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Version 1.0 | 02/25/2014
User Manual
Wireless AC600 Dual Band High-Gain USB Adapter
DWA-172
Preface
D-Link reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes in the content hereof without obligation to notify any
person or organization of such revisions or changes.
Manual Revisions
Revision
1.0
Date
February 25, 2014
Description
• Initial release for Revision A1
Trademarks
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States or other countries. All other company or product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies.
Copyright © 2014 by D-Link Systems, Inc.
All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without prior expressed written permission
from D-Link Systems, Inc.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Preface..........................................................................................2
Manual Revisions........................................................................... 2
Trademarks...................................................................................... 2
Using Windows® 7................................................................23
Using Windows Vista® ........................................................26
Using the Windows® XP Utility.........................................28
Product Overview.......................................................................4
Package Contents.......................................................................... 4
System Requirements.................................................................. 4
Introduction.................................................................................... 5
Features............................................................................................. 6
Hardware Overview...................................................................... 7
Troubleshooting...................................................................... 30
Installation...................................................................................8
Getting Started............................................................................... 8
Remove Existing Installations........................................... 8
Disable Other Wireless Adapters...................................... 9
Wireless Installation Considerations.....................................11
Adapter Installation....................................................................12
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)...........................................14
Connect to a Wireless Network............................................. 17
Windows® 8....................................................................................17
Using Windows® 7........................................................................19
Using Windows Vista®.................................................................20
Using Windows® XP.....................................................................21
Wireless Basics......................................................................... 34
Wireless Modes.............................................................................38
Networking Basics................................................................... 39
Check your IP address................................................................39
Windows® 8 Users................................................................39
Windows® 7/Vista® Users..................................................39
Windows® XP Users.............................................................39
Statically Assign an IP Address...............................................40
Windows® 8 Users................................................................40
Windows® 7/Windows Vista® Users.................................41
Windows® XP Users..............................................................42
Technical Specifications......................................................... 43
Wireless Security...................................................................... 22
What is WPA?.................................................................................22
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Section 1 - Product Overview
Product
PackageOverview
Contents
• D-Link DWA-172 Wireless AC600 Dual Band High-Gain USB Adapter
• Manual and Warranty on CD
• D-Link Wireless Connection Manager on CD
• Quick Installation Guide
System Requirements
• A computer or laptop with an available USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port
• Windows® 8, 7, Vista or XP (Service Pack 3)
• CD-ROM Drive
• A 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g or 802.11a access point or wireless router
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Introduction
The Wireless AC600 Dual Band High-Gain USB Adapter (DWA-172) delivers powerful wireless AC technology to your desktop or
notebook computer. Simply plug the adapter into an available USB port and connect to a wireless network to access a secure,
high-speed internet connection – 2.4GHz (150Mbps) or 5GHz (up to 433Mbps). And with integrated Dual Band technology,
you’ll have reduced Wi-Fi interference to maximize throughput for faster streaming, gaming, and Skype calls.
Interference-Free Bandwidth
The Wireless AC600 Dual Band High-Gain USB Adapter (DWA-172) delivers Dual Band technology to your home network for
intelligent, versatile, interference-free bandwidth. Check your email and surf the Internet on the 2.4GHz band; or game, make
Skype calls and stream HD movies to multiple devices using the cleaner, interference-free 5GHz band. Whatever you like to
do online, Dual Band has you covered.
Easy WPS Push Button Setup
Quickly and easily establish a fast, secure home network that will have you browsing, streaming, and watching in minutes. It’s
as easy as push and connect!
Compatible With All Your Wireless Products
While the Wireless AC Dual Band USB Adapter delivers cutting-edge 802.11ac speed to your home network, it’s also backward
compatible with all of your current wireless products – no updates or adapters necessary.
What is wireless AC?
802.11ac is a new networking standard that produces high-throughput wireless speed on the 5GHz band. What does this
mean for your home network? Flawless HD video streaming, faster gaming, and lag-free Skype and Facetime calls, all with less
Wi-Fi interference for smooth, lightning-fast performance. And while your home gains all the cutting-edge benefi ts of 11ac,
D-Link’s Wireless AC Dual Band USB Adapter is also compatible with all of your current Wireless N products.
“Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE 802.11ac specification and IEEE Standard 802.11n specification. D-Link makes no warranties as to forward compatibility with future standards or compatibility with 802.11ac
devices from other manufacturers. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead,
lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors may adversely affect wireless signal range. Up to 433Mbps wireless speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac devices. Data throughput may also be
limited by the product’s interface, less than 480 Mbps for a USB 2.0 interface. The inclusion of a specific product or manufacturer does not imply its endorsement of D-Link or the D-Link product. Computer must adhere
to Microsoft’s recommended System Requirements.”
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Features
• IEEE 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11a Compliant
• Dual Band N Technology for use in 2.4GHz or 5GHz Networks
• Wireless AC Technology for Superior Wireless Performance
• Access Secure Networks using WPA™ or WPA2™
• Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) Push Button for Easy Connection to a Wireless Network
• External 3dBi omni-directional antenna
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Hardware Overview
WPS Button
Press the WPS button to automatically
connect to a WPS-enabled wireless router
or access point and establish connectivity.
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USB Port
Used to connect the DWA-172 to
your computer.
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Section 2 - Installation
Installation
This section will walk you through the installation process. If you have a built-in wireless adapter, please disable it in device
manager before installing your D-Link adapter. Also, if you have previously installed another wireless adapter, please make
sure any software is uninstalled.
Getting Started
Before installing your new D-Link wireless adapter, please verify the following:
• Remove any previous installations of wireless adapters
• Disable any built-in wireless adapters
• Verify the settings such as the SSID and security settings of the network(s) you want to connect to
Remove Existing Installations
If you’ve installed a different manufacture’s adapter or a different model D-Link adapter, make sure the software is uninstalled
before installing the new software. Some utilities may cause a conflict with the new software. If you plan to use multiple
adapters at different times, make sure the utilities are not set to load when your computer boots up. Windows® XP users may
use the built-in wireless utility for all adapters.
To remove any old software:
Windows® 8 users: Press Windows Key + Q > Control Panel > Uninstall Programs.
Windows® 7 users: Click Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features.
Windows® XP/Vista® users: Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
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Disable Other Wireless Adapters
Most newer laptops may include a built-in wireless adapter. To prevent any conflicts with the D-Link wireless adapter, it is
recommended to disable the wireless adapter (as well as any unused Ethernet adapters).
From the desktop, right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties.
Click the Hardware tab and then click Device Manager. Scroll down the list and click the
+ sign to the left of Network adapters.
Right-click the adapter you would like to disable and select Disable.
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Click Yes to disable the adapter.
The adapter is now disabled. When disabled, a red X will be displayed.
Disabling the adapter will not remove the drivers. If you would like to use
the adapter, simply right-click it and select Enable.
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Wireless Installation Considerations
The D-Link wireless adapter lets you access your network using a wireless connection from virtually anywhere within the
operating range of your wireless network. Keep in mind that the number, thickness and location of walls, ceilings, or other
objects that the wireless signals must pass through, may limit the range. Typical ranges vary depending on the types of materials
and background RF (radio frequency) noise in your home or business. The key to maximizing wireless range is to follow these
basic guidelines:
1.Keep the number of walls and ceilings between the D-Link adapter and other network devices to a minimum
- each wall or ceiling can reduce your adapter’s range from 3-90 feet (1-30 meters.) Position your devices so
that the number of walls or ceilings is minimized.
2.Be aware of the direct line between network devices. A wall that is 1.5 feet thick (.5 meters), at a
45-degree angle appears to be almost 3 feet (1 meter) thick. At a 2-degree angle it looks over 42 feet (14 meters)
thick! Position devices so that the signal will travel straight through a wall or ceiling (instead of at an angle) for
better reception.
3.Building Materials make a difference. A solid metal door or aluminum studs may have a negative effect on
range. Try to position access points, wireless routers, and computers so that the signal passes through drywall
or open doorways. Materials and objects such as glass, steel, metal, walls with insulation, water (fish tanks),
mirrors, file cabinets, brick, and concrete will degrade your wireless signal.
4.Keep your product away (at least 3-6 feet or 1-2 meters) from electrical devices or appliances that generate RF
noise.
5.If you are using 2.4GHz cordless phones or X-10 (wireless products such as ceiling fans, lights, and home security
systems), your wireless connection may degrade dramatically or drop completely. Make sure your 2.4GHz phone
base is as far away from your wireless devices as possible. The base transmits a signal even if the phone in not
in use.
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Adapter Installation
Warning: Do NOT install the DWA-172 USB Adapter into your computer before installing the driver software from the
D-Link CD.
Turn on the computer and Insert the D-Link DWA-172 Driver CD in the CD-ROM drive.
