SpeedStream

Wireless CardBus PC Card
User’s Manual
Model SS1021
Part No. 007-0027-002
SpeedStream Wireless CardBus PC Card User’s Manual
Regulatory compliance
FCC Warning
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 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.
You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void your authority to operate the equipment.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Radiation Exposure Statement
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an
uncontrolled environment.
This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 20cm
between the radiator & your body.
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.
This transmitter must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other
antenna or transmitter.
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About this manual
This User’s Manual describes how to install and operate your SpeedStream
Wireless CardBus PC Card. Please read this manual before you install the
product.
This manual includes the following topics:
Product description and features.
Hardware installation procedure.
Software installation procedure.
FAQ
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION ................................................. 5
FEATURES .................................................................................. 5
WHAT IS WIRELESS LAN?........................................................... 6
WIRELESS LAN MODES .............................................................. 6
NOTES ON WIRELESS LAN CONFIGURATION................................ 7
CHAPTER 2 - HARDWARE INSTALLATION............................. 8
PACKAGE CONTENTS .................................................................. 8
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ADAPTER ................................ 8
HARDWARE DESCRIPTION ........................................................... 8
INSERTING THE WIRELESS LAN CARD ......................................... 9
LED INDICATORS ........................................................................ 9
EJECTING THE WIRELESS LAN CARD ........................................ 10
CHAPTER 3 – DRIVER INSTALLATION FOR WINDOWS...... 11
DRIVER INSTALLATION FOR WINDOWS 98 ................................. 11
DRIVER INSTALLATION FOR WINDOWS 2000 ............................. 14
DRIVER INSTALLATION FOR WINDOWS ME ................................ 17
DRIVER INSTALLATION FOR WINDOWS XP ................................ 19
CHAPTER 4 – INSTALLING AND USING THE WIRELESS
UTILITY..................................................................................... 21
INSTALLATION IN WINDOWS ....................................................... 21
USING THE WIRELESS UTILITY IN WINDOWS XP......................... 24
USING THE SPEEDSTREAM WIRELESS LAN UTILITY IN WINDOWS
98, 2000, AND ME .................................................................... 31
CONFIGURING THE SPEEDSTREAM WIRELESS PC CARD ............ 32
CHAPTER 5 – INSTALLING NETWORK PROTOCOLS ......... 36
INSTALLING THE NETWORK PROTOCOLS FOR WINDOWS 98 AND
MILLENNIUM ............................................................................. 36
APPENDIX A – FAQ ................................................................. 39
APPENDIX B – SPECIFICATIONS .......................................... 40
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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card. This high-speed
SpeedStream Wireless PC Card provides you with an innovative wireless networking
solution. The Adapter is easy to set up and use. With this innovative wireless
technology, you can share files and printers on the network—without inconvenient
wires!
The Adapter is a network Adapter with a rate of 1, 2, 5.5, and 11 Mbps operating
in the ISM band using Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) transmission
implementing the IEEE 802.11b standard. This Adapter provides Device Drivers
for Windows Operating Systems. It also provides tools for the configuration of the
Adapter. The tool, as well as the installation steps of the plug-and-play procedure
for the Windows operating systems, is described in this document.
Features
The SpeedStream Wireless PC Card offers compliance with the IEEE 802.11b
specification. This feature allows them to communicate with other wireless
devices that support the standard. Features of the Card are:
Uses 2.4GHz frequency band, which complies with worldwide
requirement
Wireless interface following the IEEE 802.11b standard
Using 32-bit CardBus PC card interface
Enciphering/deciphering of wireless data by the implementation of the
WEP algorithm
Wire-free access to networked resources from anywhere beyond the
notebook
Allows users move between Access Points without resetting their
connection reconfiguration
Delivers data rate up to 11 Mbps
Supports 11, 5.5, 2, and 1 Mbps rates
Provide SpeedStream Wireless PC Card Configuration utility
The Card uses internal Antenna with LEDs indicating Power and Link
Supports most popular operating systems
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What is Wireless LAN?
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) systems offer a great number of
advantages over traditional wired systems. WLAN is flexible and easy to setup
and manage. They are also more economical than wired LAN systems.
