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Operating Instructions
5GHz
Wireless LAN Access
Point
PCWA-A500
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To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified
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The radiated output power of the Wireless LAN
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Nevertheless, the Wireless LAN Access Point
shall be used in such a manner that the potential
for human contact during normal operation is
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This device complies with part 15 of the FCC
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NOTE:
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
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These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
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if not installed and used in accordance with the
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particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, you are encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
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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.
The supplied interface cable must be used with the
equipment in order to comply with the limits for a
digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of
FCC Rules.
Note
The power outlet should be installed near the
equipment and should be easily accessible.
Safety Information
WARNING
• Opening the unit, for whatever reason, could
lead to damages that are not covered by the
warranty.
• Do not touch the device or accessories during
thunder storms. Electrical shock could result.
• Make sure connectors are properly connected.
– Do not insert any metallic objects inside the
connectors. Short-circuiting the pins could
cause fire or damage to the unit.
– Be careful to insert connectors squarely.
Crooked insertion could cause pins to shortcircuit, possibly causing fire or damage to
the unit.
• Use only the supplied AC adapter with your
Sony Wireless LAN Access Point. To
disconnect your Wireless LAN Access Point
from the power supply, unplug the AC adapter.
• This device is made for use in the USA only.
• For indoor use only.
• While using the Access Point, do not cover it or
turn it on its side. Do not cover the Access
Point with objects such as magazines or
newspapers or use it in confined, enclosed
places, such as the spaces between walls and
furniture. Further, do not turn the Access Point
on its side while using it. Either situation could
cause heat to build up inside the Access Point,
leading to overheating and possible fire.
• Carefully place the Ethernet cable, AC adapter,
and other wiring. Personal injury or damage to
the Access Point could result from people
tripping over the Ethernet cable, AC adapter, or
power cord. Protect wiring by locating it in
places where people do not walk.
• Do not swing the AC adapter. Injury could
result if the adapter strikes a person or fragile
material, such as glass.
• Keep the Access Point out of the reach of
children. Unforeseeable injury could result
from swallowing loose parts, etc.
• Place the Access Point on a stable surface. Do
not place the Access Point on wobbly or tilted
surfaces. Tipping or falling could result in
injury.
• When using wall mounting, make sure that the
wall is strong enough to support the Access
Point. The Access Point could fall if the wall is
not strong enough, leading to unforeseeable
accidents. Further, be careful not to drop the
unit or the tools used for mounting it. Doing so
could result in unforeseeable accidents.
• Avoid locations that are directly exposed to
sunlight or heaters.
• Internal overheating could result in fire or
damage to the unit.
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Table of contents
Getting started
Overview ............................................... 7
What you can do with your Wireless
LAN Access Point ..................... 7
System requirements ..................... 8
About the manuals and Help files ... 8
Names of parts and functions ................ 9
About the Access Point initial settings 12
To return the Access Point settings
to the factory default settings .. 13
MAC address ............................... 13
Setting and connections
Configuring the Access Point
settings ............................................ 14
Before configuring the Access Point
settings ..................................... 14
Displaying the Access Point setup
page .......................................... 16
About the Access Point
password .................................. 18
Configuring and changing settings
for the Access Point ................. 19
Confirming the firmware version for
the Access Point ...................... 20
Confirming the status of the Access
Point ......................................... 21
Connecting ........................................... 22
Connecting to a DSL modem, cable
modem, or ISDN router ........... 22
Precautions when mounting the Access
Point on a wall ................................ 24
Additional information
Precautions .......................................... 26
Specifications ...................................... 27
Getting help ......................................... 28
Glossary ............................................... 29
Troubleshooting ................................... 31
6
Overview
The 5GHz Wireless LAN Access Point PCWA-A500 is designed for
constructing a wireless LAN (Local Area Network) environment. Because
the wireless LAN does not require cable connections, client computers can
operate anywhere within a specified range.
