Verizon VZ4050 User manual

User Manual
Wireless G USB
Network Adapter
VZ4050
Table of Contents
1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Benefits of a Home Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Advantages of a Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Placement of your Wireless Networking Hardware for
Optimal Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
2 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Product Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Applications and Advantages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Product Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Package Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3 Installing and Setting up the Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Step 1: Install . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Step 2: Connect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Step 3: Configure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
4 Using the Wireless Networking Utility from Verizon . . . . . . . .
Accessing the Wireless Networking Utility
from Verizon from the Windows System Tray. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Wireless Network Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Securing your Wi-Fi Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring your Wireless G USB Network Adapter
to use Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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5 Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
6 Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Introduction
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Benefits of a Home Network
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Your Verizon Home Network will allow you to:
• Share one high-speed Internet connection with all the computers in
your home
• Share resources, such as files, and hard drives among all the
connected computers in your home
• Share a single printer with the entire family
• Share documents, music, video, and digital pictures
• Store, retrieve, and copy files from one computer to another
• Simultaneously play games online, check Internet email, and chat
Advantages of a Wireless Network
Here are some of the advantages of setting up a wireless network:
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Mobility – you no longer need a dedicated “computer
room”—you can work on a networked laptop or desktop
computer anywhere within your wireless range
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Easy installation – Verizon Quick Installation Software makes
setup simple
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Flexibility – set up and access printers, computers, and other
networking devices from anywhere in your home
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Easy expansion – the wide range of Verizon networking products
lets you expand your network to include devices such as printers
and gaming consoles
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No cabling required – you can spare the expense and hassle of
retrofitting Ethernet cabling throughout the home or office
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Widespread industry acceptance – choose from a wide range
of interoperable networking products
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Thank you for purchasing the Wireless G USB Network Adapter (the
Adapter) from Verizon. Now you can take advantage of this great
new technology and gain the freedom to network your home and
office computers wirelessly. This Adapter allows you to connect a
desktop or notebook computer to your network. The easy installation
and setup will have you networking wirelessly in minutes. Please
be sure to read through this User Manual completely, and pay
special attention to the section entitled “Placement of your Wireless
Networking Hardware for Optimal Performance” on page 2.
Introduction
Placement of your Wireless Networking Hardware for
Optimal Performance
Your wireless connection will be stronger the closer your computer
is to your wireless router (or access point). Typical indoor operating
range for your wireless devices is between 100 and 200 feet. In the
same way, your wireless connection and performance will degrade
somewhat as the distance between your wireless router (or access
point) and connected devices increases. This may or may not be
noticeable to you. As you move farther from your wireless router (or
access point), connection speed may decrease. Factors that can
weaken signals simply by getting in the way of your network’s radio
waves are metal appliances or obstructions, and walls.
If you have concerns about your network’s performance that might be
related to range or obstruction factors, try moving the computer to a
position between five and 10 feet from the wireless router (or access
point) in order to see if distance is the problem. If difficulties persist
even at close range, please contact Verizon Technical Support at
888-604-5880.
Note: While some of the items listed below can affect network
performance, they will not prohibit your wireless network from
functioning; if you are concerned that your network is not operating
at its maximum effectiveness, this checklist may help.
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Placement of your Wireless Router or (Access Point)
Place your wireless router (or access point), the central connection
point of your network, as close as possible to the center of your
wireless network devices.
To achieve the best wireless network coverage for your “wireless
clients,” (i.e. computers enabled by Wireless Notebook Network
Cards, Wireless Desktop Network Cards, and Wireless
USB Adapters):
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Ensure that your wireless router’s (or access point’s) antennas
are parallel to each other, and are positioned vertically (toward
the ceiling). If your wireless router (or access point) itself is
positioned vertically, point the antennas as much as possible in
an upward direction.
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In multistory homes, place the wireless router (or access point) on a
floor that is as close to the center of the home as possible. This may
mean placing the wireless router (or access point) on an upper floor.
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Try not to place the wireless router (or access point) near a
cordless 2.4GHz phone.
