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Dell™ TrueMobile™ 1150
Series Wireless Mini PCI Card
Quick Start Guide
This guide provides instructions for setting up a wireless
network using the Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series wireless
Mini PCI card.
Read the information on the following pages before you
complete the setup of your wireless network.
Wireless Network Installation Checklist
If you are setting up your network at home and you use a
residential gateway or access point to connect to the
Internet, see the documentation that came with the
residential gateway or access point for the Network Name
and Encryption Key information. If you do not use a
residential gateway or access point, you will set up a peer-to-
peer group network and creating your own Network Name
and Encryption Key. Before you begin setting up your
wireless network, obtain the following items from your
network administrator.
NOTE: See the glossary for definitions of these terms.
NOTE: Dell cannot provide the following information because
it is specific to your network.
An SSID value (also called Network Name) for your
Mini PCI card
WEP Key information (also called Encryption Key) for
your Mini PCI card
For Windows networking, your Computer Name and
Workgroup Name
Your IP address (unless your network uses a
DHCP server)
Your User Name and Password
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  • Page 1 Series Wireless Mini PCI Card Quick Start Guide This guide provides instructions for setting up a wireless network using the Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series wireless Mini PCI card. Read the information on the following pages before you complete the setup of your wireless network.
  • Page 2: Choosing Your Type Of Network

    Be sure to also have the following items: • Your computer with the Mini PCI card installed. • The Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series Wireless Mini PCI Card CD Choosing Your Type of Network The Mini PCI card enables you to interconnect computers for sharing Internet access, files, and printers.
  • Page 3: Infrastructure Network Option

    For this option, one of the desktop computers acts as a host computer. All other computers on the network access the Internet through the host computer. The host computer must remain on in order for the other computers on the network to have Internet access.
  • Page 4: Setting Up A Peer-To-Peer Group Network

    Setting Up a Peer-to-Peer Group Network NOTE: If you do not have an access point, use this section to set up your wireless network. If you use an access point, see “Setting Up an Infrastructure Network“ on page 8. Before you begin, you must first create a Network Name and an Encryption Key.
  • Page 5: Setting Up And Configuring The Mini Pci Card

    If you ordered the Mini PCI card when you ordered your new Dell portable computer, the necessary drivers and software were installed by Dell. To complete the configuration of your peer-to-peer group network on your new Dell computer, you must perform the procedures in the following sections in sequence: •...
  • Page 6 If Windows prompts you to restart your computer again, click Yes. When the Add New Hardware Wizard window appears, insert the Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series Wireless Mini PCI Card CD into the CD or DVD drive on your computer, wait 10 seconds, and then click Next.
  • Page 7 To verify the installation, complete the steps in the “Verifying the Mini PCI Card Driver Installation“ section on page 12. Windows Me If your computer is off, turn it on. When Windows detects the new hardware, follow the instructions on the screen. After Windows finds the new drivers, click Finish, and then click Yes to restart your computer.
  • Page 8: Verifying The Mini Pci Card Driver Installation

    When the Found New Hardware Wizard window appears, insert the Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series Wireless Mini PCI Card CD into the CD or DVD drive. Wait 10 seconds, and click OK. Click Search for a suitable driver for my device (recommended), and then click Next.
  • Page 9: Installing The Client Manager Utility

    After you have successfully installed the Mini PCI card and drivers, you must install the Client Manager utility from the Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series Wireless Mini PCI Card CD on all computers that are not new Dell computers: If your computer is off, turn it on.
  • Page 10: Setting Up A Configuration Profile

    Perform the following procedure on each computer that will connect to the network: To use Client Manager, click the Start button, point to Programs—> Dell TrueMobile 1150, and then click Client Manager. Or, you can double-click the TrueMobile 1150 Client Manager icon on your...
  • Page 11 Me, Windows 2000, or Windows XP operating system. The host computer is the only computer that connects directly to the Internet. Dell recommends that the host computer be the desktop computer that has the fastest microprocessor and the most memory.
  • Page 12 If you use a high-speed connection, click the network adapter you want to use to connect to the Internet, and then click Next. Click the TrueMobile 1150 Series Mini PCI Card as your local connection, and then click Next twice. Click Cancel when the Internet Connection Sharing Wizard asks you if you want to create a Client Configuration Disk.
  • Page 13 From the pull-down menu, select the type of connection you want to use (such as dial-up networking). NOTE: Do not select TrueMobile 1150 Series Mini PCI Card as the connection type. Click Next. Click Yes, click TrueMobile 1150 Series Card from the pull-down menu, and then click Next.
  • Page 14 After your computer restarts, the Internet Connection Sharing installation is complete on the host computer. To set up ICS on computers running Windows 2000: Connect the host computer to the Internet using your network connection, such as a cable or DSL modem. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.
  • Page 15 Click the Index tab and perform a search for TCP/IP. Click the topic, click Display, click the subtopic, and then follow the instructions on the screen. After you have installed the TCP/IP protocol, perform another search for DHCP . Click the topic, click Display, click the subtopic, and then follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Page 16: Using Your Network

    Using Your Network After you have set up your wireless network, refer to the Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series User Guide for instructions on how to use the network. To access the Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series...
  • Page 17: Troubleshooting

    Select the language you want from the drop-down menu, and then click View User Guide in. Troubleshooting Insert the Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series Wireless Mini PCI Card CD into the CD or DVD drive of your computer. The Main Menu screen appears (see page 21). If the Main Menu screen does not appear, click the Start button, click Run, type x:\setup.exe (where x is...
  • Page 18: Technical Support

    Technical Support After determining the type of network option that you need to set up, you can obtain technical support by referring to your Dell computer documentation for Dell contact numbers and website support. Quick S tart G uide...
  • Page 19 Glossary access point A standalone wireless hub that allows any computer that has a wireless network adapter to communicate with another computer and to connect to the Internet. client computer The computer that gets its Internet connection by sharing either the host computer’s connection or the access point’s connection.
  • Page 20 peer-to-peer network A communication configuration in which every computer has the same capabilities and any computer can initiate a communication session. proxy server A server that some ISPs incorporate between the Internet and themselves to ensure security and to enable administrative control.