If the CD Autorun function does not automatically start on your computer, go to Start > Run. In the run box type “D:\autorun.
exe” (where D: represents the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive).
When the autorun screen appears, click Install Drivers.
Click Install Drivers
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The InstallShield Wizard window will appear.
Click Next
Insert the adapter into an available USB port on your computer.
Click Install
Click Finish to complete your setup.
Click Finish
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Section 3 - Configuration
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) System is designed for easy setup of security-enabled Wi-Fi networks. It is recommended to have
the access point or wireless router nearby during setup.
For more information on WPS, visit the Wi-Fi Alliance website at www.wi-fi.org.
“Push Button Configuration” (PBC) is a external button on the adapter that connects you to other WPS-enabled devices. A
connection can be established by clicking the button, then pushing the physical button on the access point or wireless router
within 120 seconds. Refer to next page.
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Push Button
1.To connect to your network, press the WPS button on
the adapter and hold for two seconds until the utility
screen appears.
2.Press the WPS button located on your access point or
router to continue. This screen will appear once you
have successfully established connection with your
network.
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Press the WPS button on the adapter and holding for two seconds until the
utility screen comes up. Then, press the WPS button on the router/access point
to continue.
The adapter will try to establish connectivity to your access point or wireless
router.
When this screen appears, you have successfully established connectivity.
Click Finish to complete your setup.
WPS UI will save the wireless connection profile named “security.htm” on the
desktop
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Connect to a Wireless Network
Windows® 8
1.Click on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lowerright corner next to the time).
2.A list of available wireless networks will appear.
3.Click the wireless network (SSID) you want to connect to and then
click Connect.
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4.If the network is secure/encrypted, enter the Wi-Fi password
(security key) and click Next.
5.Click either to enable or disable file sharing.
6.You will now be connected to your wireless network.
If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, confirm the encryption by reviewing the profile or check the TCP/IP
settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information.
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Using Windows® 7
Windows® 7 users may use the built-in wireless utility. If you are using another company’s utility, please refer to the user manual
of your wireless adapter for help with connecting to a wireless network. Most utilities will have a “site survey” option similar to
the Windows® 7 utility as seen below.
If you receive the Wireless Networks Detected bubble, click on the
center of the bubble to access the utility.
or
Left-click the wireless icon in your system tray (lower-right corner
next to the time).
The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area.
Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect
button.
If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your
TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking
Basics section in this manual for more information.
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Connect to a Wireless Network
Using Windows Vista®
Windows Vista® users may use the built-in wireless utility. If you are using another company’s utility, please refer to the user
manual of your wireless adapter for help with connecting to a wireless network. Most utilities will have a “site survey” option
similar to the Windows Vista® utility as seen below.
If you receive the Wireless Networks Detected bubble, click on the
center of the bubble to access the utility.
or
Right-click on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lowerright corner next to the time). Select Connect to a network.
The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area.
Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect
button.
If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check you
TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking
Basics section in this manual for more information.
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Connect to a Wireless Network
Using Windows® XP
Windows® XP users may use the built-in wireless utility (Zero Configuration Utility). The following instructions are for Service
Pack 2 users. If you are using another company’s utility, please refer to the user manual of your wireless adapter for help with
connecting to a wireless network. Most utilities will have a “site survey” option similar to the Windows® XP utility as seen below.
If you receive the Wireless Networks Detected bubble, click on the
center of the bubble to access the utility.
or
Right-click on the wireless computer icon in your system tray
(lower-right corner next to the time). Select View Available Wireless
Networks.
The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area.
Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect
button.
If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your
TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking
Basics section in this manual for more information.
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Section 4 - Wireless Security
Wireless Security
This section will show you the different levels of security you can use to protect your data from intruders. The
DWA-172 offers the following types of security:
• WPA2-PSK (Pre-Shared Key) • WPA-PSK (Pre-Shared Key)
What is WPA?
WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, is a Wi-Fi standard that was designed to improve the security features of WEP (Wired Equivalent
Privacy).
The 2 major improvements over WEP:
• Improved data encryption through the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP). TKIP scrambles the keys using a
hashing algorithm and, by adding an integrity-checking feature, ensures that the keys haven’t been tampered
with. WPA2 is based on 802.11i and uses Advanced Encryption Standard instead of TKIP.
• User authentication, which is generally missing in WEP, through the extensible authentication protocol (EAP).