Connect your Access Point to a power outlet, insert the 5GHz Wireless
LAN PC Card PCWA-C500 (sold separately) into your computer, and use
the provided software together with the Access Point to construct a wireless
LAN environment on multiple client computers (16 or fewer is
recommended). In a wireless LAN environment, you can share files and
folders on other client computers and let others share files and folders on
your computer.
Further, you can connect the Access Point to a DSL modem, cable modem,
or ISDN router to access the Internet from a client computer that is
equipped with wireless LAN or from a client computer on an Ethernet LAN
that is connected to the NETWORK 2 connector.
Internet
POWER
MESSAGE
WIRELESS
NETWORK
NETWORK
1
2
To the NETWORK 1
connector
Internet
service
provider
DSL modem/
cable modem/
ISDN router
To the
NETWORK 2
connector
Hub
7
Getting started
What you can do with your Wireless LAN Access Point
System requirements
In order to configure the Access Point or check Access Point settings, your
computer must satisfy the following hardware and software requirements.
❑ A computer installed with a 5GHz Wireless LAN PC Card
(Make sure that the driver required to operate the PC card is
installed correctly.)
❑ Web browser (The following browsers are recommended.)
– Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5 or later
– Netscape® Communicator 4.75 or later
Notes
• Sony cannot assure trouble-free operation for all computers satisfying the specified
system requirements.
• To construct a wireless LAN environment, the 5GHz Wireless LAN PC Card
PCWA-C500 (sold separately) is required.
• Internet access requires the separate purchase of an Internet connection from an Internet
Service Provider (ISP).
About the manuals and Help files
The following manuals and Help files are provided with this product.
• 5GHz Wireless LAN Access Point PCWA-A500 Quick Start Guide
This guide contains simple explanations on how to set up and configure
the Access Point. We recommend reading the guide before using this
product.
• 5GHz Wireless LAN Access Point PCWA-A500 Operating Instructions
(this manual)
These instructions contain detailed explanations on how to setup and
configure the Access Point.
• Access Point Online Help
Online help explains how to set up and use the Access Point. To
configure an Access Point, go to the Access Point setup page. For
information on how to display the Access Point setup page and online
help, see “Displaying the Access Point setup page” (page 16).
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Names of parts and functions
Getting started
Front view
Side view
1
POWER
MESSAGE
2
WIRELESS
4
NETWORK 1
5
NETWORK 2
6
3
1 Built-in antenna (not externally
visible)
2 Indicators
POWER
Lights green while power is supplied
to the Access Point.
MESSAGE
Lights when unread logs exceed a
certain size. The indicator goes out
when the log is displayed.
WIRELESS
Lights green when data can be
exchanged on a wireless LAN.
Flashes orange while data is being
exchanged on a wireless LAN.
NETWORK 1
Lights green when an Ethernet cable
is connected to the NETWORK 1
connector.
Flashes orange while data is being
exchanged using the NETWORK 1
connector.
NETWORK 2
Lights green when an Ethernet cable
is connected to the NETWORK 2
connector.
Flashes orange while data is being
exchanged using the NETWORK 2
connector.
z Hint
All indicators except the POWER indicator
flash while the Access Point settings are being
changed.
3 Stand/wall-mount adapter
The stand/wall-mount adapter is
retractable and can be used with the
arm extended straight down as a stand
or with the arm retracted as a wallmount adapter.
When extending the arm straight
down, it must not be fixed in a
position other than that shown in the
illustration above.
To get the best performance from the
built-in antenna, position the Access
Point so that the front of the unit
creates a right angle with the
supporting surface.
9
4 NETWORK 1 connector
Use an Ethernet cable to connect the
Access Point to a DSL modem, cable
modem, or ISDN router.
5 NETWORK 2 connector
Use an Ethernet cable to connect the
Access Point to an Ethernet LAN hub.
6 DC IN 10 V jack
Connects to the AC power adapter.
Rear view
0
7
NETWORK 1
8
9
NETWORK 2
NETWORK 1
DC IN 10V
qa
NETWORK 2
DC IN 10V
7 Ferrite core storage recess
Insert the ferrite core of the AC
adapter cable qd (on page 11) into this
recess, then insert the cable into the
AC adapter cable securing groove 8
to fix it in place. For details, refer to
the Quick Start Guide.
