Xirrus Rapid Deployment Kit Quick Start Guide

Xirrus Rapid Deployment Kit Quick Start Guide
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Contents
Overview ................................................................................................................... 3
Applications ....................................................................................................... 3
Components of the RDK .................................................................................. 3
Deployment Requirements ..................................................................................... 6
Weather and environmental considerations ................................................. 6
Location .............................................................................................................. 6
Power .................................................................................................................. 6
Network connection ......................................................................................... 6
Parts List .................................................................................................................... 8
Passwords .................................................................................................................. 9
Installing the XK-RDW ............................................................................................ 9
Step 1 — Prepare an Internet connection .............................................................. 9
Step 2 — Connect the power supply ................................................................... 10
Step 3 — Mount the Array on the tripod ............................................................ 11
Step 4 — Connect cables to the Array ................................................................. 12
Step 5 — Change Array configuration (optional) ............................................. 13
Step 6 — Connecting wireless clients .................................................................. 16
Alternative Settings ................................................................................................ 17
Change the Array IP address (if needed) .................................................... 17
Set up an open or secure Wi-Fi network, with or without DHCP ........... 18
Change DNS servers (if needed) ................................................................... 20
Change the Array host name ......................................................................... 21
Set the Time Zone ........................................................................................... 22
Use Public Safety Channels ........................................................................... 22
Setting Up Your Laptop to Provide an Internet Connection ........................... 23
Setting the IP Subnet of Your Laptop Port to Access the Array ...................... 26
Using the Console (Serial) Port to Find the Array IP Address ........................ 26
Warranty and Support ........................................................................................... 27
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Rapid Deployment Wi-Fi Kit—
XK-RDW Quick Start Guide
Overview
The Xirrus Rapid Deployment Wi-Fi Array Kit (RDK) enables
fast and easy deployment of Wi-Fi service across a large area
and for up to hundreds of users using a single, pre-configured
device. The RDK provides a complete, portable wireless
solution with everything needed to create a Wi-Fi network in
two rugged cases. It is easily deployed indoors or outdoors
for temporary situations requiring wireless access.
The RDK is designed to quickly and simply provide a robust
connectivity solution, supporting voice, video and data access
to many users over a large area without the complexity of
deploying multiple APs, antennas, controllers, etc. Advanced
models support 802.11n, for ultra-high coverage, bandwidth,
and throughput. The RDK delivers out-of-the-box capability
for deploying a fully functional wireless network.
Figure 1. Array may be
used indoors or outdoors
Applications
Use the RDK in situations that require a powerful wireless connectivity solution to be
deployed quickly and easily in a mobile and/or temporary application, whether indoors
or outdoors. Examples include:

Conferences

Expositions

Festivals

Disaster Response

Command Posts
Components of the RDK

Xirrus Wi-Fi Array (kits with no Array and power
supply are available, if you have purchased the
Array separately).

Tripod Mounting Stand

Ruggedized Carrying Cases

Power Supply

Snap-on Array Cover

Data and Power Cables
Overview
Figure 2. RDK is complete in two cases
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Xirrus Wi-Fi Array
Wireless access is provided by just one device—the Wi-Fi Array. The Array integrates 4, 8,
12 or 16 802.11abg+n radios into a single device, along with an onboard switch, firewall,
and more.
The kit is available in several models, with or without an Array.
Kit
Array included
Arrays supported
XK-RDW-100-N
XN4
Four 802.11abg+n radios
XN4
XK-RDW-200-N
XN8
Eight 802.11abg+n radios
XN8
XK-RDW-CASE-S
No Array or power supply
XN4
XK-RDW-CASE-L
No Array or power supply
All except XN4
The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array offers a powerful wireless solution. The capacity and performance
of the Arrays that are included in kits are summarized below.
Capability
XK-RDW-100-N
XK-RDW-200-N
Wi-Fi bandwidth
1.2 Gb
2.4 Gb
Number of users
100+
200+
Typical outdoor range
(unobstructed)
750-1000+ ft
Typical indoor range
(varies with construction
materials)
150-200+ ft
Arrays supplied with a kit (XK-RDW-100-N/200-N) are furnished pre-configured, so that
they will be up and running minutes after power and data are supplied. (For a detailed
description of the Array’s features and configuration options, see the Wi-Fi Array User’s
Guide, Part Number 800-0006-001.)
Tripod Mounting Stand
Supplied in its own rugged case, the tripod stand opens easily to securely support the
Array on any relatively flat surface, with no tools required.
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Ruggedized Carrying Cases
Two hard-sided wheeled carrying cases are furnished. One safely transports the Array, the
power supply, and all needed cables and accessories. The other carries the tripod.
Power Supply
The Xirrus Power over Gigabit Ethernet (PoGE) injector module supplies power to the
Array over the same Cat 5e Ethernet cable that carries data traffic to the Array. The Xirrus
75W midspan injector, Model XP1-MSI-75, is supplied with all RDK versions that include
an Array.
A power injector and power cord are not included with the XK-RDW-CASE-S and
XK-RDW-CASE-L.
For more detailed information about the injector (including the significance of its LEDs),
see the Power over Gigabit Ethernet Installation Guide.
Snap-on Array Cover
A cover is included to protect the Array.
Data and Power Cables
The RDK supplies all data and power cables that are necessary to get the Array up and
running. A serial cable is also supplied for use with the console port, complete with a
DB-9/USB adapter and driver software.
A power cord is not included with the XK-RDW-CASE-S and XK-RDW-CASE-L.
Overview
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Deployment Requirements
Weather and environmental considerations

