Airlink101 AWLH6090 Network Card User Manual

Wireless 300N PCI Adapter
Model # AWLH6090
User’s Manual
Rev. 1.0
Table of Contents
1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 3
1.1 Package Contents ................................................................................................. 3
1.2 Features ................................................................................................................ 3
2. Installation ................................................................................................................... 4
3. Configuring the Adapter ............................................................................................ 13
4. Wireless Monitor........................................................................................................ 18
4.1 Wireless Information ............................................................................................ 18
4.2 AP List ................................................................................................................. 19
4.3 Profile Settings..................................................................................................... 20
4.4 Configuring Encryption ........................................................................................ 22
4.5 Ad-hoc and Peer-to-Peer Wireless Networks ...................................................... 28
4.6 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) .............................................................................. 31
4.7 About ................................................................................................................... 36
Appendix A – Features.................................................................................................. 37
Appendix B – Information .............................................................................................. 38
Industry Canada Statement........................................................................................... 39
Technical Support ......................................................................................................... 40
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1. Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the Airlink101® Wireless 300N PCI Adapter. Its
high bandwidth combined with extended wireless coverage delivers fast and reliable
connection for all of your networking applications when used with other Airlink101®
Wireless 300N products.
A full range of security features such as WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK provide the
highest level of wireless network security. The bundled Wireless Utility allows you to set
up the adapter with an easy-to-use user interface. Best of all the Wireless 300N PCI
Adapter works with 802.11g and 802.11b network devices ensuring compatibility with
your existing wireless products.
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 300N PCI Adapter
Antenna
Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD (Driver/Utility/Manual)
1.2 Features
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Industry’s highest wireless data rate of up to 300Mbps with IEEE 802.11n draft
specification 2.0
External 3 dipole antennas for wider coverage and continuous connectivity
eliminates dead spots
64-bit/128-bit WEP encryption, Pre-shared Key (PSK), and Wi-Fi Protected
Access (WPA2 and WPA) support provide full protection for your wireless
connection
Higher data rate increases the reliability and stability of wireless connections
Great for environments with higher wireless data traffic requirements
Fully backward-compatible with 802.11b/g devices
Works best with AirLink101® Wireless 300N products
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2. Installation
This section provides instructions on how to install the Wireless 300N PCI Adapter.
The driver is installed along with the utility.
Step 1 Insert the PCI adapter into an available PCI slot, connect the antenna cables
firmly to the PCI adapter, and turn on your computer.
Step 2 After turning on the computer, Windows will launch the Found New Hardware
Wizard. The Found New Hardware Wizard appears differently depending on your
operating system. Click Cancel to quit the wizard and insert the Installation CD into your
CD drive.
Step 3 The Autorun screen will pop up. Select Install Utility and Driver from the menu.
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Note: If the Autorun screen doesn’t appear automatically, or if you get a blank white
screen, 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 Allow to continue with the installation.
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Step 4 Click Next at the welcome screen.
Step 5 Click Next to accept the default destination folder.
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Step 6 Click Continue Anyway at the Windows Logo Screen. (For Windows 2000, click
Yes at the Digital Signature Not Found prompt).
For Windows Vista, click the Install this driver software anyway button when the
security warning appears.
Step 7 Click Yes, I want to restart my computer now and then Finish to restart your
computer.
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Step 8 After the computer is restarted, Windows will ask to connect to Windows
Update, select No, not this time and click Next. If this screen does not appear, you can
skip to section 2.2.
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Step 9 Select Install the software automatically and click Next.
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Step 10 Click Continue Anyway at the Windows Logo Screen.
(For Windows 2000, click Yes at the Digital Signature Not Found prompt).
For Windows Vista, click the Install this driver software anyway button when the
security warning appears.
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Step 11 Click Finish.
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3. Configuring the Adapter
This section describes how to connect your wireless adapter to a wireless network.
Note to Windows XP Users:
You must disable the Wireless Zero Configuration Utility in order to use the bundled
Wireless Utility. Please follow the steps below to disable XP’s wireless utility. Windows
Vista users can skip the following instructions and go to Step 1
Double-click on the Wireless Network Connection Icon in the system tray and then
click on Properties or Advanced.
When the new wireless network connection properties window appears, go to the
Wireless Networks tab, uncheck the “Use Windows to configure my wireless
network settings” check box and click OK.
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Step 1 To open the utility, double click on the Wireless Monitor icon in the system tray
at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
Step 2 Go to the AP List tab, select the SSID (Network Name) of the wireless network
you wish to connect to, and click Connect.
