Airlink101 AWLH3028V2 Computer Hardware User Manual

802.11g Wireless PCI Adapter
Model # AWLH3028v2
User’s Manual
Rev. 1.0
Table of Contents
1. Introduction................................................................................................................................. 3
1.1 Package Contents .................................................................................................................. 3
1.2 Features ................................................................................................................................. 3
2. Installation................................................................................................................................... 4
2.1 Install Driver & Utility.......................................................................................................... 4
3. Connect to Wireless Network ..................................................................................................... 9
4. Configure Wireless LAN Monitor ............................................................................................ 14
4.1 General................................................................................................................................ 14
4.2 Profile Settings.................................................................................................................... 16
4.3 Available Network .............................................................................................................. 18
4.4 Status................................................................................................................................... 19
4.5 Statistics .............................................................................................................................. 20
4.6 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (Easy Setup Button) ....................................................................... 21
4.7 Configuring Encryption ...................................................................................................... 26
4.8 Ad-hoc and Peer-to-Peer Wireless Networks ..................................................................... 33
4.9 About................................................................................................................................... 35
Appendix A – Specifications ........................................................................................................ 37
Technical Support ......................................................................................................................... 38
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the 802.11g Wireless PCI Adapter. This PCI Adapter is
designed to comply with IEEE 802.11g Wireless LAN standard and is suitable for
desktop computers with a 32-bit PCI slot.
This Adapter supports WiFi Protected Access (WPA2-PSK and WPA-PSK) data
encryption for higher security that protects your wireless network from eavesdropping.
Client users are required to authorize before accessing the APs or AP Routers, and the
data transmitted through the network is encrypted/decrypted by a dynamically changing
secret key, which is much safer than WEP encryption.
1.1 Package Contents
Before you begin the installation, please check the items of your package. The package
should include the following items:
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Wireless PCI Adapter
Antenna
Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD (Driver/Utility/Manual)
1.2 Features
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Compatible with IEEE 802.11g high rate standard to provide wireless
transmission speeds of up to 54Mbps data rate
Maximum reliability, throughput and connectivity with automatic data rate
switching
Supports wireless security WPA2, WPA, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, and 64/128-bit
WEP
Integrated microstrip dual diversity antenna for the multi-path environment
Drivers support Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7
Simple user setup & diagnostics utilities
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2. Installation
2.1 Install Driver & Utility
This section provides instructions on how to install the Wireless PCI Adapter. The
driver is installed along with the utility.
Step 2.1 SWITCH THE COMPUTER OFF, remove the cover and insert the wireless
PCI adapter into an available PCI slot of your computer.
Step 2.2 Fasten the antenna to the antenna connector on the wireless PCI adapter.
Replace the cover of your computer.
Step 2.3 Switch on the computer.
Step 2.4 Click Cancel when you see the Found New Hardware Wizard.
Windows XP/2000 Users:
Windows 7/Vista Users: After turning on the computer, Windows will install its built in
drivers for this card. A window will pop up telling you that the driver was installed
successfully. Once you see this message, continue to Step 1.5.
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Step 2.5 Insert the CD into the CD drive. The Autorun screen will pop up.
Windows 7 Users: Select Install Driver (Windows 7) from the menu.
Windows Vista/XP/2000 Users: Select Install Utility and Driver (Windows
Vista/XP/2K) from the menu.
Note: If the Autorun screen doesn’t appear automatically, go to Start, Run, and type
D:\Utility\Setup.exe (where D is the letter of your CD drive) and click OK.
Windows Vista Users: At this point, you may get a warning message like the one
below. Make sure that you click Continue to continue with the installation.
Step 2.6 Click Next at the welcome screen.
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Step 2.7 Click Install to start installing the driver/utility.
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Step 2.8 Windows 2000/XP Users: Click Continue Anyway at the Windows Logo
Screen. (For Windows 2000, click Yes at the Digital Signature Not Found prompt).
