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NETGEAR RangeMax

Next Wireless USB 2.0

Adapter WN111 User

Manual

NETGEAR, Inc.

4500 Great America Parkway

Santa Clara, CA 95054 USA

202-10365-01 December 2007

Technical Support

Please 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 your support information card.

E-mail: support@netgear.com Website: http://www.netgear.com

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.

© 2007 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, The Gear Guy and Everybody's Connecting are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

Maximum Wireless Signal Rate Derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 Specifications

Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate.

Safety and Regulatory Notices

FCC Statement

The WN111 has been tested and complies with the specifications for a Class B digital device, pursuant to 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.

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 according to the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which is found 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:

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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna

Increase the separation between the equipment or devices

Connect the equipment to an outlet other than the receiver’s

Consult a dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for assistance

FCC Caution: Any change or modification to the product not expressly approved by Netgear could void the user’s authority to operate the device.

FCC RF Radiation Exposure and SAR Statements

SAR Statement

The NETGEAR WN111 has been tested for body-worn Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) compliance. The FCC has established detailed SAR requirements and has established that these requirements have been met while installed in host notebook computer.

RF Exposure Information

The radio module has been evaluated under FCC Bulletin OET 65C (01-01) and found to be compliant to the requirements as set forth in CFR 47 Sections, 2.1093, and 15.247 (b) (4) addressing RF Exposure from radio frequency devices. This model meets the applicable government requirements for exposure to radio frequency waves. The highest SAR level measured for this device was 0.74 W/kg.

Canadian Department of Communications Industry Canada (IC) Notice

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003 and RSS-210. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 et CNR-210 du Canada.

“To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum shielding. Equipment (or its transmit antenna) that is installed outdoors is subject to licensing.”

“Pour empêcher que cet appareil cause du brouillage au service faisant l’objet d’une licence, il doit être utilisé à l’intérieur et devrait être placé loin des fenêtres afin de fournir un écran de blindage maximal. Si le matériel (ou son antenne d’émission) est installé à l’extérieur, il doit faire l’objet d’une licence.”

Europe - EU Declaration of Conformity

A printed copy of the EU Declaration of Conformity certificate for this product is provided in the WN111 product package.

Èesky

NETGEAR, Inc. tímto prohlašuje, že tento NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0

[Czech]

Adapter WN111 je ve shodì se základními požadavky a dalšími pøíslušnými ustanoveními

 

smìrnice 1999/5/ES.

 

 

Dansk

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

[Danish]

RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 overholder de væsentlige krav og

 

øvrige relevante krav i direktiv 1999/5/EF.

 

 

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Deutsch

Hiermit erklärt NETGEAR, Inc., dass sich das Gerät NETGEAR RangeMax Next

[German]

Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 in Übereinstimmung mit den grundlegenden

 

Anforderungen und den übrigen einschlägigen Bestimmungen der Richtlinie 1999/5/EG

 

befindet.

 

 

Eesti

Käesolevaga kinnitab NETGEAR, Inc. seadme NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless

[Estonian]

USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 vastavust direktiivi 1999/5/EÜ põhinõuetele ja nimetatud

 

direktiivist tulenevatele teistele asjakohastele sätetele.

 

 

English

Hereby, NETGEAR, Inc., declares that this NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB

 

2.0 Adapter WN111 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 NETGEAR RangeMax Next

[Spanish]

Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 cumple con los requisitos esenciales y cualesquiera

 

otras disposiciones aplicables o exigibles de la Directiva 1999/5/CE.

 

 

Ελληνική

ΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΠΑΡΟΥΣΑ NETGEAR, Inc. ΔΗΛΩΝΕΙ ΟΤΙ NETGEAR RangeMax Next

[Greek]

Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 ΣΥΜΜΟΡΦΩΝΕΤΑΙ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΙΣ ΟΥΣΙΩΔΕΙΣ

 

ΑΠΑΙΤΗΣΕΙΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΙΣ ΛΟΙΠΕΣ ΣΧΕΤΙΚΕΣ ΔΙΑΤΑΞΕΙΣ ΤΗΣ ΟΔΗΓΙΑΣ 1999/5/ΕΚ.

 

 

Français

Par la présente NETGEAR, Inc. déclare que l'appareil NETGEAR RangeMax Next

[French]

Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 est conforme aux exigences essentielles et aux autres

 

dispositions pertinentes de la directive 1999/5/CE.

Italiano

Con la presente NETGEAR, Inc. dichiara che questo NETGEAR RangeMax Next

[Italian]

Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 è conforme ai requisiti essenziali ed alle altre

 

disposizioni pertinenti stabilite dalla direttiva 1999/5/CE.