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Avoid Obstacles and Interference
Avoid placing your wireless router (or access point) near devices that
may emit radio “noise”, such as microwave ovens. Other objects that
can inhibit wireless communication can include:
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Refrigerators
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Washers and/or dryers
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Metal cabinets
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Large aquariums
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Metallic-based, UV-tinted windows
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If your wireless signal seems weak in some spots, make sure that
objects such as these are not blocking the signal’s path between your
computers and wireless router (or access point).
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Cordless Phone Placement
If the performance of your wireless network is impaired after
attending to the above issues, and you have a cordless phone:
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Try moving cordless phones away from the wireless router
(or access point) and your wireless-enabled computers.
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Unplug and remove the battery from any cordless phone
that operates on the 2.4GHz band (check the manufacturer’s
information). If this fixes the problem, the phone may
be interfering.
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If your phone supports channel selection, change the
channel on the phone to the farthest channel from your
wireless network as possible. For example, change the
phone to channel 1 and move your wireless router (or
access point) to channel 11. (Your channel selection will
vary depending on your region.) See your phone’s user
manual for detailed instructions.
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If necessary, consider switching to a 900MHz or 5GHz
cordless phone.
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Introduction
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Choose the “Quietest” Channel for your Wireless Network
In locations where homes or offices are close together, such as apartment
buildings or office complexes, there may be wireless networks nearby
that can conflict with yours. Use the Site Survey capabilities of your
Wireless Networking Utility to locate any other wireless networks,
and move your wireless router (or access point) and computers to a
channel as far away from other networks as possible.
Experiment with more than one of the available channels in order to
find the clearest connection and avoid interference from neighboring
cordless phones or other wireless devices.
For more wireless networking products from Verizon, use the
detailed site survey and wireless channel information included in
your User Manual.
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Secure Connections, VPNs, and AOL
Secure connections typically require a user name and password, and
are used where security is important. Secure connections include:
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Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections, often used to connect
remotely to an office network
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The “Bring Your Own Access” program from America Online
(AOL), which lets you use AOL through broadband provided by
another DSL or cable service
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Most online banking websites
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Many commercial websites that require a user name and
password to access your account
Secure connections can be interrupted by a computer’s power
management setting, which causes it to “go to sleep.” The simplest
solution to avoid this is to simply reconnect by re-running the VPN or
AOL software, or by re-logging into the secure website.
A second alternative is to change your computer’s power management
settings so it does not go to sleep; however, this may not be appropriate
for portable computers. To change your power management setting in
Windows, see the “Power Options” item in the Control Panel.
If you continue to have difficulty with Secure Connections, VPNs, and
AOL, please review steps 1-4 in the previous pages to be sure you
have addressed these issues.
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Overview
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Product Features
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2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Science, and Medical) band operation
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Integrated easy-to-use Wireless Networking Utility
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USB 2.0 interface, for operation in virtually any desktop or
notebook computer
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WPA, WPA2, 64-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), or
128-bit encryption
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Wireless access to networked resources
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Support for both Infrastructure and Ad-Hoc (peer-to-peer)
networking modes
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Easy installation and use
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External antenna
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LED power and network link
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The Adapter complies with the IEEE 802.11g standard in order to
communicate with other 802.11g-compliant wireless devices at
54Mbps. The Adapter is compatible with all 802.11g devices as well
as other 802.11b products at 11Mbps. 802.11g products operate on
the same 2.4GHz frequency band as 802.11b Wi-Fi ® products.
Overview
Applications and Advantages
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Wireless roaming with a laptop around the home or office
Offers the freedom of networking—without cables
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Connection rates of up to 54Mbps
Provides immediate wireless connectivity at home, work, and
hotspot locations without compromising the use of existing
802.11b and 802.11g products
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Compatibility with 802.11b products
802.11g wireless LAN solutions are backward-compatible with
existing Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) products and with other products
that display the 54g logo
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Difficult-to-wire environments
Enables networking in buildings with solid or finished walls, or
open areas where wiring is difficult to install
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Frequently changing environments
Adapts easily in offices or environments that frequently rearrange
or change locations
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Temporary LANs for special projects or peak time
Sets up temporary networks such as at trade shows, exhibitions,
and construction sites, which need networks on a short-term
basis; also companies who need additional workstations for a
peak activity period
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SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) networking needs
Provides the easy and quick, small network installation SOHO
users need
Product Specifications
Host Interface:
USB 2.0 interface
Power Consumption:
Tx/Rx peak 510/250mA @ 3.3VDC (max.)
