Airlink101 AWLL5077 Network Card User Manual

Golden 150 Wireless Mini USB Adapter
Model # AWLL5077
User’s Manual
Rev. 1.0
Table of Contents
1. Introduction.....................................................................................................................................2
1.1 Package Contents ......................................................................................................................2
1.2 Features .....................................................................................................................................2
2. Install Wireless USB Adapter.........................................................................................................3
3. Connect to Wireless Network .........................................................................................................9
4. Wireless 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
5. Troubleshooting ............................................................................................................................36
6. Install Wireless USB Adapter for MAC OS .................................................................................37
6.1 Install Driver and Utility.........................................................................................................37
6.2 Connect to Wireless Network .................................................................................................43
Appendix A - Specification ..............................................................................................................48
Technical Support .............................................................................................................................49
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1. Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the Golden 150 Wireless Mini USB Adapter! Its high
bandwidth combined with great wireless coverage delivers fast and reliable connection for
all of your networking applications. The adapter will yield a higher throughput especially
when it is used with AR570W Airlink101® Wireless 150 Router.
A full range of security features WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK provide you the highest
level of wireless network security. The bundled wireless utility Airlink101 Wireless Monitor
allows you to set up the adapter with an easy-to-use user interface. The Golden 150
Wireless USB Adapter works with 802.11 b/g/n network devices to ensure 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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Golden 150 Wireless Mini USB Adapter
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Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD (Driver/Utility/Manual)
1.2 Features
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Highest wireless data rate of up to 150Mbps*, 3 times faster than 802.11g
WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK enhanced security to provide a full protection for your
wireless connection
Reliable and stable wireless connection with great coverage
Easy Setup Button for easy connection to the existing wireless network
Great for environments that need high wireless data traffic
Fully compatible with 802.11b/g/n
RoHS compliant
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2. Install Wireless USB Adapter
This section provides instructions on how to install the Golden 150 Wireless Mini USB
Adapter. The driver is installed along with the utility.
Step 2.1 Insert the USB adapter into an available USB port of your computer.
Step 2.2 Click Cancel when you see the Found New Hardware Wizard.
Windows XP/2000 Users:
Windows Vista Users:
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Step 2.3 Insert the Installation CD in the CD drive. 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 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: When you get warning message(s), make sure that you give
permission to continue with the installation of the driver software.
Step 2.4 The Airlink101 WLAN Monitor screen will popup. Click Next at the screen.
Step 2.5 Click Install to begin the installation.
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Step 2.6 For Windows XP, click on Continue Anyway.
For Windows Vista: click on Install this driver software anyway.
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Please wait when Windows is installing the driver for Airlink101 Wireless Adapter and the
utility, Airlink101 Wireless Monitor.
Step 2.7 Click Finish to complete the installation.
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Step 2.8 Select Yes, I want to restart my computer now. Click Finish to complete the
installation.
The driver and utility have been installed. Please continue to the next section.
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3. Connect to Wireless Network
This section describes how to connect your wireless USB adapter to a wireless network.
Step 3.1 Open the Airlink101 Wireless Monitor utility by double clicking on the Airlink101
Wireless Monitor Utility icon in the system tray at the bottom right-hand corner of your
screen.
Step 3.2
The Easy Setup Button (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) 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. If your router doesn’t support Easy Setup Button function (Wi-Fi
Protected Setup), continue to Step 3.3.
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1. Push the Easy Setup Button of the Adapter until you see the following window pops
up on the monitor.
This window pops up to acknowledge you the Adapter is starting to establish a
connection.
2. 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 picture below shows Airlink101
AR570W Wireless 150 Router.
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3. The router will now start the handshake with the wireless USB adapter. The
connection will be established in few seconds. Continue to Step 3.5.
If the connection is not able to establish, continue to Step 3.3.
Step 3.3 Click the Available Network tab of the Wireless 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. Go to Step 3.5.
Step 3.4 Enter the wireless security key into the Network Key, Confirm Network Key
boxes and click OK.
The Adapter will automatically detect the type of Network Authentication and the Data
encryption. It is suggested that you leave these settings unchanged.
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Step 3.5 The connection should be now established. Go to General tab to check the
status of the connection. 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 will be green bars next to Signal Strength and Link Quality.
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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 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
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To create a new profile, click on Add. The Profile box will appear allowing you to specify
the settings for your new profile.