8 AC adapter cable securing groove
Insert the ferrite core of the AC
adapter cable qd (on page 11) into the
ferrite core storage recess 7, then
insert the cable into this groove to fix
it in place. For details, refer to the
Quick Start Guide.
9 Serial number label
The serial number (SERIAL NO.) is
printed on this label. The numbers
printed below “NO.” are the serial
number.
10
0 Wall-mounting holes
When using the stand/wall-mount
adapter as a wall-mount adapter, you
can mount the Access Point onto the
wall by screwing two screws into the
holes. (The screws for mounting the
Access Point are not provided. Make
sure you use a product that is rated to
support the weight of the Access
Point.)
When mounting the Access Point on a
wall, see “Precautions when mounting
the Access Point on a wall” (page 24).
qa ID label
This label is printed with the ID
assigned to the Access Point at the
time of shipping. (This ID is also
referred to as the Network Name
(SSID).) This ID is required when
configuring Access Point settings.
qd
Top view
Getting started
qs
qs Factory default switch
qd Ferrite core
Use this switch to return the Access
Point settings to the factory default
settings.
For details, see “To return the Access
Point settings to the factory default
settings” (page 13).
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About the Access Point initial settings
The Access Point is configured as follows at shipment.
To return the Access Point settings to the factory default settings, see page
13.
Note
In the table below, “–” indicates that no setting is made at the time of shipment.
Common
Host Name
homegate
Administrator Password
–
Guest Password
–
Time Server (NTP Server)
–
DNS Server
–
Operating Mode
NAT Router Mode
NETWORK 1
Connection Method
Obtain an IP address automatically
Speed
Auto-Detect
DHCP Client ID
–
NETWORK 2
IP Address
192.168.11.1
Netmask
255.255.255.0
DHCP IP Address Pool Size
16
Speed
Auto-Detect
WIRELESS
12
Network Name (SSID)
ID printed on the ID label at the
rear of the product
Encryption (WEP)
Disabled
WEP Key
–
Key Length
40 bits (5 characters)
Frequency (Channel)
5.180 GHz (Channel 36)
To return the Access Point settings to the factory default settings
Getting started
To return the Access Point settings to the factory default settings, hold
down the factory default switch for approximately one second while the
power of the Access Point is ON. For information on the location of the
factory default switch position, see “Names of parts and functions” on
page 9.
About the indicator display
When you press the factory default switch, the MESSAGE indicator flashes
orange. If you continue to press this switch, the WIRELESS, NETWORK
1, and NETWORK 2 indicators flash green, and the operation to return the
Access Point settings to the factory default settings begins. When the
indicators stop flashing, the Access Point settings have been returned to the
factory default settings. For setting details, see page 12.
Note
If you perform this procedure, all previously set data will be lost.
MAC address
You can check the MAC address for the Access Point NETWORK 1
connector on the Status Display screen. For details, see “Confirming the
status of the Access Point” (page 21).
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Configuring the Access Point settings
To configure the Access Point settings, use a computer that is connected to
the Access Point using the 5GHz Wireless LAN PC Card PCWA-C500 or a
computer that is connected to the Access Point NETWORK 2 connector
using an Ethernet connection.
Before configuring the Access Point settings
Connecting to the Access Point using a Wireless LAN PC Card
• Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card into your computer, and install the PC
card driver.
• Install the Wireless Panel software provided with the Wireless LAN PC
Card.
• Configure the wireless connection with the Access Point after you have
configured the computer communication settings on the Wireless Panel.
z Hint
For details, refer to the manuals provided with the Wireless LAN PC Card.
Connecting the Access Point to the Internet
❑ To connect the Access Point to a DSL modem:
In the DSL modem operating manual supplied by your ISP, check whether
your ISP uses the PPPoE connection method or the router-type DSL
modem connection method. Depending on the connection method, perform
one of the following.