Please wait when Windows is installing the driver for Airlink101 802.11g Wireless Adapter
and the utility, Airlink101 Wireless LAN Monitor.
Step 2.9 Click Finish to complete the installation.
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Step 2.10 Select Yes, I will restart my computer now. Click Finish to reboot the
computer.
The driver and utility have been installed. Please continue to next chapter.
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3. Connect to Wireless Network
For Windows 7 Users:
You will need to use the utility built in Windows 7 to manage this wireless PCI adapter.
Currently, Airlink101 Wireless LAN Monitor does not support Windows 7.
Step 3.1 Click on the wireless icon in the system tray at the bottom right-hand corner of
your screen. A list of available network will pop up. Select the one you want to connect
to and click Connect.
Step 3.2 Enter the network security key if the wireless network you are attempting to
connect to has wireless encryption enabled. Click OK. The connection will be
established then.
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For Windows Vista/XP/2000 Users:
Step 3.1 Open the Airlink101 802.11g Wireless LAN Monitor utility by double clicking on
the icon in the system tray at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
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Step 3.2 Click the Available Network tab of the Wireless LAN Monitor, select the
wireless network that you wish to connect to, and click Add to Profile.
If the network that you are attempting to connect does not have encryption enabled, you
will receive a warning about connecting to an unsecured network. Click OK to complete
the connection.
Step 3.3 Enter the wireless security key into the Network Key and Confirm Network
Key box if the network you are attempting to connect has wireless security enabled.
Click OK.
The wireless adapter will automatically detect the type of Network Authentication and
the Data encryption, so you can keep these settings unchanged.
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Step 3.4 The connection should be now established. Under General tab, you can
check the status of wireless connectivity. Verify that IP Address, Subnet Mask and
Gateway have valid numbers assigned to them (instead of all 0’s). The Status should
be Associated, and there should be green bars next to Signal Strength and Link Quality.
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Congratulations! You have now connected to the wireless network successfully.
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4. Configure Wireless LAN Monitor
This section describes the various functions of the 802.11g Wireless LAN Monitor that
you can configure, including the settings of wireless encryption.
4.1 General
The General tab provides you with the status of the current connection, including signal,
network name (SSID) and IP Address.
At the bottom, you have options for controlling the utility and adapter:
Show Tray Icon: Check this box to show or hide the utility icon on the task bar.
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Radio Off: Check/uncheck this box to turn off/on the wireless function of the adapter.
Disable Adapter: Check/uncheck this box to disable/enable the wireless adapter.
For Windows XP users, you will see a checkbox “Windows Zero Config” which can be
used to enable or disable the Windows XP’s built-in wireless utility, Windows Zero
Configuration. It is suggested NOT to check this box and use Airlink101 Wireless
Monitor that provides more advanced features to manage your wireless connection.
Windows Zero Config: Check/uncheck this box to disable/enable Airlink101 Wireless
Monitor.
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4.2 Profile Settings
The Profile tab lists the current profiles and allows you to add/remove/edit profiles.
The Available Profile(s) box lists all the profiles that you’ve created for your network. A
profile is automatically created and added to this list when you connect to a new
network. You can also manually add a profile.
→ To modify an existing profile, select the profile from the Available Profile(s) box
and click on Edit. The Profile box will appear allowing you to modify the settings for
this profile
→ To create a new profile, click on Add. The Profile box will appear allowing you to
specify the settings for your new profile.
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Enter the profile settings here, including Profile Name, SSID, Network Authentication,
Data Encryption and Network Key. Click OK to save the changes.
The section 4.7, Configuring Encryption will give you the information of how to set the
different options of the wireless network encryption settings.
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4.3 Available Network
The Available network tab lists all of the networks that the adapter detects in your area.
Clicking Refresh will refresh the list. To connect to a network, select a network from the
list and click Add to Profile.
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4.4 Status
The status section provides you with a list of information about the current status of the
adapter.
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4.5 Statistics
The Statistics section gives you information about transmit and receive packet count.