WEP regulates access to a wireless network based on a computer’s hardware-specific MAC address, which is
relatively simple to be sniffed out and stolen. EAP is built on a more secure public-key encryption system to
ensure that only authorized network users can access the network.
WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK uses a passphrase or key to authenticate your wireless connection. The key is an alpha-numeric password
between 8 and 63 characters long. The password can include symbols (!?*&_) and spaces. This key must be the exact same key
entered on your wireless router or access point.
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Configure WPA/WPA2 Passphrase
Using Windows® 7
It is recommended to enable wireless security (WPA/WPA2) on your wireless router or access point before configuring your
wireless adapter. If you are joining an existing network, you will need to know the security key or passphrase being used.
1.Click on the wireless icon in your system tray (lower-right corner).
2.The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area.
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3. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect
to and click the Connect button.
If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your
TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking
Basics section in this manual for more information.
4. The following window appears while your computer tries to
connect to the router.
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5. Enter the same security key or passphrase that is on your router
and click OK. You can also connect by pushing the WPS button
on the router.
It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the
connection fails, please verify that the security settings are correct.
The key or passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless
router.
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Configure WPA/WPA2 Passphrase
Using Windows Vista®
It is recommended to enable wireless security (WPA/WPA2) on your wireless router or access point before configuring your
wireless adapter. If you are joining an existing network, you will need to know the security key or passphrase being used.
1.Open the Windows Vista® Wireless Utility by right-clicking on the
wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower right corner of
screen). Select Connect to a network.
2.Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect
to and click Connect.
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3.Enter the same security key or passphrase that is on your router and
click Connect.
It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the
connection fails, please verify that the security settings are correct. The
key or passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router.
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Configure WPA/WPA2 Passphrase
Using the Windows® XP Utility
It is recommended to enable WPA-PSK on your wireless router or access point before configuring your wireless adapter. If you
are joining an existing network, you will need to know the WPA-PSK key being used.
1. Open the Windows ® XP Wireless Utility by right-clicking
on the wireless computer icon in your system tray
(lower-right corner of screen). Select View Available Wireless
Networks.
2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect
to and click Connect.
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3. The Wireless Network Connection box will appear. Enter the WPA-PSK
passphrase and click Connect.
It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the
connection fails, please verify that the WPA-PSK settings are correct. The
WPA-PSK passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router
or access point.
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Section 5 - Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
This chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWA-172. Read the
following descriptions if you are having problems. (The examples below are illustrated in Windows® XP. If you have a different
operating system, the screenshots on your computer will look similar to the following examples.)
1. How do I know if my adapter is installed properly?
Go to Start > My Computer > Properties.
Select the Hardware Tab.
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Click the + sign next to Network Adapters.
Right-click on D-Link Wireless AC600 Dual Band
High-Gain USB Adapter.
Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed
properly.
Look under Device Status to check that the device is
working properly. Click OK to continue.
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2. The computer does not recognize the DWA-172 Wireless Adapter.
Make sure that the DWA-172 Wireless Adapter is properly seated in the computer’s USB port.
If Windows does not detect the hardware upon insertion of the adapter, make sure to completely remove drivers that were
previously loaded.
3. The computer with the DWA-172 installed is unable to connect to the wireless network and/or the Internet.
• Check that the LED indicators for the broadband modem are indicating normal activity. If not, there may be a
problem with the broadband connection.
• Check that the LED indicators on the wireless router are functioning properly. If not, check that the AC power
and Ethernet cables are firmly connected.
• Check that the IP Address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS settings are correctly entered for the network
• In Infrastructure mode, make sure the same Service Set Identifier (SSID) is specified on the settings for the
wireless clients and access points.
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Check that the Network Connection for the wireless client is configured properly. Select AP (Infrastructure) when connecting
to an access point. Double-click on the WLAN icon in the taskbar > click on Configuration to change the settings for the
wireless adapter.
If Security is enabled, make sure that the correct encryption keys are entered on both the DWA-172 and the access point.
Double-click on the WLAN icon in the taskbar > click Encryption. Check to see that the key selected is set to the same key as
other devices on the network.
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Appendix A - Wireless Basics
Wireless Basics
D-Link wireless products are based on industry standards to provide easy-to-use and compatible high-speed wireless
connectivity within your home, business or public access wireless networks. Strictly adhering to the IEEE standard, the D-Link
wireless family of products will allow you to securely access the data you want, when and where you want it. You will be able
to enjoy the freedom that wireless networking delivers.
