D-Link Air DWL-520 Manual

D-Link Air DWL-520 Manual

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version D2
Building Networks for People


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  • Page 1 D-Link Air DWL-520 2.4GHz Wireless PCI Adapter Manual version D2 Building Networks for People...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Package Contents ................3 Introduction....................4 Wireless Basics ..................6 Getting Started ..................8 Using the Configuration Utility .............. 11 Networking Basics ................18 Troubleshooting ...................31 Technical Specifications ..............36 Contacting Technical Support ..............38 Warranty and Registration ..............39...
  • Page 3: Package Contents

    Package Contents Contents of Package: D-Link Air DWL-520 2.4 GHz Wireless PCI Adapter Manual and Drivers on CD Quick Installation Guide If any of the above items are missing, please contact your reseller. System Requirements: A computer or laptop with an available 32-bit PCI slot...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction The D-Link Air DWL-520 Wireless PCI Adapter is an 802.11b wireless adapter that supports high-speed wireless networking when used with a desktop com- puter. The DWL-520 is compatible with existing 802.11b devices such as the D-Link Air and AirPlus family of products including the DWL-650 and DWL-650+ Wire- less Cardbus Adapters, the DI-614+ Wireless Router, DWL-900AP+ Wireless Access Point and the DWL-122 Wireless USB Adapter.
  • Page 5 Features & Benefits Provides a simple and inexpensive way to connect your desktop computer to a wireless network at home, at the office, or in public places Fully compliant with the 802.11b standard and interoperable with all existing 802.11b-compliant devices Quick and Easy Installation- The DWL-520 installs quickly and easily into a standard PCI 2.2 slot in a desktop computer.
  • Page 6: Wireless Basics

    D-Link wireless products will allow you access to the data you want, when and where you want it. You will be able to enjoy the freedom that wireless networking brings.
  • Page 7: Installation Considerations

    2.4GHz wireless technology with data transfer speeds of up to 11Mbps. Installation Considerations The D-Link Air DWL-520 lets you access your network, using a wireless connection, from virtually anywhere within its operating range. Keep in mind, however, that the number, thickness and location of walls, ceilings, or other objects that the wireless signals must pass through, may limit the range.
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    Ad-Hoc Network. An Infrastructure network contains an Access Point or Router. The Infrastructure Network example shown on the following page contains the following D-Link network devices (your existing network may be comprised of other devices): A wireless Router - D-Link AirPlus DI-614+...
  • Page 9 Connect the Cable or DSL modem to your broadband router (see the Quick Installation Guide included with your router.) Install the D-Link Air DWL-520 wireless PCI adapter into an available PCI slot on your desktop computer. (See the Quick Installation Guide included with the DWL-520.) Install the D-Link Air DWL-650 wireless Cardbus adapter into a laptop computer.
  • Page 10 Getting Started (continued) Setting up a Wireless Ad Hoc Network Desktop Install the DWL-520 into the desktop computer. (See the Quick Installation Guide included with the product for installation instructions.) Install the DWL-650 wireless Cardbus adapter into a laptop computer. (See the Quick Installation Guide included with the product.) Set the wireless configuration for the adapters to Ad-Hoc mode, set the adapters to the same channel, and assign an IP Address to each computer...
  • Page 11: Using The Configuration Utility

    Using the Configuration Utility D-Link Air DWL-520 uses the Configuration Utility as the management software. The utility provides the user an easy interface to change any settings related to the wireless adapter. After you have completed the installation of the DWL-520 (refer to the...
  • Page 12 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) After clicking on the Configuration Utility icon, the Link Info screen will display the settings for the DWL-520: Status: Link Info Displays the MAC Address of the Access Point or Router to which the DWL-520 is associated SSID: The Service Set Identifier is the name assigned to the wireless network.
  • Page 13 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) SSID: Service Set Identifier is a name that identifies a Configuration wireless network. Access Points and wireless devices attempting to connect to a specific WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) must use the same SSID. The default setting is default. Wireless Mode: Click on the pull-down menu;...
  • Page 14 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Ad-Hoc Channel: Advanced All devices in the Ad Hoc network must be set to the same channel Profile IP Settings: You can Enable or Disable the IP Settings portion of your profile here. If you select Disable you will need to configure the IP Address information each time you...
  • Page 15 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Available Network: The top section of the window displays the Available Networks. Scroll up and down the list and highlight the network to which you wish to connect. Click on the Connect but- ton. Profile: In the lower half of the screen, you can manage the profiles that you have created for the wireless network at home, at the office and in public places.
  • Page 16 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Site Survey > Add Advanced In this window you can select the type of network connection. Click OK to save the changes. Configuration, Add or Properties If you clicked on Add, you can configure, in this window, all the properties of a profile that you wish to add to the network.
  • Page 17 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) About ABOUT screen gives you the MAC Address, Utility Version and the Driver Version of the DWL-520.
  • Page 18: Networking Basics