The Array must be kept away from moisture and dusty conditions.

For outdoor use, a shaded location is preferable. The RDK includes a cover to shield
the Array from basic weather conditions.
The Array’s operating environment should meet these conditions:

0-55° C (32-131° F); 0-90% humidity, non-condensing
Location

Choose a flat, stable location that is central to your users, and where the tripod is not
likely to be knocked over. See the Wi-Fi Array User’s Guide for more placement details.

The Array can be used outdoors—see Weather and environmental considerations.

The Array should typically be mounted about 9-10 feet off the ground on a fully
extended tripod, to provide a more unobstructed line-of-sight for the wireless signals.

Keep the unit away from electrical devices or appliances that generate RF noise—at
least 3 to 6 feet (1 to 2 meters). Common sources of RF noise include fluorescent lights,
power lines, electric motors, walkie-talkies, microwaves, refrigerators, and cordless
phones.

The Array should be sufficiently close to power and network connections. To use the
supplied cables, the Array must be within about 100 feet of the network connection. If
you supply your own Ethernet cables, the total length of cables from the network
connection to the PoGE module and then to the Array must not exceed 328 ft (100m).
Power
Use the supplied power injector module to power the Array. Plug the injector into a
100-240 VAC, 47-63Hz outlet. The injector must also be connected to a data network, and
it will then carry power and data traffic to the Array over a single Cat 5e cable. You may
also power some Array models directly from a 110-120 VAC outlet using the power cord.
Network connection
The Array requires a 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or 1 Gbps Ethernet connection to broadband
Internet service. The Array’s Ethernet interface will auto-negotiate to the correct speed
and settings. Be sure that the Ethernet connection uses auto-negotiation.
If the network has a DHCP server to assign an IP address to the Array, we recommend
that you have the network administrator assign you a reserved IP address (write it
down for later use).
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There are a number of options that may be used to provide Internet uplink connectivity
for the RDK. They must meet the interface requirement for a 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or 1
Gbps Ethernet connection.

Satellite

Cable

DSL

3G wireless (mobile broadband wireless)

Connection to an enterprise Ethernet network
About using mobile broadband wireless for your Internet connection
In some situations, your best source for an Internet connection may be a mobile
broadband connection to your laptop. For example, you may have a 3G wireless
broadband card that plugs into your laptop from a provider such as AT&T, Verizon, or
Sprint. You can then use an Ethernet port on your laptop as your Internet connection.
Internet
(AT&T, Sprint,
Verizon…)
Mobile broadband
connection
LAN port
provides Internet
connection to Array
Wireless clients
Figure 3. Using a mobile broadband connection
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Parts List
The RDK is furnished in two cases. Verify that you have the following parts.
For the XK-RDW-100-N/200-N


1 Xirrus Wi-Fi Array as described on
page 4.
1 Power over Gigabit Ethernet
Injector, as described on page 4.
100ft Cat 5e cable
Array, Cover, and
Mounting Plate