Operating Temperature:
32—140 degrees F (0—60 degrees C)
Storage Temperature:
-4—176 degrees F (-20—80 degrees C)
Humidity:
Max. 90% (non-condensing)
Typical Operating Range: 100–200 ft.* (30—60m) indoors
* Wireless performance may vary
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Overview
(b) Activity LED
(a) Protective Cap
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(c) USB Adapter
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(d) Desktop Adapter
Base
(Optional U se)
(a) Protective Cap
The cap can be stored on the
opposite end of the USB connector.
The cap snaps over the USB
connector for protection.
(b) Activity LED
Lights up and flashes when the Adapter is active
Blinking Green: Active
Off: Not connected to network
On: Connected to network
(c) USB Adapter
Fits securely into your computer’s USB slot or into the Desktop Adapter
Base (included).
(d) Desktop Adapter Base
Lets you extend the USB Adapter away from interfering objects around
your computer.
Package Contents
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System Requirements
Wireless G USB Network Adapter
Desktop Adapter Base
Quick Installation Guide
Installation Software CD
User Manual
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PC-compatible desktop computer
with one available USB slot and
CD-ROM drive
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Windows® 98SE, 2000, Me, or XP
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Installing and Setting up the Adapter
Step 1
Install
Important Note: Install the software before inserting the Card.
1.1 Insert the Installation Software CD into your CD-ROM drive.
1.2 The Wireless Networking Utility (WNU) from Verizon setup screen will
automatically appear (may take 15–20 seconds to appear).
Note: If the WNU setup screen does not appear within 20 seconds,
access your CD-ROM, double-click on the “My Computer” icon, and
then double-click on the CD-ROM drive into which you have placed the
installation CD. Double-click on the folder named “Files”, then doubleclick on the icon named “setup.exe”.
1.3 Click “install” from the menu.
1.4 Choose an installation location,
and click “Next” to accept the
default location or click “Browse”
to select a different location before
clicking “Next”.
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Installing and Setting up the Adapter
Step 2
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Connect
Plug the Adapter into an Available USB Slot on your Notebook Computer
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2.1 During the install process,
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Note: If your system did not
prompt you to insert your Adapter
after the installation is completed,
please do so now.
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2.2 WNU installation is now complete.
Click “Finish” to close the Wizard.
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you will be prompted to insert
your Adapter. Plug the Adapter
into an available USB port on
your computer and follow the
on-screen instructions.
Installing and Setting up the Adapter
Step 3
Configure
Use the Wireless Networking Utility from Verizon
3.1 After successfully installing the
Adapter, double-click the Wireless
Networking Utility (WNU) icon
located on the desktop screen.
3.2 The WNU screen will appear.
Select a network to connect to
by selecting a network from the
“Available Networks” list. Then,
click “Connect”.
Note: In order to see your available
networks, you must be near a working
wireless router or access point.
3.3 The WNU icon can also be found
on the system tray.
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Note: Double-clicking on the WNU
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icon on the system tray will bring
up the “Utility” screen.
Using the Wireless Networking Utility from Verizon
After successfully installing the Wireless Networking Utility (WNU)
from Verizon, configurations for wireless connection and security are
just a few easy clicks away.
Accessing the WNU from the Windows System Tray
To access the WNU, simply place your mouse pointer and right-click
over the WNU icon on the Windows system tray on the lower right-hand
corner of your computer’s desktop.
If the icon is not present, click on “Start > Programs > Verizon >
Wireless Networking Utility”.
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The WNU’s default screen is the “Current Status” tab. The “Current
Status” tab displays the current network status and available networks.
Network Status
This window displays the connectivity status of the current network,
between the computer and router, and between the router and the
Internet. In the event of a problem, use the “Network Status” window
to determine the source (e.g., computer, router, or Internet/modem).
Available Networks
This window displays the available networks at the current
location as well as their SSID, Signal Strength, Security Type,
Channel, and Network Type.