 

 

Latviski

Ar šo NETGEAR, Inc. deklarç, ka NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter

[Latvian]

WN111 atbilst Direktîvas 1999/5/EK bûtiskajâm prasîbâm un citiem ar to saistîtajiem

 

noteikumiem.

 

 

Lietuviø

Šiuo NETGEAR, Inc. deklaruoja, kad šis NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0

[Lithuanian]

Adapter WN111 atitinka esminius reikalavimus ir kitas 1999/5/EB Direktyvos nuostatas.

Nederlands

Hierbij verklaart NETGEAR, Inc. dat het toestel NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless

[Dutch]

USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 in overeenstemming is met de essentiële eisen en de andere

 

relevante bepalingen van richtlijn 1999/5/EG.

Malti

Hawnhekk, NETGEAR, Inc., jiddikjara li dan NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB

[Maltese]

2.0 Adapter WN111 jikkonforma mal-tiijiet essenzjali u ma provvedimenti orajn relevanti li

 

hemm fid-Dirrettiva 1999/5/EC.

 

 

Magyar

Alulírott, NETGEAR, Inc. nyilatkozom, hogy a NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB

[Hungarian]

2.0 Adapter WN111 megfelel a vonatkozó alapvetõ követelményeknek és az 1999/5/EC

 

irányelv egyéb elõírásainak.

 

 

Polski [Polish]

Niniejszym NETGEAR, Inc. oœwiadcza, ¿e NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB

 

2.0 Adapter WN111 jest zgodny z zasadniczymi wymogami oraz pozosta³ymi stosownymi

 

postanowieniami Dyrektywy 1999/5/EC.

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Português

NETGEAR, Inc. declara que este NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter

[Portuguese]

WN111 está conforme com os requisitos essenciais e outras disposições da Directiva

 

1999/5/CE.

Slovensko

NETGEAR, Inc. izjavlja, da je ta NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter

[Slovenian]

WN111 v skladu z bistvenimi zahtevami in ostalimi relevantnimi doloèili direktive 1999/5/

 

ES.

 

 

Slovensky

NETGEAR, Inc. týmto vyhlasuje, že NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0

[Slovak]

Adapter WN111 spåòa základné požiadavky a všetky príslušné ustanovenia Smernice

 

1999/5/ES.

 

 

Suomi

NETGEAR, Inc. vakuuttaa täten että NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0

[Finnish]

Adapter WN111 tyyppinen laite on direktiivin 1999/5/EY oleellisten vaatimusten ja sitä

 

koskevien direktiivin muiden ehtojen mukainen.

Svenska

Härmed intygar NETGEAR, Inc. att denna [utrustningstyp] står I överensstämmelse med

[Swedish]

de väsentliga egenskapskrav och övriga relevanta bestämmelser som framgår av direktiv

 

1999/5/EG.

 

 

Product and Publication Details

Model Number:

WN111

Publication Date:

December 2007

Product Family:

Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter

Product Name:

NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111

Home or Business Product:

Home

Language:

English

Publication Part Number:

202-10365-01

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Contents

About This Manual

 

Conventions, Formats, and Scope ...................................................................................

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How to Use This Manual ...................................................................................................

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How to Print this Manual ....................................................................................................

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Chapter 1

 

Basic Setup

 

What You Need Before You Begin ..................................................................................

1-1

Verify System Requirements ....................................................................................

1-1

Observe Wireless Location and Range Guidelines ..................................................

1-2

What Is In the Box ..........................................................................................................

1-2

WN111 Default Wireless Settings ...................................................................................

1-3

Installation ......................................................................................................................

1-3

Connecting to Wireless Networks and the Internet ........................................................

1-9

WN111 Icon Colors ..................................................................................................

1-9

Smart Wizard Status Bar ........................................................................................

1-10

WN111 LED ............................................................................................................

1-11

Placing the USB Adapter Cradle ..................................................................................

1-11

Removing the WN111 Software ....................................................................................

1-12

Upgrading the WN111 Software ...................................................................................

1-13

Chapter 2

 

Network Connections and Wireless Security

 

Disabling the Windows Zero Configuration Utility ...........................................................

2-1

Understanding the Smart Wizard ...................................................................................

2-2

Viewing Wireless Networks in Your Area ........................................................................

2-2

Joining a Network ...........................................................................................................

2-4

Using WPS to Connect to a Wireless Network ........................................................

2-4

Manually Selecting a Wireless Network ...................................................................

2-9

Profiles ..........................................................................................................................

2-12

Adding Profiles .......................................................................................................

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Setting up a Profile to Connect to an Access Point or Router ......................................

2-12

Setting up a Computer-to-Computer (Ad Hoc) Profile ..................................................

2-14

Starting a Computer-to-Computer (Ad Hoc) Network Connection .........................

