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802.11b Wireless
PCI Card
User Manual
Doc. No.: 102202-02
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.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION...................................................................................... 1
FEATURES ................................................................................................. 1
WIRELESS NETWORK OPTIONS ................................................................. 2
LED INDICATORS ..................................................................................... 3
INSTALL THE DEVICE .......................................................................... 4
IN WINDOWS 98........................................................................................ 4
IN WINDOWS ME...................................................................................... 7
IN WINDOWS 2000.................................................................................... 9
IN WINDOWS XP..................................................................................... 11
VERIFY ................................................................................................... 14
INSTALL THE UTILITY....................................................................... 15
NETWORK CONNECTION.................................................................. 18
IN WINDOWS 98/ME............................................................................... 18
IN WINDOWS 2000/XP............................................................................ 21
CONFIGURATION................................................................................. 24
USE MANUFACTURER’S CONFIGURATION UTILITY ................................. 24
NETWORK STATUS ICON ......................................................................... 25
The Status Icon................................................................................... 25
Link Info ............................................................................................. 26
Configuration ..................................................................................... 27
Encryption.......................................................................................... 28
Site Survey.......................................................................................... 30
About .................................................................................................. 31
USE WINDOWS XP’S WIRELESS CONFIGURATION UTILITY .................... 32
UNINSTALLATION ............................................................................... 38
UNINSTALL THE MANUFACTURER’S CONFIGURATION UTILITY .............. 38
UNINSTALL THE DEVICE .......................................................................... 39
SPECIFICATIONS.................................................................................. 41
Introduction
The 802.11b Wireless PCI Card is a powerful 32-bit PCI Card that plugs
quickly and easily into your Desktop PC for wireless network applications
without wires or cables. Based on the IEEE 802.11b standard, it offers a
transferring date rate of 11Mbps in a wireless LAN environment. Once
connected with other networked PC’s, it allows you to share hard disk
drives, DVD drives, CD drives, printers, and the likes.
The 802.11b Wireless PCI Card allows you to take full advantage of
your PC’s mobility with access to real-time information and online
services anytime and anywhere. Plus, with the network installation
simplicity and flexibility, you can eliminate the need to pull cable through
walls and ceilings. Exploring WWW and augmenting networks can
never be done more easily.
Features
Compliant with IEEE 802.11b standard for 2.4GHz Wireless LAN
Compliant with PCI Standard
Works with all existing network infrastructure.
Compatible with specific wireless products and services
Capable of up to 128-Bit WEP Encryption Protocol
Freedom to roam while staying connected
11 Mbps High-Speed Transfer Rate
Rich diagnostic LED indicators.
Lower power consumption
Easy to install and configure
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Wireless Network Options
The Peer-to-Peer Network
This network installation lets you set a small wireless workgroup easily
and quickly. Equipped with wireless PCI or wireless PC Cards, you can
share files and printers between each PC and laptop.
Or you can use one computer as an Internet Server to connect to a wired
global network and share files and information with other PCs via a
wireless LAN.
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The Access Point Network
The network installation allows you to share files, printers, and Internet
access much more conveniently. With wireless PCI Cards, you can
connect wireless LAN to a wired global network via an Access Point.
LED Indicators
Link: Green (On/Off)
Glow – linking to an Access Point or Peer-to-Peer mode.
Act: Green (Blink)
Blink – Transmitting/receiving wireless data.
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Install the Device
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 an available PCI slot, push it
evenly and firmly 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 automatically.
In Windows 98
1. In Add New Hardware Wizard, click Next.
2. Select Search for the best driver for your device (Recommended).
Click Next.
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3. Insert the device driver CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Select
CD-ROM and Specify a location: and click Browse to provide the
appropriate path (e.g. D:\Driver). Click Next.
4. Click Next, Windows will copy all the necessary files to your system.
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5. Insert Windows 98 CD-ROM, and then click OK.
6. Click Finish to complete the installation.
7. When Windows prompts you to restart your computer, click Yes.
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In Windows ME
1. Select Specify the location of the driver (Advanced), click Next.
2. Insert the device driver CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Select
Search for the best driver for your device (Recommended) and
click Browse to provide the appropriate path (e.g. D:\Driver). Click
Next.
3. Click Next, Windows will copy all the necessary files to your system.
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4. Click Finish to complete the installation.
5. When Windows prompts you to restart your computer, click Yes.
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In Windows 2000
1. In Found New Hardware Wizard, click Next.
2. In Install Hardware Device Drivers, select Search for a suitable
driver for my device (recommended), click Next.
