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User Manual

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1 Introduction 1

Advantages of a Wireless Network 1 Placement of your Enhanced Wireless Router 2

2 Product Overview 5

Product Features 5

3 Knowing your Router 7

Package Contents 7 System Requirements 7 Setup Assistant Software System Requirements 7

Setting WEP Encryption 46 Using the Access Point Mode 48 Setting MAC Address Control 49 Configuring the Firewall 51 Using Dynamic DNS 55 Utilities 56 Restarting the Router 57 Updating the Firmware 63

7 Manually Configuring Network Settings 70

8 Recommended Web Browser Settings 75

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Connecting and Configuring your Router

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9 Troubleshooting

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6 Using the Web-BasedAdvanced User Interface 35

Changing LAN Settings 36

Viewing the DHCP Client List Page 38

Configuring the Wireless Network Settings 39

Setting WPA/WPA2 Encryption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

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Thank you for purchasing the Belkin Enhanced Wireless Router (the Router). Following are two short sections—thefirst discusses the benefits of home networking, and the other outlines best practices that maximize your wireless home network range and performance. Please be sure to read through this User Manual completely, and pay special attention to the section entitled “Placement of your Enhanced Wireless Router” on the next page. By following our simple setup instructions you will be able to use your Belkin Home Network to:

Share one high-speedInternet connection with all the computers in your home

Share resources, such as files and hard drives among all the connected computers in your home

Share a single printer with the entire family

Share documents, music, video, and digital pictures

Store, retrieve, and copy files from one computer to another

Simultaneously play games online, check Internet email, and chat

Advantages of a Wireless Network

Here are some of the advantages of setting up a Belkin Wireless Network:

Mobility – you’ll no longer need a dedicated “computer room”— now you can work on a networked laptop or desktop computer anywhere within your wireless range

Easy installation – Belkin’s Setup Assistant makes setup simple

Flexibility – set up and access printers, computers, and other networking devices from anywhere in your home

Easy expansion – the wide range of Belkin networking products let you expand your network to include devices such as printers and gaming consoles

No cabling required – you can spare the expense and hassle of retrofitting Ethernet cabling throughout the home or office

Widespread industry acceptance – choose from a wide range of interoperable networking products

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Placement of your Enhanced Wireless Router

Important Factors for Placement and Setup

Your wireless connection will be stronger the closer your computer is to your Router. Typical indoor operating range for wireless devices is between 100 and 200 feet.

In the same way, your wireless connection and performance will degrade somewhat as the distance between your Router and connected devices increases. This may or may not be noticeable to you. As you move further from your Router, connection speed may decrease. Factors that can weaken signals simply by getting in the way of your network’s radio waves are metal appliances or obstructions, and walls.

Ensure that your Router’s networking antenna is positioned vertically (toward the ceiling).

In multistory homes, place the Router on a floor that is as close to the center of the home as possible. This may mean placing the Router on an upper floor.

Try not to place the Router near a cordless 2.4GHz phone.

If you have concerns about your network’s performance that might be related to range or obstruction factors, try moving the computer to a position between five and 10 feet from the Router in order to see if

distance is the problem. If difficulties persist even at close range, please contact Belkin Technical Support.

Note: While some of the items listed below can affect network performance, they will not prohibit your wireless network from functioning; if you are concerned that your network is not operating at its maximum effectiveness, this checklist may help.

1. Router Placement

Place your Router, the central connection point of your network, as close as possible to the center of your wireless network devices.

To achieve the best wireless network coverage for your “wireless clients” (i.e., computers enabled by Belkin Wireless Notebook Network Cards, Wireless Desktop Network Cards, and Wireless USB Adapters):

2. Avoid Obstacles and Interference

Avoid placing your Router near devices that may emit radio “noise,” such as microwave ovens. Dense objects that can inhibit wireless communication include:

Refrigerators

Washers and/or dryers

Metal cabinets

Large aquariums

Metallic-basedUV tinted windows

If your wireless signal seems weak in some spots, make sure that objects such as these are not blocking the signal’s path (between your computers and Router).

