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Canon WFT-E1 (A) Wireless File Transmitter
Network Support Guide
Windows XP - Ad Hoc Wireless Mode Connection
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Setting up the WFT-E1A on Windows XP Home or Professional – Ad Hoc Wireless Mode
This document will take you through the process of setting up the WFT-E1A wireless file transmitter in
conjunction with a PC running Windows XP Home or Professional Edition.
In this example we have used the following test specifications:
Canon Eos 1DS Mk II Camera Body
Canon WFT-E1A Wireless File Transmitter
D-Link DWL-122 USB Wireless Transmitter
Pentium III 1Ghz PC with 512MB Ram
Windows XP Home or Professional Edition
Filezilla FTP Server Version 0.9.11
Three Stages to Complete Setup
There are three stages to setting up the WFT-E1A with your PC.
1. Setting up your Wireless Network on your computer
2. Setting up your FTP Server on your computer
3. Setting up your WFT-E1A to talk to your Wireless Network and FTP Server
Stage 1 – Setting up your Wireless Network on your computer
Stage 1 will involve installing a wireless transmitter on your PC. Most transmitters come in the form of a
USB “dongle” that is inserted into a spare USB port on your PC. The “dongle” should come with a
manufacturer’s installation disk that installs the necessary drivers for the “dongle”. Once your “dongle”
has installed correctly you should see an entry in Window’s “My Network Places” called “Wireless
Network Connection”.
If you experience difficulties installing your wireless transmitter on your PC you should contact your
manufacturer for assistance with its installation.
We will start the network set up with the assumption that you have installed your PC’s wireless
transmitter (dongle) and it is working correctly.
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On your desktop, right click on the “My Network Places” icon.
Select Properties
This opens your Network Connections pane. If you have a correctly installed Wireless “Dongle” on your
computer you should see the Wireless Network Connection entry displayed here
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Right Click on your Wireless Network Connection and select Properties.
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This brings up the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box
In the Wireless Network Connections dialog box you should see Client for Microsoft Networks, File and
Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). If you your dialog box does not
contain all of the above, or has different entries, you should contact your PC support company to assist
you in installing the relevant Windows Networking Components from your XP Home or Professional
original disk, as these are an intrinsic part of the operating system.
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We will need to create a static IP address for the computer on the network.
To do this, select the General tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the Properties button.
You should now see the following screen. In this screen, select “Use the Following IP address, and
enter a unique IP address for the computer. In this example we have used 192.168.0.10 which will be
the IP address which identifies the PC to the network. The Subnet mask should be set to 255.255.255.0
as the only number range in the IP address that is going to alter is the last set of numbers. Leave the
Default Gateway and the DNS entries blank. Nothing needs changing under “Advanced” so leave that
as is.
Click on OK to return to the Wireless Network Connection Properties screen.
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You will now need to tell your network to connect in Ad-Hoc mode (sometimes referred to as Peer to
Peer mode). Select the “Wireless Networks” tab, and tick the “Use Windows to configure my wireless
network settings” box. Next click Advanced
In the Advanced screen, select Ad Hoc only as below and then select Close.
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This will return you to the Wireless Network Connection Properties screen. Click on the “Advanced” tab
and under Windows Firewall click the Settings Button.
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On the Windows Firewall screen, if you do not require a firewall to be active then select “Off”. If you do
require a firewall you will need to carry out the next step to allow the FTP port to be allowed through.
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If you elect to switch on your firewall, click on the “Exceptions” tab. And click on the Add Port button
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In the Add a Port screen, enter the name as FTP-TCP, and the port number as 21. Make sure TCP is
selected. This will open a TCP connection on port 21through the firewall to enable control
communication between the WFT-E1A and the FTP server. Click on OK.
Now we need to open port 21 for UDP data also, so click on the “Add Port” button again
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In the Add a Port screen, enter the name as FTP-UDP, and the port number as 21. Make sure UDP is
selected. This will open a UDP connection on port 21through the firewall to enable data
communication between the WFT-E1A and the FTP server. Click on OK
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You should now have FTP-TCP and FTP-UDP entries in your Firewall Exceptions; port 21 is now open
through your firewall. No settings on the Windows Firewall “Advanced” tab require any attention. Click
OK.