2-16

Wireless Security ..........................................................................................................

2-17

Using Wireless Security Features ................................................................................

2-17

Wireless Network Name (SSID) and Security Settings ................................................

2-17

Setting up WEP Encryption Security ............................................................................

2-18

Setting up WPA-PSK Security ......................................................................................

2-20

Setting up WPA2-PSK Security ....................................................................................

2-21

Statistics Tab .................................................................................................................

2-22

About Tab .....................................................................................................................

2-23

Advanced Settings ........................................................................................................

2-24

Chapter 3

 

Wireless Network Performance

 

Optimizing Wireless Performance ..................................................................................

3-1

Optimizing Your Network Bandwidth ..............................................................................

3-3

Overview of Home and Small Office Networking Technologies ......................................

3-4

Assessing Your Speed Requirements ......................................................................

3-5

Chapter 4

 

Troubleshooting

 

Troubleshooting Tips ......................................................................................................

4-1

Ad Hoc Mode Is Not Working Correctly ..........................................................................

4-3

Windows XP Occasional Connection Problems .............................................................

4-3

Appendix A

 

Technical Specifications and Factory Default Settings

 

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

A-1

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

A-2

Appendix B

 

Related Documents

 

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About This Manual

The NETGEAR® RangeMax™ Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 User Manual describes how to install, configure and troubleshoot the NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111. 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:

Italics

Emphasis, books, CDs, URL names

 

 

Bold

User input

 

 

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.

Scope. This manual is written for the RangeMax Next WN111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter according to these specifications:

Product Version

NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111

 

 

Manual Publication Date

December 2007

 

 

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For more information about network 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/WN111.asp.

How to Use This Manual

The HTML version of this manual includes the following:

Buttons, and , for browsing forwards or backwards through the manual one page at a time

A button that displays the table of contents and an button. Double-click on a link in the table of contents or index to navigate directly to where the topic is described in the manual.

A button to access the full NETGEAR, Inc. online knowledge base for the product model.

Links to PDF versions of the full manual and individual chapters.

How to Print this Manual

To print this manual you can choose one of the following several options, according to your needs.

Printing a Page in the HTML View.

Each page in the HTML version of the manual is dedicated to a major topic. Use the Print button on the browser toolbar to print the page contents.

Printing a Chapter.

Use the PDF of This Chapter link at the top left of any page.

Click the PDF of This Chapter link at the top left of any page in the chapter you want to print. The PDF version of the chapter you were viewing opens in a browser window.

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 website at http://www.adobe.com.

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— Click the print icon in the upper left of the window.

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.

Printing the Full Manual.

Use the Complete PDF Manual link at the top left of any page.

Click the Complete PDF Manual link at the top left of any page in the manual. The PDF version of the complete manual opens in a browser window.

Click the print icon in the upper left of the window.

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.

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Chapter 1

Basic Setup

This chapter describes how to install your RangeMax Next WN111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter and set up basic wireless connectivity on your Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). Advanced wireless network set up is covered in Chapter 2, “Network Connections and Wireless Security”.

Note: Indoors, computers can easily connect to 802.11 wireless networks at distances of several hundred feet. Because walls do not always block wireless signals, others

outside your immediate area could access your network. It is important to take steps to secure your network from unauthorized access. The wireless USB adapter provides highly effective security features, which are covered in “Using Wireless Security Features” in Chapter 2. Use the security features appropriate to your needs.

What You Need Before You Begin

You need to verify that your computer meets the minimum system requirements and identify the wireless network settings of the WLAN where you will connect before you can set up your wireless USB adapter and connect.

Verify System Requirements

Before installing the NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111, please make sure that these minimum requirements have been met:

You must have a PC with a Pentium 300 MHz or higher compatible processor with an available USB 2.0 or 1.1 port.

Note: The maximum speed of a USB v2.0 port is 480 Mbps. If your computer has a USB v1.1 port, the WN111 is limited to that port’s maximum speed, which is

14 Mbps.

A CD drive.

10 Mbytes of free hard disk space.

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Vista, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, or Windows 2000. Some versions of Windows might ask for the original Windows operating system installation files to complete the installation of the WN111 driver software.

Note: Windows XP users must install SP2 or install the KB822603 Hot fix, which fixes the USB 2.0 Host controller driver. Go to the following link to install the Hot fix:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/ details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=733dd867-56a0-4956-b7fe- e85b688b7f86

Observe Wireless Location and Range Guidelines

For best performance, place the wireless USB adapter at least 4 feet (over 1 meter) away from the wireless router or access point.

Computers can connect over wireless networks indoors at a range which vary significantly based on the physical location of the computer with the RangeMax Next WN111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter. For best results, avoid potential sources of interference, such as:

Large metal surfaces

Microwaves

2.4 GHz Cordless phones

In general, wireless devices can communicate through walls. However, if the walls are constructed with concrete, or have metal, or metal mesh, the effective range will decrease if such materials are between the devices.

