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AirConnect®

Wireless PCI Card

User Guide

3CRWE777A

http://www.3com.com/

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Part No. 09-2006-000

Published October 2000

3Com Corporation 5400 Bayfront PlazaSanta Clara, California, U.S.A.

95052-8145

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CONTENTS

1

OVERVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

1

 

 

 

 

 

Package Checklist

1

 

 

 

 

Hardware Description

2

 

 

 

Features

2

 

 

 

 

 

Applications 2

 

 

 

 

 

Status LED Indicator

3

 

 

System Requirements

4

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

5

 

 

 

 

 

Card Installation Procedure

5

 

 

Windows 95/98/2000/Me Driver Installation Procedure 7

 

Windows NT 4.0 Driver Installation Procedure

9

 

 

3 NETWORK CONFIGURATION AND PLANNING

 

Introduction

13

 

 

 

 

 

Network Topologies

13

 

 

 

Ad hoc Wireless LAN

13

 

 

Infrastructure Wireless LAN 14

 

 

Setting the Communication Domain 15

 

 

Stationary Wireless PCs

15

 

 

Roaming Wireless PCs

15

 

 

 

4 CONFIGURATION AND DIAGNOSTIC UTILITY

 

Introduction

17

 

 

 

 

 

Installing the Wireless LAN Configuration Utility

17

 

Using the Wireless LAN Configuration Utility

17

 

Link Information Screen

18

 

 

Configuration Screen

19

 

 

Encryption Screen

21

 

 

5 TROUBLESHOOTING

Introduction 23

Preliminary Troubleshooting 23

PCI Compatibility 23

Network Connection Problems 24

6 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications 27

A TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Online Technical Services

29

World Wide Web Site

29

3Com FTP Site 29

 

Support from Your Network Supplier 30

Support from 3Com 30

Returning Products for Repair 32

INDEX

WARRANTY AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

1 OVERVIEW

Introduction

3Com's Wireless PCI Card is an 11 Mbps wireless network adapter that seamlessly integrates with existing Ethernet networks to support applications such as mobile users or temporary conferences. This solution offers a high data rate and reliable wireless connectivity with considerable cost savings over wired LANs (which include long-termmaintenance overhead for cabling). Just install PCI adapters into your notebook PCs, and start networking.

Using this card in conjunction with 3Com's AirConnect Access Point, you can create an instant network that integrates seamlessly with 10 Mbps Ethernet LANs. Moreover, moving or expanding your network is as easy as moving or installing additional access points - no wires!

Package Checklist

The Wireless PCI Card package includes:

One wireless PCI card (3CRWE777A)

One CD containing drivers and utilities

This Wireless PCI Card User Guide

One registration card (please complete and return)

Please inform your dealer if there are any incorrect, missing or damaged parts. If possible, retain the carton, including the original packing materials. Use them again to repack the product in case there is a need to return it for repair.

2 CHAPTER1: OVERVIEW

Hardware Description

3Com's Wireless PCI Card supports 1, 2, 5.5, and 11 Mbps half-duplexconnections to Ethernet networks. This card is fully compliant with 2.4GHz DSSS CSMA/CA wireless networking as defined in IEEE 802.11b. It is designed to complement PCI Local Bus computers. It supports Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me.

Features

1, 2, 5.5, and 11 Mbps data rate.

Wireless connection without the difficulties and cost of cabling

Greater flexibility to locate or move networked PCs

Integrates with or replaces wired LANs at dramatically lower cost than wired alternatives

Seamless connectivity to wired Ethernet LANs augments existing networks quickly and easily

Easy installation

Operating range up to 30m (100 ft) at 11 Mbps , up to 100m (300 ft) at 5.5 Mbps and lower

Point-to-pointandpoint-to-multipointaccess

Direct Sequence Spread-Spectrum(DSSS) technology provides robust,interference-resistantand secure wireless connection

Supports a wide range of operating systems (Win95/98/NT/2000/Me)

Plug-and-Play

Provides a user-friendlyinterface for configuration

Enhances your network security with WEP data encryption

Applications

3Com wireless products offer a fast, reliable, cost-effectivesolution for wireless client access to the network in applications like these:

Remote access to corporate network information: E-mail,file transfer and terminal emulation.

Hardware Description

3

Difficult-to-wireenvironments:

Historic or old buildings, asbestos installations, and open areas where wiring is difficult to employ.

Frequently changing environments:

Retailers, manufacturers and banks who frequently rearrange the workplace and change location.

Temporary LANs for special projects or peak times:

Trade shows, exhibitions and construction sites that need a temporary setup for a short time period.

Retailers, airline, and shipping companies that need additional workstations for peak periods.

Auditors who require workgroups at customer sites.

Access to database for mobile workers:

Doctors, nurses, retailers, and white-collarworkers who need access to databases while being mobile in the hospital, retail store, or office campus.

SOHO (Small Office and Home Office) users:

SOHO environments needing easy and quick installation of a small computer network.

Status LED Indicator

The Wireless PCI Card includes one status LED indicator, as described in the following figure and table.

Figure 1

4 CHAPTER1: OVERVIEW

Always On

Blinking

Off

Power is being supplied to the PCI card.

A valid connection to the network exists.

The PCI card is transmitting or receiving data.

The PCI card is attempting to associate with an access point.

No power is being supplied to the PCI card.

System Requirements

Before you install the wireless PCI card, check your system for the following requirements:

Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me operating system (prepare the Windows installation CD-ROMfor use during installation).

A minimum of 500 Kbytes of free disk space for installing the driver and utility program.

Other IEEE 802.11b-compliantdevices installed in your service area (such as 3Com's AirConnect access point and wireless PC card.

2 INSTALLATION

Introduction

Before Installing the 3Com Wireless PCI Card, be sure you read and follow the precautions listed here:

Network cards are sensitive to static electricity.

To protect the card, always touch the metal chassis of your computer before handling the card.

Be sure to turn off power to your computer before you plug in or remove a wireless PCI card.

Card Installation Procedure

1Turn off power to your desktop computer and unplug the power cord.

2Remove the cover of your computer.

3Locate an empty PCI slot and remove its slot cover. Save the screw.

4Carefully insert the PCI card into the selected slot until it seats snugly (see Figure 2). The shielded part of the wireless PCI card protrudes from the card faceplate and juts out beyond the back panel of your computer when the card is installed.

CAUTION: DO NOT REMOVE the shielded part of the

!PCI card from the printed circuit carrier.

6 CHAPTER2: INSTALLATION

Figure 2

5Secure the card with the screw that you removed earlier.

6Replace the cover of your PC and plug in the power cord.

7Turn on the power to your computer.

8Depending on your operating system, proceed to either “Windows 95/98/2000/Me Driver Installation Procedure” or“Windows NT 4.0 Driver Installation Procedure”.