EZ Connect Wireless Ethernet Bridge User Guide From SMC’s EZ line of low-cost workgroup LAN solutions 38 Tesla Irvine, CA 92618 Phone: (949) 679-8000 g 2.4GHz 802.11g Revision #: R01, F1.0 January 2005...
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This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. SMC declared that SMC2870W is limited in CH1~11 from 2400 to 2483.5 MHz by specified firmware controlled in USA.
Equipment (or its transmit antenna) that is installed outdoors is subject to licensing. EC Declaration of Conformity SMC contact for these products in Europe is: SMC Networks Europe, Edificio Conata II, Calle Fructuos Gelabert 6-8, 2o, 4a, 08970 - Sant Joan Despi, Barcelona, Spain.
Countries of Operation & Conditions of Use in the European Community This device is intended to be operated in all countries of the European Community. Requirements for indoor vs. outdoor operation, license requirements and allowed channels of operation apply in some countries as described below: Note: The user must use the configuration utility provided with this product to ensure the channels of operation are in conformance with the spectrum usage rules for European Community countries as described below.
OMPLIANCES Declaration of Conformity in Languages of the European Community English Hereby, SMC Networks, declares that this Radio LAN device is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. Finnish Valmistaja SMC Networks vakuuttaa täten että Radio LAN device tyyppinen laite on direktiivin 1999/5/EY oleellisten vaatimusten ja sitä...
è conforme ai requisiti essenziali ed alle altre disposizioni pertinenti stabilite dalla direttiva 1999/5/CE. Spanish Por medio de la presente SMC Networks declara que el Radio LAN device cumple con los requisitos esenciales y cualesquiera otras disposiciones aplicables o exigibles de la Directiva 1999/5/ Portuguese SMC Networks declara que este Radio LAN device está...
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IEEE 802.11g access point • a wireless repeater, allowing you to effectively extend the coverage of another SMC2870W that is configured to operate in Access Point mode This solution offers fast, reliable wireless connectivity with considerable cost savings over wired LANs (eliminates long-term maintenance overhead for cabling).
Package Checklist The EZ Connect 2.4 GHz 802.11g Wireless Ethernet Bridge package includes: • One EZ Connect 2.4 GHz 802.11g Wireless Ethernet Bridge (SMC2870W) • One 5 VDC power adapter • Installation CD containing this User Guide, EZ Installation Wizard, and Utility program •...
ARDWARE The Wireless Ethernet Bridge supports 1, 2, 5.5 and 11 Mbps half-duplex connections to Ethernet networks. This device is fully compliant with 2.4 GHz DSSS/OFDM wireless networking as defined in IEEE 802.11b/g. The Wireless Ethernet Bridge is backward compatible with the existing 802.11b WLAN infrastructure.
ARDWARE ESCRIPTION Applications EZ Connect wireless products offer a fast, reliable, cost-effective solution for wireless Ethernet client access to the network in applications such as: • Video Game Systems Provides wireless Internet access for users of video game systems such as Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation II •...
LED Indicators The Wireless Ethernet Bridge includes three status LED indicators, as described in the following figure and table. Figure 2. Front Panel Wireless TX/RX Link Ethernet LINK/ Status Power (PWR) Status Description Flashing (Green) The device is transmitting or receiving data through wireless links.
ARDWARE ESCRIPTION System Requirements Before you install the Wireless Ethernet Bridge, be sure you have met the following requirements: • An AC power outlet (100~240 V, 50~60 Hz) • An available RJ-45 (UTP) port on an Ethernet hub or switch •...
RJ-45 socket of the device that will communicate over a wireless connection with an access point. 5. If used in Acces Point mode, connect the SMC2870W to an Ethernet network device such as a hub or a switch using category 3, 4, or 5 UTP Ethernet cable and an RJ-45 connector.
YSTEM The SMC2870W is a Plug-and-Play device. This means that, in most cases, you will not need to configure it. The SMC2870W Wireless Ethernet Bridge includes an SNMP agent that is accessible through an SNMP manager application (Refer to “Using the Configuration Utility” on page 11.) The latest version may be downloaded from the SMC web site specified on the back cover of this manual.
EZ I NSTALLATION To configure your SMC2870W, first verify that your computer has an IP address in the same subnet as the SMC2870W. If you are not familiar with this procedure, see the “Using IPCONFIG” section below. Note: The default IP address of the SMC2870W is 192.168.2.25.
TILITY NSTALLATION AND ONFIGURATION Note: This Configuration Utility is for Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP. After clicking “Configuration Utility,” follow the on-screen instructions to install the utility program.
Using the Configuration Utility 1. Click Start/Programs/SMC2870W/SMC2870W Configuration Utility. 2. The program will automatically scan for SMC2870W access points on the network. If you want to subsequently detect all access points on the network, click the Scan button. From the list of detected SMC2870Ws, double-click on the IP address of the unit you wish to configure.