Console 
cable
For All Kits

1 Tripod for mounting the Array,
with wheeled case

1 Mounting plate and bracket for
mounting the Array on the tripod
(furnished attached to the Array—
see Figure 7).

1 Snap-on cover: XE-2500 for XN4;
XE-2520 for all others

1 Array traveling case with custom
padding

1 Read Me First document

1 Quick Start Guide (this document)

1 100’ Cat 5e orange Ethernet cable
with carrier

1 black accessories bag containing
these items.
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DB-9 to USB
adapter &
software
Quick Start Guide
Power Injector
14ft Cat 5e cable
Figure 4. RDK Array case components
•
1 14’ Cat 5e black Ethernet cable
•
1 short Cat 5e Ethernet cable to connect the Array’s DATA OUT and GIGABIT1
ports (not included for 4-radio Array models)
•
1 AC power cord (not included in XK-RDW-CASE-S and XK-RDW-CASE-L)
•
1 Console cable (light blue), use with adapter below for direct serial connection to
Array.
•
1 DB-9/USB adapter and software.
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Passwords
The Array uses the following default passwords and passkey.

To manage the Array via the Web Management Interface (WMI) or Command Line
Interface (CLI), enter the default username admin and the password admin.

To connect to one of the Array’s predefined secure wireless networks, clients must
enter the case-sensitive passkey. This is set to wifi-now by default. This is also called a
preshared key or passphrase.
Installing the XK-RDW
Before starting installation, carefully select a location. It is critical that the location meets
the criteria in Weather and environmental considerations and Location on page 6.
Installing the RDK has six main steps.

“Step 1 — Prepare an Internet connection” on page 9.

“Step 2 — Connect the power supply” on page 10.

“Step 3 — Mount the Array on the tripod” on page 11.

“Step 4 — Connect cables to the Array” on page 12.

“Step 5 — Change Array configuration (optional)” on page 13.