Lost Wireless Connection
If the current wireless connection is lost, a window will pop up and the
WNU will attempt to reconnect.
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Connection Failure
Other options will appear during attempts to reconnect. To stop
connecting, click “Stop” and to reattempt connection, click “Retry”.
Network Status and Solution Tips
To further understand the current Network Status, click “Open Wireless
Utility”. The default screen will be the “Current Status” tab and the “Network
Status” section determines which connections are good and/or faulty.
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The WNU also features a “Solution Tips” section that provides
troubleshooting guidelines.
Setting Wireless Network Profiles
The “My Connections” tab on the WNU allows you to add, edit, and delete
connection profiles. It also displays signal strength, security, and network type.
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Securing your Wi-Fi® Network
If you choose to connect to a secure network, determine the type of
security (WPA or WEP*) and use the appropriate field in the dialog box.
*Note: Types of security
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Note: When you select a network using encryption, you will first see
the simple security screen. Click the “Advanced” button to see other
security options (below).
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Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a less secure, but more
widely adopted wireless security protocol. Depending on the security
level (64- or 128-bit), the user will be asked to input a 10- or
26-character hex key. A hex key is a combination of letters, a–f,
and numbers, 0–9.
the wireless security. However, not all wireless cards and adapters
support this technology. Please check your wireless adapter’s user
manual to check if it supports WPA. Instead of a hex key, WPA uses
only passphrases, which are much easier to remember.
The following section, intended for the home, home office, and small
office user, presents a few different ways to maximize the security of
your wireless network.
At the time of publication, four encryption methods are available:
Encryption Methods:
Name
64-Bit Wired
Equivalent
Privacy
128-Bit Wired
Equivalent
Privacy
Wi-Fi
Protected
Access-TKIP
Wi-Fi Protected
Access 2
Acronym
64-bit WEP
128-bit WEP
WPA-TKIP/
AES (or just
WPA)
WPA2-AES (or
just WPA2)
Security
Good
Better
Best
Best
Features
Static keys
Static keys
Dynamic key
encryption
and mutual
authentication
Dynamic key
encryption
and mutual
authentication
Encryption
keys based on
RC4 algorithm
(typically 40-bit
keys)
More secure than
64-bit WEP using
a key length of
104 bits plus
24 additional
bits of systemgenerated data
TKIP
(Temporal
Key Integrity
Protocol)
added so
that keys are
rotated and
encryption is
strengthened
AES (Advanced
Encryption
Standard) does
not cause any
throughput loss
Wired Equivalent Privacy ((WEP)
WEP is a common protocol that adds security to all Wi-Fi-compliant
wireless products. WEP gives wireless networks the equivalent level
of privacy protection as a comparable wired network.
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64-Bit WEP
64-bit WEP was first introduced with 64-bit encryption, which includes
a key length of 40 bits plus 24 additional bits of system-generated
data (64 bits total). Some hardware manufacturers refer to 64-bit
as 40-bit encryption. Shortly after the technology was introduced,
researchers found that 64-bit encryption was too easy to decode.
128-Bit WEP
As a result of 64-bit WEP’s potential security weaknesses, a more
secure method of 128-bit encryption was developed. 128-bit
encryption includes a key length of 104 bits plus 24 additional
bits of system-generated data (128 bits total). Some hardware
manufacturers refer to 128-bit as 104-bit encryption.
Most of the new wireless equipment in the market today supports
both 64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption, but you might have
older equipment that only supports 64-bit WEP. All wireless
products from Verizon will support both 64-bit and 128-bit WEP.
Encryption Keys
After selecting either the 64-bit or 128-bit WEP encryption mode, it is
critical that you generate an encryption key. If the encryption key is
not consistent throughout the entire wireless network, your wireless
networking devices will be unable to communicate with one another.
You can enter your key by typing in the hex key manually, or you can
type a passphrase into the “Passphrase” field and click “Generate”
to create a key. A hex (hexadecimal) key is a combination of numbers
and letters from A–F and 0–9. For 64-bit WEP, you need to enter 10
hex keys. For 128-bit WEP, you need to enter 26 hex keys.