You can enable the DHCP Client function to automatically get an IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway from a DHCP server in your network. (Default: Use Static IP) Set the IP address for SMC2870W as required. (Default: 192.168.2.25) Set the Subnet Mask as required. (Default: 255.255.255.0)
All wireless clients and the wireless access points within a specific ESS (Extended Service Set) must be configured with the same SSID. (Default: SMC) The name of the wireless access point. (Default: SMC2870W) Set the operating radio channel. (Default: Channel 6) Note: Available channel settings are limited by local...
TILITY ONFIGURATION Security The Security screen provides you with a versatile encryption method to prevent unauthorized access to your wireless network and provide more secure data transmissions. If you are transmitting sensitive data across wireless channels, you should enable Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption.
TILITY NSTALLATION AND The security mechanisms that may be employed depend on the level of security required, the network and management resources available, and the software support provided on wireless clients. A summary of wireless security considerations is listed in the following table. Security Client Mechanism...
TILITY ONFIGURATION WEP Encryption Type You can choose between standard 64-bit or the more robust 128-bit encryption. To manually configure the keys, select the WEP encryption type option from the drop down menu. For 64-bit encryption enter 5 hexadecimal pairs for each key. For 128-bit encryption enter 13 hexadecimal pairs for each key.
TILITY NSTALLATION AND To generate the keys automatically, enter the Passphrase in the provided field. If you use encryption, configure the same keys used for the Wireless Ethernet Bridge on each of your wireless clients. Note that Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protects data transmitted between wireless nodes, but does not protect any transmissions over your wired network or over the Internet.
WPA-PSK Encryption Type WPA is a stronger wireless security solution than WEP. It uses a combination of authentication and broadcast/session keys. • Pre-Shared Key/Passphrase If there is no authentication server on your SOHO network, you can issue the Pre-Shared Key to the clients that connect to the Wireless Ethernet Bridge.
TILITY NSTALLATION AND 3. Do not use a key that is long and complex for your clients to type accurately, as you might forget it. 4. A Hex (hexadecimal) digit is a number or letter in the range 0-9 or A-F. WPA-802.1X Encryption Type The Wireless Ethernet Bridge allows you to use 802.1x authentication for an enterprise network environment with a...
3. Click “Internet Protocol TCP/IP” and click “Properties.” Select the “Use the following IP Address” option and insert 192.168.2.x (where x is 2 ~ 24, 26 ~ 254). Specify the default gateway and DNS server as indicated by your network administrator or Internet Service Provider.
ONFIGURING 4. Select the “Use the following IP Address” option and insert 192.168.2.x (where x is 2 ~ 24, 26 ~ 254) for the IP address. Specify the default gateway and DNS server as indicated by your network administrator or Internet Service Provider. 5.
You will also need to verify that the HTTP Proxy feature of your web browser is disabled. This is so that your web browser will be able to view the SMC2870W configuration pages. The following steps are for Internet Explorer. Determine which browser you use and follow the appropriate steps.
(Default password: smcadmin) The home page displays the Setup options. Navigating the Web Browser Interface The SMC2870W’s web management interface features a user-friendly setup interface. This configuration UI supports advanced functions like password setting, LAN IP setting, wireless security configuration, MAC address filtering, firmware upgrade, and other advanced functions.
Use the web management interface to define system parameters, manage and control the Wireless Ethernet Bridge and its ports, or monitor network conditions. The following table outlines the selections available from this program. Menu Description System Sets the password for administrator access, and the network operation mode Sets the TCP/IP configuration of the Wireless Ethernet Bridge’s LAN interface and DHCP setup...
Password Settings Use this menu to restrict access based on a password. (Default: smcadmin). For security reasons, you should change the default password before exposing the SMC2870W to the Internet. Passwords can contain from 3 to 12 alphanumeric characters and are not case-sensitive.
This may be set to Access Point, Client Bridge (Infrastructure, AdHoc), or Repeater. (Default: Access Point) Note: After you choose the operation mode for the SMC2870W, be sure to click the APPLY button, and click OK on the confirmation message to enable the new setting.
If your Internet Service Provider has assigned a fixed IP address, select “Configure a Static IP Address.” Enter the assigned address and subnet mask for the SMC2870W. Then enter the gateway address of your ISP. You may need a fixed address if you want to provide Internet...
Service Set Identifier (SSID), and encryption options. In Client Bridge mode or Repeater mode, the radio channel and SSID (Service Set ID) of the SMC2870W must be set to the same values as those of the access point with which they are associated.
