User`s manual | Airlink AWLH3025 Network Card User Manual

Model # AWLH3025
User’s Manual
Ver. 1A
REGULATORY STATEMENTS
FCC Certification
The United States Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and the
Canadian Department of Communications have established certain rules
governing the use of electronic equipment.
Part15, Class B
This device complies with Part 15 of FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
1) This device may not cause harmful interface, and
2) This device must accept any interface received, including interface that may
cause undesired operation. 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 off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
◗ Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
◗ Increase the distance between the equipment and receiver.
◗ Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
CAUTION:
1) To comply with FCC RF exposure compliance requirements, a separation
distance of at least 20 cm must be maintained between the antenna of this
device and all persons.
2)
This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with
any other antenna or transmitter.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION...................................................................................... 1
WIRELESS NETWORK OPTIONS ................................................................. 1
The Peer-to-Peer Network............................................................ 1
The Access Point Network ........................................................... 2
LED INDICATORS ..................................................................................... 3
Power Indicator: (Orange LED) ................................................... 3
Act Indicator: (Green LED) ......................................................... 3
INSTALLATION ....................................................................................... 4
INSTALL THE DRIVER & UTILITY .............................................................. 4
INSTALL THE DEVICE................................................................................. 7
Note for Windows 98 users:......................................................... 7
Note for Windows 2000 users:..................................................... 7
Note for Windows XP users:........................................................ 8
Verify Device Installation .......................................................... 10
CONFIGURATION................................................................................. 11
ACCESSING THE CONFIGURATION UTILITY ............................................. 11
MAIN TAB ............................................................................................... 12
ADVANCED TAB ..................................................................................... 16
PRIVACY TAB ......................................................................................... 16
STATISTICS TAB ...................................................................................... 20
ABOUT TAB ............................................................................................ 21
UNINSTALLATION ............................................................................... 22
INTRODUCTION
The 802.11g Wireless LAN Card is a device that allows you to connect
your computer to a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). A wireless
LAN allows your system to use wireless Radio Frequency (RF)
technology to transmit and receive data without having to physically
attach to the network. The wireless protocols that come with this product
ensure data security and isolation from interference generated by other
radio frequencies.
This card also allows you to take full advantage of your computer’s
mobility with access to real-time information and online services anytime
and anywhere. In addition, this device eliminates the hassle of pulling
cable through walls and under furniture. It even allows you to place your
system in locations where cabling is impossible. Modifying and
augmenting networks has never been so easy.
Wireless Network Options
The Peer-to-Peer Network (a.k.a. Ad-Hoc)
This network installation lets you set a small wireless workgroup easily
and quickly. Equipped with wireless PC Cards or wireless PCI cards,
you can share files and printers between each PC and laptop.
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You can also use one computer as an Internet Server to connect to a wired
global network and share files and information with other computers via a
wireless LAN.
The Access Point Network (a.k.a. Infrastructure)
The network installation allows you to share files, printers, and Internet
access much more conveniently. With the Wireless LAN Card, you can
connect wirelessly to a wired global network via an access point or
wireless router.
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LED Indicators For Wireless Network Adapter Card
Power Indicator: (Green LED)
This LED will illuminate when the driver is installed.
Act Indicator: (Green LED)
This LED flickers when
transmitting/receiving data.
the
Wireless
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Network
Adapter
is
INSTALLATION
Caution: Be sure to power off your computer before inserting the PCI
adapter.
Install the Driver & Utility
Step 1 Insert the PCI adapter into an available PCI slot and turn on your
computer.
Step 2 Windows will detect the adapter and request for a driver. Click
Cancel to quit the wizard and insert the Driver & Utility CD into your CD
drive.
Step 3 Select Install Driver & Utility from the setup menu.
Note: If the setup menu does not appear automatically, click Start, Run,
type D:\Setup.exe (where D is the letter of your CD drive) and click OK.
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Step 4 When the welcome screen appears, click Next.
Step 5 Click Next to accept the default destination folder to install the
software or click Browse to manually select a different destination folder.
