User`s manual | Airlink101 AWLL6077 Network Card User Manual

Wireless N USB Adapter
Model # AWLL6077
User’s Manual
Rev. 1.0
Table of Contents
1. Introduction ..............................................................................................................................2
1.1 Package Contents................................................................................................................2
1.2 Features...............................................................................................................................2
2. Installation ................................................................................................................................3
3. Configuring the Adapter...........................................................................................................7
4. Wireless Monitor ....................................................................................................................13
4.1 General..............................................................................................................................13
4.2 Profile Settings .................................................................................................................14
4.3 Available Network............................................................................................................16
4.4 Status ................................................................................................................................17
4.5 Statistics............................................................................................................................18
4.6 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)...........................................................................................19
4.7 Configuring Encryption....................................................................................................24
4.8 Ad-hoc and Peer-to-Peer Wireless Networks...................................................................29
4.9 About ................................................................................................................................31
Appendix A - Specification ........................................................................................................32
Technical Support.......................................................................................................................33
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1. Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the Wireless N USB Adapter. Its high bandwidth
combined with extended wireless coverage delivers fast and reliable connection for all
of your networking applications. The adaptor will yield a higher throughput is it is used
with other Airlink101® Wireless 300N and Wireless N products.
A full range of security features such as WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK will provide
you 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. The Wireless N USB
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 N USB Adapter
USB Cable
Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD (Driver/Utility/Manual)
1.2 Features
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Industry’s highest wireless data rate with IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard
WPS button for easy connection to the existing wireless network
WPA2, WPA, and WEP enhanced security to provide a full protection for your
wireless connection
Higher data rate to increase the reliability and stability of wireless connection
Great for environments that need higher wireless data traffic
Fully backward compatible with 802.11b/g
RoHS compliant
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2. Installation
This section provides instructions on how to install the Wireless N USB Adapter. The
driver is installed along with the utility.
Step 2.1 Insert the USB adapter into an available USB port of the computer.
Step 2.2
Windows 2000/XP Users: Windows will launch the Found New Hardware Wizard.
The Found New Hardware Wizard appears differently depending on your computer
operating system. Click Cancel to quit the wizard and insert the Installation CD into
your CD drive. Continue to Step 2.3.
Windows Vista Users: Windows will install its built in drivers for this adapter.
Give permission to Windows to install the device driver software. After you see the
Windows message telling you that the driver was installed successfully, insert the
installation CD into the CD drive.
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Step 2.3 The Autorun screen will pop up. Select Install Utility and Driver from the
menu.
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: When you get a warning message make sure you click Allow
to give permission to continue with the installation of the driver software.
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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
Give Permission to Window to install the driver software
For Windows XP 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.
Windows will give you a message popup telling you it is installing the AirLink 101
Wireless device driver and the Airlink 101 Wireless Monitor.
Step 2.7 Click Finish to complete the installation.
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3. Configuring the Adapter
This section describes how to connect your wireless adapter to a wireless network.
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.
Windows Vista will show:
Skip the following steps. Continue to Step 3.1.
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Windows XP will show:
The Airlink101 Wireless Monitor of Windows XP gives you an option to Start or Stop
the Wireless Zero Configuration. It is not recommended to check this Windows Zero
Config box, if it is checked, you will be using the XP’s wireless utility instead of the
Airlink101 Wireless Monitor utility to monitor the connection.
Step 3.1
The Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) 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 the WPS feature. If your router doesn’t support WPS, continue to
Step 3.2.
1. Push the WPS button of the Adaptor.
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The ‘Wi-Fi Protected Setup – PBC method’ window will popup to acknowledge you
the Adapter is starting to establish a connection.
2. Push the WPS button of the Router. The picture shows Airlink101 AR670W router.
3. The router will now start the handshake with the wireless adapter. The
connection will be established in 2 minutes. Continue to Step 3.4.
If the connection is not able to establish, continue to Step 3.2.
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Step 3.2 Click the Available Network tab, select the SSID (Network Name) of the
wireless network 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 3.3.
If the network that you are attempting to connect is configured for encryption, the
Wireless Network Properties window will appear:
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The Adapter may automatically detect the Network Authentication and the Data
encryption. You need to enter the security settings in the appropriate boxes according
to the settings of the router and then click OK to connect.
