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54MbpsWireless Desktop PCI Adapter-g

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54 Mbps Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter-g

Windows XP

Installation & Configuration

1. Installing the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter:

a.With the computer powered down and the cover removed to expose the inside of the system, insert the 54Mbps PCI Desktop Adapter into an available PCI slot. The card should fit firmly into the slot and should be screwed into the chassis.

NOTE: Care should be taken not to unplug any cables or unseat any other cards installed in the computer during installation of the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter.

Replace the cover of the computer.

b.Plug the antenna cable into the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter. For optimal performance, locate the antenna away from the computer to ensure good signal reception.

Once the cover has been replaced and the antenna has been installed, the computer can be powered on. Upon loading Windows, the Found New HardwareWizard will launch automatically.

2.Installing the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter Drivers: a. Insert the AirNavigator CD.

b. Select Install the Software Automatically. Click theNext button to continue.

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c. Select the driver you want to install. If multiple drivers are listed, select the most recent driver version. Click the Next button.

d.If a window opens, stating that your driver does not pass Windows Logo testing, click the Continue Anyway button.When the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter Drivers are successfully installed, click theFinish button. Restart your computer if prompted.

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3. Configuring Wireless Zero Configuration Service:

a. If the Wireless Zero Configuration Service is activated,Windows will scan for available wireless access points once the Wireless PCI Adapter is properly installed. If Windows detects one or more access points, a networking icon appears on the task bar. One or more wireless networks are available appears as a caption accompanying the icon.

Note: If the Wireless Zero Configuration Service is not functioning, select

Start>Control Panel>AdministrativeTools>Services. Select Automaticin the StartupTypefield of Wireless Zero Configuration Serviceto enable the Wireless Zero Configuration Service.The default value of Wireless Zero Configuration Serviceis Automatic.

b.Right click the networking icon in the taskbar, and select ViewAvailable Wireless Networks to display a list of available wireless networks. Select an access point network name or SSID and click theConnect button to establish a connection. You may need to check the box indicating you are connecting to an unsecured network. See stepC if you need to enter an SSID network name or WEP/WPA encryption key.

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c.Click the Advanced button to enter an SSID network name or WEP/WPA encryption key, if either is necessary. To add an SSID network name that is not available, click theAdd button.

e.To configure a WEP/WPA encryption key, select the appropriate wireless network and click the Configure button.

f.From the pull down menu, select the appropriate Network Authentication and Data Encryption for the wireless network. Enter and confirm the Network Key and Key Index. Click the OK button when finished.

Note: Buffalo Technology recommends that users of the Wireless Zero Configuration Service upgrade to the latest version freely available at:

http://www.microsoft.com.

For advanced support in using Window’s XP’s Wireless Zero Configuration Service, refer to the Buffalo Support Web Site:

http://www.buffalotech.com/wireless/support

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Windows 98/ME/2000

Installation & Configuration

1.Installing the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter:

a.With the computer powered down and the cover removed to expose the inside of the system, insert the 54Mbps PCI Desktop Adapter into an available PCI slot. The card should fit firmly into the slot and should be screwed into the chassis.

NOTE: Care should be taken not to unplug any cables or unseat any other cards installed in the computer during installation of the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter

Replace the cover of the computer.

b.Plug the antenna cable into the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter. For optimal performance, locate the antenna away from the computer to ensure good signal reception.

Once the cover has been replaced and the antenna has been installed, the computer can be powered on. Upon loading Windows, the Found New Hardware Wizard will launch automatically.

2.Installing the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter Drivers:

a. Insert the AirNavigator CD. ClickNext at the Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard. SelectSearch for a suitable driver for my device. Click the

Next button to continue.

b.Select only the CD-ROM drives checkbox, and clear any other checkboxes that are selected. Click theNext button to continue.

c.Windows will display a driver you can use with the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter. Click the Next button to continue.

d.Windows 2000: If the Digital Signature Not Foundpage opens, informing that no digital signature exists for the driver you are installing, click the Yesbutton to continue the installation process. When the Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter is successfully installed, click the Finishbutton. Restart your computer if prompted.

See the Installing Client Manager section to install the Client Manager.

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Client Manager

Use Client Manager to configure your wireless network. Use Client Manager to survey and connect to available access points, enable and use WEP encryption, and create connection profiles.

Note: Client Manager does not function properly if the Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration Service is enabled.

