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Version 2.0 | 07/11/2012
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Wireless N Nano USB Adapter
DWA-131

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  • Page 1 Version 2.0 | 07/11/2012 User Manual Wireless N Nano USB Adapter DWA-131...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Wireless Security .............32 Introduction ................... 4 What is WPA? ................32 Features .................... 5 Configure WPA/WPA2 Passphrase ........33 Hardware Overview ..............6 Using the D-Link Wireless Connection Manager ..33 Installation ................. 7 Using Windows 7 ...............35 ® Getting Started ................7 Using Windows Vista ............38...
  • Page 3: Product Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Product Overview Package Contents • D-Link DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter • Manual and Warranty on CD • D-Link Wireless Connection Manager on CD • Quick Installation Guide System Requirements • A computer or laptop with an available USB 2.0 port •...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Compact in size, robust in speed the DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter is great for travel and a convenient solution for providing high performance wireless connectivity to your desktop or notebook PC. Enjoy the many benefits of wireless connectivity today! * Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g and 802.11n specifications.
  • Page 5: Features

    • You can securely connect to a wireless network using WPA/WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) providing you a much higher level of security for your data and communication than has previously been available. • Position the DWA-131 almost anywhere in your workspace to achieve the best reception possible •...
  • Page 6: Hardware Overview

    Hardware Overview Press the WPS button to automatically connect to a WPS-enabled wireless router or access point WPS Button and establish connectivity. Refer to page 20. USB Connector Used to connect the DWA-131 to your computer. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 7: Installation

    Remove Existing Installations If you’ve installed a different manufacture’s adapter or a different model D-Link adapter, make sure the software is uninstalled before installing the new software. Some utilities may cause a conflict with the new software. If you plan to use multiple adapters at different times, make sure the utilities are not set to load when your computer boots up.
  • Page 8: Disable Other Wireless Adapters

    Section 2 - Installation Disable Other Wireless Adapters Most newer laptops may include a built-in wireless adapter. To prevent any conflicts with the D-Link wireless adapter, it is recommended to disable the wireless adapter (as well as any unused Ethernet adapters).
  • Page 9 Click Yes to disable the adapter. The adapter is now disabled. When disabled, a red X will be displayed. Disabling the adapter will not remove the drivers. If you would like to use the adapter, simply right-click it and select Enable. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 10: Wireless Installation Considerations

    1. Keep the number of walls and ceilings between the D-Link adapter and other network devices to a minimum - each wall or ceiling can reduce your adapter’s range from 3-90 feet (1-30 meters.) Position your devices so that the number of walls or ceilings is minimized.
  • Page 11: Adapter Installation

    Section 2 - Installation Adapter Installation Warning: Do NOT install the DWA-131 Nano USB Adapter into your computer before installing the driver software from the D-Link CD. Turn on the computer and Insert the D-Link DWA-131 Driver CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 12 The InstallShield Wizard window will appear. Click Next to continue. By default setup will install to the default location: C:\Program Files\D-Link\DWA-131, where C: represents the drive letter of your hard drive. To install to a different location click Browse and specify the location. Click Next to continue.
  • Page 13 The Wireless Connection Wizard will now appear. If you want to manually connect to a wireless network, refer to page 20. The following instructions will connect you to a wireless network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Click Next to continue. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 14: Wireless Connection Wizard

    Click Scan to display the site survey page. Click Next to continue. Click the Scan button to display a list of wireless networks (site survey). Select the network name (SSID) and click Next. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 15 Section 2 - Installation Click Finish to continue. If you are prompted to reboot your computer, select Yes, I want to restart my computer now. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 16: Push Button Configuration (Pbc)

    Then, press the WPS button on the router/access point to continue. Press the WPS button on your access point or wireless router within 2 minutes to establish connectivity. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 17 Section 2 - Installation Click Finish to continue. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 18: Configuration

    Section 3 - Configuration Configuration This section will show you how to configure your new D-Link wireless adapter using the D-Link Utility as well as the Windows ® XP Zero Configuration Utility and Vista WLAN Autoconfiguration. D-Link Wireless Connection Manager The D-Link DWA-131 uses the Wireless Connection Manager as the management software.
  • Page 19: Wireless Networks

    Enter the security information to connect (refer to the Wireless Security section for more information). Activate Button: Select a wireless network profile from the drop-down menu and click Activate to connect. Allow up to 30 seconds to connect. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 20: Wi-Fi Protected Setup (Wps)

    “Personal Identification Number” (PIN) is a unique number generated randomly by the wireless adapter’s utility. Entering this number in the utility of the WPS-enabled wireless router or access point connects you with the intended wireless network. Refer to the next page for more information. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 21: Push Button

    1. To connect to your network, press the WPS button on the adapter and hold for two seconds until the wizard screen appears. 2. Press the WPS button located on your access point or router to continue. This screen will appear once you have successfully established connection with your network. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 22 Enter this number in your access point or wireless router. Please refer to the manufacture’s manual for instructions. Once you click Next, you will have 2 minutes to enter this number in your access point or wireless router. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 23 Section 3 - Configuration The adapter will try to establish connectivity to your access point or wireless router. When this screen appears, you have successfully established connectivity. Click Finish to complete your setup. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 24: My Wireless Networks

    To use a profile. Allow up to 30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. Profile Details: The Profile Details section will display information about the wireless network such as the network name (SSID), network type (Infrastructure), and if the network is secured. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 25: Add Profile