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 Golden 150 Wireless Mini USB Adapter and the AR570W Airlink101
Wireless 150 Router to illustrate the following setup instructions.
Step 4.6.1 Open the Airlink101 Wireless Monitor. Click the Wi-Fi Protect Setup tab.
Choose your configuration method:
- For Push Button method, click Push Button Config (PBC) button, continue to Step
4.6.2
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- 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 USB
adapter. The connection will be built in few seconds.
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?”.
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Select the Access Point that you want to connect, and then click Select.
Write down the PIN Code on a piece of paper.
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(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 USB adapter; all you
need to do is to enter the Network key, as described in Section 3, Step 3.4.
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 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 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 (adhoc) 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 adhoc 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 Wireless Monitor Utility version and
the current driver version.
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5. Troubleshooting
1. If you cannot open the wireless monitor utility, make sure that the USB adapter is
inserted firmly into the USB port.
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 3.4 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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6. Install Wireless USB Adapter for MAC OS
This section provides instructions on how to install the Golden 150 Wireless Mini USB
Adapter. The driver is installed along with the utility.
6.1 Install Driver and Utility
Step 1 Insert the USB adapter into an available USB port of the computer. Insert the
provided CD into the CD drive.
Step 2 Explore the CD content, go to MAC > 10.4 or 10.5 (depends on your MAC OS
version). Double click on Installer.pkg to start installing the driver & utility.
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Step 3 Introduction: The “Install Airlink101 Wireless N USB Adapter” window will pop up.
Click Continue.
Step 4 Read Me: Click Continue to begin the installation.
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Step 5 License: Click Continue.
Click Agree to install.
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Step 6 Select a Destination: select a destination volume to install the software, and click
Continue.
Step 7 Installation Type: click Install to perform a standard installation.
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Enter your password and click OK.
Click Continue Installation.
Step 8 Install: Wait while the software is being installed.
Step 9 Finish Up: Click Restart to restart your computer.
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6.2 Connect to Wireless Network
This section describes how to connect the wireless USB adapter to a wireless network.
Step 1 Go to System Preferences > Network, select Network Port Configurations
from Show.
Step 2 Check the Ethernet Adaptor (Airlink101 Wireless USB Adapter) and uncheck
AirPort. Click Apply Now.
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Step 3 Open the Airlink101 Wireless Monitor utility by double clicking on its icon in the
system tray at the bottom of your screen.
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Airlink101 Wireless Monitor will display on your monitor.
Step 4 Click the Available Network tab, select the SSID (Network Name) of the
wireless network you wish to connect to, and click Add to Profile.
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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. Go to Step 6.
Step 5 Enter the network security key of your wireless router or AP into Network key and
Confirm network key boxes.
The Adapter may automatically detect the type of Network Authentication and Data
Encryption. You need to enter the security settings in the Network key, Confirm
network key boxes according to the settings of the wireless router or AP then click OK
to connect.
Step 6 The connection is now established. You can check the status of your connection
under “Link Status” tab. The Connection should be Connected, and there should be a
blue bar displaying the Signal Strength.
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You can refer to Chapter 4, Wireless Monitor for the instructions of configuring Airlink101
Wireless Monitor.
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Appendix A - Specification
Frequency Band
• 2.4Ghz
Standards
• IEEE 802.11b / 802.11g
Interface
• USB 2.0
Data Rate*
• Downlink: 150Mbps
• Uplink: 150Mbps
Antenna type
• Built-in 1 chip antennas
Security
• WPA2/WPA-PSK (TKIP, AES)
• WEP 64, 128-bit
• 802.1x (supported in Windows
only)
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System requirement
• Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000
• MAC OS 10.4, 10.5
• Available USB slot
Weight
• 6g
Dimensions
• 34 x 16 x 9mm (L x W x H)
Temperature
• Operating: 0ºC to 50ºC
• Storage: -20ºC to 70ºC
Humidity
• Operating: 10% to 80% NonCondensing
• Storage: 5% to 90% NonCondensing
Warranty
• Limited 1-year warranty
Link/Power
QoS
• WMM
Safety Approvals
• FCC, CE, IC
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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 standard 802.11g and draft 802.11n 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. This product is based on
IEEE draft 802.11n specification and is not guaranteed to be compatible with future versions of IEEE 802.11n
specification. Compatibility with draft 802.11n devices from other manufactures is not guaranteed.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Photo of product may not reflect actual content. All products and
trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright ©2009 Airlink101®
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