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Click OK on the Wireless Network Connections Properties screen and close the Network Connections
window to complete stage 1 setup
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Stage 2
Setting up your FTP server on Windows XP Professional Edition
(For XP Home Edition proceed to Stage 2A – Filezilla FTP Server Setup instead)
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Setting up the FTP server on Windows XP Professional
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Select Add/Remove programs from control panel
You must be an administrator of the local machine for this to be possible. If not contact your
local IT department and ask them to do it.
Select add/remove windows components then Windows Components Wizard displays
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Select the Internet Information Services option, and click Details…
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Check the box for the ftp server, click OK
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From control panel select Administrative Tools
Then select Internet Information Services
Right click and select properties on the Default FTP Site. If you wish you may rename this by right
clicking on it and selecting rename.
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Under the FTP Site Tab enter a description for the FTP server. Here we have used the name canon.
Please note that this is case sensitive so input in lower case to avoid confusion.
In IP address, your computer’s IP address should be available for selection, select this from its drop
down menu. Ensure the port is set at port 21. Also ensure that “Enable Logging” is ticked to provide a
log should you need to troubleshoot your setup at a later date.
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Under the Security Accounts tab, you should tick Allow Anonymous connections, and leave the
username as set by the Microsoft IIS FTP Server. This is usually in the format IUSR_ and then
immediately followed by the name of the computer the server is running on. Make sure that Allow only
anonymous connections and Allow IIS to control password are ticked.
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Nothing is required on the messages tab, so proceed to the Home Directory page. The local path should
be set to C:\Inetpub\ftproot as this is the area IIS uses for the FTP storage, and will be where the
transmitted images are sent to. Ensure that Read / Write and Log Visits are all ticked.
When setting up the WFT-E1 (A) username and password settings in Stage 3, you should use the
username anonymous with no password set.
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Stage 2A
Setting up your FTP server on Windows XP Home Edition
(For XP Professional Edition see Stage 2 – IIS FTP Server Setup instead)
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Stage 2A – Setting up Filezilla FTP Server on your PC
Download and install Filezilla FTP Server from http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/
This is a freeware application covered by the GNU General Public Licence, please read this to ensure you
comply with the license terms, however please note that this program is not provided by Canon and
Canon cannot be responsible for any losses howsoever arising from its use in any way. Customers use
this program at their own risk, and Canon cannot be held liable for any losses that result from the
settings that may be suggested in this guide.
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Once you have Filezilla FTP Server installed, you’ll need to configure the properties of the server so that it
can communicate through the computer and to the outside world correctly. Click Edit, Settings to do this.
And copy the settings from the screenshots. The fields should be similar in other FTP server programs,
and the same setting should be used regardless of the FTP server program used. Timeout settings
should be set to 0 so no timeout takes place or the WFT-E1A will be logged out if idle.
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Once all the server settings have been checked, then you will need to create a user for the FTP server.
This will ultimately identify the WFT-E1A to the server. Similar fields will appear in other FTP server
programs.
To do this, select “Users” from the “Edit” menu.
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In the General section of the Users screen, click the add button to add a user to the FTP server
Type in a username, ensuring there are no spaces or other non alphanumeric characters. Here the
username we have selected is canonuk. Click OK
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Back in the General section of the Users screen, tick the password box and enter a password, again only
using alphanumeric characters and no spaces. Here we are using the password pass.
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Before the next step, create a folder on your C: driver called FTP. This is where your images will be
transferred to. This can be a folder anywhere on your hard drive but for ease of use we’ll stick to the C:
drive here. Make you don’t include any spaces or non alphanumeric characters in this folder name.
Select the Shared folders section of the Users menu. In the Shared folders click the Add button to add a
folder where the images will be transferred to.
The “Browse for Folder” window appears
Select the FTP folder we created on the C: drive earlier and click OK.