For instance:
AF 0F 4B C3 D4 = 64-bit WEP key
C3 03 0F AF 0F 4B B2 C3 D4 4B C3 D4 E7 = 128-bit WEP key
The WEP passphrase is NOT the same as a WEP key. Your Adapter
uses this passphrase to generate your WEP keys, but different
hardware manufacturers might have different methods on generating
the keys. If you have multiple vendors’ equipment in your network,
the easiest thing to do is to use the hex WEP key from your wireless
router (or access point) and enter it manually into the hex WEP key
table in your Adapter’s configuration screen.
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Wi-Fi Protected Access ((WPA)
WPA is a new Wi-Fi standard that improves upon the security features
of WEP. To use WPA security, the drivers and software of your wireless
equipment must be upgraded to support it. These updates will be found
on your wireless vendor’s website. There are three types of WPA security:
WPA-PSK (no server), WPA (with radius server), and WPA2.
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WPA (with radius server) is a system where a radius server
distributes the network key to the clients automatically. This is
typically found in a business environment.
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WPA2 requires Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for encryption
of data, which offers much greater security than WPA. WPA uses both
Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) and (AES) for encryption.
Most Wi-Fi products ship with security turned off. So once you have
your network working, you need to activate WEP or WPA and make
sure all your wireless devices are sharing the same network key.
The following diagram shows the effect of not having the correct
network key throughout your network.
Network key=
MyPassword
Wireless G
Desktop Card
Network key=
MyPassword
Network key=
MyPassword
Wireless G Router
Wireless G
Notebook Card
Network key=
WRONG PassWireless G
Desktop Card
The Card cannot access the network because it uses a different network key than the
one configured on the wireless router.
IMPORTANT: You must now set all wireless network cards/adapters
to match these settings.
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WPA-PSK (no server) uses what is known as a pre-shared key as the
network key. A network key is a password that is between eight and
63 characters long. It can be a combination of letters, numbers, or
characters. Each client uses the same network key to access the network.
Typically, this is the mode that will be used in a home environment.
Using the Wireless Networking Utility from Verizon
Configuring your Wireless G USB Network
Adapter to use Security
At this point, you should already have your wireless router (or access
point) set to use WPA or WEP. In order for you to gain a wireless
connection, you will need to set your Wireless G USB Network
Adapter to use the same security settings.
Changing the Wireless Security Settings
The Wireless G USB Network Adapter from Verizon supports the latest
WPA security feature as well as the legacy WEP security standard. By
default, wireless security is disabled.
To enable security, you will first need to determine which standard is
used by the router or access point. (See your wireless router’s or access
point’s manual for directions on how to access the security settings.)
To access the security settings on your Adapter, click the “My
Connections” tab and point to the connection for which you want to
change security settings. Click “Edit” to change settings.
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WEP Setup
64-Bit WEP Encryption
Select “WEP” from the drop-down menu.
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After selecting your WEP encryption mode, you can enter your key
by typing in the hex key manually, or you can type in a passphrase
in the “Passphrase” field and click “Generate” to create a key.
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A hex (hexadecimal) key is a combination of numbers and letters from
A–F and 0–9. For 64-bit WEP, you need to enter 10 hex keys.
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For instance:
AF 0F 4B C3 D4 = 64-bit WEP key
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3.
Click “Save” to finish. Encryption in the wireless router (or
access point) is now set. Each of your computers on your
wireless network will now need to be configured with the same
security settings.
WARNING: If you are using a wireless client to turn on the security
settings in your wireless router (or access point), you will temporarily
lose your wireless connection until you activate security on your
wireless client. Please record the key prior to applying changes in the
wireless router (or access point). If you don’t remember the hex key,
your client will be locked out of the wireless router (or access point).
128-Bit WEP Encryption
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Select “WEP” from the drop-down menu.
2.
After selecting your WEP encryption mode, you can enter your
key manually by typing in the hex key manually, or you can type
in a passphrase in the “Passphrase” field and click “Generate” to
create a key.
A hex (hexadecimal) key is a combination of numbers and letters from
A–F and 0–9. For 128-bit WEP, you need to enter 26 hex keys.
