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ProSafe Dual Band

Wireless-N Access Point

WNDAP350 Reference

Manual

NETGEAR, Inc.

350 East Plumeria Drive

San Jose, CA 95134

202-10534-01 November 2009 v1.1

© 2009 by NETGEAR, Inc. All rights reserved.

Technical Support

Please refer to the Resource CD that shipped with your product. If your product does not contain a Resource CD, then refer to the support information card that shipped with your product. By registering your product at http://www.netgear.com/register, we can provide you with faster expert technical support and timely notices of product and software upgrades.

NETGEAR, INC. Support Information

Phone: 1-888-NETGEAR, for US & Canada only. For other countries, see the Warranty and Customer Support information on your Resource CD. If your product does not contain a Resource CD, then see the Warranty and Customer Support Information card.

E-mail: support@netgear.com

North American NETGEAR website: http://www.netgear.com

Trademarks

NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, ProSafe, Smart Wizard, and Auto Uplink are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT and Vista are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.Other brand and product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

Statement of Conditions

In the interest of improving internal design, operational function, and/or reliability, NETGEAR reserves the right to make changes to the products described in this document without notice.

NETGEAR does not assume any liability that may occur due to the use or application of the product(s) or circuit layout(s) described herein.

Certificate of the Manufacturer/Importer

It is hereby certified that the ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-NAccess Point WNDAP350 Reference Manual has been suppressed in accordance with the conditions set out in the BMPT-AmtsblVfg 243/1991 and Vfg 46/1992. The operation of some equipment (for example, test transmitters) in accordance with the regulations may, however, be subject to certain restrictions. Please refer to the notes in the operating instructions.

The Federal Office for Telecommunications Approvals has been notified of the placing of this equipment on the market and has been granted the right to test the series for compliance with the regulations.

Bestätigung des Herstellers/Importeurs

Es wird hiermit bestätigt, daß dasProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350 gemäß der im BMPTAmtsblVfg 243/1991 und Vfg 46/1992 aufgeführten Bestimmungen entstört ist. Das vorschriftsmäßige Betreiben einiger Geräte (z.B. Testsender) kann jedoch gewissen Beschränkungen unterliegen. Lesen Sie dazu bitte die Anmerkungen in der Betriebsanleitung.

Das Bundesamt für Zulassungen in der Telekommunikation wurde davon unterrichtet, daß dieses Gerät auf den Markt gebracht wurde und es ist berechtigt, die Serie auf die Erfüllung der Vorschriften hin zu überprüfen.

Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) Statement

This equipment is in the Class B category (information equipment to be used in a residential area or an adjacent area thereto) and conforms to the standards set by the Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Data Processing

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Equipment and Electronic Office Machines aimed at preventing radio interference in such residential areas. When used near a radio or TV receiver, it may become the cause of radio interference. Read instructions for correct handling.

Regulatory Compliance Information

This section includes user requirements for operating this product in accordance with National laws for usage of radio spectrum and operation of radio devices. Failure of the end-user to comply with the applicable requirements may result in unlawful operation and adverse action against the end-user by the applicable National regulatory authority.

NOTE: This product's firmware limits operation to only the channels allowed in a particular Region or Country. Therefore, all options described in this user's guide may not be available in your version of the product.

Europe – EU Declaration of Conformity

This device complies with the essential requirements of the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC. The following test methods have been applied in order to prove presumption of conformity with the essential requirements of the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC:

EN60950-1: 2006 EN 50385:

EN 300 328 V1.7.1 (2006-10)

EN 301 893 V1.5.1: (2008-12)

EN 301 489-1 V1.8.1 (2008-04)

EN 301 489-17 V1.3.2 (2008-04) This is an indoor only device.

Europe – Declaration of Conformity in Languages of the European Community

Cesky [Czech]

NETGEAR Inc. tímto prohlašuje, že tento Radiolan je ve shode se základními

 

požadavky a dalšími p?íslušnými ustanoveními sm?rnice 1999/5/ES.

 

 

Dansk

Undertegnede NETGEAR Inc. erklærer herved, at følgende udstyr Radiolan overholder

[Danish]

de væsentlige krav og øvrige relevante krav i direktiv 1999/5/EF.

 

 

Deutsch

Hiermit erklärt NETGEAR Inc., dass sich das Gerät Radiolan in Übereinstimmung mit

[German]

den grundlegenden Anforderungen und den übrigen einschlägigen Bestimmungen der

 

Richtlinie 1999/5/EG befindet.

 

 

Eesti

Käesolevaga kinnitab NETGEAR Inc. seadme Radiolan vastavust direktiivi 1999/5/EÜ

[Estonian]

põhinõuetele ja nimetatud direktiivist tulenevatele teistele asjakohastele sätetele.

 

 

English

Hereby, NETGEAR Inc., declares that this Radiolan is in compliance with the essential

 

requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.

 

 

Español

Por medio de la presente NETGEAR Inc. declara que el Radiolan cumple con los

[Spanish]

requisitos esenciales y cualesquiera otras disposiciones aplicables o exigibles de la

 

Directiva 1999/5/CE.

 

 

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Ελληνική

ΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΠΑΡΟΥΣΑ NETGEAR Inc. ΔΗΛΩΝΕΙ ΟΤΙ Radiolan ΣΥΜΜΟΡΦΩΝΕΤΑΙ

[Greek]

ΠΡΟΣ ΤΙΣ ΟΥΣΙΩΔΕΙΣ ΑΠΑΙΤΗΣΕΙΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΙΣ ΛΟΙΠΕΣ ΣΧΕΤΙΚΕΣ ΔΙΑΤΑΞΕΙΣ ΤΗΣ

 

ΟΔΗΓΙΑΣ 1999/5/ΕΚ.

 

 

Français

Par la présente NETGEAR Inc. déclare que l'appareil Radiolan est conforme aux

[French]

exigences essentielles et aux autres dispositions pertinentes de la directive 1999/5/CE.

 

 

Italiano [Italian]

Con la presente NETGEAR Inc. dichiara che questo Radiolan è conforme ai requisiti

 

essenziali ed alle altre disposizioni pertinenti stabilite dalla direttiva 1999/5/CE.

 

 

Latviski

Ar šo NETGEAR Inc. deklarē, ka Radiolan atbilst Direktīvas 1999/5/EK būtiskajām

[Latvian]

prasībām un citiem ar to saistītajiem noteikumiem.

 

 

Lietuvių

Šiuo NETGEAR Inc. deklaruoja, kad šis Radiolan atitinka esminius reikalavimus ir kitas

[Lithuanian]

1999/5/EB Direktyvos nuostatas.