If you need information regarding the encryption settings, please refer to Section 4.7,
Configuring Encryption of this manual.
Step 3.3 The connection is now established. Click on the Utility icon to check the
status of your connection. The Status should say Associated, and there will be green
bars next to Signal Strength and Link Quality.
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Troubleshooting
If you are experiencing problems with the connection (unable to connect, low signal
strength, slow connection speed, not working, unstable wireless connection) you may
want 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.
The 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 computer of the router 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 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 allows you to show or hide the tray icon for the utility.
Radio Off disables the wireless function of the adapter.
Disable Adapter will completely disable the wireless adapter.
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4.2 Profile Settings
The Profile tab lists the current profiles and allows you to create new profiles.
The Available Profile(s) box lists all the profiles that you’ve created for your network.
Profiles are automatically created and added to this list when you connect to new
networks. You can also manually add the profiles.
To modify an existing profile, select the profile from the Available Profile(s) box
and click on Edit.
To create a new profile, click on Add.
The Profile box will appear allowing you to specify the settings for your new profile or
to change settings for your existing profile.
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Enter a Profile Name and SSID. Enter the encryption settings for the profile. Click
OK to save the changes.
The Configuring Encryption section (section 4.7) 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 (WPS)
The Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) 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 AR670W Airlink101 Wireless N Router. You
also need to configure the wireless encryption on the router; you should find the
instructions for configuring it in the router User Manual. If your wireless router does not
support WPS, you will need to set up the wireless security manually and you can skip
this section.
We are using the AWLL6077 Adapter and the AR670W Airlink101 Wireless N 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) tab, continue to
Step 4.6.2a
- For Pin Input Config method, click Pin Input Config (PIN) tab., continue to
Step 4.6.3a
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Step 4.6.2a If you choose the Push Button method; click the Push Button Config
(PBC) tab.
Step 4.6.2b Push the WPS button on the router, and the blue LED of AR670W will
start blinking. The router will now start the handshake with wireless adapter. The
connection will be built up in couple minutes.
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Step 4.6.3a If you choose the Pin Code method, write down the PIN and click Yes.
Select the Access Point that you want to connect, and then click Select.
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Step 4.6.3b Log on 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 4.6.3c Enter the Pin Code in the Pin Number box and click Connect.
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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.
Step 4.6.3d Click Continue on the router configuration 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, refer to Step 4.6.3b.
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4.7 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 you need is to
enter the Network key, as described in Section 3, Step3.2. If you are creating a custom
profile, you need manually configure the encryption settings.
Open the Wireless Monitor utility, click Profile tab and then click Add.
The different options of wireless network encryption settings are:
Disable: 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
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4.7.1 Configuring WEP encryption
Select WEP from the Data encryption box.
Under Network Authentication, you will want to select Shared key or Open
System, depending on the router settings.
Select the encryption setting according to the setting of the router.
• ASCII or PASSPHRASE will also be predetermined by the router. Refer to
your routers settings to find out what you should select here.
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• Key Index is the key on the router that is currently in use. Input the Network
key that matches the Network key of the router.
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 box.
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.
Under Data encryption select either TKIP or AES depending on the settings for the
router.
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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 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 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
(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.
Troubleshooting: 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,
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make sure that you do this on every ad-hoc machine so that they will all be set to the
same channel.
4.9 About
The About window provides the information about the Wireless Monitor Utility version
and the current driver version.
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Appendix A - Specification
Frequency Band
• 2.4Ghz
System requirement
• Windows 2000, XP and Vista
• Available USB slot
Standards
• IEEE 802.11b / 802.11g
• IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0
Weight
• 18g
Interface
• USB 2.0
Dimensions
• 81 x 23 x 10.5mm (L x W x H)
Data Rate
• Downlink: 300Mbps
• Uplink: 150Mbps
Temperature
• Operating: 0ºC to 55ºC
• Storage: -20ºC to 70ºC
Antenna type
• Built-in 2 print antennas
Humidity
• Operating: 10% to 80% NonCondensing
• Storage: 5% to 90% NonCondensing
Security
• WPA2/WPA-PSK (AES)
• TKIP and WEP support
802.11b/g mode only
LED
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Link/Power
Warranty
• Limited 1-year warranty
Safety Approvals
• FCC, CE, IC
QoS
• WMM
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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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