3. Insert the device driver CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Select
CD-ROM drivers and Specify a location, click Next.
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4. Click Browse to provide the appropriate path (e.g. D:\Driver). Click
OK.
5. Click Next, Windows will copy all the necessary files to your system.
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6. In Digital Signature Not Found window, click Yes to continue.
7. Click Finish to complete the installation.
In Windows XP
1. Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) and click
Next.
2. Insert the device driver CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Select
Include this location in the search: and click Browse to provide the
appropriate path (e.g. D:\Driver). Click Next.
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3. Click Continue Anyway to proceed. Windows will copy all the
necessary files to your system.
4. Click Finish to complete the installation.
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Verify
To verify if the device exists in your computer and is enabled, go to Start
Settings
Control Panel
System ( Hardware)
Device
Manager. Expand the Network adapters category. If the 802.11b
Wireless PCI Card is listed here, it means that your device is properly
installed and enabled.
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Install the Utility
Precaution for Windows XP users:
There are two options for you to choose:
Follow below instructions to install the utility.
Skip to Use Windows XP’s Wireless Configuration Utility section to
configure the Wireless settings.
1. Insert the Setup Utility CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Open the
Utility folder then double click on Setup.exe to install the Wireless
LAN Utility.
2. When the Welcome screen appears, click Next to continue.
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3. The Choose Destination Location screen will show you the default
destination chosen by the utility. Click Next to continue.
4. Follow the instruction to select the program folder. Click Next to
continue.
5. In Start Copying Files, click Next to continue.
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6. Click Finish.
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Network Connection
Once the driver has been installed, you must make some changes to your
network settings.
In Windows 98/ME
1.
2.
Go to Start Settings Control Panel Network.
Make sure that the following components are installed.
802.11b Wireless PCI Card
IPX/SPX-compatible Protocol
NetBEUI
TCP/IP
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If any components are missing, click on the Add button to add them in.
All the protocols and clients required and listed above are provided by
Microsoft.
3. After clicking Add, highlight the component you need, click Add.
4. Highlight Microsoft, and then double click on the item you want to
add. Click OK.
5. For making your computer visible on the network, enable the File and
Print Sharing.
6. Click the Identification tab. Make up a name that is unique from the
other computers' names on the network. Type the name of your
workgroup, which should be the same used by all of the other PCs on
the network.
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7. Click the Access Control tab. Make sure that “Share-level access
control” is selected. If connecting to a Netware server, share level
can be set to “User-level access control.”
8. When finished, restart your computer to activate the new device.
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9. Once the computer has restarted and Windows has booted up, a Logon
window will appear and require you to enter a username and
password. Make up a username and password and click OK. Do not
click the Cancel button, or you won’t be able to log onto the network.
10. Double-click the Network Neighborhood icon on the windows
desktop, and you should see the names of the other PCs on the
network.
In Windows 2000/XP
1. (In Windows 2000)
Go to Start Settings Control Panel Network and Dial-up
Connections Local Area Connection Properties.
(In Windows XP)
Go to Start Control Panel Network Connections Wireless
Network Connection Enabled 802.11b Wireless PCI Card
Properties.
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2. Make sure that you have all the following components installed.
Client for Microsoft Networks
NWLink NetBIOS
NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
3. If any components are missing, click on the Install… button to select
the Client/Service/Protocol required. After selecting the component
you need, click Add… to add it in.
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4. For making your computer visible on the network, make sure you have
installed File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.
5. When finished, you must restart your computer to complete the
installation.
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Configuration
Note: For Windows XP users, you have two options to configure the
Wireless settings:
1) Use Manufacturer’s Configuration Utility
Please refer to Step 4 of Use Windows XP’s Wireless Configuration
Utility section to disable the Windows XP's wireless configuration.
2) Use Windows XP's Wireless Configuration. Please go to Use
Windows XP's Wireless Configuration Utility section to use the
configuration.
Use Manufacturer’s Configuration Utility
After disabling the Windows XP’s Wireless Configuration Utility, the
Network Status icon will appear in the task bar. You can open it by
double-clicking the icon.
If the icon doesn’t appear automatically, go to Start
Programs
Wireless LAN Utility
Wireless LAN Utility, it will appear in the task
bar.
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Network Status Icon
The Status Icon
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.
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Link Info
The Link Info tab will display the current status of the Wireless Network
Adapter.