“Step 6 — Connecting wireless clients” on page 16.
Step 1 — Prepare an Internet connection
The Array requires a 10, 100 or 1000 Mbps Ethernet connection using auto-negotiation.
The use of a DHCP server to assign local IP addresses on the network is optional. If the
network uses DHCP, we strongly recommend that you have the network administrator
configure the DHCP server to assign a reserved IP address to the Array. You will need the
MAC address of the Array’s Gigabit1 port. This is found on a label on the bottom of the
Array.
Note: The label for 8-port and larger Arrays specifies an Ethernet MAC Address Range, for
example: 00:0F:7D:00:41:9B - 00:41:9D. The Gigabit1 port’s address is in the middle of the
range. Thus, for the example range, the address would be 00:0F:7D:00:41:9C.
The power injector’s IN port is connected to this Ethernet port in the next step. (Figure 5)
About using mobile broadband wireless to supply the Internet connection:
If you have a mobile broadband wireless card on your laptop and you will use it to
provide the Internet connection, you must change some network settings on the laptop.
Please see “Setting Up Your Laptop to Provide an Internet Connection” on page 23.
Passwords
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Step 2 — Connect the power supply
The injector supplies power and data to the Array on a single Cat 5e Ethernet cable.
PoGE Injector
Data +
Power
100-240
VAC
Network
Connection
OUT
IN
Figure 5. Power over Gigabit Ethernet (PoGE) supplies power and data to the Array
1.
Select a location for the injector. It must be in a dry, dust-free location, close to a 100240 VAC power source. The injector may be placed closer to the Internet connection
(within 14 feet), or closer to the Array, whichever is more convenient.
2.
Plug the supplied power cord into the back of the injector unit and into a dedicated
AC power outlet (100 - 240 VAC). The injector’s ON LED should light (green).
3.
Using either the 14’ black Cat 5e cable or the long orange cable, connect the injector’s
IN port to the Ethernet port providing your Internet connection. Use the shortest
cable that will work.
4.
Connect the other supplied Cat 5e cable to the injector’s OUT port.
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Step 3 — Mount the Array on the tripod
1.
Remove the tripod from the travel case and
place it in the selected location.
2.
In situations where the tripod is susceptible to
tipping over, you should brace the tripod, for
example by placing sand bags on the tripod
legs.
3.
Loosen the top two knobs and leave the
tripod’s poles at their lowest levels for now.
This is a convenient height for working with
the Array.
Figure 6. Tripod and
mounted Array
4.
Secure the Array to the tripod using the black
tripod mounting bracket that comes attached to
the Array. (Figure 7) Ignore the small hole
drilled into the top pole of the tripod—this is
not used for the RDK. Tighten the knob on the
mount to secure the Array to the tripod.
Figure 7. Bottom of Array Assembly,
showing Tripod Mounting Bracket
Step 3 — Mount the Array on the tripod
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Step 4 — Connect cables to the Array
Remove the snap-on cover from the Array so that you can observe the Array’s LEDs after
you connect the cables.
Connections are slightly different for the XN8 and the XN4. Use the proper procedure
below.
To connect the XN4
Connect the Cat 5e data cable from the injector’s OUT port to the Array’s GIGABIT1
port. (Figure 8)
1.
Connect Cat 5e
from PoGE
Injector to
GIGABIT1
Figure 8. XN4 Power/Data Connections
To connect the XN8
NOTE: Do not connect the data cable from the injector to a Gigabit port on the XN8 Array! It
must be connected to the IN port (on the right in Figure 9).
1.
Connect the Cat 5e data cable from the injector’s OUT port to the Array’s Data and
Power IN port as shown in Figure 9.
Connect Data
OUT to
GIGABIT1 port
with short cable
Connect Cat 5e
from PoGE
Injector 
to IN port
Figure 9. XN8 Power/Data Connections
2.
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Connect the supplied short (approx. 6”) Cat 5e data cable from the Array’s Data OUT
port to the uplink port, GIGABIT1.
Step 4 — Connect cables to the Array
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When all connections are complete:
1.
The injector’s CONNECT LED will light (green) after it senses a good connection to
the Array using the supplied power.
2.
On the top of the Array, verify that the GIG1 LED is on, and that the LED boot
sequence begins—the LEDs distributed around the front of the Array will light in
rotation. When the LEDs stop circling the Array in about 3 minutes, booting is
complete.
3.
Push the snap-on cover on top of the Array until it snaps in place.
4.
The Array should typically be raised to the maximum height of the tripod. Loosen the
top tripod knob and pull the top pole to its maximum extent. Tighten the knob
securely. Repeat this for the middle knob and rod. Make sure that all knobs are
tightened securely.
Step 5 — Change Array configuration (optional)
The main tool for configuring the Array is the Web Management Interface (WMI),
accessed from your web browser. The Array also has a Command Line Interface (CLI) that
may be used to enter commands.
Arrays that are furnished with the RDK are preconfigured to be immediately useful in
many network environments, but in some cases you may wish to make changes. For
example, to have your clients connect to a secure SSID (network) that does not use DHCP,
use the WMI to edit the example SSID named ExampleSecureNoDHCP. See “Alternative
Settings” on page 17.
Starting the WMI
1.
You will need a computer to access the WMI.
2.
You must know the Array’s IP address (the address of its Gigabit1 port) to start the
WMI in your browser. After the Array finishes booting, there are several options for
finding the IP address. By default, Gigabit1 uses DHCP to automatically obtain an IP
address.
a.
If the Array is connected to a network running DHCP, and the network
administrator assigned you a reserved address, skip to Step 3.
b. If you do not have a reserved address, examine the tables on the network’s DHCP
server to find the IP address that was assigned to the Array. Write down this
address. Tip: the MAC addresses of Array Ethernet ports are shown on a label on
the bottom of the Array and begin with 00:0F:7D. Look for a DHCP server table
entry with a MAC address that starts with this number.
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c.
