WL-211F User Manual
Wireless LAN 311FA NIC
User’s Guide
Version 1.0
5/05/2003
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.Contents
1. Introduction ............................................................................................................... 3
2. Wireless LAN Basics ................................................................................................ 4
3. Installation for Windows platform ........................................................................... 5
3.1. Installation Overview…………………………………………………………………………………..6
3.2. Install Procedure for Windows XP……………………………………………………….7
3.3. Install Procedure for Windows 98/ME/2000…………………………………………….9
3.4 Uninstall Procedure……………………………………………………………………………………16
4. Configuration Utility ............................................................................................... 17
4.1 Link Information…………………………………………………………………………………………18
4.2 Availiable Networks……………………………………………………………………………………20
4.3 Profile Setting……………………………………………………………………………………………21
4.4 About………………………………………………………………………………………………………24
5. Troubleshooting ...................................................................................................... 25
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing your Wireless LAN 311FA Adapter. This Quick Installation Guide will assist
you with the installation procedure.
The package you have received should contain the following items:
• Wireless LAN 311FA Adapter
• Quick Installation Guide
• CD containing Wireless LAN Management utility, drivers and Multi-lingual User’s Guide
Note: if anything is missing, please contact your vendor
The CD contains drivers and Configuration Utility program that is used for managing the Wireless LAN
Adapters and establishing the wireless connection with your Local Area Network.
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2. Wireless LAN Basics
Wireless LAN (Local Area Networks) systems offer a great number of advantages over a traditional,
wired system. Wireless LANs (WLANs) are more flexible, easier to setup and manage and often more
cost effective than their wired equivalence.
Using radio frequency (RF) technology, WLANs transmit and receive data over the air, minimizing the
need for wired connections. Thus, WLANs combine data connectivity with user mobility, and, through
simplified configuration, enable movable LANs.
With wireless LANs, users can access shared information without looking for a place to plug in and
network managers can set up or augment networks without installing or moving wires. Wireless LANs
offer the following productivity, convenience and cost advantages over traditional wired networks:
• Mobility - Wireless LAN systems can provide LAN users with access to real-time information
anywhere in their organization. This mobility supports productivity and service opportunities not
possible with wired networks.
• Installation Speed and Simplicity - Installing a wireless LAN system can be fast and easy and can
eliminate the need to pull cable through walls and ceilings.
• Installation Flexibility - Wireless technology allows the network to go where wires cannot go.
• Reduced Cost-of-Ownership - While the initial investment required for wireless LAN hardware
might be higher than the cost of wired LAN hardware, overall installation expenses and life-cycle
costs will be significantly lower. Long-term cost benefits are greatest in dynamic environments
requiring frequent moves, adds, and changes.
• Scalability - Wireless LAN systems can be configured in a variety of topologies to meet the needs
of specific applications and installations. Configurations are easily changed and range from peerto-peer to full infrastructure networks, also allow roaming over a broad area.
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3. Installation for Windows platform
The following section will assist you in installing wireless LAN Adapter successfully. You will first install
software (Utility) and then insert / attach the Wireless LAN Adapter to your system, and finally set the
network properties to accommodate resource sharing and select the type of wireless network that you
wish to install. The Wireless LAN card can easily be installed and used, without bothering to connect
cables for keeping your computer to use network resources.
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3.1. Installation Overview
Here are some steps you will perform in establishing your wireless network connection:
Install the Access Point at first. AP is needed in case of Infrastructure network mode.
Install the software using the Install CD.
Install the Wireless LAN Card (WIRELESS LAN 311FA Adapter).
Install the network protocol(s) required to communicate on your network. Most likely you will need
the TCP/IP protocol.
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3.2. Install Procedure for Windows XP
Note: Do not insert the WLAN Adapter until you are asked to do so, failure of which may result in unsuccessful
installation of your WLAN device.
1. Insert the given Installation CD in the CD-ROM and then click on the Setup.
Follow the instruction to finish the installation.
2. Insert your WLAN card into PCMCIA/PCI slot or USB connector of your system, and then system
will detect new hardware.
Select “Install the software automatically (Recommended)”, and then click Next to continue.
Once your system detected the driver, Microsoft will show a warning message as below.
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Click “ Continue Anyway ” for next step.