What Is In the Box

The product package should contain the following items:

NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111

Installation Guide for the NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111

Resource CD, including:

Driver and Configuration Utility Software

NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WN111 User Manual (this document)

Animated Network Properties Configuration Tutorial

PC Networking Tutorial

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Warranty and Support information card

A plastic cradle to hold the WN111

Velcro fasteners to attach the WN111 to the plastic cradle

USB adapter cable

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 product for repair.

WN111 Default Wireless Settings

If this is a new wireless network installation, use the factory default settings to set up the network and verify wireless connectivity. If this is an addition to an existing wireless network, you will need to identify the wireless network and wireless security settings that are already defined.

Your RangeMax Next WN111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter factory default basic settings are:

Network Name Service Set Identification (SSID): Any (First available network)

Note: In order for the RangeMax Next WN111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter to communicate with a wireless access point or wireless adapter, all devices must be set up to use the same wireless network name (SSID).

Network Mode (Infrastructure or Ad-hoc): Infrastructure

Data security WEP, WPA2-PSK, or WPA-PSK encryption: Disabled

Installation

To install the RangeMax Next WN111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter:

1.First, install the WN111 software:

Insert the Resource CD. If the Welcome screen does not open, double click Autorun.exe on the CD.

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a. Click Install the Software.The Check for Updates screen displays:

Figure 1-1

b.If you are connected to the Internet, click Check for Updates. If not, you can choose to install from the CD.

c.Follow the onscreen instructions for the InstallShield wizard and the NETGEAR Smart Wizard.

For Windows XP, if a Windows logo testing message appears, click Continue Anyway.

If a message that Windows Vista cannot verify the publisher of this driver appears, click Install this driver software anyway.

d.When the Installation Complete message appears, click Next.

2.Now, connect the wireless USB adapter.

Figure 1-2

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a. Locate an available USB port on your PC.

Note: If you do not have a USB 2.0 port on your PC, the throughput of the WN111 will be limited to the 14 Mbps of the USB 1.1 standard.

b.Insert the wireless adapter in a USB port on your PC.

For best results, put the wireless adapter at least 4 feet (1 meter) from your router.

To use the USB cable, connect it to the wireless USB adapter and a USB port. See “Placing the USB Adapter Cradle” on page 1-11.

c.For Windows XP computers, the Found New Hardware Wizard opens. Follow the wizard prompts.

d.For Windows Vista, the wireless USB adapter is automatically added with the installed driver.

3.Select the country where you will primarily use the USB adapter. Click Agree.

Figure 1-3

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4. Use the Smart Wizard to set up your wireless USB adapter.

Figure 1-4

a.Windows 2000 users go to Step b. Windows XP or Vista users can set up the wireless adapter either with the NETGEAR Smart Wizard (recommended) or the Windows configuration utilities.

NETGEAR Smart Wizard: Reveals more information about each network and makes it easier to troubleshoot network connection problems.

Windows configuration utilities: See the Windows documentation or “Using Windows XP and Vista Wireless Configuration Utilities” at: http://documentation.netgear.com/reference/enu/winzerocfg/index.htm.

b.Click Next to accept the NETGEAR Smart Wizard.

c.You will be prompted to let the wizard help you connect to a network (recommended).

Figure 1-5

d. Click Next to accept.

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5.Depending on whether or not a wireless access point or router in the network supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), there are two possibilities:

If a wireless access point or router in the network supports WPS, the following screen displays. Select Yes to connect to the access point or router through WPS, and click Next. Follow the Wizard.

Figure 1-6

Note: See “Using WPS to Connect to a Wireless Network” on page 2-4 for a detailed explanation of how to connect to an access point or router through

WPS.

If none of the wireless access points or routers in the network support WPS, the following screen displays. Select the wireless network from the drop-down list, and click Next. The wizard records your choice. If the network uses security, then the Smart Wizard detects it. Follow the Wizard steps for Security (if used) and for saving a Profile.

Hidden network

Figure 1-7

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Note: Hidden networks do not broadcast the Network Name (SSID). These networks are in the drop-down list, but the Network Name (SSID) is blank.

Note: See “Manually Selecting a Wireless Network” on page 2-9 for a detailed explanation of how to connect to an access point or router through

manually selecting a wireless network.

6. After you have reviewed the settings, click Finish. The Settings screen displays:

Figure 1-8

The icon appears in the system tray and on the desktop. The wizard initiates your wireless connection, which could take up to a minute.

7. Use the status bar to verify your wireless connectivity. See “Smart Wizard Status Bar”.

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