For PPPoE connections:
• Check the following using the data supplied by your ISP.
(1) Account ID (Also referred to as the “User Account” or the “User ID”)
(2) Account ID password
(3) Service Name (Only when specified by your ISP)
(4) Access Concentrator Name (Only when specified by your ISP)
14
• Select Connect using DSL from NETWORK 1 Settings in Easy Setup
(page 19) or from NAT Router Mode Settings in NETWORK 1 Settings
in Advanced Setup (page 20).
For router-type DSL modem connections:
Select Bridge Mode in Advanced Setup (page 20).
❑ To connect the Access Point to a cable modem:
For DHCP connections (the IP address is automatically
assigned to your computer):
• Check the DHCP Client ID in the data supplied by your ISP. (Only when
specified by your ISP)
• Select Obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP) from NETWORK 1
Settings in Easy Setup (page 19) or from NAT Router Mode Settings in
NETWORK 1 Settings in Advanced Setup (page 20).
For fixed IP address connections (you have to set the IP
address for your computer manually):
• Check the IP address assigned to your computer which is provided by
your ISP.
• Select Use the following IP address from NETWORK 1 Settings in Easy
Setup (page 19) or from NAT Router Mode Settings in NETWORK 1
Settings in Advanced Setup (page 20).
❑ When using an ISDN router:
Select Bridge Mode in Advanced Setup (page 20).
Note
Depending on your ISP, you may not be permitted to connect a router-type access point to
a DSL or cable modem. For details, check the contract terms for your ISP.
15
Setting and connections
In the cable modem operating manuals supplied by your ISP, check
whether your ISP uses the DHCP connection method (where the IP address
is automatically assigned to your computer) or the fixed IP address method
(where you set the IP address for your computer manually). Depending on
the connection method, perform one of the following procedures.
Displaying the Access Point setup page
To configure Access Point settings, go to the Access Point setup page. Use
one of the following three methods to display the Access Point setup page.
• Display the Access Point setup page using the Wireless Connection Easy
Setup Wizard provided on the Wireless LAN PC Card. (page 17)
Note
This method can only be used with Windows Me or Windows 2000.
• Display the Access Point setup page from the Wireless Panel. (page 17)
• Display the Access Point setup page by entering the IP address in the
web browser. (page 18)
Note
If your web browser is configured to use a web proxy server, set the browser proxy
settings so that the browser does not use a proxy server for the Access Point IP address.
(The factory default setting for the Access Point IP address is 192.168.11.1.)
z Hints
• The Access Point setup page for configuring Access Point settings is saved in the
Access Point internal memory. To display the Access Point setup page, it is not
necessary to connect to the Internet.
• When using an Ethernet connection to display the Access Point from your computer,
see “Display the Access Point setup page by entering the IP address in the web
browser. ” (page 18).
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Note
Depending on the firmware version of the Access Point you are using, the displayed
screen may differ from that shown above.
Display the Access Point setup page using the Wireless
Connection Easy Setup Wizard provided on the Wireless
LAN PC Card
Setting and connections
Note
This method can only be used with Windows Me or Windows 2000.
1
Connect the Access Point to the AC adapter.
z Hint
There is no power switch on the Access Point. Refer to the Quick Start Guide
(separate sheet) when connecting the Access Point to the AC adapter.
2
Start the Wireless Connection Easy Setup Wizard.
z Hint
To Start the Wireless Connection Easy Setup Wizard, install the Wireless Panel and
follow the onscreen instructions. However, you can start the Wireless Network Easy
Setup Wizard any time you like.
For details, refer to the Quick Start Guide.
3
Follow the onscreen instructions to configure the
communication settings for your computer.
After you have configured the communication settings for your
computer, follow the onscreen instructions to display the Access Point
setup page.
Display the Access Point setup page from the Wireless
Panel
1
Connect the Access Point to the AC adapter.
z Hint
There is no power switch on the Access Point. Refer to the Quick Start Guide
(separate sheet) when connecting the Access Point to the AC adapter.