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If the network you are attempting to connect to is configured for encryption, you will see
an orange lock icon next to the network.
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When you click on it and click connect, a box will pop up requesting the wireless
encryption key for the router. Enter the encryption key into the box and click OK.
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Step 3 You should now be connected. You should see “Connected” in the top, right
hand corner, and there will be a blue circle around the antenna icon next to the network
name.
Troubleshooting: If you are experiencing problems with the connection (unable to
connect, low signal strength, slow connection speed, not working, unstable wireless
connection) you will want to tune your router’s signal by changing channels on the
router.
You do not need to change the channel on the card, it will automatically pick up the new
channel after you reboot. The only channel that you need to change is the router’s
channel.
Your router has 11 different channels to choose from. Start with channel 1 and work
your way up. Each time you change the channel on the router, make sure that you
restart the wireless computer before trying to connect again. 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 came with your
router.
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4. Wireless Monitor
This section describes the various functions of the Wireless Monitor that you can
configure, including the settings of wireless encryption.
4.1 Wireless Information
The Wireless Information box at the top of the window provides you with the status of
the current connection, including signal, network name (SSID), IP Address and router
channel.
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4.2 AP List
The AP List tab displays all the available wireless networks detected by the Wireless
Adapter. Simply select the wireless network you wish to connect to and click Connect.
If you have created multiple profiles, you can use the profile chooser at the bottom to
select the specific profile you want to use. Then click Activate to enable that profile.
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4.3 Profile Settings
This section provides instructions on using the Profile Settings section of the wireless
monitor.
The My Wireless Networks box lists the different profiles you’ve created for the
different networks that you use. Profiles are automatically created and added to this list
when you connect to new networks. You can also manually add profiles.
To modify an existing profile, select that profile from the My Wireless Networks box
and click on modify.
To create a new profile, click on New.
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The Profile Settings box will appear allowing you to specify the settings for your new
profile or change settings for your existing profile.
Once you are finished entering the settings, click OK to save the changes.
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4.4 Configuring Encryption
This section describes the different types of encryption available and how to configure
them. In most cases, encryption will be automatically configured and all that will need to
be entered is the key, as described in Section 3 Step 2. The only time you will need to
manually configure the encryption settings is if you are creating a custom profile.
Click on Profile Settings then New.
The profile settings box will appear. This is where you will change your encryption
settings. As you can see you have five different options to choose from.
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These three are meant for the home user:
None: No encryption in use
WEP: The most popular but least secure form of encryption
WPA/WPA2-PSK: The most secure and recommended level of encryption
The remaining two are for use in a corporate environment that utilizes authentication
servers. If you do not know if you have an authentication server, you probably don’t and
will want to stick with the three options above.
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Configuring WEP encryption
Select WEP from the Set Security Option box.
Under Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), you will want to select Shared or Open,
depending on the router settings.
In the Key box, you will want to type in the encryption key for the router. If you check
the Show text in the password field box, your key will appear in the box as you are
typing it instead of showing only asterisks. This is helpful as it allows you to double
check the key before saving the changes.
Key Length will also be predetermined by the router. Refer to your routers settings to
find out what you should select here.
Key Index is the key on the router that is currently in use. Refer to your routers settings
to find out what you should choose.
Once you are done, click OK to save your settings.
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Configuring WPA/WPA2-PSK Encryption (for home users)
Select WPA/WPA2-PSK from the Set Security Option box.
Under Passphrase Settings select either TKIP or AES depending on the settings for
your router.
Enter the encryption key into the KEY box.
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Configuring WPA/WPA2 Encryption (for corporate networks)
Select WPA/WPA2 from the Set Security Option box.
Under Advanced Security Settings select either TKIP or AES depending on the
settings for your router.
Click on Advanced Config to enter your authentication settings.
The adapter supports EAP-TLS, LEAP, EAP-TTLS, and PEAP authentication methods.
Refer to your system administrator for information about what settings you should enter
here.
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Configuring 802.1x authentication (for corporate networks)
Select 802.1x from the Set Security Option box.
Click on Advanced Config to enter your authentication settings.
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The adapter supports EAP-TLS, LEAP, EAP-TTLS, and PEAP authentication methods.
Refer to your system administrator for information about what settings you should enter
here.
4.5 Ad-hoc and Peer-to-Peer Wireless Networks
Ad-hoc networking is used when you want to connect two or more computers together
but you don’t have a router.