If the network uses DHCP but you don’t have a reserved address and can’t
examine the DHCP server tables, you have two options to find the Array address
that was assigned by DHCP:
•
If you have an 8-, 12-, or 16-radio Array (for example, the XN8 furnished
with XK-RDW-200-N), you may use an extra Ethernet cable (not
supplied) to connect port Ethernet0 on the bottom of the Array directly to
an Ethernet port on your laptop computer (we’ll call this the computer
port). Use Ethernet0’s default address of 10.0.1.1 to access the WMI as
described starting with Step 3 below. You must first set the IP address of
your laptop’s computer port to be in the same IP subnet as Ethernet0. If
you need instructions for doing this on Windows, see “Setting the IP
Subnet of Your Laptop Port to Access the Array” on page 26.
Once you have entered the WMI, click Status>Network. Write down the
IP address of Gigabit Ethernet 1.
•
Otherwise, see “Using the Console (Serial) Port to Find the Array IP
Address” on page 26.
d. If there is no DHCP server being used on the network, you may connect directly
to an Ethernet port on the Array using its default IP address, as described below.
In either of these two cases, after you log in to the WMI in Step 4, be sure to
change the Gigabit1 port’s IP address to one that is part of your network, as
described in “Change the Array IP address (if needed)” on page 17.
3.
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For an Array with 8, 12, or 16 radios, connect to the Ethernet0 port
following the directions in Step c above, using its default IP address of
10.0.1.1 to access the WMI.
•
4-radio Arrays have no Ethernet0 port. Since the Gigabit1 port (called
Gigabit POE on some Arrays) supplies power to the Array, you cannot
connect your laptop to this port directly. Connect your laptop computer
to the power injector’s IN port instead. Access the WMI using the
Gigabit1 port’s default IP address (10.0.2.1). Set the IP address of your
laptop’s computer port to be in the same IP subnet as Gigabit1. Note that
in this case, you must change the instructions in “Setting the IP Subnet of
Your Laptop Port to Access the Array” on page 26 to set the IP address of
your computer port to 10.0.2.2.
Open a Web browser. In the URL field, enter the IP address of the Array. Your
computer’s IP address must be on the same IP subnetwork as the Array. You must
have connectivity to the Array at that IP address, via a wired LAN or a wireless
connection (see “Step 6 — Connecting wireless clients” on page 16).
Step 5 — Change Array configuration (optional)
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If a window appears notifying you of a problem with the Array’s security certificate,
click Continue to this website for Internet Explorer. For Firefox, click Add an
exception (on two consecutive windows) until the Add Security Exception window
is displayed. Click Get Certificate, and then click Confirm Security Exception.
4.
At the login prompt (Figure 10), enter the default username admin and the password
admin.
Figure 10. Login Prompt
You are now logged in to the Wi-Fi Array. The WMI is displayed in the browser,
showing the Array Summary page. Note that the Array’s IP address (for the Gigabit
ports) is displayed.
Figure 11. WMI Array Summary
To go to a different page, click its name in the frame on the left. In most cases, this will
display additional choices. The Status entries in the left frame display information
about the Array’s operation. The Configuration entries allow you to change the
Array’s settings.
You may make any of the changes described in “Alternative Settings” on page 17.
Step 5 — Change Array configuration (optional)
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Step 6 — Connecting wireless clients
1.
Make sure that you have all the desired settings on the Array (Alternative Settings). In
particular, consider the following settings:
•
Do you want wireless clients to use the default, secure ConnectHereSecure
network, or your own SSID?
•
The Array uses the DNS servers at opendns.com by default (208.67.222.222 and
208.67.220.220). Do you want clients to use different DNS servers?
•
To use the Public Safety Channels, you must enable them. A license is required to
use these channels.
2.
Clients may connect to the Array’s
Wi-Fi network in the usual way. For
Windows Vista or XP, a user may click
the Windows Start button and then
select Connect to. This displays a
network connection window similar to
Figure 12 (the Windows Vista dialog
box is shown).
3.
By default, the Array provides the
secure, encrypted ConnectHereSecure
network to clients. If one of the Array’s
predefined secure networks is enabled
(see “Set up an open or secure Wi-Fi
network, with or without DHCP” on
page 18), clients may connect to it by
entering its passkey, which is set to wifinow by default.
Figure 12. Connecting a Wi-Fi client to the
Array Wi-Fi network
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Alternative Settings
Settings may be changed by selecting the appropriate page from the list on the left-hand
side of the WMI, as described in the procedures below. After making changes, you must
click the Save button at the bottom right of the page to apply your changes and make
them permanent. To change settings not mentioned below, please see the Wi-Fi Array
User’s Guide.
The Arrays that are furnished with the RDK are shipped with several predefined wireless
networks (called SSIDs). Use them to easily set up your Array to offer an open or a secure
wireless network, with or without assigning DHCP addresses to clients.
Changes should be made in this order:
1.
“Change the Array IP address (if needed)” on page 17.
2.
“Set up an open or secure Wi-Fi network, with or without DHCP” on page 18.
3.
Make any other desired changes after the steps above are complete.
Change the Array IP address (if needed)
If the IP address of the Array was not set by DHCP, then the default address of the
Gigabit1 port is 10.0.2.1. Typically, you will want to replace this with an address that is
part of your subnetwork. Note that the assigned address must be unique. If you duplicate
an IP address that is used by another device on your network, both devices using that
address may become unreachable!
1.
On the left of the WMI, click Express Setup. (Figure 13) Note that the current IP
address (in orange) is displayed in the top green bar.
Figure 13. Setting an IP address in the Gigabit section of the Express Setup page