A wireless local area network (WLAN) is a cellular computer network that transmits and receives data with radio signals instead of
wires. Wireless LANs are used increasingly in both home and office environments, and public areas such as airports, coffee shops
and universities. Innovative ways to utilize WLAN technology are helping people to work and communicate more efficiently.
Increased mobility and the absence of cabling and other fixed infrastructure have proven to be beneficial for many users.
Wireless users can use the same applications they use on a wired network. Wireless adapter cards used on laptop and desktop
systems support the same protocols as Ethernet adapter cards.
Under many circumstances, it may be desirable for mobile network devices to link to a conventional Ethernet LAN in order to
use servers, printers or an Internet connection supplied through the wired LAN. A Wireless Router is a device used to provide
this link.
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Appendix A - Wireless Basics
What is Wireless?
Wireless or Wi-Fi technology is another way of connecting your computer to the network without using wires.
Wi-Fi uses radio frequency to connect wirelessly, so you have the freedom to connect computers anywhere in
your home or office network.
Why D-Link Wireless?
D-Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking
products. D-Link delivers the performance you need at a price you can afford. D-Link has all the products you
need to build your network.
How does wireless work?
Wireless works similar to how cordless phone work, through radio signals to transmit data from one point A
to point B. But wireless technology has restrictions as to how you can access the network. You must be within
the wireless network range area to be able to connect your computer. There are two different types of wireless
networks Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), and Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN).
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
In a wireless local area network, a device called an Access Point (AP) connects computers to the network. The
access point has a small antenna attached to it, which allows it to transmit data back and forth over radio signals.
With an indoor access point as seen in the picture, the signal can travel up to 300 feet. With an outdoor access
point the signal can reach out up to 30 miles to serve places like manufacturing plants, industrial locations,
college and high school campuses, airports, golf courses, and many other outdoor venues.
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Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN)
Bluetooth is the industry standard wireless technology used for WPAN. Bluetooth devices in WPAN operate in
a range up to 30 feet away.
Compared to WLAN the speed and wireless operation range are both less than WLAN, but in return it doesn’t
use nearly as much power which makes it ideal for personal devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, headphones,
laptops, speakers, and other devices that operate on batteries.
Who uses wireless?
Wireless technology as become so popular in recent years that almost everyone is using it, whether it’s for home,
office, business, D-Link has a wireless solution for it.
Home
• Gives everyone at home broadband access
• Surf the web, check email, instant message, and etc
• Gets rid of the cables around the house
• Simple and easy to use
Small Office and Home Office
• Stay on top of everything at home as you would at office
• Remotely access your office network from home
• Share Internet connection and printer with multiple computers
• No need to dedicate office space
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Where is wireless used?
Wireless technology is expanding everywhere not just at home or office. People like the freedom of mobility
and it’s becoming so popular that more and more public facilities now provide wireless access to attract people.
The wireless connection in public places is usually called “hotspots”.
Using a D-Link USB Adapter with your laptop, you can access the hotspot to connect to Internet from remote
locations like: Airports, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Libraries, Restaurants, and Convention Centers.
Wireless network is easy to setup, but if you’re installing it for the first time it could be quite a task not knowing
where to start. That’s why we’ve put together a few setup steps and tips to help you through the process of
setting up a wireless network.
Tips
Here are a few things to keep in mind, when you install a wireless network.
Centralize your router or Access Point
Make sure you place the router/access point in a centralized location within your network for the best performance.
Try to place the router/access point as high as possible in the room, so the signal gets dispersed throughout
your home. If you have a two-story home, you may need a repeater to boost the signal to extend the range.
Eliminate Interference
Place home appliances such as cordless telephones, microwaves, and televisions as far away as possible from
the router/access point. This would significantly reduce any interference that the appliances might cause since
they operate on same frequency.
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Security
Don’t let you next-door neighbors or intruders connect to your wireless network. Secure your wireless network
by turning on the WPA or WEP security feature on the router. Refer to product manual for detail information on
how to set it up.
Wireless Modes
There are basically two modes of networking:
• Infrastructure – All wireless clients will connect to an access point or wireless router.
• Ad-Hoc – Directly connecting to another computer, for peer-to-peer communication, using wireless network
adapters on each computer.
An Infrastructure network contains an Access Point or wireless router. All the wireless devices, or clients, will connect to the
wireless router or access point.
An Ad-Hoc* network contains only clients, such as laptops with wireless USB Adapters. All the adapters must be in Ad-Hoc
mode to communicate.
