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USER GUIDE

Wireless-NPCI Adapter

with Dual-Band

Model: WMP600N

About This Guide

About This Guide

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Online Resources

Website addresses in this document are listed without http:// in front of the address because most current web browsers do not require it. If you use an older web browser, you may have to addhttp:// in front of the web address.

Resource

Website

 

 

Linksys

www.linksys.com

 

 

Linksys International

www.linksys.com/international

 

 

Glossary

www.linksys.com/glossary

 

 

Network Security

www.linksys.com/security

 

 

Copyright and Trademarks

Linksys, Cisco and the Cisco Logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2009 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Product Overview

 

 

 

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Bracket Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Use of the Low-ProfileBracket (Optional) . . . . . . . . . .

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Chapter 2: Wireless Security Checklist

 

 

 

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General Network Security Guidelines

 

 

 

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Additional Security Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Chapter 3: Configuration

 

 

 

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How to Access the Wireless Manager . . . . . . . . . . . .

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How to Use the Wireless Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Saved Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Appendix A: Troubleshooting

 

 

 

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Appendix B: Windows Vista Configuration

 

 

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Windows Vista Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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New Wireless Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Appendix C: Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration

 

 

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Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration . . . . . . . . . .

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New Wireless Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Appendix D: Specifications

 

 

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Appendix E: Warranty Information

 

 

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Limited Warranty

 

 

 

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Exclusions and Limitations

 

 

 

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Obtaining Warranty Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Appendix F: Regulatory Information

 

 

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

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FCC Radiation Exposure Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Safety Notices

 

 

 

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Industry Canada Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Restrictions in the 5 GHz Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Avis d’Industrie Canada

 

 

 

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Restrictions dans la bande 5 GHz

 

 

 

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Wireless Disclaimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Avis de non-responsabilitéconcernant les appareils sans fil . .

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User Information for Consumer Products Covered by EU Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste

Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

 

 

 

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Appendix G: Software License Agreement

 

 

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Software in Linksys Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Software Licenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Chapter 1

Product Overview

Chapter 1:

Product Overview

Thank you for choosing the Linksys by Cisco Wireless-NPCI Adapter withDual-Band.Using the latest wireless networking technology, the Adapter adds or upgrades wireless connectivity on your notebook computer. To help protect your data and privacy, you can useindustrial-strengthWPA2 encryption to protect your wireless connection. The included Setup Wizard will walk you through configuring the Adapter to your network’s settings, step by step.

Bracket Features

The Adapter is a PCI board attached to a standard-sizedbracket. An optional,low-profilebracket is also included.

ANT  The antenna connector is a connection point for one of the Adapter’s antennas.

LINK/ACT  (Green) The LED lights up when the Adapter is connected to a wireless network. The LED flashes when the Adapter is sending or receiving data over the wireless connection.

ANT  The antenna connector is a connection point for one of the Adapter’s antennas.

Use of the Low-ProfileBracket (Optional)

If your computer is low-profile,then attach the PCI board to thelow-profilebracket before you install the Adapter in your computer.

1.There are two screws that attach the PCI board to its standard-sizedbracket. Remove both screws.

2.Use the two screws to attach the PCI board to the low profile bracket.

3.To install the Adapter, run the Setup Wizard on the Setup CD. For more information, refer to the Quick Installation.

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Chapter 2

Wireless Security Checklist

Chapter 2:

Wireless Security Checklist

Wireless networks are convenient and easy to install, so homes with high-speedInternet access are adopting them at a rapid pace. Because wireless networking operates by sending information over radio waves, it can be more vulnerable to intruders than a traditional wired network. Like signals from your cellular or cordless phones, signals from your wireless network can also be intercepted. Since you cannot physically prevent someone from connecting to your wireless network, you need to take some additional steps to keep your network secure.

1.Change the default wireless network name or SSID

Wireless devices have a default wireless network name or Service Set Identifier (SSID) set by the factory. This is the name of your wireless network, and can be up to 32 characters in length. Linksys wireless products use linksys as the default wireless network name. You should change the wireless network name to something unique to distinguish your wireless network from other wireless networks that may exist around you, but do not use personal information (such as your Social Security number) because this information may be available for anyone to see when browsing for wireless networks.

2. Change the default password

For wireless products such as access points and routers, you will be asked for a password when you want to change their settings. These devices have a default password set by the factory. The Linksys default password is admin. Hackers know these defaults and may try to use them to access your wireless device and change your network settings. To thwart any unauthorized changes, customize the device’s password so it will be hard to guess.