Installing Client Manager

1.Insert the AirNavigator CD. The AirNavigator dialog box will open automatically. If the AirNavigator dialog box does not open automatically, select Start»Run and enter D:\Setup.exe in the Open field to open the dialog box manually. D: represents the letter assigned to theCD-ROMdrive. If another letter is assigned to theCD-ROMdrive, your command should reflect that difference. Click the OK button. Select Install Client Manager to launch the InstallShieldWizard.

2.Once the InstallShield Wizard launches, click the Next button to begin the software installation.

3.Confirm that the installation location for the software is acceptable.To select an alternate installation location, click the Browse button and select another location. Click the Next button to continue to the Select Components page.

4.Select the components you want to install and click the Next button to continue to the Start Copying Files page.

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5. Click the Next button to begin copying the necessary files to install Client Manager.

6.Click the Yes button, when prompted, to add a shortcut for Client Manager to your Windows Startup menu. If you click the Yes button, Client Manager will run at startup.

7.Click the Finish button to complete the installation of Client Manager. Restart your notebook.

Note: Client Manager and the wireless adapters will not function properly until you reboot the system.

Depending on the operating system, some screens may vary from those shown in this manual. However, by accepting default installation settings, Client Manager should properly install.

Client Manager Configuration

Use Client Manager to configure your wireless network.To assist in configuring your wireless network, Client Manager consists of the Status page, the Survey page, and the Profiles page.You can access each page by clicking the corresponding button on Client Manager. In addition to these pages, several dialog boxes are available to meet specialized configuration needs.You can access the Edit Profile dialog box, New Profile dialog box, IP Configuration dialog box, or WEP Configuration dialog box using the Client Manager pages.

Status Page

Click the Status button to open this page. By default, this page is displayed when you start Client Manager.This page displays the status of the connection between the wireless adapter and another wireless device.This page only displays connection information if the wireless adapter is connected to another wireless device.

This page includes the following components:

Status—Displaysthe association status of the wireless network. Displays Associated if the wireless adapter is connected to another wireless device and can pass data through that device. Displays Not Associated if the wireless adapter is either not connected to another wireless device or is connected to another wireless device but cannot pass data through the device. If Status is Not Associated, the other components will not display any information.

Network Type—Displaysthe mode of your network. Displays Infrastructure if your network consists of both wired and wireless devices that communicate through a central device, such as an access point. DisplaysAd-hocif your network consists of only wireless devices that communicate with each other directly.

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Transfer Rate—Displaysthe data transfer rate, the rate at which you can transmit and receive data across the wireless network, in Mbps.The data transfer rate can be up to 54 Mbps.A variety of factors, including distance from the router, the allowable data transfer rates of other devices, and the physical conditions of the wireless environment, can affect the data transfer rate.

SSID—Displaysthe SSID of your network.The SSID is the unique network name that functions as an identifier for your wireless devices.All wireless devices on a network must use identical SSIDs to successfully associate with other devices on the network. myssid is an example of a valid SSID.

Channel—Displaysthe channel your network is using.The channel indicates what range of frequencies the radio waves are occupying. Devices that meet 802.11b and 802.11g standards can use channels1-11within the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

WEP—Displayswhether WEP encryption is Enabled or Disabled.WEP encryption is a security method for wireless communications. If WEP is Enabled, a shared encryption

key, also known as a WEP key, is necessary to access the network.

MAC Address—Displaysthe MAC address of your network device.A MAC address is a unique network name for each device on a network. 00:11:22:33:44:55 is an example of a valid MAC address.

Signal Strength—Displaysthe strength of the signal. Signal Strength is based on the peak signal level the wireless adapter receives from the wireless device to which it is connected.

Signal Quality—Displaysthe quality of the signal. Signal Quality is asignal-to-noiseratio, which is a measurement comparing strength of the signal with the background noise on the wireless network.

Survey Page

Click the Survey button to open this page. Use this page to survey the area, display available access points, and connect to available access points.

This page includes the following components:

SSID—Displaysthe SSID associated with each available access point.The SSID is the unique network name that functions as an identifier for your wireless devices.All wireless devices on a network must use identical SSIDs to successfully associate with other devices on the network. myssid is an example of a valid SSID.