For instance:
C3 03 0F AF 0F 4B B2 C3 D4 4B C3 D4 E7 = 128-bit WEP key
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Click “Save” to finish. Encryption in the wireless router (or access
point) is now set. Each of the computers on your wireless network
will now need to be configured with the same security settings.
WARNING: If you are using a wireless client to turn on the security
settings in your wireless router (or access point), you will temporarily
lose your wireless connection until you activate security on your
wireless client. Please record the key prior to applying changes in the
wireless router (or access point). If you don’t remember the hex key,
your client will be locked out of the wireless router (or access point).
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WPA-PSK (no server)
Choose this setting if your network does not use a radius server. WPA-PSK
(no server) is typically used in home and small office networking.
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From the “Network Authentication” drop-down menu, select
“WPA-PSK (no server)”.
2.
Enter your network key. This can be from eight to 63 characters
and can be letters, numbers, or symbols. This same key must be
used on all of the clients (network cards) that you want to include
in your network.
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3.
Click “Save” to finish. You must now set all clients (network
cards) to match these settings.
Wireless Networking Utility Options
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The “Options” tab on the Wireless Networking Utility (WNU) provides
the user the ability to customize his or her WNU settings.
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WNU Help
The WNU “Help” tab provides users with access to online and
telephone support, as well as advanced diagnostic tools.
Advanced Diagnostic Tools
The “Advanced Diagnostic Tools” section is the central control panel
for all the settings of the hardware and software components of
the wireless network. It provides an array of tests and connectivity
services to ensure optimal network performance.
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I can’t connect to the Internet wirelessly.
If you are unable to connect to the Internet from a wireless computer,
please check the following items:
1. Look at the lights on your wireless router. If you’re using a Wireless
Router from Verizon, the lights should be as follows:
• The “Power” light should be on.
• The “Connected” light should be on, and not blinking.
• The “WAN” light should be either on or blinking.
If your Wireless Router’s lights match these descriptions, go to number
2, below.
If this is NOT the case, please contact Verizon Technical Support
at 888-604-5880.
If you are not using a Wireless Router from Verizon, consult that router
manufacturer’s user guide.
2. Open your Wireless Networking Utility (WNU) software by clicking
on the icon in the system tray at the bottom right-hand corner of the
screen: the tray icon should look like this (the icon may be red
or green):
3. The window that opens will show a list of “Available Networks”.
Available networks are wireless networks you can connect to.
If you are using a Verizon 802.11g (54g) Router, “Verizon54g” is the
default name.
If you are using a Verizon 802.11b Router, the default name should
be “WLAN”.
If you are NOT using a Verizon Router, please consult your router
manufacturer’s user manual for the default name.
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The name of your wireless network appears in
“Available Networks”.
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If the correct network name is listed in the “Available Networks”
list, please follow the steps below to connect wirelessly:
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1. Click on the correct network name in the “Available Networks” list.
2. If the network has security (encryption) enabled, you will need
If you are still unable to access the Internet after connecting to
the wireless network, please contact Verizon Technical Support at
888-604-5880.
The name of your wireless network DOES NOT appear in the
list of “Available Networks”.
If the correct network name is not listed under “Available
Networks” in the WNU, please attempt the following
troubleshooting steps:
1. Temporarily move computer, if possible, to five to 10 feet
away from the Wireless Router (or Access Point). Close
the WNU and reopen it. If the correct network name now
appears under “Available Networks”, you may have a range or
interference problem. Please see the suggestions listed in the
“Placement of your Wireless Networking Hardware for Optimal
Performance” section on page 2.
2. Using a computer that is connected to the Wireless Router (or
Access Point) via a network cable (as opposed to wirelessly),
ensure that “Broadcast SSID” is enabled. This setting is found
on the Router’s wireless “Channel and SSID” configuration
page. For detailed instructions on accessing this page and
changing settings, please see your Wireless Router’s (or
Access Point’s) User Manual.
If you are still unable to access the Internet after completing
these steps, please contact Verizon Technical Support
at 888-604-5880.
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to enter the network key. For more information regarding
security, please see “Securing your Wi-Fi Network” on page 15
of this manual.