In ad-hoc mode, you lose a lot of the features that come with a router. The maximum
connection speed drops significantly to 11Mbps. 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.
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Open the Wireless Monitor.
Click on Profile Setting, then click on New.
The profile settings box will appear.
First change the network type to Adhoc. (Infrastructure is for when you are using a
router).
Enter a profile name into the Profile Name box so that you can identify the profile.
Type in a network name (SSID) into the SSID box
Select your desired Channel
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.
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Once that is done, click on the AP List.
Select your new profile from the profile chooser and click Activate to enable the profile.
You will 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.
Troubleshooting: If you are having trouble connecting, if the connection is slow, or if it
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 a stable 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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4.6 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) is a new and easy way to configure the encryption for
your wireless network clients to connect to your router. If your wireless router does not
support WPS feature or it is disabled on your router (WPS is disabled when you use
WEP as the wireless encryption), you will need to set up the wireless security manually
and you can skip this section.
In the instructions below, we are going to use the utility, Wireless Monitor that comes
with the Airlink101 Wireless 300N adapters and the AR690W Airlink101 Wireless 300N
router as the example.
Step 1 Go to the computer with the Wireless 300N adapter and open the Airlink101
Wireless Monitor. Click on the WPS Connect button.
Step 2 Choose your configuration method, either Push Button or Pin Code and click
Next.
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Step 3a If you choose the Push Button method, make sure that you click on the Wi-Fi
Protected Setup button.
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Step 3b Push the WPS button on the router, and the blue LED will start blinking. The
router will now start the handshake with the wireless adapter, then the connection will
be built up in couple minutes.
Step 4a If you choose the Pin Code method, write down the PIN and click Next.
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Step 4b Log in to your router’s configuration page from the web browser and click on
Wireless. Then click Wireless security. Make sure that the Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Enable box is checked. Click the Add Wireless Device Wizard button.
Step 4c Enter the Pin Code in the Pin Number box and click Connect.
After a few moments both the router configuration screen and the adapter configuration
screen should show a message telling you that you are connected.
Step 4d Click Continue on the router configuration screen.
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Step 5 Click Finish on the WPS Connection screen.
Note: If you cannot connect successfully with WPS, you need to log in to your router’s
configuration and click on Wireless. Then click Wireless security. Make sure that the
Wi-Fi Protected Setup Enable box is checked.
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4.7 About
The About tab shows the Utility, Driver versions, and the MAC address of the adapter.
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Appendix A – Features
System Requirements
• 150 MHz processor or better
• 64 MB RAM
• Available PCI slot
Frequency Band
• 2.4~2.5 GHz
Standards
• IEEE 802.11b / 802.11g
• 802.11n draft 2.0
LEDs
• Activity
• Power
Interface
• PCI
OS Compatibility
• Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Antenna type
• 3 external 2dBi antenna
Dimensions
• 234 x 122 x 23 mm (L x W)
Security
• WPA-PSK (TKIP)
• WPA2-PSK (AES)
Temperature
• Operating: 0ºC to 55ºC
• Storage: -20ºC to 75ºC
Transmitted Power
• 802.11b: 17 dBm
• 802.11g: 14 dBm
• Draft 11n: 14 dBm
Humidity
• Operating: 10% to 80% NonCondensing
• Storage: 5% to 90% NonCondensing
Data Rate
• Transmitting: Up to 300Mbps*
• Receiving: Up to 300Mbps*
Warranty
• Limited 1-year warranty
Safety Approvals
• FCC, CE, IC
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Appendix B – Information
Federal Communication Commission Interference Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that
to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
This device 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.
FCC Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate this equipment.
IEEE 802.11b or 802.11g operation of this product in the U.S.A. is firmware-limited to
channels 1 through 11.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
FCC Radiation Exposure Statement:
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance
20cm between the radiator & your body.
This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other
antenna or transmitter.
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Industry Canada Statement
This device complies with RSS-210 of the Industry Canada Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions:
1) this device may not cause interference and
2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device
This device has been designed to operate with an antenna having a maximum gain of
2dBi.
Antenna having a higher gain is strictly prohibited per regulations of Industry Canada.
The required antenna impedance is 50 ohms.
To reduce potential radio interference to other users, the antenna type and its gain
should be so chosen that the EIRP is not more than required for successful
communication.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
IC Radiation Exposure Statement:
This equipment complies with IC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance
20cm between the radiator & your body.
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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 derived from IEEE 802.11g standard and IEEE 802.11n draft specification version 2.0.
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. All products and
trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright ©2008 AirLink101®
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