Item
Description
Status
It displays the information about the status of the communication
(the BSSID of the Access Point to which the card is associated).
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.
It shows the current transfer rate. (1, 2, 5.5, or 11Mbps or Auto)
SSID
Tx Rate
Channel
Link
Quality
Signal
Strength
Data Rate
It shows the selected channel that is currently used. (There are 14
channels available, depends on the country.)
It displays the link quality of the connection between the Wireless
Network Adapter and the Access Point it connects.
It displays the signal strength of the connection between the
Wireless Network Adapter and the Access Point it connects.
It displays the current transmitting and receiving rate.
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Configuration
You can 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.
Operating Mode It displays the current operating mode. (Access Point or
Peer-to -Peer).
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 share the same radio
channel in order to work correctly. (There are 14 channels
available, depends on the country.)
Tx Rate
Select (1, 2, 5.5, or 11Mbps or Auto) from the pull-down
list to change the current transfer rate.
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Item
Description
Preamble
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.)
Auto
Select Auto for the Network adapter to select the Preamble
type automatically depending on the Access Point Preamble
type.
Long
Preamble
If in a "noisy" network environment, the Preamble Type
should be set to Long Preamble.
Short
Preamble
The Short Preamble is intended for applications where
minimum overhead and maximum performance is desired. If
in a "noisy" network environment, the performance would
be decreased.
Radio
Select On/Off from the pull-down list to enable/disable the
Radio Module function of the Wireless Network Adapter.
Encryption
WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption can be used to ensure the
security of your wireless network.
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Item
Description
Data Encryption
WEP is a data privacy mechanism based on a 64
Bit/128 Bit shared key algorithm.
Check this box to enable WEP encryption.
Auth. Mode
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.
Open Authentication
If the Access Point is using "Open Authentication”,
then the wireless adapter will need to be set to the
same authentication mode.
Shared Authentication Shared Authentication is when both the sender and
the recipient share a secret key.
Auto
Select Auto for the network adapter to select the
Authentication mode automatically depending on the
Access Point Authentication mode.
Key Length
64 Bit or 128 Bit.
WEP Key
This setting is the configuration key used in accessing
the wireless network via WEP encryption.
1
2
Fill in the appropriate value/phrase.
3
4
Apply
Click Apply to save the changes.
Cancel
Click Cancel to exit the application.
Note: You must use the same value/phrase or WEP key settings for all
wireless computers in order for the wireless network to function well
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Site Survey
The Site Survey tab shows all the available Access Points/Peer-to-Peer
Modes and their features.
Item
Description
SSID
WEP
It displays the current SSID setting of the Wireless Network
Adapter.
It displays the status of WEP Encryption.
Channel
It displays the selected channel that is currently used.
Signal
BSSID/IBSSID
It displays the signal strength of the connection between the
Wireless Network Adapter and the Access Point it connects.
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.
Type
It displays the type of Basic Service Set. (
Re-Scan
Peer-to-Peer)
Search for all available networks. Clicking on the button, the
device will start to rescan and list all available sites.
Select one from the list to connect.
Connect
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Access Point or
About
You can view basic information about the Utility like the Driver and Utility
Version.
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Use Windows XP’s Wireless Configuration Utility
1. Go to Start Control Panel Network Connections.
2. In Network Connections window, right-click the Wireless Network
Connections icon, and select Properties.
Note: Double-click the Wireless Network Connection icon and you
can see the status of the Wireless PCI Card as described below.
3. In Wireless Network Connection Properties window, select the
General tab. Click Configure to enable Windows configuration.
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Property
Description
Antenna
(Diversity, Antenna A or Antenna B): These settings
determine which antenna will be used to transmit or receive.
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 share the same radio
channel in order to work correctly.
(There are 14 channels available, depends on the country.)
Select (1, 2, 5.5, or 11Mbps or Auto) from the pull-down list
to change the current transfer rate.
Data Rate
Network Type
Preamble
Select the appropriate Network Type from 802.11 AdHoc
Mode (Active), 802.11 AdHoc Mode (Passive) or
Infrastructure.
In AdHoc mode, Active mode is recommended since it can
generate/pass beacon packets automatically.
A preamble is a signal used in wireless environment to
synchronize
the
transmitting
timing
including
Synchronization and Start frame delimiter. (Note: Please
check the setting of AP first.)
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Auto
Long
Preamble
Select Auto for the Network adapter to select the Preamble
type automatically depending on the Access Point Preamble
type.