3. Within a few seconds, the tray icon in the lower right-hand
corner of your screen should turn green, indicating a successful
connection to the network.
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Installation CD-ROM does not start WNU.
If the CD-ROM does not start the WNU automatically, it could
be that the computer is running other applications that are
interfering with the CD drive.
If the WNU screen does not appear within 15–20 seconds,
open up your CD-ROM drive by double-clicking on the “My
Computer” icon. Next, double-click on the CD-ROM drive that the
Installation CD has been placed in to start the installation. Then
double-click on the folder named “Files”. Next, double-click on
the icon named “Setup.exe”.
Power LED does not come ON; Adapter is not
working.
If the LED indicators are not ON, the problem may be that the
Adapter is not connected or installed properly.
Verify that the Adapter is plugged firmly into the USB slot of
your computer. Check to see that the drivers for the Adapter
have been installed. Right-click on the “My Computer” icon on
your desktop. Choose “Properties” and navigate to the “Device
Manager” and see if your Adapter is listed without any errors.
If an error is indicated, contact Verizon Technical Support
at 888-604-5880.
Link LED is blinking slowly; cannot connect to a
wireless network or the Internet.
If your Adapter appears to be functioning properly, but you
cannot connect to a network or you have a red wireless icon
at the bottom of your screen, the problem may be that there is
a mismatch between the network name (SSID) settings in your
wireless network properties.
Check the SSID settings to see if they match. The SSID is
case-sensitive and the spelling on each computer must be
exactly the same in order for the Adapter to connect to the
wireless router (or access point).
Note: To check the SSID settings or look for an available
network, double-click the Signal Indicator icon to bring up the
“Wireless Networks” screen. Click “Add” if you do not see the
network you are trying to connect to and type in the SSID.
For more information about setting up an SSID, please refer to
your router manufacturer’s user manual.
If issues persist even at close range, please contact Verizon
Technical Support at 888-604-5880.
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Link LED is solid but I cannot connect to the Internet.
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If you have a signal but can’t get online or obtain an IP address,
the problem may be that there is a mismatch between the
encryption key settings in your computer and wireless router (or
access point).
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If issues persist even at close range, please contact Verizon
Technical Support at 888-604-5880.
Data transfer is sometimes slow.
Wireless technology is radio-based, which means connectivity
and the throughput performance between devices decreases
when the distance between devices increases. Other factors that
will cause signal degradation (metal is generally the worst culprit)
are obstructions such as walls and metal appliances. As a result,
the typical indoor range of your wireless devices will be between
100 to 200 feet. Note also that connection speed may decrease
as you move farther from the wireless router (or access point).
In order to determine if wireless issues are related to range, we
suggest temporarily moving the computer, if possible, to five to
10 feet away from the wireless router (or access point). Please
see the section titled “Placement of your Wireless Networking
Hardware for Optimal Performance” in this manual.
If issues persist even at close range, please contact Verizon
Technical Support at 888-604-5880.
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Check the WEP key settings to see if they match. The key is
case-sensitive and the spelling on each computer and wireless
router (or access point) must be exactly the same in order for
the Adapter to connect to the router. For more information about
encryption, please see the “Securing your Wi-Fi Network” section
of this User Manual.
Troubleshooting
Signal strength is poor.
Wireless technology is radio-based, which means connectivity
and the throughput performance between devices decreases
when the distance between devices increases. Other factors
that will cause signal degradation (metal is generally the worst
culprit) are obstructions such as walls and metal appliances. As
a result, the typical indoor range of your wireless devices will be
between 100 to 200 feet. Note also that connection speed may
decrease as you move farther from the wireless router (or access
point). Please see the section titled “Placement of your Wireless
Networking Hardware for Optimal Performance” in this manual.
If issues persist even at close range, please contact Verizon
Technical Support at 888-604-5880.
Why are there two wireless utilities in my system
tray? Which one should I use?
There are several features and advantages to using the WNU
over the Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration utility. We offer
a site survey, detailed link information, and adapter diagnosis, to
name a few.
It’s essential to know which utility is managing your adapter.