Step 6 Click Next at the Select Program Folder screen.
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Step 7 Remove the Driver & Utility CD from your CD drive and then
click OK to restart your computer.
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Install the device
Note: Make sure the procedures in “Install the Driver & Utility” have
been performed. In most cases, Windows will automatically install the
driver after the computer is restarted, if the Found New Hardware
Wizard appears, follow the steps below.
Note for Windows 98 & ME users:
Before installing the device, make sure you have your Windows 98 or
ME CD at hand. You may be asked to insert the Windows 98 or ME CD
in order to install specific files.
Note for Windows 2000 users:
During the installation, when the “Digital Signature Not Found”
screen appears, click “Yes” to continue.
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Note for Windows XP users:
1. Select Install the software automatically (Recommended) and click
Next.
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3. Click Continue Anyway at the Windows Logo testing screen.
4. Click Finish to complete the installation.
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Verify Device Installation
To verify that the driver has been properly installed in your computer, go
to Start Æ Settings Æ Control Panel Æ System (Æ Hardware) Æ
Device Manager. Expand the Network adapters item. If the 802.11g
Wireless Wireless Network Adapter PC Card is listed, it means that
your device is properly installed and enabled.
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CONFIGURATION
After successfully installing the driver and utility, a Utility Icon will
appear on the desktop.
If the Utility Icon doesn’t appear automatically, go to Start Æ (All)
Programs Æ WlanUtility Æ Wireless LAN Utility.
Accessing the Configuration Utility
The Configuration Utility is accessed by double-clicking on the Wireless
LAN Utility Icon on the Desktop.
All settings are categorized into 5 Tabs:
Main Tab
Advanced Tab
Privacy Tab
Statistics Tab
About Tab
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Main Tab
The Main tab displays the current status of the Wireless Network Adapter.
Item
Description
External
Configuration
Uncheck the box to use this utility to configure
the wireless network adapter. Or check the box
to use Windows XP’s Wireless Zero
Configuration Utility.
The SSID is the Network ID shared among all
devices in your wireless network.
The name must be identical for all devices to
connect to the same network.
No encryption
SSID
Encryption enabled
For TI-Based WLAN
For TI-Based WLAN with encryption
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Item
Description
Mode
Displays the type of connection: Access Point or
Peer-to-Peer.
Displays the channel that is currently in use.
Ch
Signal
BBS ID
Displays the signal strength of the connection
between the Wireless Network Adapter and the
Access Point it connects to.
Displays the MAC address of the target device.
Current Configuration
Pref. SSID
Shows the current SSID the wireless network
adapter is connected to.
BSS Type
Shows the current connection type: Access
Point or Peer to Peer.
BSSID
The MAC address of the device that the
wireless network adapter is connected to.
Channel
Shows the current channel.
Tx Rate
Shows the current transfer rate.
Signal Quality
Shows the signal strength of the connection
between the wireless network adapter and the
device it connects to.
Connect button
Highlight one of the devices from the device
list and press the Connect button to access it.
There will be two tabs for you to modify, see
the detailed information on next page.
Searches all available networks. Clicking on
this button, the wireless adapter will start to
rescan and list all available devices.
Modify button
Rescan button
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Preferred
SSID
BSS Type
Tx Rate
Channel
Power Mode
Type in the SSID of the target device you want to connect to.
You can select the connection type: Peer-to-Peer, Access Point or
Auto Mode.
You can select the data rate or set to auto mode from the pull-down
menu.
Select the channel you want to use.
No Power Save:the adapter will be in full active mode.
Max Power Save:the power save mode will be enabled.
Select to disable or enable the TI-Based 4x function.
4x Config
Tx
Power Select the transmit power level: Low Power, Medium-Low Power,
Medium Power, Medium-High Power, High Power. The power
Level
level function is used to extend the communication distance.
Select from 802.11b, 802.11b+, 802.11g, or B&G Mode (If you
Mode
choose this option the wireless network adapter will automatically
select the suitable standard).