Using radio frequency (RF) technology, WLAN transmit and receive data through
the air. WLAN combine data connectivity with user mobility. For example, users
can roam from a conference room to their office without being disconnected from
the LAN.
Using WLAN, users can conveniently access-shared information, and network
administrators can configure and augment networks without installing or moving
network cables.
WLAN technology provides users with many convenient and cost saving features:
•
Mobility: WLAN provide LAN users with access to real-time information
anywhere in their organization, providing service opportunities that are
impossible with wired networks.
•
Ease of Installation: Installing is easy for novice and expert users alike,
eliminating the need to install network cables in walls and ceilings.
•
Scalability: WLAN can be configured in a variety of topologies to adapt to
specific applications and installations. Configurations are easily changed
and range from peer-to-peer networks suitable for a small number of users
to full infrastructure networks of thousands of users roaming over a broad
area.
Wireless LAN Modes
Wireless LANs can be configured in one of two ways:
Ad-hoc
Networking
Also known as a peer-to-peer network, an ad-hoc
network is one that allows all workstations and
computers in the network to act as servers to all other
users on the network. Users on the network can share
files, print to a shared printer, and access the Internet
with a shared modem. However, with ad-hoc
networking, users can only communicate with other
wireless LAN computers that are in the wireless LAN
workgroup, and are within range.
Infrastructure
Networking
Infrastructure
networking
differs
from
ad-hoc
networking in that it includes an access point. Unlike
the ad-hoc structure where users on the LAN contend
the shared bandwidth, on an infrastructure network the
access point can manage the bandwidth to maximize
bandwidth utilization.
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Additionally, the access point enables users on a
wireless LAN to access an existing wired network,
allowing wireless users to take advantage of the wired
networks resources, such as Internet, email, file
transfer, and printer sharing.
Infrastructure networking has the following advantages
over ad-hoc networking:
•
Extended range: each wireless LAN computer
within the range of the access point can
communicate with other wireless LAN computers
within range of the access point.
•
Roaming: the access point enables a wireless
LAN computer to move through a building and still
be connected to the LAN.
•
Wired to wireless LAN connectivity: the access
point bridges the gap between wireless LANs and
their wired counterparts.
Notes on Wireless LAN Configuration
When configuring a wireless LAN (WLAN), be sure to note the following points:
•
Optimize the performance of the WLAN by ensuring that the distance
between access points is not too far. In most buildings, WLAN Adapters
operate within a range of 100 ~ 300 feet, depending on the thickness and
structure of the walls.
•
Radio waves can pass through walls and glass but not metal. If there is
interference in transmitting through a wall, it may be that the wall has
reinforcing metal in its structure. Install another access point to circumvent
this problem.
•
Floors usually have metal girders and metal reinforcing struts that interfere
with WLAN transmission.
This concludes the first chapter.
installation of the card.
The next chapter deals with the hardware
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Chapter 2 - Hardware Installation
This chapter covers installing your SpeedStream Wireless PC Card into the PC
card slot of a notebook computer.
Package Contents
Please make sure that the items below are included in the package.
SpeedStream Wireless CardBus PC Card
CD containing drivers and documentation
Quick Start Guide
Product Registration / Extended Warranty card
Safety and Certifications / Software License and Warranty
System Requirements for the Adapter
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Notebook with CD-ROM drive
One free Type II 32-bit CardBus PC card slot
Pentium-Class 90MHz or higher
Hardware description
The Wireless LAN Card is encased in a stainless compact frame and has a 68-pin
connector for installing in the PC card slot of a notebook.
POWER
ACT
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Inserting the Wireless LAN Card
NOTE: These instructions apply to most notebook computers. For detailed
information on inserting PC cards into your notebook, consult the notebook
manual.
Follow the procedure below to install the Wireless LAN card.
1. With the 68-pin connector of the card facing the PC card slots on
notebook, slide the card all the way into an empty slot.
2. Connect to a network.
LED Indicators
ACT
POWER
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The following table describes the meaning of LED indicators:
LED
MEANING
POWER
Indicates that the Adapter is powered on (solid green).
ACT
Indicates Active status. The LED is off while the wireless
connection is linked. If the LED is blinking green, the
adapter is searching for possible wireless connection or
transmitting the data via wireless.