3. Enable MAC address filtering

Linksys routers give you the ability to enable Media Access Control (MAC) address filtering. The MAC address is a unique series of numbers and letters assigned to every networking device. With MAC address filtering enabled, wireless network access is provided solely for wireless devices with specific MAC addresses. For example, you can specify the MAC address of each computer in your home so that only those computers can access your wireless network.

4. Enable encryption

Encryption protects data transmitted over a wireless network. Wi-FiProtected Access (WPA/WPA2) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) offer different levels of security for wireless communication.

A network encrypted with WPA/WPA2 is more secure than a network encrypted with WEP, because WPA/WPA2 uses dynamic key encryption. To protect the information as it passes over the airwaves, you should enable the highest level of encryption supported by your network equipment.

WEP is an older encryption standard and may be the only option available on some older devices that do not support WPA.

General Network Security Guidelines

Wireless network security is useless if the underlying network is not secure.

•• Password protect all computers on the network and individually password protect sensitive files.

•• Change passwords on a regular basis.

•• Installanti-virussoftware and personal firewall software.

•• Disable file sharing(peer-to-peer).Some applications may open file sharing without your consent and/or knowledge.

Additional Security Tips

•• Keep wireless routers, access points, or gateways away from exterior walls and windows.

•• Turn wireless routers, access points, or gateways off when they are not being used (at night, during vacations).

•• Usestrongpassphrasesthatareatleasteightcharacters in length. Combine letters and numbers to avoid using standard words that can be found in the dictionary.

WEB: For more information on wireless security, visitwww.linksys.com/security

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Chapter 3

Advanced Configuration

Chapter 3:

Configuration

The Linksys Wireless Manager is used to configure the Adapter.TheWireless Manager lets you search for available wireless networks, establish or terminate a connection with a wireless network, and save a wireless network’s settings.

How to Access the Wireless Manager

After you have installed the Adapter, the Linksys Wireless Manager icon appears in the system tray of your computer. If the Adapter is connected to a wireless network, the icon will have green bars (the exact number of green bars varies depending on the network’s signal strength). If the Adapter is not connected to a wireless network, the icon will have gray bars with a red X.

Linksys Wireless Manager Icon—

Connected to a Wireless Network

Linksys Wireless Manager Icon—

Not Connected to a Wireless Network

To open the Wireless Manager, click the icon, and then select View Wireless Networks... from thepop-upmenu. (To skip thepop-upmenu,double-clickthe icon instead.)

To close the Wireless Manager, click the icon, and then select Close from thepop-upmenu.

Wireless Manager Icon Pop-upMenu

How to Use the Wireless Manager

The Wireless Manager opens with the Connect to a Wireless Network screen. This screen allows you to connect to a wireless network, or to disconnect from a wireless network.

When the Connect to a Wireless Networkscreen first appears, it displays a message indicating that the Wireless Manager is searching for wireless networks within range. When the search is complete, the screen displays the available wireless networks within range.

Connect to a Wireless Network—Searchingfor Wireless Networks

Connect to a Wireless Network—AvailableWireless Networks

The list of available wireless networks provides the following information about each network:

•• Network name  The network’s unique name or SSID.

•• Connection statusThe word Connected appears if the Adapter is connected to the network.

•• Wi-FiProtected Setup supportThe icon appears if the network supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup.

NOTE: The Adapter supportsWi-FiProtected Setup, a feature that makes it easy to set up a wireless network. For information on this feature, go toHow to Connect Using Wi-Fi Protected Setup,page 6.

•• Security  The iconappears if the network uses wireless security. The security type (WPA2, WPA, WEP ) is listed below the network name.

•• Network signal strengthThe green bars in the icon indicate the network’s signal strength; is the strongest level and is the weakest level.

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Chapter 3

Advanced Configuration

To connect to a wireless network, go to How to Connect to aWireless Network,page 4.To disconnect from a wireless network, select the network, and clickDisconnect. To refresh the list of available networks, clickSearch Again.

How to Connect to a Wireless Network

Follow these instructions to connect to a wireless network that has not been saved. (To connect to a saved network, go to How to Connect to a Saved Network,page 8.)

1.On the Connect to a Wireless Networkscreen, locate the name of your wireless network in the list. If your wireless network is not in the list, go to How to Connect to a Hidden Wireless Network, page 5.