2.
In the Gigabit Ethernet 1 Settings section, set Configuration Server Protocol to
Static. Then enter the desired IP Address, IP Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway.
3.
Click the Save button.
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4.
To continue using WMI, you must point your browser to the new IP address. You may
also wish to undo the changes you made in “Setting the IP Subnet of Your Laptop Port
to Access the Array” on page 26.
Set up an open or secure Wi-Fi network, with or without DHCP
The Array furnished with the RDK is shipped with predefined wireless networks (called
SSIDs) that you can use to offer a secure or non-secure wireless connection, with or
without having the Array assign IP addresses to clients via DHCP. By default, only the
secure SSID ConnectHereSecure is enabled. To offer your clients one of the other
predefined wireless networks, you must enable it first. However, we recommend that you
create a new SSID for your clients with a name that is familiar to them, using the
procedure “Creating, “renaming”, and enabling SSIDs” on page 19. For instance, you
might use the name of your company, agency, or event.
Predefined SSIDs
The ConnectHereSecure SSID is shipped in the enabled state. All the other SSIDs are
shipped in the disabled state. Thus, when the Array is first powered up, your clients will
only be able to connect to the ConnectHereSecure network.
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ConnectHereSecure—provides a secure (encrypted) wireless connection. Wireless
users must provide the passkey wifi-now to connect to the Array. Users are assigned
an IP address by DHCP in the range 192.168.1.2 through 192.168.1.254, and Network
Address Translation (NAT) is enabled.
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ExampleOpenDHCP—provides an unsecured (open) wireless connection. No
passkey or login is needed to connect to the Array. Users are assigned an IP address
by DHCP in the range 192.168.1.2 through 192.168.1.254, and NAT is enabled.
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ExampleOpenNoDHCP—provides an unsecured (open) wireless connection. No
passkey or login is needed to connect to the Array. Users are not assigned an IP
address by the Array.
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ExampleSecureNoDHCP—provides a secure wireless connection. Wireless users
must provide the passkey wifi-now to connect to the Array. Users are not assigned an
IP address by the Array.
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Creating, “renaming”, and enabling SSIDs
The default Array configuration presents your users with a generic name for the wireless
network—for example, ConnectHereSecure. To make it easier for them to identify and
connect to the correct wireless network, you may wish to use a more meaningful name,
like “County Response” or “Worldwide Events”.
You cannot rename an SSID. Instead, create a new SSID with a meaningful name, give it
the same settings as the preferred example SSID, and enable the new SSID. To simply
enable a predefined SSID, just perform Step 1 and skip to Step 4 below.
1.
On the left of the WMI, click SSIDs, then click SSID Management.
2.
In the field next to the Create button (underneath the list of SSIDs, as shown in
Figure 14), enter a meaningful name for your wireless network. Click Create.
Enter new SSID here
Figure 14. Creating an SSID
3.
Your new SSID appears in the list above the Create button. The easiest way to
configure the new SSID is to mimic the settings from one of the Predefined SSIDs.
Copy the settings for each field from the desired model SSID.
4.
For a secure network, make sure to set the Encryption field to WPA2. An additional
section will be displayed below for WPA Configuration. Check the PSK checkbox
and clear the EAP checkbox.
Enter a Preshared Key for your wireless network in both fields. Clients must enter
this key to connect to the network. The key must be from 8 to 63 ASCII characters
long. This passkey is case-sensitive, and users must enter it exactly as you have typed
it. The preshared key for the predefined SSIDs is wifi-now. This is the default key
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mentioned in Step 6 — Connecting wireless clients. If you set a different key for an
SSID, clients must use that key to connect to the SSID.
5.
Click the Enabled checkbox for your new SSID. Uncheck the Enabled checkboxes for
the other SSIDs if you do not want your clients to use them.
6.
Click the Save button.
7.
Your clients can now connect to the new SSID. They will lose any existing connections
to SSIDs that have been disabled.
Change DNS servers (if needed)
The Array is pre-configured to use DHCP to assign IP addresses to wireless clients. At the
same time, DHCP will tell clients which DNS servers to use. By default, servers at
OpenDNS.com are used. To specify your preferred DNS servers instead:
1.
On the left of the WMI, click Services, then click DHCP Server. (Figure 15)
2.
Select a DHCP entry. In the DNS Servers column, enter the IP addresses of up to three
servers. The first server is normally used, and the second and third servers are used in
case of failure of the primary (and secondary) servers.
3.
Enter DNS servers for the other DHCP entry in the same way.
4.
Click the Save button.
Enter DNS Server here
Figure 15. Changing DNS servers on the DHCP Servers page
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Change the Array host name
You may wish to change the host name of the Array to something that is more meaningful
to your group, for example, WorldWideEvents or CityEmergencySvcs.
Figure 16. Changing the Host Name
1.
On the left of the WMI, click Express Setup. (Figure 16)
2.
In the top section, set Host Name to the desired name. You may enter values in the
other fields of this top section, if desired. The rest of the fields are informational only they do not affect the operation of the Array.
3.
Click the Save button. Click OK if the following message appears.
Figure 17. Host Name change message
4.
Now you must reboot the Array. On the left of the WMI, click Tools and then click
System Tools. In the System section at the top, click the Save & Reboot button. Wait
about 2 minutes for the Array to reboot.
5.
If you wish to continue using the WMI, enter the Array’s IP address in your browser
again. You may need to tell the browser to accept a new security certificate in order for
your browser to connect to the Array and display the WMI.