After copy the file to your system, then the setup is finish.
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3.3. Install Procedure for Windows 98/ME/2000
Note: Do not insert the WLAN Adapter until you are asked to do so, failure of which may result in unsuccessful
installation of your WLAN device.
Please follow the following steps one by one in order to install the WLAN
Adapter successfully.
1. Power on your computer and allow Windows 98/ME/2000 to load fully.
2. Be sure that the Wireless LAN 311FA Adapter is not inserted yet.
3. Insert the given Installation CD in the CD-ROM and then click on the Setup.
At the “Welcome” window, click Next.
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4. Accept the license agreement.
Accept the license agreement. Click Yes to accept.
Click Yes to finish the setup.
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5. Insert / attach Wireless LAN 311FA Adapter to your system
Windows will recognize the WLAN adapter and auto detect the driver, if the system did not find the
driver automatically, please install the driver manually.
Click Yes to finish the installation.
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6. Click the right button of mouse on My Computer
Properties
Hardware Device Manager.
Check whether it has WLAN adapter in one of the sockets or not. If you find Wireless Network PC
Card in one of the sockets, it means the card is detected properly.
7.
Click right button of mouse on the Network Neighborhood.
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8. Select Properties from the pop up menu. For Windows 98 the network’s properties box appears.
* For Windows ME and 2000, please select the Local Area Connection’s properties to check the
following menu.
9. Click on the General tab and then click on the Install button. Select Network Component Type box
appears. Click on the Protocol then click the Add button.
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10. Select Network Protocols box appears. From the list of network protocols list, select NetBEUI, then
click OK.
11. The NetBEUI protocol is now installed. After clicking on OK return back to Network Component
Type box.
12. Repeat the step 9 and 10 to add IPX/SPX protocol.
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13. Click on the TCP/IP option for setting the IP address for your computer. You can select either
Obtain an IP address automatically or Use the following IP address setting. If your choice is the
second one then enter the IP value, Subnet masking, DNS, Domain/ Workgroup name, and
Gateway Address values. After setting these parameters appropriately, click OK to return to
Network Component Type and you can select the File and Printer Sharing options as well for
sharing your computers resources. Click on OK.
14. Screen message do want to restart your Computer will pop up. Select Yes. It will shut down your
computer and restart.
Important: Restart your computer to make the changes effective before you reinstall the
driver.
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3.4 Uninstall Procedure
Step 1:
If you want to uninstall the WLAN adapter, just simply click
Start Menu
Program
Wireless Network
Uninstall,
it shall uninstall all related programs.
Step 2:
Restart your Computer.
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4. Configuration Utility
Wireless LAN 311FA Wireless LAN adapter uses its own management software. All functions
controlled by user are provided by this application. Usually this application starts automatically,
or click
icon from Start Menu to start the Utility application.
A new icon should appear in your Icon tray. If the icon is in red, it means that Wireless LAN
311FA NIC configuration is invalid or incomplete. Sometimes icon can be colored in yellow. This may
happen when communication is defined poor connection or incorrectly.
Figure 1 Icon tray with a new icon
User can navigate through “sheets”, by clicking tabs. “X” button will minimize window.
To provide more information, click “More…” button. Below description explains the use
and meanings of the various screen messages.
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4.1 Link Information
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Connected To Network
This field is used to display the current status of connection. When the state shows “Connected to
Network” means normal flow of operation in Infrastructure mode. The PC is connected to access
point. Networking is available.
A state of “Scanning” means that the node is searching for available access point and detecting
the SSID for an available access point within range.
This field will also display an error message for some reason if the driver fails to initialize.
Network Type
Infrastructure Mode - The driver will scan all available channels continuously until it finds one or
more Access Points that match its SSID.
At that point it will try and authenticate and
associate with the Access Point.
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Peer to Peer Mode
- The driver will scan for 5 seconds looking for an existing Ad Hoc network
using the same SSID.
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Current Channel and Transmit Rate
Shows the channel of the radio and transmit rate being currently used for an active connection.
This value has no meaning when the radio is “Scanning”
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Link Quality
The Link Quality bar graph is only active when the node is in Infrastructure Mode. The bar graph
displays the quality of the link between the node and Access Point.