2
Double-click the Wireless Panel icon (Received Signal Level
indicator) on the taskbar.
The main screen for the Wireless Panel appears.
3
Click AP Settings.
The web browser starts with the Access Point setup page displayed.
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Display the Access Point setup page by entering the IP
address in the web browser.
1
Connect the Access Point to the AC adapter.
z Hint
There is no power switch on the Access Point. Refer to the Quick Start Guide
(separate sheet) when connecting the Access Point to the AC adapter.
2
Start up your web browser.
3
Type “http://192.168.11.1/” in the URL entry field, then press
Enter.
The Access Point setup page is displayed.
z Hints
• The IP address above is the factory default setting for the Access Point. If the IP
address has been changed, contact your network administrator.
• When using the NAT Router mode, the Access Point IP address is set to the
default gateway for that network.
• When using the Bridge mode, contact your network administrator for the Access
Point IP address.
About the Access Point password
You can set two types of Access Point passwords, administrator password
and guest password. Neither of these passwords is set when the Access
Point is shipped from the factory. Therefore, all users are able to configure
Access Point settings and display the status of the Access Point. If you want
to restrict the privileges of users, you can set a password as described on
the Easy Setup page or the various mode setting pages of Advanced Setup.
Passwords and restrictions on executable functions are as follows.
Password types and ability to use executable functions
18
Function
Administrator
Guest
Status display
Possible
Possible
Easy Setup
Possible
Not possible
Advanced Setup
Possible
Not possible
Display Indicator
Possible
Not possible
Firmware update
Possible
Not possible
Administrator password
If you set an administrator password, you will be requested to enter a user
name and password when you open the Access Point setup page.
To open the Access Point setup page, type admin in the dialog box’s User
Name text box, then type the password that you set in the Password text
box.
If you set a guest password, you will be requested to enter a user name and
password when you open the Access Point Status page.
Type guest in the User Name text box, then type the password that you set
in the Password text box.
Notes
• If no administrator password is set, a guest password cannot be set.
• If the administrator password is cancelled, the guest password is also cancelled.
Configuring and changing settings for the Access Point
There are two types of Access Point settings:
■ Easy Setup
For those who are not familiar with networks, it is recommend that you
use Easy Setup. However, if the Access Point is connected to an ISDN
router or router-type DSL modem, you must make settings in Advanced
Setup.
• If you configure settings in Easy Setup, the Access Point operates in
NAT router mode.
• When making a PPPoE connection to your ISP using a DSL modem or
when using a cable modem, you can normally configure all of the
required settings in Easy Setup.
Note
If you configure settings in Easy Setup after you have already configured settings in
Advanced Setup, the Advanced Setup settings are lost, and the settings are switched to
those in Easy Setup.
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Setting and connections
Guest password
■ Advanced Setup
Here, you can configure advanced settings for the Access Point. Further,
you can select an operation mode for the Access Point from the following
two types:
(1) NAT Router mode
Similar to Easy Setup, the Access Point operates in NAT router
mode, but you can configure slightly more advanced settings.
(2) Bridge mode
The Access Point operates as a network bridge. Select this mode
when using an ISDN router or router-type DSL modem.
1
Follow the steps for Displaying the Access Point setup page
(page 16) to display the Access Point setup page.
2
Click Easy Setup or Advanced Setup.
3
If an administrator password has been set, you are
requested to enter a password. Type admin in the User
Name text box, and enter the password, then click OK.
The Access Point setup page appears.
z Hint
The administrator password is not set when the Access Point is shipped from the
factory. For details, see “About the Access Point password” (page 18).
If the Access Point settings (Network name (SSID) or data encryption)
have been changed, you must use the Wireless Panel to change the
communication settings on your computer. For details, refer to the Wireless
LAN PC Card Operating Instructions or the Wireless Panel Help.
Confirming the firmware version for the Access Point
You can confirm the Access Point firmware version on the Access Point
Status page. For details, see “Confirming the status of the Access Point”
(page 21).