 

 

Nederlands

Hierbij verklaart NETGEAR Inc. dat het toestel Radiolan in overeenstemming is met de

[Dutch]

essentiële eisen en de andere relevante bepalingen van richtlijn 1999/5/EG.

 

 

Malti [Maltese]

Hawnhekk, NETGEAR Inc., jiddikjara li dan Radiolan jikkonforma mal-htigijiet

 

essenzjali u ma provvedimenti ohrajn relevanti li hemm fid-Dirrettiva 1999/5/EC.

 

 

Magyar

Alulírott, NETGEAR Inc. nyilatkozom, hogy a Radiolan megfelel a vonatkozó alapvetõ

[Hungarian]

követelményeknek és az 1999/5/EC irányelv egyéb elõírásainak.

 

 

Polski [Polish]

Niniejszym NETGEAR Inc. oświadcza, że Radiolan jest zgodny z zasadniczymi

 

wymogami oraz pozostałymi stosownymi postanowieniami Dyrektywy 1999/5/EC.

 

 

Português

NETGEAR Inc. declara que este Radiolan está conforme com os requisitos essenciais

[Portuguese]

e outras disposições da Directiva 1999/5/CE.

 

 

Slovensko

NETGEAR Inc. izjavlja, da je ta Radiolan v skladu z bistvenimi zahtevami in ostalimi

[Slovenian]

relevantnimi določili direktive 1999/5/ES.

 

 

Slovensky

NETGEAR Inc. týmto vyhlasuje, že Radiolan spĺňa základné požiadavky a všetky

[Slovak]

príslušné ustanovenia Smernice 1999/5/ES.

 

 

Suomi

NETGEAR Inc. vakuuttaa täten että Radiolan tyyppinen laite on direktiivin 1999/5/EY

[Finnish]

oleellisten vaatimusten ja sitä koskevien direktiivin muiden ehtojen mukainen.

 

 

Svenska

Härmed intygar NETGEAR Inc. att denna Radiolan står I överensstämmelse med de

[Swedish]

väsentliga egenskapskrav och övriga relevanta bestämmelser som framgår av direktiv

 

1999/5/EG.

 

 

Íslenska

Hér með lýsir NETGEAR Inc. yfir því að Radiolan er í samræmi við grunnkröfur og aðrar

[Icelandic]

kröfur, sem gerðar eru í tilskipun 1999/5/EC.

 

 

Norsk

NETGEAR Inc. erklærer herved at utstyret Radiolan er i samsvar med de

[Norwegian]

grunnleggende krav og øvrige relevante krav i direktiv 1999/5/EF.

 

 

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FCC Requirements for Operation in the United States

FCC Information to User

This product does not contain any user serviceable components and is to be used with approved antennas only. Any product changes or modifications will invalidate all applicable regulatory certifications and approvals.

FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure

This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance of 25 cm between the radiator and your body.

This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.

FCC Declaration Of Conformity

We NETGEAR, Inc.,350 east Plumeria Drive, San Jose, CA 95134, declare under our sole responsibility that the model ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350 complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

This device may not cause harmful interference, and

This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

FCC Radio Frequency Interference Warnings & Instructions

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna

Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver

Connect the equipment into an electrical outlet on a circuit different from that which the receiver is connected

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

FCC Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate this equipment.

For operation within 5.15 ~ 5.25GHz frequency range, it is restricted to indoor environment.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Radiation Exposure Statement:

This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 25cm between the radiator & your body.

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This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.

The availability of some specific channels and/or operational frequency bands are country dependent and are firmware programmed at the factory to match the intended destination. The firmware setting is not accessible by the end user.

Industry Canada statements

This device complies with RSS-210 of the Industry Canada Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Radiation Exposure Statement

This equipment complies with IC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 25cm between the radiator & your body.

This device has been designed to operate with an antenna having a maximum gain of 5 dBi Antenna having a higher gain is strictly prohibited per regulations of Industry Canada. The required antenna impedance is 50 ohms.

Caution:

The device for the band 5150-5250 MHz is only for indoor usage to reduce potentail for harmful interference to cochannel mobile satellite systems.

High power radars are allocated as primary users (meaning they have priority ) of 5250-5350 MHz and 5650-5850 MHz and these radars could cause interference and/or damage to LE-LAN devices.

Canada ID: 4054A-09200110

Product and Publication Details

Model Number:

WNDAP350

Publication Date:

November 2009

Product Family:

Wireless Access Point

Product Name:

ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350

Home or Business Product:

Business

Language:

English

Publication Part Number:

202-10534-01

Publication Version Number:

1.1

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Contents

ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N WNDAP350 Reference Manual

About This Manual

Chapter 1

Introduction

About the ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350

............................1-1

Key Features and Standards ..........................................................................................

1-1

Compatible and Related NETGEAR Products ................................................................

1-5

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

1-6

What’s In the Box? .........................................................................................................

1-6

Hardware Description .....................................................................................................

1-7

Chapter 2

 

Basic Installation and Configuration

 

Wireless Equipment Placement and Range Guidelines .................................................

2-2

Understanding WNDAP350 Wireless Security Options ..................................................

2-3

Installing the WNDAP350 wirelss access point ..............................................................

2-4

Logging In Using the Default IP Address ......................................................................

2-12

Setting Basic IP Options ...............................................................................................

2-13

Wireless Settings ..........................................................................................................

2-14

Setting Up and Testing Basic Wireless Connectivity ....................................................

2-22

Understanding Security Profiles ...................................................................................

2-23

SSID and WEP/WPA Settings Setup Form ..................................................................

2-27

Configuring the RADIUS Server Settings .....................................................................

2-29

Setting up a Security Profile .........................................................................................

2-31

Configuring WEP ..........................................................................................................

2-33

Configuring WPA with RADIUS ....................................................................................

2-35

Configuring WPA2 with RADIUS ..................................................................................

2-37

Configuring WPA and WPA2 with RADIUS ..................................................................

2-38

Configuring WPA-PSK ..................................................................................................

2-40

Configuring WPA2-PSK ................................................................................................

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Configuring WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK ........................................................................

2-42

Restricting Wireless Access by MAC Address .............................................................

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Chapter 3

 

Management

 

Remote Management .....................................................................................................

3-1

Remote Console .............................................................................................................

3-3

Upgrading the Wireless Access Point Software .............................................................

3-5

Configuration File Management .....................................................................................

3-6

Changing the Administrator Password .........................................................................

3-10

Enabling the SysLog Server .........................................................................................

3-11

Using Activity Log Information ......................................................................................

3-12

Viewing General Summary Information ........................................................................

3-12

Viewing Network Traffic Statistics .................................................................................

3-14

Viewing Available Wireless Station Statistics ................................................................

3-16

Enabling Rogue AP Detection ......................................................................................

3-17

Viewing Rogue AP Statistics ........................................................................................

