Wi-Fi Networking and Xerox Multifunction Devices

Wi-Fi Networking and Xerox Multifunction Devices
Xerox Multifunction Devices
Customer Tips
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Wi-Fi Networking and Xerox
Multifunction Devices
Purpose
This document describes Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) networking and how to integrate a
Xerox multifunction device into a Wi-Fi network.
A wireless network supports all features and options available on a Xerox multifunction
device including print, scan to file, LAN fax, scan to email and network accounting.
This document applies
to the Xerox products
indicated in the table
below. For some
products, it is assumed
that your device is
equipped with the
appropriate option to
support this document.
x
WC 7655/7665
x
WC Pro 232/238/245/
255/265/275
x
WC 232/238/245/255/
265/275
x
WC Pro C2128/C2636/
C3545
x
WC Pro 165/175
x
WC M165/M175
x
WC Pro 32/40 Color
x
WC Pro 65/75/90
x
WC Pro 35/45/55
x
WC M35/M45/M55
x
DC 555/545/535
x
DC 490/480/470/460
x
DC 440/432/425/420
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Basics of Wi-Fi Networking
Wi-Fi networks use radio signals to connect devices throughout businesses and homes.
Wi-Fi networks are fully functional local area networks, but without the cables. Wi-Fi
networks use the 802.11 a/b/g/x standard, an IEEE specification for Wi-Fi networks.
Ethernet-like protocols provide the Wi-Fi network with 11 -- 54 MBPS throughput, with
fallback rates of 5.5, 2, and 1 MBPS, to all wireless-enabled desktop and notebook PCs
on the network. Most Wi-Fi certified products are interoperable, regardless of
manufacturer. These products deliver a full-service Wi-Fi network you can use to extend
your wired LAN or as a complete cableless network with no sacrifice of performance.
Wi-Fi networks use the 2.4/5 GHz radio frequency to connect devices. They use a
PCMCIA form factor card that plugs into a wireless client, typically a laptop or a desktop
PC. Wi-Fi clients communicate with access points. Access points plug into a wired
infrastructure, and provide 802.11 a/b/g/x access to the Wi-Fi clients. An Ethernet bridge
connects a client, such as a Xerox multifunction device, to the Wi-Fi network. The client
connects to the bridge that communicates with the access point.
Key Features of Wi-Fi Technology
Speed - 2.4 GHz direct sequence spread spectrum radio provides an 11 MBPS
maximum data rate without line of sight requirements.
Dynamic Rate Shifting - Rates fallback to 5.5 MBPS, 2 MBPS, and 1 MBPS when RF
conditions deteriorate.
Local Area Range - Wi-Fi technology has a range of up to 100 meters (328 feet) in
office environments.
Reliability - An Ethernet-like link-layer protocol combined with packet recognition
provides reliable data delivery and efficient use of network bandwidth.
Power Management - Wi-Fi PC cards can go to sleep, and access points can buffer
messages to these clients (to enhance notebook battery life).
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Roaming Support - Enables seamless roaming between access points as a user
moves across a building or campus.
Load Balancing - Wi-Fi PC cards and PCI adapters change access points if the signal
degrades or the current access point becomes congested.
Scalability - Co-locate up to three access points in a given coverage area to support
hundreds of users.
Voice and Data Support - Wi-Fi certified products support simultaneous voice and
data channels.
Security - Most products come with built-in 40-bit Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
encryption and authentication. In addition, many wireless products offer 128-bit
encryption with unique session keys.
Benefits of Wi-Fi Networks
Employees gain improved productivity with increased access to company resources
anywhere within range of an access point—including conference rooms, colleagues’
offices, training rooms, and branch offices.
Network setup can include location of devices in non-wired settings such as
asbestos-insulated buildings, clean rooms, plaster-walled structures and older, solidwalled buildings.
Connecting the Xerox Multifunction Device to a
Wireless Network
To communicate with the Xerox multifunction device on a Wi-Fi network, connect the
device's Ethernet port with an Ethernet 802.11 a/b/g/x compatible wireless Ethernet
bridge.
The following illustration of a 802.11b Wi-Fi network includes a Xerox multifunction
device with a Wi-Fi network connection. This device communicates fully with all devices
on the Wi-Fi network, as well as, those connected to the wired Ethernet network.
PC Workstation
Laptop with Wired
Ethernet PC Card
File / Print
SMTP / LDAP
Server
Laptop with 802.11b
PC Card
Ethernet
802.11b Access Point
802.11b Ethernet Bridge
PC Workstation
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Compatibility
Xerox devices operate with a broad range of adapters for WIFI (802.11 a/b/g/x) and
Bluetooth adapters. The wireless adapter interprets the Xerox device as an Ethernet
device.
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Additional Information
Xerox Customer Support welcomes feedback on all documentation - send feedback via
e-mail to: [email protected]
You can reach Xerox Customer Support at 1-800-821-2797 (USA),
TTY 1-800-855-2880 or at http://www.xerox.com.
Other Tips about Xerox multifunction devices are available at the following URL:
http://www.office.xerox.com/support/dctips/dctips.html.
XEROX ®, The Document Company ®, the digital X ®, and all Xerox product names are trademarks of XEROX
CORPORATION. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
Copyright © XEROX CORPORATION 2006. All Rights Reserved.
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