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Set the Time Zone
The Array is pre-configured to use SNTP (Simple Network Time Protocol) to
automatically fetch accurate time information from a public server. Thus the Array just
needs to be set to your time zone so that system logs and other information will show the
correct local time.
1.
On the left of the WMI, click Express Setup. (Figure 18)
Figure 18. Changing the Time Zone
2.
Scroll down to find the Time and Date Settings section near the bottom of the page.
In the Time Zone field, select your zone from the drop-down list.
3.
Click the Save button.
Use Public Safety Channels
There are two wireless channels reserved for public safety usage—channels 191 and 195 in
the 4.9GHz spectrum range. Operating these channels requires a license—using them
without a license violates FCC rules. Warning notices are displayed when you select these
channels.
1.
On the left of the WMI, click IAPs, then click Advanced RF Settings. (Figure 19)
Figure 19. Enabling Public Safety bands
2.
In the Public Safety row at the bottom, click the On button. A warning message will
appear. Click OK.
3.
Click Save. A message will inform you that the Array IAPs (wireless radios) have
been taken down and brought back up (the message lists the currently enabled IAPs).
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4.
To set an IAP to use channel 191 or 195, open the IAP Settings page (also under IAPs).
5.
In the Channel column for the selected IAP, select 191 or 195 from the drop-down list.
Note that 191 and 195 are not listed in numerical order. They will be at or near the top
of the list. A warning message will appear asking whether you have a license to
operate these channels. Click OK. For more information about IAPs and channel
selection, see the Wi-Fi Array User’s Guide. Each channel may be used by only one IAP.
To use both channels, set one IAP to 191 and another IAP to 195.
6.
Click the Save button.
Setting Up Your Laptop to Provide an Internet Connection
If you are using a mobile broadband connection on your laptop to provide the Internet
access for your Array, you must change some network settings on the laptop to enable
Internet Connection Sharing. This allows the host laptop to serve as an Internet gateway
for the Array.
LAN port serves as
Gateway for Array
IP: 192.168.0.1
Internet
(AT&T, Sprint,
Verizon…)
IP address of laptop’s mobile broadband
port assigned by mobile provider
PoGE Injector
DHCP server on laptop
assigns address to Array
IP: 192.168.0.xxx
Client addresses
assigned by laptop
Wireless clients
Figure 20. Network settings for using a mobile Internet connection
As shown in Figure 20, you must have a mobile broadband connection on your host
laptop. Then you must configure an Ethernet port on the laptop to provide the Internet
access for the Array. Use the following procedure to set up your network.
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1.
Make sure that your mobile broadband connection is working correctly and is able to
access the Internet. Verify your Internet access by browsing to a web site.
2.
Enable Internet Connection Sharing on your host laptop.
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For Windows XP
From the Windows Start button, open the Control Panel and double-click
Network Connections.
In the Network Connections window, find your mobile broadband connection.
Right-click it and select Properties. The Properties window appears.
Figure 21. Windows XP Properties window for the mobile connection
Click the Advanced tab. In the Internet Connection Sharing section, enable the
check box labeled Allow other network users to connect through this
computer's Internet connection. In the field displaying Select a private network
connection, select the LAN (Ethernet) port that you will connect to the Array (via
the PoGE injector). Leave the checkbox titled Allow other network users to
control or disable the shared Internet connection disabled. Click OK.
For a more detailed discussion, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126.
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For Windows Vista or Windows 7
From the Windows Start button, open the Control Panel. Under Network and
Internet, select View Network Status and Tasks. On the left, for Windows 7 click
Change Adapter Settings. For Vista, click Manage Network Connections.
In the Network Connections window, find your mobile broadband connection.
Right-click it and select Properties. The Properties window appears.
Figure 22. Windows 7 Properties window for the mobile connection
Click the Sharing tab. In the Internet Connection Sharing section, enable the
check box labeled Allow other network users to connect through this
computer's Internet connection. In the field displaying Select a private network
connection, select the LAN (Ethernet) port that you will connect to the Array (via
the PoGE injector). Leave the checkbox titled Allow other network users to
control or disable the shared Internet connection disabled. Click OK.
For a more detailed discussion, you may see Internet Connection Sharing on the
Microsoft Vista Help and How-to web site.
3.
Your host laptop now serves as a simple router to provide Internet access.
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The selected LAN port on your host laptop has the IP address 192.168.0.1 and
serves as an Internet gateway.
•
Your host laptop has a DHCP server that will provide an IP address to the Array.
The address will be in the 192.168.0.xxx subnetwork, with subnet mask
255.255.255.0.
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We recommend that you disable the Array’s DHCP server (see “Set up an open or
secure Wi-Fi network, with or without DHCP” on page 18). The host laptop’s
DHCP server will provide IP addresses to the Array’s wireless clients, using the
same 192.168.0.xxx subnetwork.
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The laptop will provide Network Address Translation (NAT) for DHCP addresses
that it assigns. It will also provide DNS service (domain name resolution).
Setting the IP Subnet of Your Laptop Port to Access the Array
If you are connecting an Ethernet port on your laptop directly to the Ethernet0 port on an
Array model with eight or more radios, you must change the IP address of your Computer
Port to be on the same IP subnet as Ethernet0. You do not need to enter a default gateway
value. Use one of the following procedures.