3-19

Packet Capture .............................................................................................................

3-21

Chapter 4

 

Advanced Configuration

 

IP Settings for Wireless Clients ......................................................................................

4-1

Hotspot Settings .............................................................................................................

4-3

Configuring Advanced Wireless Settings .......................................................................

4-4

Configuring Advanced QoS Settings ..............................................................................

4-8

Enabling Wireless Bridging ...........................................................................................

4-10

Chapter 5

 

Troubleshooting and Debugging

 

No lights are lit on the wireless access point. .................................................................

5-1

The Wireless LAN activity light does not light up. ...........................................................

5-2

The LAN light is not lit. ....................................................................................................

5-2

I cannot access the Internet or the LAN with a wireless capable computer. .................5-2

I cannot connect to the WNDAP350 to configure it. .......................................................

5-3

When I enter a URL or IP address I get a timeout error. ................................................

5-3

Using the Reset Button to Restore Factory Default Settings ..........................................

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Appendix A

Default Settings and Technical Specifications

Factory Default Settings ................................................................................................

A-1

Technical Specifications .................................................................................................

A-3

Appendix B

 

Related Documents

 

Appendix C

 

Command Line Reference

 

Command Sets ..............................................................................................................

C-1

Index

 

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About This Manual

The ProSafe™ Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350 Reference Manual describes how to install, configure and troubleshoot the ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350. The information in this manual is intended for readers with intermediate computer and Internet skills.

Conventions, Formats, and Scope

The conventions, formats, and scope of this manual are described in the following paragraphs:

Typographical Conventions. This manual uses the following typographical conventions:

Italic

Emphasis, books, CDs, file and server names, extensions

 

 

Bold

User input, IP addresses, GUI screen text

 

 

Fixed

Command prompt, CLI text, code

italic

URL links

 

 

Formats. This manual uses the following formats to highlight special messages:

Note: This format is used to highlight information of importance or special interest.

Tip: This format is used to highlight a procedure that will save time or resources.

Warning: Ignoring this type of note may result in a malfunction or damage to the equipment.

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Danger: This is a safety warning. Failure to take heed of this notice may result in personal injury or death.

Scope. This manual is written for the WNDAP350 wirelss access point according to these specifications:

Product Version

ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350

 

 

Manual Publication Date

November 2009

 

 

For more information about network, Internet, firewall, and VPN technologies, see the links to the NETGEAR website in Appendix B, “Related Documents.”

Note: Product updates are available on the NETGEAR, Inc. website at

http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/WNDAP350.asp.

How to Print This Manual

To print this manual, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed in order to view and print PDF files. The Acrobat reader is available on the Adobe Web site at http://www.adobe.com.

Tip: If your printer supports printing two pages on a single sheet of paper, you can save paper and printer ink by selecting this feature.

Revision History

Part Number

Version

Date

Description

 

Number

 

 

 

202-10534-01

1.0

September

Product introduction

 

 

2009

 

 

202-10534-01

1.1

November

Updated FCC statement

 

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chapter 1

Introduction

This chapter describes some of the key features of the ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350. It also includes the minimum prerequisites for installation (“System Requirements” on page 1-5.), package contents (“What’s In the Box?” on page 1-6) and a description of the front and back panels of the WNDAP350 (“Hardware Description” on page 1-6).

About the ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point

WNDAP350

The ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350is the basic building block of a wireless LAN infrastructure. It provides connectivity between Ethernet wired networks and radioequipped wireless notebook systems, desktop systems, print servers, and other devices.

The WNDAP350 provides wireless connectivity to multiple wireless network devices within a fixed range or area of coverage, interacting with a wireless network interface card (NIC) via an antenna. Typically, an individual in-building access point provides a maximum connectivity area of about a 500 foot radius. Consequently, the ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350 can support a small group of users in a range of several hundred feet. Most access points can handle between 10 to 32 users simultaneously per radio.

The WNDAP350 wirelss access point acts as a bridge between the wired LAN and wireless clients. Connecting multiple WNDAP350s via a wired Ethernet backbone can further lengthen the wireless network coverage. As a mobile computing device moves out of the range of one access point, it moves into the range of another. As a result, wireless clients can freely roam from one Access Point to another and still maintain seamless connection to the network.

Key Features and Standards

The WNDAP350 wirelss access point is easy-to-use and provides solid wireless and networking support. It also offers a wide range of security options.

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Supported Standards and Conventions

The following standards and conventions are supported:

Standards Compliance. The Wireless Access Point complies with the IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n standards for Wireless LANs.

Full WPA and WPA2 support. WPA and WPA2 enterprise-class strong security with RADIUS and certificate authentication as well as dynamic encryption key generation.WPAPSK and WPA2-PSK preshared key authentication without the overhead of RADIUS servers but with all of the strong security of WPA.

Multiple BSSIDs. Supports multiple BSSIDs. When a wireless access point is connected to a wired network and a set of wireless stations, it is called a Basic Service Set (BSS). The Basic Service Set Identifier (BSSID) is a unique identifier attached to the header of packets sent over a WLAN that differentiates one WLAN from another when a mobile device tries to connect to the network.

The multiple BSSID feature allows you to configure up to 8 SSIDs per Radio mode on your access point and assign different configuration settings to each SSID. All the configured SSIDs are active and the network devices can connect to the access point by using any of these SSIDs.

DHCP Client Support. DHCP provides a dynamic IP address to PCs and other devices upon request. The WNDAP350 can act as a client and obtain information from your DHCP server; it can also act as a DHCP server and provide network information for wireless clients.

SNMP Support. Support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Management Information Base (MIB) management.

802.1Q VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support. A network of computers that behave as if they are connected to the same network even though they actually may be physically located on different segments of a LAN. VLANs are configured through software rather than hardware, which makes them extremely flexible. VLANs are very useful for user/host management, bandwidth allocation and resource optimization.

Key Features

The WNDAP350 provides solid functionality, including the following features:

Dual Band Concurrent. The Wireless Access Point can operate in both the 2.4 GHz band and the 5 GHz band concurrently.

The choice of band(s) is reflected in the protocol standard supported, as well as the administration screens displayed to you.

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Multiple operating modes:

Wireless Access Point. Operates as a standard 802.11a/an or 11b/bg/ng access point.

Point-to-Point Bridge. In this mode, the WNDAP350 only communicates with another bridge-mode wireless access point (with or without clients). Network authentication should be used to protect this communication.

Point-to-Multi-Point Bridge. Select this only if this WNDAP350 is the “Master” for a group of bridge-mode wireless access points. The other bridge-mode wireless access points send all traffic to this “Master”, and do not communicate directly with each other. Network Authentication should be used to protect this traffic.