We recommend using the WNU. To use the WNU, follow the
steps on the next page:
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Step 1 Right-click on the network status icon in the system tray
and select “View Available Wireless Networks”.
Step 2 Click on the “Advanced” button in the lower left-hand
corner of the “Available Wireless Networks” window.
Step 3 From the “Advanced” tab, uncheck “Use Windows to
configure my wireless network”. Once the box is unchecked, click
“OK” to close the window.
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You are now using the WNU to configure the Adapter.
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Manufactured by Belkin
Wi-Fi® Interoperability Certificate
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Manufactured by Belkin
FCC Statement
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY WITH FCC RULES
FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY
We, Belkin Corporation, of 501 West Walnut Street,
Compton, CA 90220, declare under our sole
responsibility that the product,
F5D7050
Caution: Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation.
The radiated output power of this device is far below the FCC radio
frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the device shall be used in such
a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is
minimized. When connecting an external antenna to the device, the antenna
shall be placed in such a manner to minimize the potential for human contact
during normal operation. In order to avoid the possibility of exceeding the
FCC radio frequency exposure limits, human proximity to the antenna shall
not be less than 20cm (8 inches) during normal operation.
Federal Communications Commission Notice
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.
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to which this declaration relates, complies with Part 15
of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
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Manufactured by Belkin
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy.
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 and correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the distance between the equipment and the receiver.
• Connect the equipment to 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 Statement
Modifications
The FCC requires the user to be notified that any changes or modifications to
this device that are not expressly approved by Belkin Corporation may void
the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Canada-Industry Canada (IC)
The wireless radio of this device complies with RSS
139 & RSS 210 Industry Canada. This Class B digital
apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B conforme á la norme
NMB-003 du Canada.
Europe-European Union Notice
Radio products with the CE 0682 or CE alert marking comply with the R&TTE
Directive (1995/5/EC) issued by the Commission of the European Community.
Compliance with this directive implies conformity to the following European
Norms (in brackets are the equivalent international standards).
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EN 60950 (IEC60950) – Product Safety
EN 300 328 Technical requirement for radio equipment
ETS 300 826 General EMC requirements for radio equipment
To determine the type of transmitter, check the identification label on your
Belkin product. Products with the CE marking comply with the EMC Directive
(89/336/EEC) and the Low Voltage Directive (72/23/EEC) issued by the
Commission of the European Community. Compliance with these directives
implies conformity to the following European Norms (in brackets are the
equivalent international standards).
• EN 55022 (CISPR 22) – Electromagnetic Interference
• EN 55024 (IEC61000-4-2,3,4,5,6,8,11)- Electromagnetic Immunity
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EN 61000-3-2 (IEC610000-3-2) - Power Line Harmonics
EN 61000-3-3 (IEC610000) – Power Line Flicker
EN 60950 (IEC60950) – Product Safety
Products that contain the radio transmitter are labeled with CE 0682
or CE alert marking and may also carry the CE logo.
This warranty does not apply if the product has been damaged by accident, abuse,
misuse, or misapplication; if the product has been modified without the written
permission of Belkin; or if any Belkin serial number has been removed or defaced.
THE WARRANTY AND REMEDIES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE EXCLUSIVE IN LIEU
OF ALL OTHERS, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.
BELKIN SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES,
INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
No Belkin dealer, agent, or employee is authorized to make any modification,
extension, or addition to this warranty.
BELKIN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY BREACH OF WARRANTY,
OR UNDER ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
LOST PROFITS, DOWNTIME, GOODWILL, DAMAGE TO OR REPROGRAMMING
OR REPRODUCING ANY PROGRAM OR DATA STORED IN, OR USED WITH,
BELKIN PRODUCTS.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages or exclusions of implied warranties, so the above limitations or exclusions
may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights that vary from state to state.
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Belkin Corporation Limited Five-Year Product Warranty
Belkin Corporation warrants this product against defects in materials and
workmanship for five years. If a defect is discovered, Belkin will, at its option, repair
or replace the product at no charge provided it is returned during the warranty
period, with transportation charges prepaid, to the authorized Belkin dealer from
whom you purchased the product. Proof of purchase may be required.
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