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Confirming the status of the Access Point
Perform the following steps to confirm the current status of the Access
Point.
Follow the steps for Displaying the Access Point setup page
(page 16) to open the Access Point setup page.
2
Click Status.
3
If a guest password has been set, you are requested to
enter a password. Type guest in the User Name text box,
and enter the password, then click OK.
Setting and connections
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The status of the Access Point is displayed.
z Hints
• The guest password is not set when the Access Point is shipped from the factory.
For details, see “About the Access Point password” (page 18).
• Also, you can display the Access Point Status page using the administrator user
name “admin” and its password.
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Connecting
Connecting to a DSL modem, cable modem, or ISDN router
If the Access Point is connected to a DSL modem, cable modem, or ISDN
router, computers that are connected to the Access Point can connect to the
Internet via the Access Point. Multiple computers can connect to the
Internet via the Access Point simultaneously.
POWER
MESSAGE
WIRELESS
NETWORK
NETWORK
1
2
WARNING
In the following cases, set the Access Point to Bridge mode before connecting
to the Access Point. If you mix up the NETWORK 1 and NETWORK 2 connectors
when the Access Point is in the NAT Router mode, problems may occur, such as
network anomalies or not being able to communicate with the Access Point.
• When the Access Point is connected to an ISDN router
• When the Access Point is connected to an existing LAN operating over
a DHCP server
For details on setting methods, see “Configuring the Access Point settings” (page 14).
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1
Connect the Access Point’s NETWORK 1 connector to a
DSL modem, cable modem, or ISDN router using an
Ethernet cable as shown in the illustration below. When the
Access Point is connected to an Ethernet LAN, connect the
NETWORK 2 connector and the hub using an Ethernet
cable.
Setting and connections
Connect the NETWORK 1
connector to a DSL
modem, cable modem, or
ISDN router.
POWER
MESSAGE
WIRELESS
NETWORK
NETWORK
1
2
Connect the NETWORK 2
connector to the hub.
Notes
• Use a category 5 Ethernet cable when connecting to the Access Point.
• Normally, an Ethernet straight-through cable is used when connecting a communication
device to the NETWORK 1 connector, but depending on the device you may need to
use an Ethernet cable with crossover wiring. When connecting to the Access Point, use
the same type of cable that you would use to connect the communication device to your
computer. For details, refer to the operating instructions for the communication device
you are using.
• When connecting the hub to the NETWORK 2 connector, use an Ethernet straightthrough cable. When connecting the computer directly to the Access Point, use an
Ethernet crossover cable.
z Hints
• The cable supplied with the Access Point is an Ethernet straight-through cable.
• For details on how to use the DSL modem, cable modem, or ISDN router, refer to the
respective operating instructions.
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Precautions when mounting the Access
Point on a wall
When mounting the Access Point on a wall, the screw size and spacing of
mounting holes is as follows. Note that no brackets are provided for
mounting the Access Point on a wall.
Use screws or nails that meet the following requirements.
Notes
• Using two screws or other fasteners, ensure that the Access Point is securely set on the
wall. When fastening the Access Point to a wall with screws, retighten them after
mounting the Access Point.
• Select a location that will hold the weight of the Access Point when mounting it on the
wall. If the location cannot hold the weight of the Access Point, the Access Point may
drop and cause an accident.
• When mounting the Access Point on walls made of plasterboard or other fragile
material, make sure that the material is strong enough to support the unit’s weight and
use special screw fasteners or other fixtures that are made for use with that material. If
the unit is fastened with ordinary screws, there is a danger that it may fall.
• When mounting the Access Point on the wall, be careful not to drop the Access Point or
the tools used for doing the work. Dropping the unit or tools could result in
unforeseeable accidents.