Hotspot Settings. You can allow the first HTTP (TCP, port 80) request, on client association, to be captured and redirected to the URL you specify.

Upgradeable Firmware. Firmware is stored in a flash memory and can be upgraded easily, using only your Web browser, and can be upgraded remotely. In addition to using Web browser to do so, command-line interface and SNMP can also be used.

Rogue AP detection. The Rogue AP detection feature shows a list of unknown APs to the administrator.

Access Control. The Access Control MAC address filtering feature can ensure that only trusted wireless stations can use the WNDAP350 to gain access to your LAN.

Security Profiles. When using multiple BSSIDs, you can configure unique security settings (encryption, SSID, etc.) for each BSSID.

Hidden Mode. The SSID is not broadcast, assuring only clients configured with the correct SSID can connect.

Secure Telnet Command Line Interface. The secure Telnet command line interface enables direct secure access over the serial port and easy scripting of configuration of multiple WNDAP350s across an extensive network via the Ethernet interface. An SSH client is required.

Configuration Backup. Configuration settings can be backed up to a file and restored.

Power over Ethernet. Power can be supplied to the WNDAP350 over the Ethernet port from any 802.3af compliant mid-span or end-span source. Please refer to the Appendix for a list of compliant Netgear PoE switches.

Autosensing Ethernet Connection with Auto Uplink Interface. Connects to 10/100/1000 Mbps IEEE 802.3 Ethernet networks.

LED Indicators. Power/Test, LAN speed, LAN activity, and wireless activity for each radio mode are easily identified.

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Wireless Multimedia (WMM) Support. WMM is a subset of the 802.11e standard. WMM allows wireless traffic to have a range of priorities, depending on the kind of data. Timedependent information, like video or audio, has a higher priority than normal traffic. For WMM to function correctly, Wireless clients must also support WMM.

WMM Power Save Support. Power Save uses mechanisms from 802.11e and legacy 802.11 to save power (for battery powered equipment) and fine-tune power consumption.

VLAN Security Profiles. Each Security Profile can be assigned a VLAN ID as each Security Profile is modified.

802.11a/b/g/n Standards-based Wireless Networking

The ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350 provides a bridge between Ethernet wired LANs and 802.11a/b/g/n compatible wireless LAN networks. It provides connectivity between Ethernet wired networks and radio-equipped wireless notebook systems, desktop systems, print servers, and other devices. Additionally, the WNDAP350 supports the following wireless features:

Aggregation Support

Reduced Inter Frame Spacing support

Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) support

Distributed coordinated function (CSMA/CA, Back off procedure, ACK procedure, retransmission of unacknowledged frames)

RTS/CTS handshake

Beacon generation

Packet fragmentation and reassembly

Auto or long preamble

Roaming among access points on the same subnet

Autosensing Ethernet Connections with Auto Uplink

The WNDAP350 can connect to a standard Ethernet network. The LAN interface is autosensing and capable of full-duplex or half-duplex operation.

The wireless access point incorporates Auto UplinkTM technology. The Ethernet port will automatically sense whether the Ethernet cable plugged into the port should have a “normal” connection such as to a computer or an “uplink” connection such as to a switch or hub. That port will then configure itself to the correct configuration. This feature also eliminates any concerns about crossover cables, as Auto Uplink will accommodate either type of cable to make the right connection.

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Compatible and Related NETGEAR Products

For a list of compatible products from other manufacturers, see the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance Web site (WECA, see http://www.wi-fi.net).

The following NETGEAR products work with the WNDAP350 wirelss access point:

FS108P - ProSafe 8 Port 10/100 Switch with 4 Port PoE

FS116P ProSafe 16 Port 10/100 Desktop Switch with 8 Port PoE

FS726TP - ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Smart Switch with 2 Gigabit Ports and 12 Port PoE

FS728TP - ProSafe 24+4 10/100 Smart Switch with full PoE

FS752TPS - ProSafe 48 Port 10/100 Stackable Smart Switch with 4 Gigabit Ports and 24 Port PoE

FSM7328PS - ProSafe 24-port 10/100 L3 Managed Stackable Switch with 24 PoE Ports

FSM7352PS

GS724TP

GS748TP

WNDA3100 - RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter

WN121T RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter

WN111 - RangeMax Next Wireless-N USB Adapter

WN511B RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Notebook Adapter

WN311B RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N PCI Adapter

WAG511 ProSafe 108 Mbps Dual Band PC Card

WAG311 ProSafe 108 Mbps Dual Band PCI Card

WG311T 802.11g 108 Mbps Wireless PCI Card

WG511T 802.11g 108 Mbps Wireless CardBus Adapter

WG511 802.11g 54 Mbps Wireless CardBus Adapter

WG111 801.11g 54 Mbps Wireless USB Adapter

WPN111 - RangeMax Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter

System Requirements

Before installing the WNDAP350, make sure your system meets these requirements:

A 10/100/1000 Mbps Local Area Network device such as a hub or switch

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The Category 5 UTP straight through Ethernet cable with RJ-45 connector included in the package, or one like it

A 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz AC power source

A Web browser for configuration such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or above, or Mozilla 3.0 or above

At least one computer with the TCP/IP protocol installed

802.11a/n or 802.11b/g/n-compliant devices, such as the NETGEAR WG511 Wireless Adapter

What’s In the Box?

The product package should contain the following items:

ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350

Power adapter and cord (12 V dc, 1.2 A)

Straight through Category 5 Ethernet cable

ProSafe Dual Band Wireless N Access Point WNDAP350 Installation Guide

Resource CD which includes a link to this manual.

If any of the parts are incorrect, missing, or damaged, contact your NETGEAR dealer. Keep the carton, including the original packing materials, in case you need to return the firewall for repair. To qualify for product updates and product warranty registrations, we encourage you to register on the NETGEAR Web site at: http://www.NETGEAR.com.

Hardware Description

This section describes the front and rear hardware functions of the WNDAP350.

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Front Panel

The WNDAP350 front hardware functions are described below.

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The following table explains the LED indicators:

Table 1-1. Front Panel LED Indicators

Item

LED

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

1

PWR/TEST

Power Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

No power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On

Power is on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blink

Indicates self test, loading software, or system fault (if continues).

 

 

 

Note: This LED may blink for a minute before going off.

 

 

 

 

2

100

 

Ethernet LAN Speed Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

Indicates 10 Mbps or no link detected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow

Indicates 100 Mbps link detected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green

Indicates 1000 Mbps link detected.

 

 

 

 

3

LINK/ACT LAN

Ethernet LAN Link Activity Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

Indicates no Ethernet link detected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blink

Indicates data traffic on the 1000Mbps Ethernet LAN.