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Now we have defined our destination folder, you must set the permissions of access for the WFT-E1A.
You must set full read and write permissions on the destination folder, failure to do so will result in the
WFT-E1A issuing an error and failing to transmit the picture.
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Select the speed limit page and select “No Limit” on both download and upload.
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The IP Filter page should be left blank. Click OK to return to the Server window
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From the main server window click on the Server menu and make sure there is a tick next to Active. This
ensures that the server is active, running and ready to receive data from the WFT-E1A unit.
Ensure your server shows as running in the taskbar here shown as the FZ (Filezilla) logo.
Stage 2 is now complete, the computer is ready to receive pictures via your wireless network from the
WFT-E1A, and we can now move onto stage 3, setting up the WFT-E1A on the camera body itself.
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Stage 3 – Setting up the WFT-E1A using the WFT-E1A Utility
Load the utility from the Canon WFT-E1A disc.
In the first tab TCP/IP, select “Use the following IP address” and enter and IP address here which will
identify the WFT-E1A to the network. Ensure this address is not used by any other network device. We
have used 192.168.0.50 here. The subnet mask should be set to 255.255.255.0 as only the last set of
numbers will change on the network.
As we are using Ad Hoc (Peer to Peer) mode there is no gateway, so set this to 0.0.0.0. DNS servers are
not required in Ad Hoc (Peer to Peer) mode.
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Select the FTP settings tab, here we will enter settings that match the FTP server settings we set up in
stages 1 & 2 within the Wireless Network Properties and Filezilla FTP server.
The target server address should be should match the address of the PC’s wireless transmitter (dongle)
in this case it is 192.168.0.10. The port number should match the port number we opened in the FTP
server, in this case Port 21 (which is in fact the industry standard port for FTP transfers).
The server name should be left blank, as the Target Server IP address identifies the FTP server, and as
the target folder is set from within the FTP server Filezilla itself, then you should specify / as the target
folder which means “Root folder” in FTP terms. Leave passive mode off, and overwrite same file on if
you want to
Use the login and password you set in Filezilla earlier, in this case we are using the username canonuk
and the password pass. Ensure that you use the exactly the same characters, and ensure they are the
same case, any mismatch in the username and password will result in the WFT-E1A issuing an error
and failing to transmit its images.
No proxy is needed in Ad Hoc (Peer to Peer) mode, and it is prudent to tick the “Protect Settings” box!
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Now select the Wireless LAN settings tab.
In the SSID setting, you must enter the name of the actual computer you are connecting to (details of
how to locate this are in the next step). Here our PC is a Hewlett Packard Desktop PC called hpdesktop,
but yours will definitely be called something different! For the connection method, use Ad Hoc (as we
are not using a router) and select the channel you wish to transmit on. The channel used is defined by
the WFT-E1A and the “dongle” in your PC will change its channel automatically. No encryption is used
here for simplicities sake, however if you do input security keys, they must match both in the Wireless
Network Property Settings and the WFT-E1 exactly or communications will fail.
Finally save these settings to your CF card using a card reader / writer device connected to your PC,
ready to insert into the camera connected to the WFT-E1A
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To find out the name of your PC so you can enter this in your SSID settings, carry out the following
Right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop:
Select Properties
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On the Computer Name tab of My Computer Properties the SSID setting on the WFT-E1A should be set
to the exact setting defined under Full computer name, in this case hpdesktop. Make sure your PC’s full
computer name has no spaces and consists of alphanumeric characters only, as errors can be caused if
this is not the case. If necessary you may need to change the full computer name if it has spaces or has
non alphanumeric characters, this can be carried out from the “change” button, and a restart is
necessary for any changes to be registered.
Lastly you will need to load the settings file into your camera. Insert the CF card containing the .NIF file
and load the settings into your camera as detailed on page 23-25 of the WFT-E1A manual.
The orange link light should blink a few times, disappear, then remain steady and the display should
show the connected speed as in the picture below.
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After taking a picture you should see some activity in your FTP server as it receives the files
That’s it! Enjoy using the WFT-E1A!
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