    Infrastructure. (Ad-hoc mode is not supported) Security Type: Select the type of security used. Please refer to the Wireless Security section for more information. Click OK to save your settings. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 26: Modify Profile

    Displays the SSID of the network. Network Type: Displays the network type. Security Type: Select the type of security used. Please refer to the Wireless Security section for more information. Click OK to save your settings. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 27: Support

    Section 3 - Configuration Support If you need help, click the Support button. A panel will appear to the right of the utility which will display information about the utility. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 28: About

    Section 3 - Configuration About The About screen gives you information about the Firmware and Utility Versions of the DWA-131. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 29: Connect To A Wireless Network

    Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 30: Connect To A Wireless Network

    Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check you TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 31: Using Windows ® Xp

    (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your TCP/ IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 32: Wireless Security

    Section 4 - Wireless Security Wireless Security This section will show you the different levels of security you can use to protect your data from intruders. The DWA-131 offers the following types of security: • WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) • WPA2-PSK (Pre-Shared Key) •...
  • Page 33: Configure Wpa/Wpa2 Passphrase

    It is recommended to enable WPA-PSK on your wireless router or access point before configuring your wireless adapter. If you are joining an existing network, you will need to know the WPA-PSK passphrase being used. 1. Open the Wireless Connection Manager by double-clicking on the D-Link icon on your desktop.
  • Page 34 1. Open the Wireless Connection Manager by double-clicking on the D-Link icon on your desktop. Click on New to create a new profile or highlight an existing profile and click Modify.
  • Page 35: Using Windows ® 7

    If you are joining an existing network, you will need to know the security key or passphrase being used. 1. Click on the wireless icon in your system tray (lower-right corner). 2. The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 36 If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. 4. The following window appears while your computer tries to connect to the router. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 37 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the security settings are correct. The key or passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 38: Using Windows ® Vista

    Wireless Utility by right-clicking on ® the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower right corner of screen). Select Connect to a network. 2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 39 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the security settings are correct. The key or passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 40: Using The Windows Xp Utility

    XP Wireless Utility by right-clicking ® on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower-right corner of screen). Select View Available Wireless Networks. 2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 41 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the WPA-PSK settings are correct. The WPA-PSK passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router or access point. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 42: Configure Wpa/Wpa2-Enterprise

    WPA and WPA2 are for advanced users who are familiar with using a RADIUS server and setting up certificates. 1. Open the Wireless Connection Manager by double-clicking on the D-Link icon on your desktop. Click on New to create a new profile or highlight an existing profile and click Modify.
  • Page 43: Troubleshooting

    Section 5 - Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWA-131. Read the following descriptions if you are having problems. The examples below are illustrated in Windows XP. If you have a different ®...
  • Page 44 Section 5 - Troubleshooting Click the + sign next to Network Adapters. Right-click on D-Link DWA-131 USB Adapter. Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed properly. D-Link DWA-131 USB Adapter Look under Device Status to check that the device is working properly. Click OK to continue.
  • Page 45 3. The computer with the DWA-131 installed is unable to connect to the wireless network and/or the Internet. • Check that the LED indicators for the broadband modem are indicating normal activity. If not, there may be a problem with the broadband connection.
  • Page 46 If Security is enabled, make sure that the correct encryption keys are entered on both the DWA-131 and the access point. Double-click on the WLAN icon in the taskbar > click Encryption. Check to see that the key selected is set to the same key as other devices on the network.
  • Page 47: Wireless Basics

    D-Link wireless products are based on industry standards to provide easy-to-use and compatible high-speed wireless connectivity within your home, business or public access wireless networks. Strictly adhering to the IEEE standard, the D-Link wireless family of products will allow you to securely access the data you want, when and where you want it. You will be able to enjoy the freedom that wireless networking delivers.
  • Page 48 Why D-Link Wireless? D-Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking products. D-Link delivers the performance you need at a price you can afford. D-Link has all the products you need to build your network.
  • Page 49 Who uses wireless? Wireless technology as become so popular in recent years that almost everyone is using it, whether it’s for home, office, business, D-Link has a wireless solution for it. Home • Gives everyone at home broadband access •...
  • Page 50 The wireless connection in public places is usually called “hotspots”. Using a D-Link USB Adapter with your laptop, you can access the hotspot to connect to Internet from remote locations like: Airports, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Libraries, Restaurants, and Convention Centers.
  • Page 51: Wireless Modes

    • Infrastructure – All wireless clients will connect to an access point or wireless router. • Ad-Hoc – Directly connecting to another computer, for peer-to-peer communication, using wireless network adapters on each computer. Unfortunately 802.11g/n products such as the DWA-131 do not support ad-hoc mode.
  • Page 52: Networking Basics

    Check your IP address After you install your new D-Link wireless adapter and have established a wireless connection, by default, the TCP/IP settings should be set to obtain an IP address from a DHCP server (i.e. router) automatically. To verify your IP address, please follow the steps below.
  • Page 53: Statically Assign An Ip Address

    XP - Click on Start > Control Panel. Make sure you are in Classic View. Double-click on the Network Connections icon. ® • Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter (or other adapter) which will be connected to your router.
  • Page 54: Windows 7/Windows Vista Users

    Windows Vista, click on Manage network connections along the left panel in the window. For Windows 7, click on Change adapter settings. • Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter which will be connected to your network. • Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) and click Properties.
  • Page 55: Technical Specifications

    * Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11n and 802.11g 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. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...