 

 

(Green)

 

 

 

 

 

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Table 1-1. Front Panel LED Indicators (continued)

Item

LED

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

4

802.11na WLAN

Wireless LAN Link Activity Indicator (5 GHz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

Indicates WLAN 802.11n/a (5GHz) mode is disabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blink

Indicates Wireless data traffic in 5GHz modes.

 

 

(Green)

 

 

 

 

 

5

802.11ng WLAN

Wireless LAN Link Activity Indicator (5 GHz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

Indicates WLAN 802.11b/g (5GHz) mode is disabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blink

Indicates Wireless data traffic in 2.4GHz modes.

 

 

(Green)

 

 

 

 

 

Rear Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2

3

4

5

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The WNDAP350 rear panel functions are described below:

1.Left and Right Detachable Antennas. The WNDAP350 provides two detachable dipole antennas.

2.Power Socket. This socket connects to the WNDAP350 12V 1.2A power adapter.

3.RJ-45 Ethernet Port. Use the WNDAP350 Ethernet RJ-45 port to connect to an Ethernet LAN through a device such as a hub, switch, router, or PoE switch.

4.Serial Console Port. Male DB-9 serial port for serial DTE connections.

5.Restore to Factory Defaults Button. The restore to default button restores the WNDAP350 to the factory default settings.

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Chapter 2

Basic Installation and Configuration

This chapter describes how to set up your ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350for wireless connectivity to your LAN. This basic configuration will enable computers with 802.11b/g/n or 802.11a/n wireless adapters to do such things as connect to the Internet, or access printers and files on your LAN.

Note: Indoors, computers can connect over 802.11b/bg/ng or 802.11a/na wireless networks at ranges of several hundred feet or more. This distance can allow for others outside your area to access your network. It is important to take appropriate steps to secure your network from unauthorized access. The WNDAP350 wirelss access point provides highly effective security features which are covered in detail in “Understanding Security Profiles” on page 2-23. Deploy the security features appropriate to your needs.

This chapter contains the following sections:

1.“Wireless Equipment Placement and Range Guidelines

2.“Understanding WNDAP350 Wireless Security Options

3.“Installing the WNDAP350 wirelss access point

4.“Logging In Using the Default IP Address

5.“Setting Basic IP Options

6.“Wireless Settings

7.“Setting Up and Testing Basic Wireless Connectivity

8.“Understanding Security Profiles

9.“SSID and WEP/WPA Settings Setup Form

10.“Configuring the RADIUS Server Settings

11.“Setting up a Security Profile

12.“Configuring WEP

13.“Configuring WPA with RADIUS

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14.“Configuring WPA2 with RADIUS

15.“Configuring WPA and WPA2 with RADIUS

16.“Configuring WPA-PSK

17.“Configuring WPA2-PSK

18.“Configuring WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK

19.“Restricting Wireless Access by MAC Address

You need to prepare these three things before you can establish a connection through your wireless access point:

A location for the WNDAP350 that conforms to the “Wireless Equipment Placement and Range Guidelines below.

The wireless access point connected to your LAN through a device such as a hub, switch, router, or Cable/DSL gateway.

One or more computers with properly configured 802.11b/g/n or 802.11a/n wireless adapters.

Wireless Equipment Placement and Range Guidelines

The operating distance or range of your wireless connection can vary significantly based on the physical placement of the wireless access point. The latency, data throughput performance, and notebook power consumption of wireless adapters also vary depending on your configuration choices.

Note: Failure to follow these guidelines can result in significant performance degradation or inability to wirelessly connect to the WNDAP350. For complete performance specifications, see Appendix A, “Default Settings and Technical Specifications.”

For best results, place your wireless access point:

Near the center of the area in which your PCs will operate.

In an elevated location such as a high shelf where the wirelessly connected PCs have line-of- sight access (even if through walls).

Away from sources of interference, such as PCs, microwaves, and 2.4 GHz cordless phones.

Away from large metal surfaces.

The antenna provides better coverage above the access point. Place the access point so that it is either ceiling mounted or mounted on a wall facing the users.

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If you are using multiple access points for 11b/bg/ng, it is better if adjacent access points use different radio frequency channels to reduce interference. The recommended Channel spacing between adjacent access points is 5 Channels (for example, use Channels 1 and 6, or 6 and 11). For 11a/na, the 6 Channel spacing is not needed.

The time it takes to establish a wireless connection can vary depending on both your security settings and placement. Some types of security connections can take slightly longer to establish and can consume more battery power on a notebook computer.

Understanding WNDAP350 Wireless Security Options

Your wireless data transmissions can be received well beyond your walls by anyone with a compatible adapter. For this reason, use the security features of your wireless equipment. The WNDAP350 wirelss access point provides highly effective security features which are covered in detail in this chapter. Deploy the security features appropriate to your needs.

Figure 2-1

There are several ways you can enhance the security of your wireless network:

Restrict Access Based on MAC address. You can restrict access to only trusted PCs so that unknown PCs cannot wirelessly connect to the WNDAP350. MAC address filtering adds an obstacle against unwanted access to your network, but the data broadcast over the wireless link is fully exposed.

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Turn Off the Broadcast of the Wireless Network Name (SSID). If you disable broadcast of the SSID, only devices that have the correct SSID can connect. This nullifies the wireless network “discovery” feature of some products such as Windows XP, Vista and Unix systems but the data is still fully exposed to a determined snoop using specialized test equipment like wireless sniffers.

Use WEP. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) data encryption provides data security. WEP open authentication and WEP data encryption will block all but the most determined eavesdropper.

Use WPA or WPA-PSK. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) data encryption provides data security. The very strong authentication along with dynamic per frame rekeying of WPA make it virtually impossible to compromise. Because this is a new standard, wireless device driver and software availability may be limited.

Note: WEP and TKIP provide only legacy rates of operation. So, AES is the recommended solution to use the 802.11n rates and speed.

Installing the WNDAP350 wirelss access point

Before installing the ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350, you should make sure that your Ethernet network is up and working. You will be connecting the access point to the Ethernet network so that computers with 802.11b/g/n or 802.11a/n wireless adapters will be able to communicate with computers on the Ethernet network. In order for this to work correctly, verify that you have met all of the system requirements, shown on “System Requirements” on page 1-5.

Setting up the WNDAP350 wirelss access point

Tip: Before mounting the WNDAP350 in a high location, first set up and test the WNDAP350 to verify wireless network connectivity.

To set up the WNDAP350 wirelss access point:

1.Prepare a computer with an Ethernet adapter. If this computer is already part of your network, record its TCP/IP configuration settings.

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2.Configure the computer with a static IP address of 192.168.0.210 and 255.255.255.0 for the Subnet Mask.

3.Connect an Ethernet cable from the WNDAP350 to the computer.

4.Turn on your computer, connect the power adapter to the WNDAP350 and verify the following:

The PWR power light goes on.