Channel—Displaysthe channel associated with each available access point.The channel indicates what range of frequencies the radio waves emitted by the wireless device are occupying. Devices that meet 802.11b and 802.11g standards can use channels 1- 11 within the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

WEP—Displayswhether WEP encryption is enabled on each available access point. Displays Yes if encryption is enabled and No if encryption is not enabled. If WEP encryption is enabled, a shared encryption key, also known as a WEP key, is necessary to access the network.

Mode—Displaysthe transfer mode associated with each available access point. Mode can be 11a, 11b, or 11g.

Connect—Selectan available access point and click the Connect button to connect to that access point. If No is displayed in the WEP field and you click the Connect button, the wireless adapter will connect to the selected access point and the Status page will reopen. If Yes is displayed in the WEP field and you click the Connect button, the WEP Configuration dialog box will open.

Refresh—Clickthe Refresh button to update the screen.

Signal Strength—Displaysthe strength of the signal. Signal Strength is based on the peak signal level the wireless adapter receives from the wireless device to which it is connected.

Signal Quality—Displaysthe quality of the signal. Signal Quality is asignal-to-noiseratio, which is a measurement comparing the strength of the signal with the background noise on the wireless network.

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Profiles Page

Click the Profiles button to open this page. Use this page to access your profiles. Profiles allow you to save the information associated with a specific location so you can quickly and easily connect to your network when you are in that location.The Profiles page allows you to add, delete, and edit your profiles, as well as import and export data.

This page includes the following components:

Profiles—Displaysthe name associated with the profile.

SSID—Displaysthe SSID associated with the profile.The SSID is the unique network name that functions as an identifier for your wireless devices.All wireless devices on a network must use identical SSIDs to successfully associate with other devices on the network. myssid is an example of a valid SSID.

Network Type—Displaysthe network mode associated with the profile. Displays Infrastructure if your network consists of both wired and wireless devices that communicate through a central device, such as an access point. DisplaysAd-hocif your network consists of only wireless devices that communicate with each other directly.

WEP—Displayswhether WEP encryption is enabled. Displays Yes if WEP encryption is enabled and No if WEP encryption is disabled. If WEP encryption is enabled, a shared

encryption key, also known as a WEP key, is necessary to access the network.

Connect—Clickthe Connect button to update your specifications and return to the Status page.

Add—Clickthe Add button to open the New Profile dialog box and add a new profile.

Edit—Clickthe Edit button to open the Edit Profile dialog box and edit an existing profile.

Delete—Clickthe Delete button to delete a profile.

Import—Clickthe Import button to import data.

Export—Clickthe Export button to export data.

Signal Strength—Displaysthe strength of the signal. Signal Strength is based on the peak signal level the wireless adapter receives from the wireless device to which it is connected.

Signal Quality—Displaysthe quality of the signal. Signal Quality is asignal-to-noiseratio, which is a measurement comparing the strength of the signal with the background noise on the wireless network.

New Profile Dialog Box

Use this dialog box to create a new profile.

This page includes the following components:

Profile Name—Enterthe name you want to associate with the new profile.

Network Type—Selectthe network mode you want to associate with the new profile. Select Infrastructure if your network consists of both wired and wireless devices that communicate through a central device, such as an access point. SelectAd-hocif your network consists of only wireless devices that communicate with each other directly.

SSID—Enterthe SSID of your network.The SSID is the unique network name that functions an identifier for your wireless devices.All wireless devices on a network must use identical SSIDs to successfully associate with other devices on the network. myssid is an example of a valid SSID.

Channel—Displaysthe channel associated with the new profile.The channel indicates what range of frequencies the radio waves emitted by the wireless device are occupying. Devices that meet 802.11b and 802.11g standards can use channels1-11within the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

IP—Selectyour preferred method of obtaining your IP address. Select Automatically to

obtain your IP address automatically. Select Manually to manually enter your IP address. If you select Manually the IP Configuration dialog box will open when you click the Okay button.

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WEP—Selectwhether you want to enable WEP encryption. Select Yes to enable WEP encryption. Select No to disable WEP encryption. If you select Yes the WEP Configuration dialog box will open when you click the Okay button.

OK—Clickthe OK button to save your specifications and return to the Profiles page.

Cancel—Clickthe Cancel button to return to the Profiles page without saving your specifications.

Signal Strength—Displaysthe strength of the signal. Signal Strength is based on the peak signal level the wireless adapter receives from the wireless device to which it is connected.

Signal Quality—Displaysthe quality of the signal. Signal Quality is asignal-to-noiseratio, which is a measurement comparing strength of the signal with the background noise on the wireless network.