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3. Cordless Phones

If the performance of your wireless network is impaired after attending to the above issues, and you have a cordless phone:

Try moving cordless phones away from your Router and your wireless-enabledcomputers.

Unplug and remove the battery from any cordless phone that operates on the 2.4GHz band (check manufacturer’s information). If this fixes the problem, your phone may be interfering.

If your phone supports channel selection, change the channel on the phone to the farthest channel from your wireless network. For example, change the phone to channel 1 and move your Router to channel 11. See your phone’s user manual for detailed instructions.

If necessary, consider switching to a 900MHz or 5GHz cordless phone.

4. Choose the “Quietest” Channel for your Wireless Network

In locations where homes or offices are close together, such as apartment buildings or office complexes, there may be wireless networks nearby that can conflict with yours.

Use the Site Survey capabilities found in the Wireless Utility of your wireless adapter to locate any other wireless networks that are available (see your wireless adapter’s user manual), and move your Router and computers to a channel as far away from other networks as possible.

Experiment with more than one of the available channels, in order to find the clearest connection and avoid interference from neighboring cordless phones or other wireless devices.

For Belkin wireless networking products, use the detailed Site Survey and wireless channel information included with your wireless network card. See your network card’s user guide for more information.

These guidelines should allow you to cover the maximum possible area with your Router. Should you need to cover an even wider area, we suggest the Belkin Wireless Range Extender/Access Point.

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5. Secure Connections, VPNs, and AOL

Secure connections typically require a user name and password, and are used where security is important. Secure connections include:

Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections, often used to connect remotely to an office network

The “Bring Your Own Access” program from America Online (AOL), which lets you use AOL through broadband provided by another cable or DSL service

Most online banking websites

Many commercial websites that require a user name and password to access your account

Secure connections can be interrupted by a computer’s power management setting, which causes it to “go to sleep.” The simplest solution to avoid this is to simply reconnect by rerunning the VPN or AOL software, or by re-logginginto the secure website.

A second alternative is to change your computer’s power management settings so it does not go to sleep; however, this may not be appropriate for portable computers. To change your power management setting under Windows, see the “Power Options” item in the Control Panel.

If you continue to have difficulty with Secure Connections, VPNs, and AOL, please review the steps above to be sure you have addressed these issues.

For more information regarding our networking products, visit our website at www.belkin.com/networking or call Belkin Technical Support at:

US: 877-736-5771

UK: 0845 607 77 87 Australia: 1800 235 546 New Zealand: 0800 235 546 Singapore: 65 64857620

Europe: www.belkin.com/support

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Product Features

In minutes you will be able to share your Internet connection and network your computers. The following is a list of features that make your new Belkin Enhanced Wireless Router an ideal solution for your home or small office network.

Works with Both PCs and Mac® Computers

The Router supports a variety of networking environments including Mac OS® 8.x, 9.x, X v10.x, Linux®, Windows® 98, Me, NT®, 2000, XP, Vista®, and others. All that is needed is an Internet browser and a network adapter that supports TCP/IP (the standard language of the Internet).

Patent-PendingNetwork Status Display

Lighted LEDs on the front of the Router indicate which functions are in operation. You’ll know at-a-glancewhether your Router is connected to the Internet. This feature eliminates the need for advanced software andstatus-monitoringprocedures.

Web-BasedAdvanced User Interface

You can set up the Router’s advanced functions easily through your web browser, without having to install additional software onto the computer. There are no disks to install or keep track of and, best of all, you can make changes and perform setup functions from any computer on the network quickly and easily.

NAT IP Address Sharing

Your Router employs Network Address Translation (NAT) to share the single IP address assigned to you by your Internet Service Provider while saving the cost of adding additional IP addresses to your Internet service account.