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4.6 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (Easy Setup Button)
The Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (Easy Setup Button) is a new and easy way to configure
the encryption for your wireless network clients. In order to use it, you need to have a
router that supports this feature, like the AR570W Airlink101 Wireless 150 Router. You
also need to configure the wireless encryption on the router; you should find the
instructions of how to configure it in the router’s user manual. If your wireless router
does not support this feature, you will need to set up the wireless security manually and
you can skip this section.
We are using the AWLH3028v2 and the AR570W Airlink101 Wireless 150 Router to
illustrate the following setup instructions.
Step 4.6.1 Open the Airlink101 802.11g Wireless LAN Monitor. Click the Wi-Fi Protect
Setup tab.
Choose your configuration method:
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- For Push Button method, click Push Button Config (PBC) button, continue to
Step 4.6.2
- For Pin Input Config method, click Pin Input Config (PIN) button, continue to
Step 4.6.3a
Step 4.6.2 When you see this window pops up,
within the following 2 minutes, push the Easy Setup Button (i.e. WPS button) on the
back of the router and release it right away.
The router will now start to synchronize the security settings with the wireless PCI
adapter. The connection will be built in few seconds.
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Step 4.6.3a If you choose the Pin Code method, click Yes when prompted with the
question “Do you want to select a specific AP?”.
Select the Access Point that you want to connect, and then click Select.
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Write down the PIN Code on a piece of paper.
(The following steps are different for each router. Please refer to the user’s manual of
your router for detailed instructions.)
Step 4.6.3b Log on to the router AR570W’s web configuration page from the
browser (i.e. Internet Explore or Mozilla Firefox) and click on Wireless. Then click
WPS.
Step 4.6.3c Make sure that the Enable WPS is NOT checked. Enter the Pin Code in
the Configure by Client PinCode box and click Start PIN.
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After a few moments both the router configuration screen and the adapter configuration
screen should show a message telling you that a connection is established.
Note: If you cannot connect successfully with WPS, you need to log in to your router’s
configuration and make sure the WPS feature is enabled.
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4.7 Configuring Encryption
This section describes the available encryption types and how to configure them. In most
cases, encryption type will be automatically detected by the wireless adapter; all you need
to do is to enter the Network key, as described in Section 3, Step 3.3.
If you are creating a custom profile, you need to manually configure the encryption
settings. The encryption settings you configure must match the settings on the AP or
wireless router you wish to connect to. Please follow the instructions below.
Open the Wireless LAN Monitor utility, click Profile tab and then click Add.
The available options of wireless network encryption settings are:
Disable: No encryption in use
WEP: The most popular but least secure form of encryption (Open System/Shared Key)
WPA/WPA2-PSK: The most secure and recommended level of encryption
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4.7.1 Configuring WEP encryption
Select WEP from the Data encryption box.
Under Network Authentication, select either Shared key or Open System,
depending on the router settings.
If your WEP key is 5 or 13-digit, alphanumeric :
• Check ASCII and enter your WEP key into the box next to Passphrase
If you use Passphrase to setup the WEP encryption for your router :
• Check PASSPHRASE and enter your key into box next to Passphrase.
If your WEP key is 10 or 26-digit, hexadecimal (0~9, A~F) :
• Key Index is the key of the router that is currently in use. Enter the network
security key that matches the one on the router to Network key and Confirm
network key boxes.
Click OK to save your settings.
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4.7.2 Configuring WPA/WPA2-PSK Encryption (for home users)
Select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK from the Network Authentication box.
Under Data encryption select either AES or TKIP depending on the settings for your
router.
Enter the encryption key that the router is using into the Network Key, Confirm
network key boxes.
Click OK to save your settings.
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4.7.3 Configuring WPA/WPA2 Encryption (for corporate networks)
Select WPA 802.1x / WPA2 802.1x from the Network Authentication box and click
OK.
The following window will pop up after few seconds.
