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1 Introduction 1

Benefits of a Home Network 1 Advantages of a Wireless Network 1 Placement of your Router for Optimal Performance 2

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Product Features 5

3 Knowing your Router 7

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

Securing your Wi-FiNetwork 49 WEP Setup 52 UsingWi-FiProtected Setup 54 WPA Setup 55 Setting WPA/WPA2 56 Guest Access (Optional) 56

Using the Access Point Mode 59 Configuring the Firewall 60 Setting MAC Address Filtering 63 Enabling the DMZ 64 Utilities Tab 66

Restarting the Router 67 Updating the Firmware 70

7 Manually Configuring Network Settings 76

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Connecting and Configuring your Router

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Recommended Web Browser Settings

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Alternate Setup Method

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Using the Web-Based Advanced User Interface

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Changing LAN Settings 41

Viewing the DHCP Client List Page 43

Configuring the Wireless Network Settings 43

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Thank you for purchasing the Belkin Wireless G Router (the Router). The following two short sections discuss the benefits of home networking and outline best practices for maximizing 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 Router for Optimal Performance” on page 2.

Benefits of a Home Network

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

Advantages of a Wireless Network

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

Easy installation – The Belkin Setup Assistant software makes setup simple

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

Easy expansion – the wide range of Belkin networking products lets 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 Router for Optimal Performance

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 farther 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.

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 away 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.

Ensure that your Router’s networking antennas are parallel to each other, and are positioned vertically (toward the ceiling). If your Router itself is positioned vertically, point the antennas as much as possible in an upward direction.

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 phone.

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

1. Wireless 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):

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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 the Router and your wireless-enabledcomputers.

Unplug and remove the battery from any cordless phone that operates on the 2.4GHz band (check the 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 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 or card to locate any other wireless networks that are available (see your wireless adapter’s or card’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 or Adapter. 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 G Universal 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 easiest 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.

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Product Overview

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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 Wireless G 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® X, Linux®, Windows® 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).

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Lighted LEDs on the front of the Router indicate which functions are in operation. You’ll know at a glance whether your Router is connected to the Internet. This feature eliminates the need for advanced software and status-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 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,4-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.

Universal Plug-and-Play(UPnP) Compatibility

UPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play)is a technology that offers seamless operation of voice messaging, video messaging, games, and other applications that areUPnP-compliant.

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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 Software

The Setup Assistant Software 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 Wireless Router will be up and running on the Internet.

NOTE: Setup Assistant Software is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Mac OS X. If you are using another operating system, the Wireless Router can be set up using the Alternate Setup Method described in this User Manual (see page 25).

Integrated 802.11g Wireless Access Point

802.11g is an exciting new wireless technology that achieves data rates up to 54Mbps, nearly five times faster than 802.11b.

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 G Wireless Router

Quick Installation Guide

Belkin Setup Assistant Software CD with User Manual

Belkin RJ45 Ethernet Networking Cable

Power Supply

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. Internet Status

This unique icon shows you when the Router is connected to the Internet. When the light is off, the Router is NOT connected to the Internet. When the light is blinking amber, the Router is attempting to connect to the Internet. When the light is solid blue, the Router is

connected to the Internet. When using the “Disconnect after x minutes” feature, this icon becomes extremely useful in monitoring the status of your Router’s connection.

Off

Router is NOT connected to

the Internet

 

 

 

Blinking Green

Router is attempting to connect

to the Internet

 

 

 

Solid Green

Router is connected to

the Internet

 

 

 

B. Modem Status

This icon lights in blue to indicate that your modem is connected properly to the Router. It turns amber when problem is detected.

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Blinking Green

Router is connecting to the ISP

 

 

Solid Green

Router is connected to modem

and functioning properly

 

 

 

C. 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

 

 

D. Wired-ComputerStatus

 

 

 

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Wired computer is not present

 

 

Solid Green

Wired computer is connected to

the Router

 

 

 

Blinking Green

Data is transmitting between the

Router and wired computer(s)

 

 

 

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