Profile
Enter the profile name and click the Save button to save your
configuration, To open the profiles you saved, select the profile
from the pull-down menu and then click the Load button.
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Fragment Threshold
RTS Threshold
Preamble
Retry limits
You can fragment the MSDU or MMPDU into
smaller sizes to increasing the reliability of frame
transmission. (The maximum value of 4096 means
no fragmentation is needed). The throughput
performance will decrease however.
This value should remain at its default setting of
4096. Should you encounter inconsistent data
flow, only minor modification of this value is
recommended.
A preamble is a signal used in wireless environment
to synchronize the transmission timing, including
Synchronization and Start frame delimiter. (Note: If
you want to change the Preamble type to Long or
Short, please check the settings of your access point
or wireless router.
You can set the number of retries if no
acknowledgement appears from the receiving
station.
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Advanced Tab
The Advanced tab displays the current status of the Wireless Network
Adapter.
Privacy Tab
Use the Privacy Tab to configure your encryption settings. WEP
encryption or WPA-PSK can be used to ensure the security of your
wireless network. Highlight WEP and click on the Configure button.
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Privacy Mode
Choose either WEP or WPA mode and click
Configure: (Note: CCX is not available for this
adapter).
WEP is a data security mechanism based on a 40
Bit (a.k.a. 64 Bit)/128 Bit/256 Bit shared key
algorithm.
WPA is more secure than WEP, and should be
used if possible.
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WEP
Configuration
Authentication
Encryption 1-4
The authentication type defines ID verification and
access privileges of roaming wireless network
cards.
You may choose from Open System, Shared Key,
or Auto Switch.
Open System: If your access point/wireless router
is using "Open System" authentication, then the
wireless adapter will need to be set to the same
authentication type.
Shared Key: Shared Key is when both the sender
and the recipient share a secret key.
Auto Switch: Select Auto Switch for the adapter
to
automatically
select
the
appropriate
authentication mode.
WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption can
be used to ensure the security of your wireless
network. Select one Key and Key Size then enter
the appropriate key value in the Encryption field.
Note: You must use the same Key #, Key Size, and
Encryption Key on both the host and destination
devices in order to establish a connection.
KEY1 ~ KEY 4:You can specify up to 4 different
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Key size
keys, but only one can be used at a time.
Encryption:Enter the key value in this field.
A key of 10 hexadecimal characters (0-9, A-F) is
required if a 40-bit (a.k.a. 64-bit) Key Size is
selected.
A key of 26 hexadecimal characters (0-9, A-F) is
required if a 128-bit Key Size is selected.
A key of 58 hexadecimal characters (0-9, A-F) is
required if a 256-bit Key Size is selected.
Select from 40-bit (a.k.a. 64-bit), 128-bit or
256-bit.
WPA-PSK Configuration
If your wireless router/access point supports WPA, you can choose to enable
WPA.
1. Select WPA from the Privacy tab, highlight Preshared Key and click Configure.
2. Click on the Passphrase field and enter a passphrase for the WPA key. (Note:
minimum passphrase key must be 8 characters and must match the WPA key on
your wireless router/access point).
3. You can check on the Unmask check box to see the passphrase you’ve entered.
4. Click OK to submit the passphrase.
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Statistics Tab
The Statistics Tab displays any available statistics including Receive
packets, Transmit packets, Association reject packets, Association
timeout packets, Authentication reject packets, and Authentication
timeout packets.
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About Tab
Click on the About tab to view basic version information about the OS Version,
Utility Version, Driver Version, Firmware Version and EEPROM Version.
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UNINSTALLATION
If you need to uninstall the driver and utility, follow the steps below.
(When you uninstall the utility, the driver will be uninstalled as well.)
1. Go to Start Æ (All) Programs Æ WlanUtility Æ Uninstall Wireless
LAN Utility.
2. Click OK to continue.
3. Select Yes, I want to restart my computer now, and then click
Finish to complete the uninstalled procedure.
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Appendix
Technical Support
E-mail: support@airlinkplus.com
Toll Free: 1-888-746-3238
Web Site: www.airlinkplus.com
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