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Signal Strength
The Signal Strength bar graph is only active when the node is in Infrastructure Mode. The bar
graph displays normalized signal strength as reported by the radio, averaged over all frames over
100 bytes long that are received from the Access Point.
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4.2 Availiable Networks
The Connections Tab shows current status of available APs within the network.
User may select profile or ESSID from above list, click “Connect” to connect with the AP.
Click “Refresh” to rescan the network, this utility with site survey function, it will detect and list all
available APs within network.
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4.3 Profile Setting
Profile Setting allows user to create profiles for different network environments.
Click “Add” button to create new profiles.
“Edit” for editing current exist profile.
Click “Delete” button if you wish to delete profiles.
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Network Type
This field allows you to select from a list of supported Network “Modes”. The modes displayed will
have two values: “Peer to Peer” and “Access Point”.
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Peer to Peer - This is the 311FA peer-to-peer mode of operation. In 311FA Ad Hoc, only one
wireless “cell” is supported for each different SSID. All communication is done from Client to Client
without the use of an Access Point. 311FA Ad Hoc networking uses the same SSID for
establishing the wireless connection.
Access Point - This mode of operation requires the presence of an 311FA / 802.11b Access
Point. All communication is done via the Access Point, which relays packets to other wireless
Clients in the BSS as well as to nodes on a wired network such as Ethernet.
Transmit Rate – The transmission rate at which client of AP transmits the data packets. You may
set this to fixed 1Mbps, fixed 2 Mbps, fixed 5.5 Mbps, fixed 11 Mbps or Automatic for 802.11b’s
AP and fixed 6Mbps, fixed 9Mbps, fixed 12Mbps, fixed 18Mbps, fixed 24Mbps, fixed 36Mbps,
fixed 48Mbps, fixed 54Mbps or Automatic for 311FA’s AP.
Encryption (WEP) - You may desire an additional measure of security on your wireless network,
which can be achieved by using WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption.
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When an encrypted frame is received it will only be accepted if it decrypts correctly. This will only
happen if the receiver has the WEP Key used by the transmitter.
This panel allows to entry for 64/128-bit encryption according to WEP function select. To be written to
the driver and registry, such as Hexadecimal format, each key must consist of hex digits, which means
that only digit 0-9 and letters A-F are valid entries. If entered incorrectly program will not write keys to
a driver.
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4.4 About
“About” tab shows the product version including the detail of Driver, Application and firmware versions.
Users must use this version number when reporting their problems to technical support.
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5. Troubleshooting
If you encounter any problems during the installation, or to confirm that the WLAN 11Mbps device is
installed properly, please read the following troubleshooting section.
In Windows 98:
To check that the WLAN 311FA device is installed properly, please do the following:
1.
Go to START>SETTINGS>CONTROL PANEL>NETWORK. Choose the Configuration Tab. If you
find the WLAN 311FA Adapter, it means the card is installed properly. If you see the Yellow Questionmark (?) means the resources are conflicting. (Please read further in this section for solutions.)
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2. Right click on My Computer and select Properties. Select the Device Manager and click on the
Network Adapter. You will find the WLAN 311FA Adapter if it is installed successfully. If you see the
Yellow sign, the resources are conflicting. Click on the PCMCIA Card and then on the PCMCIA Card
Service, you can see the status of the PC card. If there is a yellow sign either on the adapter or the PC
card, please check the following.
1.
Check to see if your computer has a free IRQ. If not, make an IRQ free by assigning the
same IRQ to some devices, for example COM 1; COM 2 can be assigned the same IRQ
values.
2.
Check that you have inserted the right card and have installed the proper driver.
In Windows 2000:
1.
Check the Windows 2000 Diagnostics. See if there is any conflict in the resource allocation or
the I/O Address, IRQ allocations. If you find that the IRQ or I/O Addresses are already assigned
to some other devices, you must change that value. I/O Address needs 40h byte length.
2.
Go to the Control panel. Double click on the PCMCIA Card and you will see WLAN Adapter.
Double clicking on that will show you the Card Information, driver name and the driver file. If you
do not find the names, there are some problems and the driver is not installed properly. Reinstall
the driver.
Note: Check the PnP BIOS setup menu and select no in case of the WLAN Adapter installation.
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