Edit Profile Dialog Box

Select Profiles»Edit to open this dialog box. Use this dialog box to edit the settings of an existing profile.

This page includes the following components:

Profile Name—Displaysthe current name of the profile you are editing. Enter any changes to the name of the profile in this field.

Network Type—Displaysthe current network mode of the profile you are editing. Select Infrastructure orAd-hocfrom the menu to change the network type of the profile. Select Infrastructure if your network consists of both wired and wireless devices that communicate through a central device, such as an access point. Select Adhoc if your network consists of only wireless devices that communicate with each other directly.

SSID—Displaysthe current SSID of the profile you are editing. Enter any changes to your SSID in this field.The SSID is the unique network name that functions as an identifier for your wireless devices.All wireless devices on a network must use identical SSIDs to successfully associate with other devices on the network. myssid is an example of a valid SSID.

IP—Displaysthe current method of obtaining your IP address. Select Automatically or Manually from the menu to change the method affiliated with the profile. Select Automatically to obtain your IP address automatically. Select Manually to manually enter your IP address. If you select Manually from the IP menu, the IP Configuration dialog box will open when you click the Okay button.

WEP—Displayswhether WEP encryption is currently used by the profile you are editing. Select Yes or No from the menu to change whether WEP encryption is used with the profile. Select Yes to enable WEP encryption. Select No to disable WEP encryption. If you select Yes from the WEP menu, the WEP Configuration dialog box will open when you click the Okay button.

Okay—Clickthe Okay button to save your changes and return to the Profiles page.

Cancel—Clickthe Cancel button to return to the Profiles page without saving your changes.

Signal Strength—Displaysthe strength of the signal. Signal Strength is based on the peak signal level the wireless adapter receives from the wireless device to which it is connected.

Signal Quality—Displaysthe quality of the signal. Signal Quality is asignal-to-noiseratio, which is a measurement comparing strength of the signal with the background noise on the wireless network.

IP Configuration Dialog Box

Use this dialog box to manually set your Internet Protocol (IP) specifications.

This page includes the following components:

IP Address—Enterthe IP address of your network.

Subnet Mask—Enterthe subnet mask.

Okay—Clickthe Okay button to save your specifications and return to the previous dialog box, either the New Profile dialog box or the Edit Profile dialog box.

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Cancel—Clickthe Cancel button to return to the previous dialog box, either the New Profile dialog box or the Edit Profile dialog box, without saving your specifications.

Signal Strength—Displaysthe strength of the signal. Signal Strength is based on the peak signal level the wireless adapter receives from the wireless device to which it is connected.

Signal Quality—Displaysthe quality of the signal. Signal Quality is asignal-to-noiseratio, which is a measurement comparing strength of the signal with the background noise on the wireless network.

WEP Configuration Dialog Box

Use this dialog box to configure the settings for WEP encryption.

This page includes the following components:

WEP Type—Selectthe WEP encryption format,64-bitencryption or128-bitencryption, from the menu.You must use the same WEP encryption format for all devices on your wireless network.

Note: Some wireless products offer only 64-bitWEP encryption. If any products on your network offer only64-bitWEP encryption,WEP Type must be64-bitencryption.

Key Format—Selectthe format for the WEP key,ASCII or Hex, from the menu. Select ASCII if you want to use alphanumeric characters. Select Hex if you want to use hexadecimal characters.You must use the same WEP key format for all devices on your wireless network.

Note: Hexadecimal is a more common WEP key format than ASCII. If your network contains products from different vendors, select Hex to ensure WEP key compatibility.

WEP Key—Enteryour WEP key.Your WEP key is the shared encryption key that is required before a device can access your network.The following table displays the appropriate length of the WEP key, which is based on the WEP Type and Key Format values.

WEP Type Key Format WEP Key 64-bitencryption ASCII 5 characters64-bitencryption Hex 10 characters128-bitencryption ASCII 13 characters128-bitencryption Hex 26 characters

Okay—Clickthe Okay button to save your settings and return to the previous page.Cancel—Clickthe Cancel button to cancel your action.

Signal Strength—Displaysthe strength of the signal. Signal Strength is based on the peak signal level the wireless adapter receives from the wireless device to which it is connected.

Signal Quality—Displaysthe quality of the signal. Signal Quality is asignal-to-noiseratio, which is a measurement comparing strength of the signal with the background noise on the wireless network.

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