Hanging the Access Point from screws set in a wall:
Head diameter: 0.24 to 0.29 inches (6.0 to 7.5 mm)
Body diameter: 0.14 to 0.15 inches (3.5 to 4.0 mm)
Length: 1.2 inches (30 mm) or more
2.82 inches (71.5 mm)
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Fastening the Access Point to a wall with screws:
Body diameter: 0.14 to 0.29 inches (3.5 to 7.5 mm)
Length: 1.2 inches (30 mm) or more
2.82 inches (71.5 mm)
Setting and connections
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Precautions
AC adapter
Use ony the supplied AC adapter. Other
AC adapters may cause a failure in the
Access Point.
Safety
Do not drop the Access Point. Careful
handling will help prevent damage.
Installation
Do not place the Access Point where it
will be exposed to the following
conditions:
• Unstable surfaces.
• High humidity or poor ventilation.
• Excessive dust.
• Direct sunlight or extreme heat.
• Closed cars.
• Magnetized locations (near magnets,
speakers, or televisions).
• Locations exposed to frequent
vibration.
• Locations where the transmission of
radio waves may be obstructed by metal
plates or concrete walls
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Operation
Exposure to cold-to-hot temperature
extremes or very damp environments may
cause moisture to condense on internal
parts. This may prevent the Access Point
from operating properly.
If this should happen, unplug the AC
adapter from the power outlet and let the
Access Point sit for two to three hours or
until the moisture evaporates.
Cleaning
Clean the casing with a soft cloth, lightly
moistened with water or a mild detergent
solution. Do not use any type of abrasive
pad, scouring powder or solvent such as
alcohol or benzene. This may damage the
finish of the casing.
Modulation method
Specifications
OFDM (IEEE802.11a compliant)
Operating temperature
Power
41°F to 95°F (5 to 35°C) (no condensation)
AC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz
(The power cord plug is for use with AC 120 V.)
Storage temperature
Power consumption
Approximately 7 W
Maximum external dimensions
Mass
Supplied accessories
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•
•
•
•
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Operating Instructions
Quick Start Guide
AC adapter
Power cord
Ethernet cable (straight-through wiring)
Warranty card
Other printed materials
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Approx. 42.4 oz
(Approx. 1.2 kg )
(Not including the AC adapter.)
Maximum communication distance
Approximately 330 feet (100 m) in direct line of
sight with no obstacles
(The maximum communication distance depends
on the environment.)
Recommended number of units
connected
16 units or less (number of clients)
Protocol support
TCP/IP
Standards
IEEE802.11a/IEEE802.11 (wireless connection)
IEEE802.3 (wired connection)
Radio frequency
5.15 to 5.35 GHz
Data transfer speed (logical value)
Wireless connection: 54 Mbps max.
Wired connection: 100 Mbps max.
WEP (data encryption)
64 bits
128 bits
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Additional information
Approx. 6.3 × 9.2 × 1.9 inches
(Approx. 159 × 233 × 48 mm) (w/h/d)
The stand is 3.6 inches (approx. 91 mm) in
depth.
Approx. 6.3 × 8.7 × 2.2 inches
(Approx. 159 × 219 × 55 mm) (w/h/d)
(With the stand folded)
-4°F to 140°F (-20 to 60°C) (no condensation)
Getting help
This section describes how to get help and support
from Sony, as well as troubleshooting tips for your
Wireless LAN Access Point.
About Sony’s Support Options
Sony provides several support options for your
Wireless LAN Access Point.
❒ This Operating Instructions
explains how to use your Wireless LAN
Access Point.
❒ Quick Start Guide explains how to
install the Wireless LAN Access Point.
❒ Access Point Online Help explains
how to configure the Access Point.
❒ The Sony Wireless LAN Access
Point support Web site
http://www.sony.com/
wirelesslansupport/ provides the
latest information on your Wireless
LAN Access Point.
❒ The Sony e-mail support service
answers your questions by electronic
mail. Just send your question in an email message and a customer service
representative will reply. To send a
question to Sony e-mail support, fill out
the e-mail form at
http://www.sony.com/
wirelesslansupport/
❒ The Sony fax-back service provides
you with answers to commonly asked
questions. You can use this automated
service to request a list of available
topics then select the topics you want to
receive. To contact the Sony fax-back
service, call
1-877-760-7669.
