Belkin BASIC F7D1101AK User Manual

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Basic

Wireless USB Adapter

User Manual

F7D1101ak  8820ak00382

Table Of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Benefits of a Home Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . . . . . .

Advantages of a Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . .

Placement of your Wireless Networking Hardware for Optimal

Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 7.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Product Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Applications and Advantages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Product Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

9. . . . . . . . . . . . .

System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Package Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing and Setting up the Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12. . . . . . . .

A.. Installation Process for Windows Vista and 7 . . . . . . . . . . . .

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B.. Installation Process for Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Connecting to a Secure Wi-Fi® Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

25. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

FCC Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Belkin International, Inc.., Limited 3-YearProduct Warranty . . . . . .

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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the Belkin Basic Wireless USB Adapter.. Now you can take advantage of this great new technology and gain the freedom to network your home and office computers wirelessly.. This Adapter allows you to connect a notebook or desktop computer to your network.. Please be sure to read through this User Manual completely, and pay special attention to the section titled, “Placement of your Wireless Networking Hardware for Optimal Performance..”

Benefits of a Home Network

Your Belkin Home Network will allow you 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

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Advantages of a Wireless Network

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

Easy installation – Belkin Easy Installation Wizards make 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 Wireless Networking Hardware for Optimal Performance

Your wireless connection will be stronger the closer your computer is to your wireless router (or access point).. Typical indoor operating range for your 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 wireless router (or access point) and connected devices increases.. This may or may not be noticeable to you.. As you move farther from your wireless router (or access point), 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 from the wireless router (or access point) 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..

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1.. Placement of your Wireless Router (or Access Point)

Place your wireless router (or access point), 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 Adapters or Cards):

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

In multistory homes, place the wireless router (or access point) on a floor that is as close to the center of the home as possible.. This may mean placing the wireless router (or access point) on an upper floor..

Try not to place the wireless router (or access point) near a cordless 2..4GHz phone..

2.. Avoid Obstacles and Interference

Avoid placing your wireless router (or access point) near devices that may emit radio “noise”, such as microwave ovens.. Other objects that can inhibit wireless communication can include:

Refrigerators

Washers and/or dryers

Metal cabinets

Large aquariums

Metallic-based,UV-tintedwindows

Microwaves

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 wireless router (or access point)..

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3.. Cordless Phone Placement

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 wireless router

(or access point) 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 as possible.. For example, change the phone to channel 1 and move your wireless router (or access point) to channel 11.. (Your channel selection will vary depending on your region..) 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 of your Belkin Wireless Networking Utility to locate any other wireless networks, and move

your wireless router (or access point) 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 more Belkin wireless networking products, use the detailed Site Survey and wireless channel information included in your User Manual..

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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 re-runningthe

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 in Windows, see the “Power Options” item in the Control Panel..

If you continue to have difficulty with Secure Connections, VPNs, and AOL, please review steps 1–4in the previous pages to be sure you have addressed these issues..

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

For more information regarding our networking products, visit our website at www.belkin.com/networking

or call Belkin Technical Support..

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Product Features

The Adapter complies with the IEEE 802..11g specification to communicate with other 802..11g-compliant

wireless devices at up to 54Mbps*..

The Adapter is also compatible with 802..11n devices at 150Mbps as well as 802..11b products at 11Mbps..

The Adapter operates on the same 2..4GHz frequency band as 802.11b/g Wi-Fi® products..

2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Science, and Medical) band operation

USB 2.0 interface, for operation in virtually any computer with a USB 2..0 bus-powerport

WPA, WPA2, 64-bitWEP (Wired Equivalent

Privacy), or 128-bitencryption

Wireless access to networked resources

Data rate of up to 150Mbps* (802.11n), 54Mbps

(802..11g), or 11Mbps (802..11b)

Easy installation and use

LED power and network link/activity indicator

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Applications and Advantages

Wireless roaming with a laptop around the home or office – Offers the freedom of networking without cables

Connection rates of up to 150Mbps* – Provides immediate high-speed wireless connectivity at home, work, and hotspot locations without compromising the use of existing 802.11b/g products

Compatibility with 802.11b/g products – The Adapter is backward-compatible with existing Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g) products

Difficult-to-wireenvironments –Enables networking in buildings with solid or finished walls, or open

areas where wiring is difficult to install

Frequently changing environments – Adapts easily in offices or environments that frequently rearrange or change locations

SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) networking needs – Provides the easy and quick, small network installation SOHO users need

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