The LAN light of the wireless access point is lit when connected to a powered on computer.

The WLAN LEDs should be blinking.

Configuring LAN and Wireless Access

To configure the WNDAP350 Ethernet port for LAN access:

1.Connect to the WNDAP350 by opening your browser and entering http://192.168.0.237 in the address field. The WNDAP350 login screen appears (see Figure 2-2).

2.Enter admin for the user name and password for the password, both in lower case letters.

Figure 2-2 Login screen

3.Click Login. The main menu of the WNDAP350 displays as shown in Figure 2-3.

When the wireless access point is connected to the Internet, under the Support tab, select Documentation to view the documentation for the wireless access point.

On the top-right of the screen, select Logout to exit the WNDAP350 setup screens. (You will automatically be logged out of the wireless access point after 5 minutes of no activity.)

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Figure 2-3 Access Point Name and Country / Region

4.Access Point Name: Enter the access point name of the WNDAP350.

This unique name is the access point NetBIOS name. The default Access Point Name is located on the bottom label of WNDAP350. The default is netgearxxxxxx, where xxxxxx represents the last 6 digits of the WNDAP350 MAC address. You may modify the default name with a unique name up to 15 characters long.

5.From the Country/Region pull-down menu, select the region where the WNDAP350 can be used (the default Country/Region is the United States).

Note: If your country or region is not listed, please check with Netgear Support.

6.Spanning Tree Protocol. Enable or disable spanning tree protocol. Spanning tree protocol enables network traffic optimization in settings with multiple WNDAP350 wirelss access points. The default is Disable.

7.802.1Q VLAN. This section allows each Security Profile to be associated with the default VLAN for WNDAP350. (Useful primarily if the hubs/switches on your LAN support the VLAN 802.1Q standard.)

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Untagged VLAN. Untagged VLANs do not cause the outbound traffic to be tagged with the VLAN ID. Also, there can be only one Untagged VLAN. The default is Enable and set to 1.

Management VLAN. Management VLANs are used for managing traffic (Telnet, SNMP, and HTTP) to and from the Access Point. Management VLANs also cause outbound traffic to be tagged with this VLAN ID. However, if their VLAN ID is same as the Untagged VLAN ID, then the outbound traffic is not tagged. There can be only one Management VLAN.The default is 1.

8.Select Time from the left panel. The Time screen displays, as shown in Figure 2-4.

Figure 2-4 Time zone and system time related settings

9.Enter the Time Settings for your area. See the online help or “Configuring Time Settings” on page 2-8 for more information about how to configure the settings on this screen.

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10. Select IP on the main menu. The IP Settings screen displays, as shown in Figure 2-5.

Figure 2-5 IP Settings

11.Configure the IP Address settings appropriate for your network. The default values are suitable for most users and situations. (See the online help or “Setting Basic IP Options” on page 2-13 for more information about how to configure the settings on this screen.

12.Click Apply.

Configuring Time Settings

To configure your time settings:

1.Under the Configuration tab, select System from the main menu, select Basic, and then select Time. The Time screen displays, as shown in Figure 2-6.

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Figure 2-6 Time zone and system time related settings

2.Configure the following information:

Time Zone. From the pull-down menu, select the local time zone for your wireless access point from a list of all available time zones. The default is USA-Pacific.

NTP Client. Enable NTP Client to synchronize the time of the access point with an NTP Server. The Default is Enabled.

Note: You must have an Internet connection to get the current time.

Use Custom NTP Server. Check the option if you have a custom NTP server. The default is Disabled.

Hostname / IP Address. Enter the host name or the IP address of the custom NTP server. The default is time-b.netgear.com.

3.Click Apply.

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Configuring Wireless Access

To configure your wireless settings for 11b/bg/ng and 11a/na:

1.From the main menu under Configuration, select Wireless. The Wireless Settings screen displays, as shown in Figure 2-7.

2.Enter the wireless settings for your area. See the online help or “Wireless Settings” on page 2-14.

3.Click Apply to save your settings.

Figure 2-7 Basic Wireless Settings for 802.11b/bg/ng

When you have completed the setup steps, you can deploy the WNDAP350 in your network. If needed, you can now reconfigure the computer you used in step 1 (from the Static IP) back to its original TCP/IP settings.

Deploying the WNDAP350 wirelss access point

To deploy the WNDAP350 wirelss access point:

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1.Disconnect the WNDAP350 and position it where it will be deployed. The best location is elevated, such as wall mounted or on the top of a cubicle, at the center of your wireless coverage area, and within line of sight of all the mobile devices.

2.Lift the antennae on either side so that they are vertical.

Note: Refer to the antenna positioning and wireless mode configuration information in the Advanced Configuration chapter of the Reference Manual.

3.Connect an Ethernet cable from your WNDAP350 wirelss access point to a LAN port on your router, switch, or hub.

Note: By default, WNDAP350 is set with the DHCP client disabled. If your network uses dynamic IP addresses, you must change this setting. To connect to the WNDAP350 after the DHCP server on your network assigns it a new IP address, enter the wireless access point name into your Web browser. The default wireless access point name is netgearxxxxxx, where xxxxxx represents the last 6 bytes of the MAC address. The default name is printed on the bottom label of the WNDAP350.

4.Connect the power adapter to the wireless access point and plug the power adapter in to a power outlet. The PWR, LAN, and Wireless LAN lights and should light up.

Verifying Wireless Connectivity

Using a computer with an 802.11b/bg/ng or 802.11a/na wireless adapter with the correct wireless settings needed to connect to the WNDAP350 (SSID, WEP/WPA, MAC ACL, etc.), verify connectivity by using a browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer to browse the Internet, or check for file and printer access on your network.

The default SSID for the 802.11b/bg/ng wireless mode is NETGEAR_11g; the default SSID for the 802.11a/na mode is NETGEAR_11a. The SSID of any wireless access adapters must match the SSID configured in the ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350. If they do not match, no wireless connection will be made.

Note: If you are unable to connect, see Chapter 5, “Troubleshooting and Debugging.”

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Logging In Using the Default IP Address

After you install the WNDAP350, log in to the wireless access point to configure the basic settings and the wireless settings. The WNDAP350 is set, by default, with the IP address of 192.168.0.237 with DHCP disabled.

Note: The computer you are using to connect to the WNDAP350 should be configured with an IP address that starts with 192.168.0.x and a Subnet Mask of 255.255.255.0.

To log in using the default IP Address:

1.Open a Web browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

2.Connect to the WNDAP350 by entering its default address of http://192.168.0.237 into your browser. The login screen displays. Enter admin for the user name and password for the password, both in lower case letters.

Figure 2-8 Connecting to the Access Point

3.Click Login.

