed.
c) The ability to access real-time information
Doctors/nurses, point-of-sale employees, and warehouse workers can
access real-time information while dealing with patients, serving
customers and processing information.
d) Frequently changed environments
Show rooms, meeting rooms, retail stores, and manufacturing sites where
frequently rearrange the workplace.
e) Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) networks
SOHO users need a cost-effective, easy and quick installation of a small
network.
f) Wireless extensions to Ethernet networks
Network managers in dynamic environments can minimize the overhead
caused by moves, extensions to networks, and other changes with
wireless LANs.
g) Wired LAN backup
Network managers implement wireless LANs to provide backup for
mission-critical applications running on wired networks.
h) Training/Educational facilities
Training sites at corporations and students at universities use wireless
connectivity to ease access to information, information exchanges, and
learning.
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2 Installing the Drivers
This chapter describes how to install the Compact Flash Card drivers in Windows
98/ME/2000/XP.
Follow the steps below in order to install the Compact Flash Card drivers:
1. Insert the CD-ROM that was provided to you in this package. The setup
should run automatically. If the setup does not run automatically, then you
must manually select the setup.exe file from the CD-ROM drive.
2. Once the setup begins you will see the Install Shield Wizard, as the image
depicts below. Click on the Next button to continue.
3. The Install Wizard will ask you if you would like to begin the installation
process, click on the Next button to continue.
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4. You will then see the Software License Agreement screen. After reading
the license agreement, click on the Yes button to continue.
5. An Add/Remove Programs window will then appear. Place a check in the
IEEE 802.11b WLAN Network Adapter check box, and then click on the OK
button.
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6. The installation process will then begin. After the files have been copied you
will see the following screen. Click on the Finish button. The first part of the
installation is complete.
7. Gently insert the Compact Flash Card into the handheld or the PDA. The LED
on the Compact Flash Card will then light up.
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3 Configure the WLAN Settings
This Compact Flash Adapter is a “ready-to-use” device. The default settings are
furnished for a typical Infrastructure Wireless LAN. After installing the Setup Utility
into the handheld devices, simply install the Wireless LAN Compact Flash Card onto
your handheld devices and it is ready to use.
In some situations, however, you may want to adjust the configuration settings to
match your wireless network. The Wireless LAN Utility of this Compact Flash Card
enables you modify configurations using a very user-friendly interface. If you need to
modify the network settings, please follow the instructions below.
1. Insert the Compact Flash Card in
to the PDA.
2. Click Start and then Settings.
3. In the Settings window click on
Network Adapters. (See image
right)
4. In the Network Adapters tab
select IEEE 802.11b WLAN
Network Adapter, and then click
on the Properties button. (See
image below)
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5. In the IP Address tab select the Use server-assigned IP address radio
button if the IP address is going to be assigned to the PDA through a DHCP
server. If you select this option you do not need to enter an IP address,
Subnet mask, and Default gateway. Select the Use specific IP address if
you would like to use a fixed IP address. You are then required to enter the IP
address, subnet mask, and default gateway address. The options are
displayed below.
6. If you select the Use specific IP
address option, you will then be
required to enter the DNS and
WINS IP addresses. In order to do
so, click on Name Servers tab. In
the fields provided enter the DNS
and WINS IP addresses, and click
on the OK button.
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4 Using the Client Utility
This chapter describes the features of the Compact Flash Card and its configuration
process. After launching the Client Utility, you will see five tabs: Status,
Configuration, Encryption, Site Survey and About. Each tab is described in detail
below.
4.1 Status
The Status tab displays the current status of the wireless radio. The following
information is included in this tab, as the image depicts below.
State: this indicates the state
of the client. There are three
options:
o Associated: indicates
that the wireless client
is connected to an
Access Point (AP).
The BSSID is shown in
the form of six HEX
digits, which is the
MAC address of the
AP.
o Scanning: indicates
that the wireless client
is searching for an AP
in the area.
o Disconnected:
indicates that there are
no APs or clients in the
area. You will also see
this state if the Compact Flash card is not plugged into the PDA.
Channel: the operating frequency channel that the client is using
(infrastructure mode).
Current Tx Rate: the current rate at which the client is transmitting.
Throughput (bytes/sec): displays the Tx (transmit) and Rx (receive)
bytes per second.
Link Quality: In infrastructure mode, this bar displays the transmission
quality between an AP and a client. In Ad-hoc mode, this bar displays
the transmission quality between one client, and another.
Signal Strength: this bar displays the strength of the signal received
from an AP or client.
Disable Radio: click on this button to switch off the wireless radio.
Rescan: click on this button to rescan the environment for a better
signal/frequency.
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4.2 Configuration
The Configuration tab displays settings such as profile name, network name,
network type, and transmit rate. The following information is included in this tab,
as the image depicts below.
Profile Name: enter a
name for this profile; this
can be any name that you
may associate with your
network. This feature
comes in handy when you
need to work at several
locations where there are
different network settings.
