Abocom WP2000 User's Manual

Abocom WP2000 User's Manual
802.11b
Wireless
PCI Card
Quick Installation
M73-APO01-600
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.
INSTALLATION
Caution: Do not insert the Wireless PCI Card
into your computer until the procedures in
“Install the Driver & Utility” has been
performed.
Install the Driver & Utility
1.
2.
3.
Exit all Windows programs. Insert the
CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive of your
computer.
If the CD-ROM is not launched
automatically, go to your CD-ROM drive
(e.g. drive D) and double-click on Setup.exe.
The main screen of the CD-ROM opens.
Click Driver & Utility to start the
installation.
Click the Windows Version to install the
Driver & Utility. (There are some slight
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differences in the installation process
between the different Windows operating
systems.)
4. When the Welcome screen appears, click
Next to continue.
5. The Choose Destination Location screen
will show you the default destination chosen
by the utility. Click Next to continue.
6. Follow the instruction to select the program
folder. Click Next to continue.
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7. In Start Copying Files, click Next to
continue.
8. Select Yes, I want to restart my computer
now. Click Finish.
Install the Device
Note: Make sure the procedures in “Install the
Driver & Utility” has been performed.
1. Before installing the device, make sure the
computer is turned off.
2. Remove the expansion slot cover from the
computer.
3. Carefully slide the Wireless PCI Card into the
PCI slot. Push evenly and slowly and ensure
it is screwed securely in place using the
mounting screw.
4. Once the device has been connected to your
computer, Windows will detect the new
hardware and then automatically copy all of
the files needed for networking.
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Note for Windows 98 users:
Before installation of the device, make sure you
have your operating system CD-ROM at hand.
You may be asked to insert the OS CD-ROM in
order to download specific drivers.
Note for Windows 2000 users:
When the Digital Signature Not Found
message appears, click Yes to continue.
Note for Windows XP users:
1. Select Install from a list or specific
location (Advanced) and click Next.
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2. Select Include this location in the search:
and click Browse to provide the appropriate
path (e.g. D:\Driver). Click Next.
3. Click Continue Anyway.
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4. Click Finish to complete the installation.
Verify Device Installation
To verify that the device has been properly
installed in your computer and is enabled, go to
Start Æ Settings Æ Control Panel Æ System
(Æ Hardware) Æ Device Manager. Expand the
Network adapters item. If the 802.11b Wireless
PCI Card is listed, it means that your device is
properly installed and enabled.
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CONFIGURATION
After successful installation of the Wireless PCI
Card’s driver, a Network Status icon will
display in the task bar. You will be able to access
the Configuration Utility through the Network
Status icon.
If the icon doesn’t appear automatically, go to
Start Æ Programs Æ Wireless LAN Utility Æ
Wireless LAN Utility, it will appear in the task
bar.
The Network Status Icon
The Network Status Icon will display on the
task bar of your desktop and show the current
network connection status of your system.
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Icon
Link Status
Access Point mode. (Green) (Please
refer to below table for the exact link
quality)
Peer-to-Peer mode. (White)
No connection. (Red)
Icon
Signal Strength
Excellent link quality.
Good link quality.
Fair link quality.
Poor link quality.
Drag your cursor to the network status icon, you
will see the link status.
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Accessing the Configuration Utility
The Configuration Utility is accessed by
double-clicking on the Network Status Icon.
All settings are categorized into 6 Tabs:
Link Info Tab
Configuration Tab
Encryption Tab
Site Survey Tab
Profiles Tab
About Tab
Link Info Tab
The Link Info tab displays the current status of
the Wireless Network Adapter.
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Item
Description
Status
Displays the information about the status
of the communication (the BSSID of the
Access Point to which the card is
associated).
SSID
The SSID is the unique name shared
among all points in your wireless
network. The name must be identical for
all devices and points attempting to
connect to the same network.
It shows the current SSID setting of the
Wireless Network Adapter.
Tx Rate
Shows the current transfer rate. (1, 2, 5.5,
or 11Mbps or Auto)
Channel
Shows the selected channel that is
currently used. (There are 14 channels
available, depends on the country.)
Link
Displays the link quality of the
Quality
connection between the Wireless
Network Adapter and the Access Point it
connects.
Signal
Displays the signal strength of the
Strength connection between the Wireless
Network Adapter and the Access Point it
connects.
Data Rate Displays the current transmitting and
receiving rate.
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Configuration Tab
The Configuration Tab allows you to change
advanced configuration settings, such as the
SSID, Operation Mode, Tx Rate, Preamble
Type and Radio.
Item
Description
SSID
SSID is the unique name shared among
all points in your wireless network. It
must be identical for all points in the
network. It is case-sensitive and must
not exceed 32 characters. Make sure
that all points in the network are set the
same SSID.
Displays the current operating mode.