Ejecting the Wireless LAN card
After disconnecting from the LAN, you can eject the Wireless LAN card from the PC
Card slot of the notebook.
NOTE: In Windows XP/2000/Me/98 operating systems, you do not have to power down
the notebook to remove the card. The card is hot swappable — you can remove the card
when the notebook is powered on. However, Microsoft recommends that you stop the
card. Refer to your Windows XP/2000/Me/98 online help for information on stopping the
Wireless LAN card.
Most notebooks have an eject lever or button for ejecting PC cards from the PC slot.
Consult your notebook manual for details.
Warning!
To prevent data loss, do not eject the Wireless LAN card
when data transmission is taking place. Exit your
communications program normally, stop the card if
necessary, and then remove the card.
After hardware installation is complete, proceed to Chapter 3 to install the device
drivers.
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Chapter 3 – Driver Installation for Windows
The following sections cover SpeedStream Wireless PC Card driver installation on the
Windows Operating Systems.
Note: You must install the hardware before you begin to install the drivers.
Driver installation for Windows 98
Follow the steps below to install the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card drivers for
Windows 98.
1. Install the PC Card as directed. (Refer to Chapter 2 – Hardware installation.)
2. After Windows 98 detects the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card, the Add New
Hardware Wizard window appears. Clicks Next to continue the installation.
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3. A screen appears prompting you to select an installation method. Select Search for
the best driver for your device. (Recommended) and click Next to continue.
4. Ensure that the CD-ROM drive is selected. Insert the driver CD-ROM into your
CD-ROM drive and click Next to continue.
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5. The following screen appears showing the driver search result. Click Next to
continue the installation.
6. Windows 98 copies files to your hard disk. The following screen will appear to
inform you when the software installation has finished. Click Finish to complete the
installation.
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7. The following screen will ask you to restart your computer to finish the installation.
Click Yes to reboot. The system will then start to install the Wireless utility
automatically. Proceed to Chapter 4 for installation procedure details.
NOTE: In most cases, Windows will automatically copy all of the files needed for
networking. If Windows asks you for the files and prompts you to input the path to the
files, follow the instructions on your screen, and then click OK to continue.
Driver installation for Windows 2000
Follow the steps below to install the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card drivers for
Windows 2000.
1. Install the PC Card as directed. (Refer to Chapter 2 – Hardware installation.)
2. After Windows 2000 detects the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card, the Found New
Hardware Wizard window appears. Click Next to start the installation.
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3. A screen appears prompting you to select an installation method. Select Search
for a suitable driver for my device (recommended) and click Next to continue.
4. Ensure that the CD-ROM drive is selected and insert the driver CD-ROM into your
CD-ROM drive. Click Next to continue.
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5. The following screen appears showing the driver search result. Click Next to
continue the installation.
6. The following screen appears. Click Yes to continue
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7. Windows has finished installing software for the device. Click Finish to complete
the installation.
The system will then start to install the Wireless utility automatically. Proceed to
Chapter 4 for installation procedure details.
Driver installation for Windows Me
Follow the steps below to install the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card drivers for
Windows Me.
1. Install the PC Card as directed. (Refer to Chapter 2 – Hardware installation.)
2. After Windows Me detects the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card, the Add New
Hardware Wizard window appears. Select Automatic search for a better driver
(Recommended) and insert the driver CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive and click
Next to continue.
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3. The system will find the setup files and follow the instruction to copy files to your
hard disk. The following screen will appear when the software installation has
finished. Click Finish to complete the installation.
4. The following screen will ask you to restart your computer to finish the installation.
Click Yes to reboot. The system will then start to install the Wireless utility
automatically. Proceed to Chapter 4 for installation procedure details.
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NOTE: In most cases, Windows will automatically copy all of the files needed for
networking. If Windows asks you for the files and prompts you to input the path to the
files, follow the instructions on your screen, and then click OK to continue.
Driver installation for Windows XP
Follow the steps below to install the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card drivers for
Windows XP.
1.
Install the PC Card as directed. (Refer to Chapter 2 – Hardware installation.)
2.