For Windows Vista or Windows 7
From the Windows Start button, open the Control Panel. Under Network and
Internet, select View Network Status and Tasks. On the left, for Windows 7 click
Change Adapter Settings. For Vista, click Manage Network Connections.
When the Network Connections window is displayed, find your Computer Port.
Double-click it and then click the Properties button. Select Internet Protocol Version
4 and click the Properties button.
In the TCP/IP properties window, click Use the following IP address. Set the IP
address to 10.0.1.2, and set the Subnet mask to 255.255.255.0. Click OK, then Close.

For Windows XP
From the Windows Start button, open the Control Panel and double-click Network
Connections.
In the Network Connections window, find your Computer Port. Double-click it and
select Properties. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the Properties button.
In the TCP/IP properties window, click Use the following IP address. Set the IP
address to 10.0.1.2, and set the Subnet mask to 255.255.255.0. Click OK, then Close.
Using the Console (Serial) Port to Find the Array IP Address
If the IP address is unknown, then it can be read by connecting to the Array’s CONSOLE
(serial) port and using the CLI.
If your computer has a DB-9 port, plug the DB-9 end of the light blue Console cable into it,
and connect the other end into the CONSOLE port on the Array
If your computer does not have a DB-9 port, use the supplied USB to Serial adapter.
Follow the instructions in the package to load the required driver software, and then plug
the adapter into a USB port on your laptop. Plug one end of the light blue Console cable
into this adapter, and plug the other end into the Array’s CONSOLE port.
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