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You can choose a network authentication method: Protected EAP or Smart Card or
other Certificate then click Settings to configure the advanced settings.
1) Choose Protected EAP then click on Settings to configure the advanced security
settings.
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Configure the advanced security settings for PEAP then click OK. Refer to your system
administrator for information about what settings you should enter here.
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2) Choose Smart Card or other Certificate then click on Settings to configure the
advanced security settings. Refer to your system administrator for information about
what settings you should enter here.
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4.8 Ad-hoc and Peer-to-Peer Wireless Networks
Ad-hoc networking is used when you want to connect two or more computers together
without going through a router.
In ad-hoc mode, you lose a lot of the features that come with a router. The
maximum connection speed drops to 11Mbps. In addition, WEP encryption is the
only security available in ad-hoc mode.
To set up ad-hoc mode, you will need to create a new profile.
Open the Wireless LAN Monitor.
Click on Profile and click on Add. The profile settings box will appear.
First change the network type to Adhoc, by checking the computer-to-computer
(ad-hoc) network.
Enter a network name (SSID) into the SSID box. Select your desired Channel.
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You can also choose between no security or WEP security. If you choose WEP security,
you can follow the instructions in the Configuring Encryption section of the manual.
Click OK to save the profile.
Select your new profile from the Available Profile(s) box, and double click to enable it.
You need to configure all other computers that you are planning on connecting to your
ad-hoc network with the same settings that you input on this screen. Every
computer has to be set up exactly the same. If any of the settings are different, the
network will not function.
Note: If you are having trouble connecting, slow connection, or connection is unstable,
you will want to try changing channels. Start with channel 1 and work your way up until
you find a channel that gives you the best connection. Each time you change the
channel, save the settings then reboot the computer. Also, make sure that you do this
on every ad-hoc machine so that they will all be set to the same channel.
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4.9 About
The About window provides the information about the Airlink101 802.11g Wireless LAN
Monitor Utility version and the current driver version.
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5 Troubleshooting
1. If you cannot open the Wireless LAN Monitor utility, make sure that the PCI adapter is
inserted firmly into the PCI slot.
2. If you cannot connect to the wireless router, you may want to double check the
wireless security settings on the router. The network key you entered in Step 3.3 must
match with the settings on the wireless router.
3. If you are experiencing problems with the connection such as low signal strength,
slow connection speed, or unstable wireless connection, you can try to tune your
router’s signal by changing the channels on the router and/or by adjusting the direction
of the antenna(s). You do not need to change the channel on the Adapter; it will
automatically pick up the new channel after you reboot the router. Your router has 11
different channels to choose from. Keep going through the channels until you find one
that gives you a stable connection. For instructions on changing channels, refer to the
documentation that comes with the router.
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Appendix A – Specifications
Frequency Band
• 2.4GHz ISM bandwidth
Transmission Rate
• 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48,
54Mbps (auto sense)
Standards
• IEEE 802.11g
• IEEE 802.11b
Transmitted Power
• 16 ~ 18dBm
Channel
• 11 Channels
System requirement
• Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
• Available PCI slot
Interface
• 32-bit PCI
Antenna type
• 2dBi dipole antenna
Security
• 64 / 128-bit WEP encryption
• WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
• 802.1x
Diagnostic LEDs
• Link
• Activity (TX/RX)
Dimensions
• 122 x 120 mm (L x W)
Operating Environment
• Temperature: 0ºC to 55ºC
• Humidity: Max. 95% noncondensing
Warranty
• Limited 1-year warranty
Safety Approvals
• FCC and CE
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Technical Support
E-mail: support@airlink101.com
Toll Free: 1-888-746-3238
Web Site: www.airlink101.com
*Theoretical maximum wireless signal rate based on IEEE standard 802.11g specifications. Actual data throughput
will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and
construction, mix of wireless products used, radio frequency interference (e.g., cordless telephones and microwaves)
as well as network overhead lower actual data throughput rate. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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