2.If your wireless network supports Wi-FiProtected

Setup (the icon appears next to the network’s name), go toHow to Connect Using Wi-Fi Protected Setup,page 6.

3.Select your network, and then click Connect.

Select a Wireless Network

4.If the wireless network uses wireless security, enter the security key. Click Next.

Enter Wireless Network’s Security Key

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5.The Checking Connection screen appears while the Wireless Manager establishes the wireless connection. When it is finished, clickNext.

Checking Connection

6.The Connected to Your Networkscreen appears. To save your network’s settings, select Remember this network. (Saving a network’s settings will make it easier to reconnect to the network.) Click Finish to exit the Wireless Manager.

Connected to Your Network

Congratulations! The Adapter is connected to the network.

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Chapter 3

Advanced Configuration

How to Connect to a Hidden Wireless Network

NOTE: By default, a wireless network’s router broadcasts the network name (SSID). A “hidden” wireless network is a network whose router has been configured not to broadcast the network name (SSID).

Follow these instructions to connect to a wireless network that is not listed on the Connect to a Wireless Network screen.

1.On the Connect to a Wireless Networkscreen, select My network is not in this list. Click Next.

Select My Network is Not in This List

2.The next screen asks if you want to connect to a hidden network. If your network is hidden, select Connect to hidden network. ClickNext.

Confirm Connection to Hidden Network

NOTE: If your wireless network is NOT hidden, selectMy network is not hidden, and then clickNext. Follow the instructions on the nextscreen—verifythat your network router is powered on and is within range of the Adapter, and then clickRetry to search for wireless networks again. Then go toHow to Connect to a Wireless Network,page 4 to continue.

3. Enter your wireless network’s name (SSID). Click Next.

Enter Wireless Network’s Name (SSID)

4.If your wireless network uses wireless security, enter the security key. Click Next.

If your wireless network does not use wireless security, leave the security key field blank, and click Next.

Enter Wireless Network’s Security Key

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5. The Checking Connection screen appears.

Checking Connection

6.The Connected to Your Networkscreen appears. To save your network’s settings, select Remember this network. (Saving a network’s settings will make it easier to reconnect to the network.) Click Finish to exit the Wireless Manager.

Connected to Your Network

Congratulations! The Adapter is connected to the network.

How to Connect Using Wi-FiProtected Setup

On the Connect to a Wireless Networkscreen, the Wi-Fi Protected Setup icon () indicates a network that supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup. Follow these instructions to connect to a wireless network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup.

NOTE: Before you begin, make sure the router and the computer with the Adapter are in the same room.

1.On the Connect to a Wireless Networkscreen, select your network, and then click Connect.

Select the Wireless Network

2. The Quickly Connect Using Push Buttonscreen appears.

Quick Connect Using Push Button

3.Press the router’s Wi-Fi Protected Setup buttonuntil an LED lights up. If your router does not have this button, clickSkip and go toEnter the Adapter’s PIN Number,page 7.

4.Within two minutes, click Connect on theQuickly Connect Using Push Button screen.

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Advanced Configuration

5. The Adapter connects to the network.

Connecting to the Network via Wi-FiProtected Setup

NOTE: If the connection cannot be set up, the message, “Registration failed” appears. If this happens, use one of two options:

•• Push Button  Press the router’sWi-Fi Protected Setup buttonuntil an LED lights up. Then clickConnect to try again.

•• PIN  ClickSkip, and then go toEnter the Adapter’s PIN Number,page 7.

6.The Connected to Your Networkscreen appears. To save your network’s settings, select Remember this network. (Saving a network’s settings will make it easier to reconnect to the network.) Click Finish to exit the Wireless Manager.

Connected to Your Network

Congratulations! The Adapter is connected to the network.

Enter the Adapter’s PIN Number

Enter the PIN Number

1.Access the web-basedutility of the router. (Refer to the router’s documentation for instructions.)

2.On the router’s Wi-Fi Protected Setup screen, enter the Adapter’s PIN number in the appropriate field. Then perform the appropriate action to save the PIN number; for example, clickRegister. (Refer to the router’s documentation for instructions.)

NOTE: Enter the Adapter’s PIN number without the hyphen.

3.The Adapter connects to the network, and the

Connected to Your Network screen appears. To save your network’s settings, select Remember this network. (Saving a network’s settings will make it easier to reconnect to the network.) Click Finish to exit the Wireless Manager.

Connected to Your Network

Congratulations! The Adapter is connected to the network.

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