Broadcast the SSID on the wireless network for easy connection with client PCs. (Default: Enable) Set the data rate transmitted from the SMC2870W. As the wireless client moves further away from the Wireless Ethernet Bridge, then the wireless data rate reduces. The transmit data rate from the Wireless Ethernet Bridge can be fixed or set to Auto.
Encryption requires you to use the same set of encryption/ decryption keys for a wireless access point and all of its wireless clients. The SMC2870W supports shared key encryption with key lengths of the 64-bit standard and 128-bit industry standard. The bit key must be in hexadecimal.
ANAGEMENT 64-Bit Manual Entry Key 1~4 - Each Key ID contains 10 HEX digits. 128-Bit Manual Entry Key ID contains 26 HEX digits. You may automatically generate encryption keys or manually enter the keys. For automatic 64-bit security, enter a passphrase. Four keys will be generated (as shown above).
AVIGATING THE ROWSER NTERFACE WPA Configuration WPA is a stronger wireless security solution than WEP. It uses a combination of authentication and broadcast/session keys. • Pre-Shared Key/Passphrase If there is no authentication server on your SOHO network, you can issue the Pre-Shared Key to the clients that connect to the Wireless Ethernet Bridge.
3. Do not use a key that is long and complex for your clients to type accurately, as you might forget it. 4. A Hex (hexadecimal) digit is a number or letter in the range 0-9 or A-F. • 802.1X Mode The Wireless Ethernet Bridge allows you to use 802.1x authentication for an enterprise network environment with a RADIUS server installed.
ROWSER NTERFACE MAC Address Filtering The MAC Address Filtering feature of the SMC2870W allows you to control access to your network clients based on the MAC (Media Access Control) Address of the client machine. This ID is unique to each network adapter. If MAC address filtering is enabled, then the MAC address for each client must be listed in the table to allow access to the network.
Use the Tools menu to back up the current configuration, restore a previously saved configuration, restore factory settings, update firmware, and reset the SMC2870W. Configuration Tools • Backup Settings – Saves the SMC2870W’s configuration to a file. • Restore Settings – Restores settings from a saved backup configuration file.
AVIGATING THE ROWSER NTERFACE Firmware Upgrade Use this screen to update the firmware or user interface to the latest version. Download the upgrade file from the web site and save it to your hard drive. Click Browse to look for the previously downloaded file.
Ad Hoc Wireless LAN An ad hoc wireless LAN consists of a group of computers, each equipped with a wireless adapter or SMC2870W Client Bridge, connected via radio signals as an independent wireless LAN. Computers in a specific ad hoc wireless LAN must be configured to the same radio channel.
ETWORK ONFIGURATION AND LANNING Infrastructure Wireless LAN An integrated wired and wireless LAN is called an infrastructure configuration. A Basic Service Set (BSS) consists of a group of wireless PC users, and an access point that is directly connected to the wired LAN. Each wireless PC in this BSS can talk to any computer in its wireless group via a radio link, or access other computers or network resources in the wired LAN infrastructure via the access point.
ESS must be configured with the same SSID. Note: If Access Point 2 is replaced by an SMC2870W set to Repeater mode then the SMC2870W will not establish its own BSS, but will repeat data messages between Access Point 1 and end users, thus extending the coverage area of Access Point 1.
ONFIGURATION AND LANNING A Wireless LAN with Internet Access In this application one SMC2870W is in Client Bridge mode connected to a Microsoft Xbox. Another SMC2870W is acting in Access Point mode. This provides a wireless network and also Internet access for applications including Internet game playing.
2. If the management utility cannot connect to the SMC: Check that your local IP address settings conform to the SMC2870W settings. 3. If you forgot your password or your SMC2870W has locked up, you can reset it to factory defaults by performing the following steps: •...
Maximum Distance Table Important Notice Maximum distances posted below are actual tested distance thresholds. However, there are many variables such as barrier composition and construction and local environmental interference that may impact your actual distances and cause you to experience distance thresholds far lower than those posted below. Environment 11 Mbps 300 m...
PECIFICATIONS Temperature Operating: 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F) Storage: -40 to 70 °C (-40 to 158 °F) Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing) LED Indicators Power, Ethernet Link/Activity, Wireless Activity (TX/RX) Network Management Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP SNMP Management Utility Operating System Compatibility Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP Supported Protocol...
ERMINOLOGY The following is a list of terminology that is used in this document. Access Point – An internetworking device that seamlessly connects wired and wireless networks. Ad Hoc – An ad hoc wireless LAN is a group of computers each with LAN adapters, connected as an independent wireless LAN.
ERMINOLOGY Ethernet – A popular local area data communications network, which accepts transmission from computers and terminals. Ethernet operates on a 10 Mbps baseband transmission rate, using a shielded coaxial cable or shielded twisted pair telephone wire. Infrastructure – An integrated wireless and wired LAN is called an Infrastructure configuration.