(Access Point or Peer-to -Peer).
Operating
Mode
Channel
Select the appropriate channel from the
list provided to correspond with your
network settings. All devices in the
wireless LAN must be configured to
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Item
Tx Rate
Preamble
~ Auto
~ Long
Preamble
~ Short
Preamble
Radio
Description
share the same radio channel in order to
function properly. Channel button is
enabled only in Peer-to-Peer mode.
(There are 14 channels available,
depending on the country.)
Select (1, 2, 5.5, or 11Mbps or Auto)
from the pull-down list to change the
current transfer rate.
A preamble is a signal used in wireless
environment
to
synchronize
the
transmitting
timing
including
Synchronization and Start frame
delimiter. (Note: If you want to change
the Preamble type into Long or Short,
please check the setting of AP. Some
Access Points do not support Auto
Preamble.)
Select Auto for the Network adapter to
select the Preamble type automatically
depending on the Access Point Preamble
type.
In a "noisy" network environment, the
Preamble Type should be set to Long
Preamble.
The Short Preamble is intended for
applications where minimum overhead
and maximum performance is desired. In
a "noisy" network environment, the
performance will be decreased, if Short
Preamble is used.
Select On/Off from the pull-down list to
enable/disable the Radio Module
function of the Wireless Network
Adapter.
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Encryption Tab
Use the Encryption Tab to configure your WEP
settings. WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)
encryption can be used to ensure the security of
your wireless network.
Item
Data Encryption
Auth. Mode
Description
WEP is a data security
mechanism based on a 64 Bit/128
Bit shared key algorithm. Check
this box to enable WEP
encryption.
The authentication mode defines
configuration options for the
sharing of wireless networks to
verify identity and access
privileges of roaming wireless
network cards. You may choose
between Open Authentication,
Shared Authentication, and
Auto.
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Open
Authentication
Shared
Authentication
Auto
Key Length
Key Format
Default Key
{1
{2
{3
{4
If the Access Point is using
"Open Authentication”, then the
wireless adapter will need to be
set to the same authentication
mode.
Shared Authentication is when
both the sender and the recipient
share a secret key.
Select Auto for the network
adapter
to
select
the
Authentication
mode
automatically depending on the
Access Point Authentication
mode.
64 Bit or 128 Bit.
Select HEX if you are using
hexadecimal numbers (0-9, or
A-F).
Select ASCII if you are using
ASCII
characters
(case-sensitive).
Ten hexadecimal digits or five
ASCII characters are needed
if 64-bit WEP is used; 26
hexadecimal digits or 13 ASCII
characters are needed if 128-bit
WEP is used.
This setting is the configuration
key used in accessing the
wireless network via WEP
encryption.
Select one default key then fill in
the appropriate value/phrase in
Network Key field. (Please refer
to the Key Format description
for the limitations on the
Network Key.) Note: You must
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use the same Default key and
Network Key settings for the both
sides of the wireless network to
connect.
Click Apply to save the changes.
Click Cancel to exit the
application.
Apply
Cancel
Site Survey Tab
The Site Survey tab shows all the available
Access Points/Peer-to-Peer Modes and their
features.
Item
Description
SSID
Displays the current SSID setting of the
Wireless Network Adapter.
Displays the status of WEP Encryption.
WEP
Channel
Displays the selected channel that is
currently in use.
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Item
Description
Signal
Displays the signal strength of the
connection between the Wireless Network
Adapter and the Access Point it connects
to.
A set of wireless stations is referred to as
a Basic Service Set (BSS). Computers in a
BSS must be configured with the same
BSS ID.
Displays the type of Basic Service Set.
BSSID
/IBSSID
Type
Re-Scan
Connect
( Access Point or
Peer-to-Peer)
Searches for all available networks.
Clicking on the button, the device will
start to rescan and list all available sites.
Highlight one of SSIDs from the
“Available Network” list and press the
Connect button to access it. You may also
change the configuration parameters such
as Tx Rate, Preamble type, Auth. Mode
and Data Encryption.
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Profiles Tab
The Profiles tab allows you to save any of your
configuration settings by setting up a Profile.
Item
Connect
Add
Delete
Properties
Description
Select one item from the available
profiles to connect.
Add the selected item to Profiles.
Click OK to save the new profile.
Click Cancel to ignore adding the
profile.
Click Delete to delete the selected
profile.
Click Properties to view/change the
configuration parameters.
After changing the configuration
parameters, click OK to save the
changes.
Click Cancel to ignore changing the
profile.
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About Tab
Click on the About tab to view basic version
information about the Driver and Configuration
Utility.
Note for Windows XP users
If you want to use Windows XP’s built-in
Wireless Configuration Utility to configure the
device, right-click the Network Status Icon
appeared on the task bar. Click Exit to disable
Manufacturer’s Wireless LAN Configuration
Utility.
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