Your Web browser should automatically find the WNDAP350 wirelss access point and display the home screen.

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Setting Basic IP Options

The basic IP settings for your wireless access point are entered on this screen. Most of the default settings will work in most cases. However, if your wireless access point is part of a more complex LAN network, then modify the settings to meet the requirements of your network based on the explanation of the various fields.

To configure the basic IP settings of your wireless access point:

1.Under Configuration, select IP, and then IP Settings. The IP Settings screen displays as shown in Figure 2-9 below.

Figure 2-9 Basic IP options

2.Enter the IP Address fields of the WNDAP350.

DHCP Client. By default, the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) client is disabled. If you have a DHCP server on your LAN and you enable DHCP, the wireless access point will get its IP address, subnet mask and default gateway settings automatically from the DHCP server on your network when you connect the WNDAP350 to your LAN.

IP Address. Enter the IP Address of your wireless access point.The default IP address is 192.168.0.237. To change it, enter an unused IP address from the address range used on your LAN; or enable DHCP.

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IP Subnet Mask. The Access Point will automatically calculate the subnet mask based on the IP address that you assign. Otherwise, you can use 255.255.255.0 (the default) as the subnet mask.

Default Gateway. Enter the IP address of the gateway for your LAN. For more complex networks, enter the address of the router for the network segment to which the wireless access point is connected.

Primary DNS Servers. The WNDAP350 will use this IP address as the primary Domain Name Server used by stations on your LAN.

Secondary DNS Servers. The WNDAP350 will use this IP address as the secondary Domain Name Server used by stations on your LAN.

Network Integrity Check. Check this box to enable the WNDAP350 to validate that the upstream link is active before allowing wirelessassociations.If you set this option you must ensure your default gateway is configured.

3.Click Apply to save your basic IP settings.

Wireless Settings

The following sections describe how to configure the wireless settings available in both the 802.11b/bg/ng and 802.11a/na modes.

Configuring 802.11b/bg/ng Wireless Settings

To configure the wireless settings of your 802.11 b/bg/ng wireless access point:

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1.From main menu under Configuration, select Wireless. The Wireless Settings screen of your 802.11 b/bg/ng wireless access point displays, as shown in Figure 2-10 below.

Figure 2-10 Configure wireless settings 802.11b/bg/ng

2.Configure the Wireless LAN settings based on the following field descriptions:

Wireless Mode. Select the desired wireless operating mode. The default is 11ng. The options are:

11b – All 802.11b wireless stations can be used. (The 802.11g wireless stations can still be used if they can operate in 802.11b mode.)

11bg – Both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless stations can be supported.

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11ng – All 11b, 11g, and 11ng wireless stations can be used. This is the default. If you select this option, then two additional options, Channel Width and Guard Interval, are displayed.

Note: If you select one of these option and if other settings on this screen are disabled, then you must select the Turn Radio On radio button to enable available options on this screen.

Turn Radio On. On by default, you can also turn off the radio to disable access through this device. This can be helpful for configuration, network tuning, or troubleshooting activities.

Wireless Network Name (SSID). This is the name of your wireless network. It is set to the default name of NETGEAR_11a for 802.11a/n and NETGEAR_11g for 802.11b/bg/ ng.

Broadcast Wireless Network Name (SSID). If you disable broadcast of the SSID, only devices that have the correct SSID can connect. This nullifies the wireless network “discovery” feature of some products such as Windows XP, Vista and Unix systems but the data is still fully exposed to a determined snoop using specialized test equipment like wireless sniffers. Default is enabled.

Channel/Frequency. From the pull-down menu, select the channel you wish to use on your wireless LAN. The wireless channel in use will be between 1 to 11 for US and Canada, 1 to 13 for Europe and Australia. The default is channel Auto.

It should not be necessary to change the wireless channel unless you experience interference (shown by lost connections and/or slow data transfers). Should this happen, you may need to experiment with different channels to see which is the best. Alternatively, you can select the Auto channel option for the AP to intelligently pick the channel with least interference. See the article on “Wireless Channels” available on the NETGEAR website. (A link to this article and other articles of interest can be found in Appendix B, “Related Documents.”). When selecting or changing channels, some points to bear in mind:

Access points use a fixed channel. You can select the channel used. This allows you to choose a channel which provides the least interference and best performance. In the USA and Canada, 11 channels are available

If using multiple access points, it is better if adjacent access points use different channels to reduce interference. The recommended channel spacing between adjacent access points is 5 channels (for example, use channels 1 and 6, or 6 and 11).

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Wireless stations normally scan all channels, looking for an access point. If more than one access point can be used, the one with the strongest signal is used. This can only happen when the various access points are using the same SSID.

MCS Index/Data Rate. From the pull-down menu, select the available transmit data rate of the wireless network. Also, depending on the band selected, the set of rates will vary. The possible data rates supported are:

Data Rates for Channel Width=20MHz and Guard Interval=short (400ms): Best, 7.2 Mbps, 14.4 Mbps, 21.7 Mbps, 28.9 Mbps, 43.3 Mbps, 57.8 Mbps, 65 Mbps, 72.2 Mbps, 14.44 Mbps, 28.88 Mbps, 43.33 Mbps, 57.77 Mbps, 86.66 Mbps, 115.56 Mbps, 130 Mbps, 144.44 Mbps

Data Rates for Channel Width=20MHz and Guard Interval=long (800ms): Best, 6.5 Mbps, 13 Mbps, 19.5 Mbps, 26 Mbps, 39 Mbps, 52 Mbps, 58.5 Mbps, 65 Mbps, 13 Mbps, 26 Mbps, 39 Mbps, 52 Mbps, 78 Mbps, 104 Mbps, 117 Mbps, 130 Mbps

Data Rates for Channel Width=40MHz and Guard Interval=short: Best, 15 Mbps, 30 Mbps, 45 Mbps, 60 Mbps, 90 Mbps, 120 Mbps, 135 Mbps, 150 Mbps, 30 Mbps, 60 Mbps, 90 Mbps, 120 Mbps, 180 Mbps, 240 Mbps, 270 Mbps, 300 Mbps

Data Rates for Channel Width=40MHz and Guard Interval=long: Best, 13.5 Mbps, 27 Mbps, 40.5 Mbps, 54 Mbps, 81 Mbps, 108Mbps, 121.5 Mbps, 135 Mbps, 27 Mbps, 54 Mbps, 81 Mbps, 108Mbps, 162 Mbps, 216 Mbps, 243 Mbps, 270 Mbps

Channel Width. From the pull-down menu, select the desired channel width.

20 MHz - This is the static, legacy mode. It gives the least throughput.

40 MHz - This is the static, high-throughput mode. Legacy clients will not be able to connect in this mode.

20/40 MHz - This is the dynamic, compatibility mode.