After Windows XP detects the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card, the Found New
Hardware Wizard window appears. Select Install the software automatically
[Recommended] and insert the driver CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive and click
Next to continue.
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3.
Click Continue Anyway to continue the installation.
4.
Windows has finished installing software for the device. Click Finish to complete
the installation
Then system will start to install Wireless LAN Utility. Please refer to procedures at
Chapter 4.
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Chapter 4 – Installing and Using the
Wireless Utility
The following sections cover the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card utility installation
and configuration.
Installation in Windows
After you have installed the device driver, the system will start to install the Wireless
LAN Utility. Follow the steps below to install the utility.
1. Once you see the following screen, click Next to continue.
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2. The screen will show you the default destination chosen by the utility. Click Next to
continue or click the Browse button to select an alternate destination.
3. The following screen will add program icons to the Program Folder. You may type
a new folder name or select one from the existing folders list. Click Next to
continue or click Back to review or change any settings.
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4. The following screen shows the current settings, click Next to continue or click
Back to change the Destination Folder in step 3.
5. The following screen shows you the Setup program’s status.
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6. Windows has finished installing the Wireless LAN Utility. Click Finish to complete
the installation.
Using the Wireless Utility In Windows XP
SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility
There are two ways to configure SpeedStream Wireless PC Card. One is the
SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility; the other one is the Windows Wireless Network
Configuration.
Use Windows Wireless Network Configuration
1. Right-click the Wireless LAN icon and Exit the SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility.
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2. Click the Windows Wireless Network Configuration icon.
Windows Wireless Network Configuration
3. Click the Advanced button.
4.
Select “Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings” and click
OK.
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5. Click the Windows Wireless Network Configuration icon again to open the
Windows Wireless Network Configuration.
Windows Wireless Network Configuration
6. Select SpeedStream and click the Connect button.
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7. The Windows Wireless Network Configuration will now be enabled. Click the
Windows Wireless Configure icon.
Windows Wireless Network Configuration is enabled
8.
Click Properties to start Windows Wireless Network Configuration.
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Using the SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility
1. Exit the SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility.
2. Click the Windows Wireless Network Configuration icon.
Windows Wireless Network Configuration
3. Click the Advanced button.
4. Do not select “Use windows to configure my wireless network settings” and click
OK.
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5. Click Start -> All Programs -> SpeedStream Wireless PC Card then click
SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility to restart the SpeedStream Wireless LAN
Utility.
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6. The SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility icon will appear, Double-click the icon to
open the configuration utility.
SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility
7. Click the Re-Scan button to start the SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility. (Refer to
Configuring the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card.)
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Using the SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility In
Windows 98, 2000, and Me
SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility icon
Icon
Meaning
Green: indicates a connection is linked
to a wireless network.
Red: indicates that the wireless LAN
card is looking for an available access
point.
Double-click the icon to open the SpeedStream Wireless LAN Utility.
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Configuring the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card
1. This screen shows you the status of your current connection. Click Re-Scan to
search for a wireless connection (the adapter will search for the connection
automatically when it is activated).
2. Select the “Configuration” tab. The profile setting allows you to save
configurations in different profiles for different working environments. The default
profile will contain the initial configuration setting when you install the Card. Under
the Operating Mode drop-box, you may choose either Infrastructure or Ad-Hoc.
The Infrastructure mode allows a wireless adapter to communicate with a wired
network employing an Access Point, while the Ad-Hoc mode allows
wireless-to-wireless, peer-to-peer communication. If you choose Infrastructure, the
SSID should have the same name as the Access Point. If you choose Ad-Hoc, all
clients should share the same SSID name. You may also select which Transfer
Rate you wish to use: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps or Auto Rate. Under Power Saving
Mode, you can select Enabled to allow your adapter to go to sleep mode while the
adapter doesn’t detect any data transmission. Or select Disabled to make the
adapter never go to sleep mode. Click Apply to save the settings.
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3. Select the “Site Survey” tab. The list on the adjacent screen shows you available
Access Points and their features. Click on the desired Access Point, then click
Connect to connect or Search to search for more Access Points. Click OK when
you are finished.