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Appendix B - Networking Basics
Check your IP address
Networking Basics
After you install your new D-Link wireless adapter and have established a wireless connection, by default, the TCP/IP settings
should be set to obtain an IP address from a DHCP server (i.e., router) automatically. To verify your IP address, please follow
the steps below.
Windows® 8 Users
• Press the Windows key and R together. Type cmd in the box and click OK.
• At the prompt, type ipconfig and press Enter.
• This will display the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway of your
adapter.
Windows® 7/Vista® Users
• Click Start, type cmd in the search box and then click OK.
• At the prompt, type ipconfig and press Enter.
• This will display the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway of your
adapter.
Windows® XP Users
• Click on Start > Run. In the run box type cmd and click OK.
• At the prompt, type ipconfig and press Enter.
• This will display the IP address, subnet mask, and the default gateway of
your adapter.
If the address is 0.0.0.0, check your adapter installation, security settings, and the settings on your router. Some firewall software
programs may block a DHCP request on newly installed adapters.
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Statically Assign an IP Address
If you are not using a DHCP capable gateway/router, or you need to assign a static IP address, please follow the steps below:
Windows® 8 Users
• Press the Windows key and then type IP. Click Settings on the right side and
then click View Network Connections.
• Right-click on the adapter which represents your D-Link wireless network
adapter.
• Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) and click Properties.
• Click Use the following IP address and enter an IP address that is on the same
subnet as your network or LAN IP address on your router or network.
Example: If the router’s LAN IP address is 192.168.0.1, make your IP address
192.168.0.X where X is a number between 2 and 99. Make sure that the number
you choose is not in use on the network.
• Set Default Gateway the same as the LAN IP address of your router or gateway.
• Set Primary DNS the same as the LAN IP address of your router or gateway.
• The Secondary DNS is optional (you may enter a DNS server from your ISP).
• Click OK to save your settings.
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Appendix B - Networking Basics
Windows® 7/Windows Vista® Users
• Click on Start > Control Panel (make sure you are in Classic View). Double-click on the Network and Sharing Center icon. If you are using
Windows Vista, click on Manage network connections along the left panel in the window. For Windows 7, click on Change adapter settings.
• Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter which will be connected to your network.
• Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
• Click Use the following IP address and enter an IP address that is on the same
subnet as your network or LAN IP address on your router or network.
Example: If the router’s LAN IP address is 192.168.0.1, make your IP address
192.168.0.X where X is a number between 2 and 99. Make sure that the number
you choose is not in use on the network.
• Set Default Gateway the same as the LAN IP address of your router or gateway.
• Set Primary DNS the same as the LAN IP address of your router or gateway.
• The Secondary DNS is optional (you may enter a DNS server from your ISP).
• Click OK to save your settings.
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Appendix B - Networking Basics
Windows® XP Users
• Windows® XP - Click on Start > Control Panel. Make sure you are in Classic View. Double-click on the Network Connections icon.
• Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter (or other adapter) which will be connected
to your router.
• Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties.
• Click Use the following IP address and enter an IP address that is on the same subnet as your network or LAN IP address on your router.
Example: If the router’s LAN IP address is 192.168.0.1, make your IP address 192.168.0.X where X is a number between 2 and 99. Make sure
that the number you choose is not in use on the network.
• Set Default Gateway the same as the LAN IP address of your router or gateway.
• Set Primary DNS the same as the LAN IP address of your router or gateway.
• The Secondary DNS is optional (you may enter a DNS server from your ISP).
• Click OK to save your settings.
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Appendix C - Technical Specifications
Technical Specifications
Standards
• IEEE 802.11ac
• IEEE 802.11n
• IEEE 802.11g
• IEEE 802.11a
• IEEE 802.11b
Bus Type
• USB 2.0
Security
• Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA™ & WPA2™)
• Wi-Fi Protected Setup - PIN & PBC
Current Consumption
• 300 mA at continuous transmit mode
Dimensions
• 211.4mmx15mmx14.8mm (8.32x0.59x0.58 inches)
Weight
• 20.3 grams
Certifications
• FCC Class B
• CE
• C-Tick
• IC
• Wi-Fi
• Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Operating Voltage
• 5.0 VDC +/- 10%
Operating Temperature
• 32°F to 104°F ( 0°C to 40°C)
Operating Humidity
• 10% to 90% maximum (non-condensing)
* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11ac, 802.11n and 802.11g specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions
and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate.
Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range.
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