Belkin BASIC F7D1101AK User Manual

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Installing and Setting up the Adapter

A..15 The Network and Sharing Center now indicates the network connection that you have just established.. The links on the left of the window allow you to configure your network connections..

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Installing and Setting up the Adapter

B.. Installation Process for Windows XP

IMPORTANT: INSTALL THE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSERTING THE ADAPTER..

B..1 Insert the Installation Software CD into yourCD-ROMdrive..

B..2 The Belkin Wireless Adapter Installer screen will automatically appear within up to 20 seconds.. Click “Install Software” or “Next” to start the installation..

Note: If the Belkin Wireless Adapter Installer screen does not appear within 20 seconds, access yourCD-ROMby doubleclicking on the “My Computer” icon; thendouble-clickon theCD-ROMdrive into which the installation CD has been placed.. Then,double-clickon the icon named “Installer..exe”..

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Installing and Setting up the Adapter

B..3 Select a destination folder for the software installation by clicking

B..4 A Setup Status screen lets you know where

“Browse”; or, simply click “Next” to install to the default location..

you are in the setup process..

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Installing and Setting up the Adapter

B..5 A window may appear showing the message, “The software you are installing…” This DOES NOT indicate a problem.. Our software has been fully tested and is compatible with this operating system.. Click on “Continue Anyway” to continue..

B..6 When prompted, plug in your Adapter..

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Installing and Setting up the Adapter

B..7 The Found New Hardware Wizard might appear in3–15seconds.. If it does, select “Install the software automatically” and click “Next” to install the software..

B..8 Click “Finish” to restart your computer..

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Installing and Setting up the Adapter

Connecting to a Secure Wi-Fi® Network

If you choose to connect to a secure network, determine the type of security (WPA/WPA2 or WEP) and use the appropriate field in the dialog box..

Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a less secure, but more widely adopted wireless security protocol.. Depending on the security level (64or 128-bit), the user will be asked to input a 10or 26-character hex key. A hex key

is a combination of letters, a–f,and numbers,0–9..

Wi-FiProtected Access® (WPA®/WPA2®)is the new standard in wireless security. Instead of a hex key, WPA/WPA2 uses only

passphrases, which are much easier to remember.. The passphrase is 8–63characters and can consist of alphabet letters and numbers.

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Troubleshooting

I can’t connect to the Internet wirelessly..

If you are unable to connect to the Internet from a wireless computer, please check the following items:

Look at the lights on your wireless router.. If you’re using a Belkin Wireless Router, the lights should be as follows:

• The “Power” light should be on and not blinking.

If this is NOT the case, make sure:

The router’s power cord is plugged in.

All cables are connected between the router and the modem.

All the modem’s LEDs are functioning correctly.

If not, see your modem’s user manual..

Reboot the router.

Reboot the modem.

If you continue to have issues, please contact Belkin Technical Support..

If you are not using a Belkin Wireless Router, consult that router manufacturer’s user guide..

Power LED does not come ON; Adapter is not working..

If the LED indicators are not ON, the problem may be that the Adapter is not connected or installed properly.. Verify that the Adapter is plugged firmly into the USB port of your computer.. Check to see that the drivers for the Adapter have been installed.. Right-clickon the “My Computer” icon on your desktop.. Choose “Properties” and navigate to the “Device Manager” and see if your USB Adapter is listed without any errors.. If an error is indicated, contact Belkin Technical Support..

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Link LED is blinking slowly; I cannot connect to a wireless network or the Internet..

If your Adapter appears to be functioning properly, but you cannot connect to a network or you have a red wireless icon at the bottom of your screen, the problem may be that there is a mismatch between the network name (SSID) settings in your wireless network properties..

Check the SSID settings to see if they match.. The SSID is case-sensitiveand the spelling on each computer must be exactly the same in order for the Adapter to connect to the wireless router (or access point)..

Note: To check the SSID settings or look for an available network,double-clickthe Signal Indicator icon to bring up the “Wireless Networks” screen.. Click “Add” if you do not see the network you are trying to connect to and type in the SSID..

For more information about setting up an SSID, please reference your router manufacturer’s user manual.. If issues persist even at close range, please contact Belkin Technical Support..

Link LED is solid but I cannot connect to the Internet..

If you have a signal but can’t get online or obtain an IP address, the problem may be that there is a mismatch between the encryption key settings in your computer and wireless router (or access point).. Check the WEP, WPA, or WPA2 key settings to see if they match.. The key is case-sensitiveand the spelling on each computer and wireless router (or access point) must be exactly the same in order for the Adapter to connect to the router.. For more information about encryption, see the “Connecting to a SecureWi-FiNetwork” section..

If issues persist even at close range, please contact Belkin Technical Support..

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Data transfer is sometimes slow..

Wireless technology is radio-based,which means connectivity and the throughput performance between devicesdecreases when the distance between devicesincreases.. Other factors that will cause signal degradation (metal is generally the worst culprit) are obstructions such as walls and metal appliances.. As a result, the typical indoor range of your wireless devices will be between 100 to 200 feet.. Note also that connection speed may decrease as you move farther from the wireless router (or access point)..

In order to determine if wireless issues are related to range, we suggest temporarily moving the computer, if possible, to five to 10 feet away from the wireless router (or access point).. Please see the section titled, “Placement of your Wireless Networking Hardware for Optimal Performance..” If issues persist even at close range, please contact Belkin Technical Support..

Signal strength is poor..

Wireless technology is radio-based,which means connectivity and the throughput performance between devicesdecreases when the distance between devicesincreases.. Other factors that will cause signal degradation (metal is generally the worst culprit) are obstructions such as walls and metal appliances.. As a result, the typical indoor range of your wireless devices will be between 100 to 200 feet.. Note also that connection speed may decrease as you move farther from the wireless router (or access point).. In order to determine if wireless issues are related to range, we suggest temporarily moving the computer, if possible, to five to 10 feet away from wireless router (or access point)..

Changing the wireless channel – Depending on local wireless traffic and interference, switching the wireless channel of your network can improve performance and reliability.. The default channel the router is shipped with is channel 6. You may choose from several other channels depending on your region; see your router’s (or access point’s) user manual for instructions on how to choose other channels..

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Limiting the wireless transmit rate – Limiting the wireless transmit rate can help improve the maximum wireless range, and connection stability.. Most wireless cards have the ability to limit the transmission rate.. To change this property, go to the Windows Control Panel, open “Network Connections” anddouble-clickon your Adapter’s connection.. In the “Properties” dialog, select the “Configure” button on the “General” tab (Windows 98 users will have to select the USB Adapter in the list box and then click “Properties”), then choose the “Advanced” tab and select the rate property.. Wireless client cards are usually set to automatically adjust the wireless transmit rate for you, but doing so can cause periodic disconnects when the wireless signal is too weak; as a rule, slower transmission rates are more stable.. Experiment with different connection rates until you find the best one for your environment; note that all available transmission rates should be acceptable for browsing the Internet.. For more assistance, see your wireless card’s literature.. If issues persist

even at close range, please contact Belkin Technical Support..

The Adapter does not perform or connection is unstable when computer has a second built-inwireless network card (such as a mini PCI or Intel® Centrino™)..

This condition occurs if your computer has a built-inwireless card while your Belkin Basic Wireless USB Adapter is also active.. This happens because Windows must now handle two active wireless connections..

You must disable the built-inwireless card from your computer under “Network Adapters” in the Device Manager..

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