SPI Firewall

Your Router is equipped with a firewall that will protect your network from a wide array of common hacker attacks including IP Spoofing, Land Attack, Ping of Death (PoD), Denial of Service (DoS), IP with zero length, Smurf Attack, TCP Null Scan, SYN flood, UDP flooding, Tear Drop Attack, ICMP defect, RIP defect, and fragment flooding.

Integrated 10/100 4-PortSwitch

The Router has a built-in,four-portnetwork switch to allow your wired computers to share printers, data and MP3 files, digital photos, and much more. The switch features automatic detection so it will adjust to the speed of connected devices. The switch will transfer data between computers and the Internet simultaneously without interrupting or consuming resources.

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Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)

UPnP is a technology that offers seamless operation of voice messaging, video messaging, games, and other applications that are UPnP-compliant.

Integrated Enhanced Wireless Access Point

Enhanced is an exciting new wireless technology that achieves data rates of up to 150Mbps. Actual throughput is typically lower than the connected data rate and will vary depending on your networking environment.

Support for VPN Pass-Through

If you connect to your office network from home using a VPN connection, your Router will allow your VPN-equippedcomputer to pass through the Router and to your office network.

Built-InDynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

Built-InDynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)on-boardmakes for the easiest possible connection of a network. The DHCP server will assign IP addresses to each computer automatically so there is no need for a complicated networking setup.

Setup Assistant

The Setup Assistant, second generation of Belkin’s renowned Easy Install Wizard, takes the guesswork out of setting up your Router. This automatic software determines your network settings for you and sets up the Router for connection to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). In a matter of minutes, your Router will be up and running on the Internet.

NOTE: Setup Assistant software is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista; and Mac OS X v10.x. If you are using another operating system, the Router can be set up using the Alternate Setup Method described in this User Manual (see page 20).

NOTE: The standard transmission rate—150Mbps—isthe physical data rate. Actual data throughput will be lower.

MAC Address Filtering

For added security, you can set up a list of MAC addresses (unique client identifiers) that are allowed access to your network. Every computer has its own MAC address. Simply enter these MAC addresses into a list using the Web-BasedAdvanced User Interface and you can control access to your network.

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Package Contents

Belkin Enhanced Wireless Router

Quick Installation Guide

Belkin Setup Assistant Software CD

RJ45 Ethernet Networking Cable

Power Supply

User Manual on the Setup Assistant CD

System Requirements

Broadband Internet connection such as a cable or DSL modem with RJ45 (Ethernet) connection

At least one computer with an installed network interface adapter

TCP/IP networking protocol installed on each computer

RJ45 Ethernet networking cable

Internet browser

Setup Assistant Software System Requirements

A computer running Windows® 2000, XP, or Vista®; or Mac OS® X v10.x

Minimum 1GHz processor and 128MB RAM

Internet browser

The Router has been designed to be placed on a desktop. All of the cables exit from the rear of the Router for better organization and utility. The Network Status Display is easily visible on the FRONT of the Router to provide you with information about network activity and status.

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A. Wireless Security

OFF

Wireless security is off

 

 

Solid Green

Wireless security is on

 

 

B. Wi-FiProtected Setup (WPS) buttonWPS

This button is used for the Wi-FiProtected Setup feature. Please refer to the “Changing the Wireless Security Settings” section.

C. Wireless-ComputerStatus

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Wireless computer is not present

 

 

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Wireless computer is connected

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Problem with wireless computer

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D. Wired-ComputerStatus

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Wired computer is not present

 

 

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Wired computer is connected to

the Router

 

 

 

Blinking Amber

Problem with wired computer

connecting properly to the Router

 

 

 

E. Router/Power Status

When you apply power to the Router or restart it, a short period of time elapses while the Router boots up. During this time, the “router” icon blinks. When the Router has completely booted up, the “router” icon becomes a solid light, indicating the Router is ready for use.

Off

Router is off

 

 

Blinking Green

Router is booting up

 

 

Solid Green

Router is on and ready

 

 

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