Guard Interval. From the pull-down menu, select the desired guard interval. The guard interval protects from interference from other transmissions. The default is Auto.

Output Power. From the pull-down menu, select the transmit power of the access point. The options are Full, Half, Quarter, Eighth, and Minimum. Decrease the transmit power if two or more APs are close together and use the same channel frequency. The default is Full. (The transmit power may vary depending on the local regulatory regulations.

3.Click Apply to save your 802.11b/bg/ng wireless settings.

Configuring 802.11a/na Wireless Settings

To configure the 802.11a/na wireless settings of your wireless access point:

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1.From the main menu under Configuration, select Wireless, and then select the 802.11a/na tab. The Wireless Settings screen for your 11a/na access point displays as shown in Figure 2- 11 below.

Figure 2-11 Basic Wireless Settings - 802.11a/na

2.Configure the Wireless LAN settings based on the following field descriptions:

Wireless Mode. Select the desired wireless operating mode. Only 802.11a/na wireless modes can be selected from this menu. The default is 11na. The options are:

11a – All 802.11a wireless stations can be used.

11na – All 11a and 11na wireless stations can be used. This is the default.

Note: If you select one of these options and if other settings on this screen are disabled, then you must select the Turn Radio On radio button to enable available options on this screen.

Turn Radio On. On by default, you can also turn off the radio to disable access through this device. This can be helpful for configuration, network tuning, or troubleshooting activities.

Wireless Network Name (SSID). This is the name of your wireless network. It is set to the default name of NETGEAR_11a for 802.11a/na and NETGEAR_11g for 802.11b/bg/ ng modes.

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Broadcast Wireless Network Name (SSID). If you disable broadcast of the SSID, only devices that have the correct SSID can connect. This nullifies the wireless network “discovery” feature of some products such as Windows XP, Vista and Unix systems but the data is still fully exposed to a determined snoop using specialized test equipment like wireless sniffers. Default is enabled.

Channel/Frequency. From the pull-down menu, select the channel you wish to use on your wireless LAN. The default is Auto. When you select Auto as the Channel Frequency, then the only available Channel Width is Dynamic: 20/40MHz.

It should not be necessary to change the wireless channel unless you experience interference (shown by lost connections and/or slow data transfers). Should this happen, you may want to experiment with different channels to see which is the best. See the article on “Wireless Channels” available on the NETGEAR website. (A link to this article and other articles of interest can be found in Appendix B, “Related Documents.”). When selecting or changing channels, some points to bear in mind:

Access points use a fixed channel. You can select the channel used. This allows you to choose a channel which provides the least interference and best performance. In the USA and Canada, 8 channels are available.

If using multiple access points, it is better if adjacent access points use different channels to reduce interference. The recommended channel spacing between adjacent access points is 8 channels (for example, use channels 36 and 44, or 44 and 52).

In “Infrastructure” mode, wireless stations normally scan all channels, looking for an access point. If more than one access point can be used, the one with the strongest signal is used. This can only occur when the various access points are using the same SSID.

MCS Index/Data Rate. From the pull-down menu, select the transmit data rate of the wireless network. Also, depending on the band selected, the set of rates will vary. The default is Best.

Note: Data rate is selected using MCS Index. The actual data rate is computed based on MCS Index, Channel Width, and Guard Interval. When Channel Width selected is Dynamic 20/40MHz or when Guard Interval is selected is Auto, then the data rate for a client depends on associated clients channel width and guard interval capabilities.

The possible data rates supported are:

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Data Rates for Channel Width=20MHz and Guard Interval=short (400ms): Best,

7.2Mbps, 14.4 Mbps, 21.7 Mbps, 28.9 Mbps, 43.3 Mbps, 57.8 Mbps, 65 Mbps, 72.2 Mbps, 14.44 Mbps, 28.88 Mbps, 43.33 Mbps, 57.77 Mbps, 86.66 Mbps, 115.56 Mbps, 130 Mbps, 144.44 Mbps

Data Rates for Channel Width=20MHz and Guard Interval=long (800ms): Best,

6.5Mbps, 13 Mbps, 19.5 Mbps, 26 Mbps, 39 Mbps, 52 Mbps, 58.5 Mbps, 65 Mbps, 13 Mbps, 26 Mbps, 39 Mbps, 52 Mbps, 78 Mbps, 104 Mbps, 117 Mbps, 130 Mbps

Data Rates for Channel Width=40MHz and Guard Interval=short: Best, 15 Mbps, 30 Mbps, 45 Mbps, 60 Mbps, 90 Mbps, 120 Mbps, 135 Mbps, 150 Mbps, 30 Mbps, 60 Mbps, 90 Mbps, 120 Mbps, 180 Mbps, 240 Mbps, 270 Mbps, 300 Mbps

Data Rates for Channel Width=40MHz and Guard Interval=long: Best, 13.5 Mbps, 27 Mbps, 40.5 Mbps, 54 Mbps, 81 Mbps, 108Mbps, 121.5 Mbps, 135 Mbps, 27 Mbps, 54 Mbps, 81 Mbps, 108Mbps, 162 Mbps, 216 Mbps, 243 Mbps, 270 Mbps

Channel Width. From the pull-down menu, select the desired channel width. To maximize performance, select high throughput channel width. The default is Dynamic 20/ 40 MHz.

Guard Interval. From the pull-down menu, select the desired guard interval. The guard interval protects from interference from other transmissions. The default is Auto.

The data rates for different Channel Width and Guard Interval combinations are given above:

Output Power. From the pull-down menu, select the transmit power of the access point. The options are Full, Half, Quarter, Eighth, and Minimum. Decrease the transmit power if two or more APs are close together and use the same channel frequency. The default is Full. (The transmit power may vary depending on the local regulatory regulations.

3.Click Apply to save your 802.11a/n wireless settings.

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Configuring Basic QoS Settings

Wi-Fi Multimedia Support (WMM). Wireless Multimedia (WMM) is a subset of the 802.11e standard. WMM allows wireless traffic to have a range of priorities, depending on the type of data.

Time-dependent information, such as video or audio, has a higher priority than normal traffic. For WMM to function correctly, Wireless clients must also support WMM.

To configure basic wireless QoS settings for 11b/bg/ng and 11a/na:

1.Under the Configuration tab, select Wireless from the main menu, select Basic, and then select QoS Settings from the left panel. The QoS Settings screen displays, as shown in Figure 2-12.

Figure 2-12Basic QoS settings screen

2.Wi-FI Multimedia (WMM) is enabled by default. Select the Disable radio button to disable WMM support.

3.WMM Power Save is enabled by default. Select the Disable radio button to disable WMM power save.

4.Click Apply to save your settings

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