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4. Click on the “Encryption” tab. Under the drop-box, you can choose to have WEP
encryption Disabled, 64-Bit, or 128-Bit. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is an
encryption scheme used to protect wireless data communication. The Disabled
setting prevents the sharing of data with other computers on the WEP network. For
data sharing to be enabled, select the level of encryption desired, either 64 or
128-bit.
5. Select the “Advanced” tab. You can choose the fragmentation threshold to
define the maximum data frame size your adapter will transmit. When the packet
error rate is high, you may set the threshold value to transmit shorter frames. You
may select RTS/CTS threshold to define when will your adapter send out
RTS/CTS frames to reserve bandwidth for transmission. By using the RTS/CTS
function, you may request bandwidth from AP to allow you have better chance to
send out your data. For the Security, it’s only applicable while WEP is enabled.
For the Authentication Type, the current supported algorithms are Open System,
Shared Key, and Auto. The algorithm will be invoked when associated to Access
Point. To associate to the desired Access Point you must set the same algorithm
as the one of the desired Access Point. When select Auto mode, the driver can
auto detect the Authentication Type of the Access Point you are going to associate.
You can also select Preamble Type, which is for framing synchronization. The
possible settings are long and short. The setting must be the same as the setting
of the Access Point to which you are going to associate.
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6. The “About” tab shows you copyright and version information about the driver, the
configuration utility, and the firmware. Click OK to complete the configuration.
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Chapter 5 – Installing Network Protocols
Protocols are necessary for computers to be recognized on your network. Windows
2000 users need to check their Windows User Guides for protocol installation.
Installing the Network Protocols for Windows 98 and
Millennium
1. From the Start Menu, select Settings and bring up the Control Panel. From the
Control Panel, double-click on the Network icon.
Note: Before adding any network protocols, verify that the protocol is not already
installed. Never install duplicate protocols.
2. Select Siemens SpeedStream Wireless CardBus PC Card from the list and click
the Add button.
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3. Highlight Protocol and click the Add button.
4. Select Microsoft from the list of “Manufacturers” and TCP/IP from the list of
“Network” Protocols” and click the OK button to finish the installation.
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Appendix A – FAQ
1.
What is the IEEE 802.11 standard?
The IEEE 802.11 standard is a wireless LAN industry standard, and the
objective of IEEE 802.11 is to make sure that different manufacturers’
wireless LAN devices can communicate to each other.
2.
What is WEP?
As described in the IEEE 802.11 standard, WEP (Wired Equivalent
Privacy) is a data privacy mechanism based on a 40 bit shared key
algorithm.
3.
Windows cannot recognize the SpeedStream Wireless PC Card.
Check that the LAN Card is inserted into the PC Card slot of your
notebook properly (check this when the notebook is powered off).
Check that Windows PC Card support is installed.
4.
In ad-hoc mode, my notebook cannot communicate with the other
notebooks on the network.
Make sure the SSID and the Channel number are the same as other
wireless stations.
Check if WEP settings are the same in all wireless stations.
Check the Network Properties, make sure proper protocol is installed
and File and Printer Sharing is enabled.
5. In Infrastructure mode, my notebook cannot communicate with the
other notebooks on the network.
First, make sure that the SSID is same as the other notebooks.
Check if the WEP is enabled on the Access Point, if it is, set your
Adapter’s WEP the same as the Access Point.
Also check the Access Point’s Authentication Type and Preamble Type
and match those settings.
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Appendix B – Specifications
Standards:
IEEE 802.11b
Channels:
11 Channels (US, Canada)
13 Channels (Europe)
14 Channels (Japan)
Antenna:
Built-in strip Antenna
Frequency:
2.4 to 2.4835GHz (Industrial Scientific Medical Band)
Data Rate:
up to 11Mbps
Operating Ranges:
Indoor (varies depends on the environment):
Up to 50M @ 11Mbps
Up to 80M @ 5.5Mbps
Outdoor (varies depends on the environment):
Up to 150M @ 11Mbps
Up to 300M @ 5.5Mbps
Temperature:
Operating:
Storage:
Humidity:
10% to 90% (non-condensing)
0° ~ 55° C
-25° ~ 70° C
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