If in a "noisy" network environment, the Preamble Type
should be set to Long Preamble.
Short
Preamble
The Short Preamble is intended for applications where
minimum overhead and maximum performance is desired. If
in a "noisy" network environment, the performance would be
decreased.
RTS Threshold
This value should remain at its default setting of 2347.
Should you encounter inconsistent data flow, only minor
modifications of this value are recommended.
Select
SharedKey
Index
Sharekey1
Sharekey2
Sharekey3
Sharekey4
Select from 1, 2, 3, 4 or No selection.
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.
WEP is a data privacy mechanism based on a 64 Bit/128 Bit
shared key algorithm.
Select WEP key 128bit or WEP key 64bit to enable WEP
encryption.
WEP
This setting is the configuration key used in accessing the
wireless network via WEP encryption.
Fill in the appropriate value/phrase.
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4. In Wireless Network Connection Properties window, select the
Wireless Networks tab.
Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings
Disable the check box to use Manufacturer’s Configuration Utility.
Enable the check box to use Windows to configure.
* Use Manufacturer’s Configuration Utility
Note: If you want to use the manufacturer’s configuration utility to
configure the wireless settings. Make sure the check box is NOT
enabled, and then the Network Status icon will appear in the taskbar.
You can open it by double-clicking the icon.
* Use Windows to configure
Note: If you want to use Windows XP’s Wireless Configuration
Utility to configure the wireless settings, make sure this item is
enabled. The Network Status icon in the taskbar will disappear, and
then you can use Windows to configure the wireless settings.
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Available networks
Displays all available networks.
Configure
Click the button to set up a new network or WEP configuration as
illustrated as below.
Refresh
Click the button to refresh and search for all available networks.
Preferred networks
From available network(s) listed above, you can select preferred one(s) in
an order that you can arrange.
The marked one is the currently used network.
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Move up
Move the selected network forward one position.
Move down
Move the selected network back one position
Add…
Click the button and the Wireless Network Properties window will
appear. In the Network name field, enter your desired network name
listed in the above Available networks box, and click OK.
Note: The new settings will be active only after you click on OK in the
Wireless Network Connection Properties window.
Remove
Highlight the unwanted network listed in the Preferred networks box,
and click the button to remove it.
Properties
Highlight the network listed in the above Preferred networks box, and
click the button to display its properties.
Once network configuration is done, make sure to click OK. The new
parameters will be saved and active only after doing so.
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Uninstallation
In case you need to uninstall the Utility or device, please refer to below
sections.
Uninstall the Manufacturer’s Configuration Utility
1. Go to Start Programs
Wireless LAN Utility.
Wireless LAN Utility
2. Click OK to continue.
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Uninstall
3. Select Yes, I want to restart my computer now, and then click
Finish to complete the uninstalled procedure.
Uninstall the device
1.
2.
Right-click My Computer → Properties → Hardware → Device
Manager.
Right-click 802.11b Wireless PCI Card then click Uninstall (or
Remove).
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3. Click OK.
4. The system will prompt you to restart your computer. Click Yes.
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Specifications
Standard
IEEE 802.11b, Wi-Fi compliant
Host Interface
PCI 2.2
Antenna
Dipole Antenna
LED Indicators
Frequency Range
Number of Selectable
Channels
LINK: Green (ON)
ACT: Green (Blink)
2.412GHz-2.4835GHz
USA, Canada: 11 channels
Europe: 13 channels
Japan: 14 channels
Data rate
1/2/5.5/11 Mbps
Modulation Technique
Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (CCK, DQPSK,
DBPSK)
Security
0/64/128 bit WEP
Bit Error rate
Better than 10-5
Media Access Protocol
CSMA/CA (Collision Avoidance) with ACK
Power Requirement
Physical Specifications
Environment
Specifications
Operating Voltage: 5V
TX consumption: 430mA (Max)
RX consumption: 300mA (Max)
Sleep Mode: 25mA
Weight: 50g
Dimension: 119.9 (L) x 46.7(W) mm
Operating Temperature: 0~65 ℃ ambient
temperature
Storage Temperature: -20~75 ℃ ambient
temperature
Operating
humidity:
95%
maximum
(non-condensing)
Storage
humidity:
95%
maximum
(non-condensing)
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Supported OS
EMC Certification
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows 2000
Windows XP
FCC Part 15 in US
EN300328 and EN300826 (EN301489-17) in
Europe
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