Using this you can
configure a different profile
for each of your networks.
Network Name: enter the
SSID of the network. The
SSID is a unique name
shared among all points in
your wireless network. The
SSID must be identical for
all points in the network,
and is case-sensitive.
Network Type: select Peerto-Peer or Access Point from the drop-down list.
o Peer-to-Peer: if two or more stations exchange data directly
without an AP.
o Access Point: if the stations exchange data through an AP.
Peer-to-Peer Channel: This option is just for Peer-to-Peer (Ad-Hoc)
mode. You need to specify a channel on which the communications are
established. Each station in a Peer-to-Peer (Ad-Hoc) network must
specify the same channel and network type (SSID).
Power Save Mode: this option is used to conserver energy if the PDA is
running on battery mode. Select ON, OFF, or Auto. If you select Auto,
the client will decide whether to switch this mode ON or OFF.
Transmit Rate: select a data rate from the drop-down list. By default,
fully automatic is selected; this indicates that the client will select the
fastest available rate.
Defaults: this button will set all configurations back to the default
settings.
Click on the Apply button to save the changes.
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4.3 Encryption
The Encryption tab displays the WEP settings. Encryption is designed to make
the data transmission more secure. You may select 64 or 128-bit WEP (Wired
Equivalent Privacy) key to encrypt data (Default setting is Disable). WEP
encrypts each frame transmitted from the radio using one of the Keys from a
panel. When you use WEP to communicate with the other wireless clients, all the
wireless devices in this network must have the same encryption key or
passphrase. The following information is included in this tab, as the image
depicts below.
Encryption (WEP): select one
of the encryption keys (64-bit,
128-bit, or disable) from the
drop-down list. Click either on
Create Keys Manually radio
button or on Create Keys with
Passphrase radio button.
There are two ways,
Alphanumeric and
Hexadecimal, to set the
different characters
Create Keys with
Passphrase: type a character
string into the field. For 64-bit
enter 5 alphanumeric or 10
hexadecimal characters. For
128-bit enter 13 alphanumeric
or 26 hexadecimal characters.
Create Keys Manually: if you
select this radio button, you
must then select a Alphanumeric or Hexadecimal radio button below it.
Then enter the WEP key.
Click on the Apply button to save the changes.
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4.4 Site Survey
The Site Survey tab displays a list of
available Access Points in the area.
Click on the Scan button to re-scan the
area, or click on the Connect button to
associate with one of the Access
Points.
4.5 About
The About tab displays the following
information:
Network Driver: version and
date.
Configuration Utility: version
and date.
NIC Firmware: version and
MAC address.
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Appendix A – Specifications
General
Radio Data Rate
Range (open
environment)
Operating Voltage
Regulation
Certifications
Compatibility
LED Indicator
Network Information
Network Architecture
Driver Software
Support
Access Protocol
Roaming
Security
Radio
Frequency Range
Radio Type
Modulation
Operation Channels
RF Output Power
Antenna
Sensitivity
@FER=0.08
Environmental
Temperature Range
Humidity
Physical
Form Factor
Dimensions
Weight
11, 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbps, Auto Fall-Back
11 Mbps –150m
5.5 Mbps –200m
2 Mbps – 300m
1 Mbps –400m
3.3V
FCC Part 15/UL, ETSI 300/328/CE
Fully interoperable with IEEE802.11b compliant products
RF Link activity
Support ad-hoc, peer-to-peer networks and infrastructure
communications to wired Ethernet networks via Access Point
Windows XP/ME/2000/98/CE 3.0/PocketPC 2002
CSMA/CA
IEEE802.11b compliant
64/128-bit WEP data encryption
U.S., Europe and Japan product covering 2.4 to 2.484 GHz,
programmable for different country regulations
Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
CCK (11, 5.5Mbps)
DQPSK (2Mbps)
DBPSK (1Mbps)
11 for North America, 14 for Japan,
13 for Europe, 2 for Spain, 4 for France
13dBm
Integrated, with built-in diversity
11 Mbps <-85dbm ; 5.5 Mbps <-87dbm
2 Mbps <-89dbm ; 1 Mbps <-91dbm
-10 C to 50 C (14 F to 122 F)-operating
-30 C to 80 C (-22 F to 176 F)-storage
95% maximum non condensing
Fits Compact Flash Type-I Slots
55.4(L) mm x 42.8(W) mm x 3.3(H) mm
2.18(L) in x 1.69(W) in x 0.13(H) in
45.36 g/ 1.6oz
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Appendix B – Regulatory Compliance
Information
Radio Frequency Interference Requirements
This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules and Canada RSS-210. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
This device may not cause harmful interference.
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
To comply with RF safety requirements, you must maintain a distance of 20 cm from the antenna
when operating the device.
This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or
transmitter.
Interference Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the 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 of the following measures:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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.
FCC Caution: To assure continued compliance, (example – use only shielded interface cables when
connecting to computer or peripheral devices). Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by
the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
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