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❒ The Sony Customer Information
Services Center offers information
about your Access Point, Wireless LAN
PC Card, and other Sony products that
work with your computer. To contact
the Sony Customer Information
Services Center, call 1-877-760-7669.
Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
Glossary
LAN (Local Area Network)
Client
PPPoE (PPP over Ethernet)
A computer connected to a LAN (Local
Area Network). Also may be called a
client computer.
PPPoE is a software protocol that uses a
DSL modem to access the Internet.
Channel number
DHCP (Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol)
DHCP lets network administrators
centrally manage and automate
assignment of client computer IP
addresses.
With PPPoE, the client does not set a
static IP address. Instead, an IP address is
assigned dynamically whenever the client
accesses the Internet.
Protocol
The formal specifications that define the
procedures for computers to follow when
transmitting and receiving data.
DNS (Domain Name System)
A system that translates host names into
IP addresses.
TCP/IP (Transmission Control
Protocol/Internet Protocol)
Networks that use the TCP/IP protocol,
such as the Internet, use a set of numbers
like 192.168.0.1 (IP address) to identify a
computer. However, since the IP address
is hard to memorize, DNS was developed
to allow a name like “www.sony.com” to
identify a computer for convenience. DNS
servers manage these translations from
host names into IP addresses.
TCP/IP is the network communications
protocol that is used to communicate over
the Internet. TCP is a connection-oriented
protocol for establishing reliable,
sequenced data transfer. TCP ensures that
data reaches its destination.
IP assembles and addresses data packets
for transmission to their network
destinations.
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Additional information
The frequency used for wireless
communications. Wireless
communications are available only among
client computers and Access Points that
use the same channel.
A network which is accessible only to its
members, unlike the Internet which is
open to an unlimited number of people. A
LAN may be built for different purposes.
For example, you can build an office LAN
that is accessible only to members of the
same department or a home LAN that is
accessible only to family members.
WAN (Wide Area Network)
A network that interconnects remote
LANs through the Internet or telephone
lines.
WEP
IEEE802.11-compliant security system.
Using the WEP key as the password, only
client computers and Access Points that
have the same ID and password may log
on to the same wireless LAN for file
sharing.
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Troubleshooting
Problems related to the Access Point:
Read the Troubleshooting section of this guide before calling Sony
Customer Information Services. If you still cannot resolve the problems
after referring to these sources, call Sony Customer Information Services.
Symptom
c The Access Point is not supplied with power.
Connect the Access Point to a power outlet with the
supplied AC adapter.
c There is an obstacle between the Access Point and the
computer containing the Wireless LAN PC Card, or they
are too far apart from each other.
c Remove the obstacle between them. Or place the Access
Point and the computer containing the Wireless LAN PC
Card closer together. (The maximum communication
distance depends on the environment.)
The NETWORK 1 or
NETWORK 2
indicator is not lit.
c The cables are not properly connected.
Check that you have connected the correct cables.
None of the indicators
except the POWER
indicator are lit.
c The indicator display setting is turned OFF.
Turn the power off, then turn it back on again. Or follow
the steps for displaying the Access Point setup page (page
16), open the Access Point homepage, and change the
indicator display using the "Switch" button in Display
Status.
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Additional information
The Access Point is
not operating properly
or does not operate at
all.
Cause/Remedy
❒ The Sony e-mail support service answers your questions
by electronic mail. Just send your question in an e-mail message
and a customer service representative will reply. To send a
question to Sony e-mail support, fill out the e-mail form at
http://www.sony.com/wirelesslansupport/
❒ The Sony fax-back service provides you with answers to
commonly asked questions. You can use this automated service
to request a list of available topics and then select the topics you
want to receive. To contact the Sony fax-back service, call
1-877-760-7669.
❒ The Sony Customer Information Services Center offers
information about your Access Point, Wireless LAN PC Card,
and other Sony products that work with your computer. To
contact the Sony Customer Information Services Center, call
1-877-760-7669.
Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
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