User`s manual | Airlink AWLL6080 Network Card User Manual

300N Draft 802.11n Wireless USB Adapter
Model # AWLL6080
User’s Manual
Rev. 1.1
Table of Contents
1. Introduction................................................................................................................................. 3
1.1 Package Contents .................................................................................................................. 3
1.2 Features ................................................................................................................................. 3
2. Installation................................................................................................................................... 4
2.1 Install Driver & Utility.......................................................................................................... 4
2.2 Verify Driver Installation.................................................................................................... 12
3. Configuring the Adapter ........................................................................................................... 14
4. Wireless Monitor ...................................................................................................................... 19
4.1 Wireless Information .......................................................................................................... 19
4.2 AP List ................................................................................................................................ 20
4.3 Profile Settings.................................................................................................................... 21
4.4 Configuring Encryption ...................................................................................................... 23
4.5 Ad-hoc and Peer-to-Peer Wireless Networks ..................................................................... 29
4.6 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)............................................................................................. 29
4.7 About................................................................................................................................... 38
Appendix A – Specifications ........................................................................................................ 40
Appendix B – Information ............................................................................................................ 41
Technical Support ......................................................................................................................... 43
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1. Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the 300N Draft 802.11n Wireless USB Adapter.
The 300N USB Adapter provides wireless data rate of up to 300 Mbps* when used with
other AirLink101® 300N wireless products. The high bandwidth combined with
extended wireless coverage delivers fast and reliable connection for all of your
networking applications.
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 300N 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 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 of up to 300 Mbps* with IEEE 802.11n draft
specification version 1.0.
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® 300N Wireless Router AR680W
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2. Installation
2.1 Install Driver & Utility
This section provides instructions on how to install the 300N Draft 802.11n Wireless
USB Adapter. The driver is installed along with the utility.
Step 1 Insert the USB adapter into an available USB port 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.
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Step 7 Click Yes, I want to restart my computer now and then Finish to restart your
computer.
Step 8 After the computer is restarted, Windows will ask to connect to Windows
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Update, select No, not this time and click Next. If this screen does not appear, you can
skip to section 2.2.
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).
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For Windows Vista, click the Install this driver software anyway button when the
security warning appears.
Step 11 Click Finish.
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2.2 Verify Driver Installation
To verify if the driver has been installed successfully, please perform the following steps.
Step 1 Right-click on My Computer from your desktop and select Properties.
Step 2 If you are using Windows XP/2000 select the Hardware tab, then click on
Device Manager.
If you are using Windows Vista, click on the device manager link on the left side of the
screen.
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Step 3 Expand Network adapters from the list and verify that AirLink101 300N
Wireless USB Adapter is listed and no yellow question mark is beside it.
If AirLink101 300N Wireless USB Adapter is not listed, or you see a yellow question
mark beside it, you will need to reinstall the driver.
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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. Instead of being
able to operate at 300Mbps, the maximum connection speed is significantly less at
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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4.7 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. In order to use it with your router, firstly, you must
configure the wireless encryption on the router. You can find instructions for configuring
it in the User Manual located on the CD that came with your router. Secondly, you will
need to have a router that supports this feature, like our AR680W AirLink101 300N
Wireless router. If your wireless adapters do not support WPS, 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 300N Wireless Adapters, AWLC6080, AWLH6080, and AWLL6080
with the AR680W AirLink101 300N Wireless router as the example.
First, go to the computer with the wireless adapter and open the Wireless Monitor. Click
on the WPS Connect button.
Note: If you do not see the WPS Connect button, you can go to www.airlink101.com to
download the latest utility and driver.
Choose your configuration method, either Push Button or Pin Code and click Next.
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Write down the PIN if you are using Pin Code method and click next.
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If you choose Push Button method, make sure that you click on the Wi-Fi Protected
Setup button.
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Go to your routers configuration screen and click on Wireless. Then click Wireless
security. Make sure that the Wi-Fi Protected Setup Enable box is checked. Then click
the Add Wireless Device Wizard button.
If you are using Pin Code method, enter the Pin Code in the Pin Number box and click
connect. If you are using Push Button method, click on Virtual Push Button OR the
physical push button on the router.
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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 you are connected.
Click Finish on the adapter screen.
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Click Continue on the router configuration screen.
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4.7 About
The About tab shows the Utility, Driver, and Firmware version as well as the MAC
address of the adapter.
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Appendix A – Specifications
Frequency Band
• 2.4~2.5Ghz
Standards
• IEEE 802.11b / 802.11g
• IEEE 802.11n draft
Chipset
• Ralink
Interface
• USB 2.0
Antenna type
• Integrated antenna
Security
• WPA-PSK(TKIP)
• WPA2-PSK (AES)
• WEP 64/128 bits
• 802.1x
LED
• Link/Power
System requirement
• Windows 2000, XP and Vista
• Available USB slot
• Recommended use with 300N
Wireless Router AR680W
Weight
• 15g
Dimensions
• 75 x 25 x 12mm (L x W x H)
Temperature
• Operating: 0ºC to 40ºC
• Storage: -20ºC to 75ºC
Humidity
• Operating: 10% to 90% NonCondensing
• Storage: 5% to 95% Non-Condensing
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:
z Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
z Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
z Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
z Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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.
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.
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.
The availability of some specific channels and/or operational frequency bands are
country dependent and are firmware programmed at the factory to match the intended
destination. The firmware setting is not accessible by the end user.
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European Union Notice:
Radio products with the CE marking comply with the R&TTE Directive (1999/5/EC), the
EMC Directive (89/336/EEC) and the Low Voltage Directive (73/23/EEC) issued by the
Commission of the European Community.
Compliance with these directives implies conformity to the following European Norms:
z EN 60950 Product Safety
z EN 300 328 Technical requirement for radio equipment
z EN 301 489-1/-17 General EMC requirements for radio equipment
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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 1.0.
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 ©2007 AirLink101®
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