    Networking Basics Using the Network Setup Wizard in Windows XP In this section you will learn how to establish a network at home or work, using Microsoft Windows XP. Note: Please refer to websites such as http://www.homenethelp.com http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000 for information about networking computers using Windows 2000, ME or 98SE.
  • Page 19 Networking Basics (continued) Please follow all the instructions in this window: Click Next In the following window, select the best description of your computer. If your computer connects to the internet through a gateway/router, select the second option as shown. Click Next...
  • Page 20 Networking Basics (continued) Enter a Computer description and a Computer name (optional.) Click Next Enter a Workgroup name. All computers on your network should have the same Workgroup name. Click Next...
  • Page 21 Networking Basics (continued) Please wait while the Network Setup Wizard applies the changes. When the changes are complete, click Next. Please wait while the Network Setup Wizard configures the computer. This may take a few minutes.
  • Page 22 Networking Basics (continued) In the window below, select the option that fits your needs. In this example, Create a Network Setup Disk has been selected. You will run this disk on each of the computers on your network. Click Next. Insert a disk into the Floppy Disk Drive, in this case drive A.
  • Page 23 Networking Basics (continued) Please read the information under Here’s how in the screen below. After you complete the Network Setup Wizard you will use the Network Setup Disk to run the Network Setup Wizard once on each of the computers on your network. To continue click Next.
  • Page 24 Networking Basics (continued) Please read the information on this screen, then click Finish to complete the Network Setup Wizard. The new settings will take effect when you restart the computer. Click Yes to restart the computer. You have completed configuring this computer. Next, you will need to run the Network Setup Disk on all the other computers on your network.
  • Page 25 Networking Basics (continued) Naming your Computer To name your computer, please follow these directions:In Windows XP: Click Start (in the lower left corner of the screen) Right-click on My Computer Select Properties and click Select the Computer Name Tab in the System Properties window.
  • Page 26 Networking Basics (continued) Naming your Computer In this window, enter the Computer name Select Workgroup and enter the name of the Workgroup All computers on your network must have the same Workgroup name. Click OK Checking the IP Address in Windows XP The wireless adapter-equipped computers in your network must be in the same IP Address range (see Getting Started in this manual for a definition of IP Address Range.) To check on the IP Address of the adapter, please do the following:...
  • Page 27 Networking Basics (continued) Checking the IP Address in Windows XP This window will appear. Click the Support tab Click Close Assigning a Static IP Address in Windows XP/2000 Note: Residential Gateways/Broadband Routers will automatically assign IP Ad- dresses to the computers on the network, using DHCP (Dynamic Host Configura- tion Protocol) technology.
  • Page 28 Networking Basics (continued) Assigning a Static IP Address in Windows XP/2000 Double-click on Network Connections Right-click on Local Area Connections Double-click on Properties...
  • Page 29 Networking Basics (continued) Assigning a Static IP Address in Windows XP/2000 D-Link Air DWL-520 Wireless PCIAdapter Click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Click Properties In the window below, select Use the following IP address. Input your IP address and subnet mask. (The IP Addresses on your network must be within the same range.
  • Page 30 Networking Basics (continued) Checking the Wireless Connection by Pinging in Windows XP and 2000* Go to Start > Run > type cmd. A window similar to this one will appear. Type ping xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, where xxx is the IP Address of the Wireless Router or Access Point.
  • Page 31: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWL-520. Read the following descriptions if you are having problems. (The examples below are illustrated in Windows XP. If you have another operating sys- tem, these solutions will still apply although the appearance on your computer screen may differ.) 1.
  • Page 32 Troubleshooting (continued) Double-click on Network Adapters Right-click on D-Link Air DWL-520 Wireless PCI Adapter Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed properly Look under Device Status to check that the device is working properly Click OK...
  • Page 33 Troubleshooting (continued) 2. I cannot connect to the access point or the wireless router. Make sure that the SSID on the DWL-520 PCI adapter is exactly the same as the SSID on the Access Point or wireless router. Move the DWL-520 and Access Point or Wireless router into the same room and then test the wireless connection.
  • Page 34 Troubleshooting (continued) A. Under Tools> select Folder Options…> select View > under Hidden files and folders > select Show hidden files and folders B. Uncheck Hide extension for known file types > click on Apply C. Search for the files DWL520.INF and DWL520.SYS. Remove these files from the INF and SYSTEM32 (DRIVERS) folders in the Windows directory.
  • Page 35 Troubleshooting (continued) Check that the Network Connection for the wireless client is configured properly. Select AP (Infrastructure) when connecting to an access point and select Ad-Hoc mode when connecting without an access point. Double- click on the WLAN icon in the taskbar > click on Configuration to change the settings for the wireless adapter.
  • Page 36: Technical Specifications

    Technical Specifications Standards IEEE 802.11b Temperature Operating: 32ºF to 131ºF (0ºC to 55ºC) Storing: -4ºF to 167ºF (-20ºC to 75ºC) Humidity: Operating: 10% - 90%, non-condensing Storage: 5% - 95%, non-condensing Antenna Type: Dual UFL antenna with reverse SMA connector Emissions: FCC part 15b Physical Dimensions:...
  • Page 37 Technical Specifications (continued) Data Rates: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps (with Automatic Fallback) Operating Channels: 1-11 United States (FCC) Encryption: Supports 64-bit or 128-bit WEP encryption Frequency Range: 2.4 – 2.4835 GHz Media Access Control: CSMA/CA with ACK Transmit Output Power: 14dBm Receiver Sensitivity: Nominal Temp Range -83dBm for 11Mbps @ 8% PER (Packet Error Rate)
  • Page 38: Contacting Technical Support

    Technical Support You can find software updates and user documentation on the D-Link website. D-Link provides free technical support for customers within the United States and within Canada for the duration of the warranty period on this product. U.S. and Canadian customers can contact D-Link technical support through our website, or by phone.
  • Page 39: Warranty And Registration

    D-Link’s sole obligation shall be to repair or replace the defective Hardware during the Warranty Period at no charge to the original owner or to refund at D-Link’s sole discretion. Such repair or replacement will be rendered by D-Link at an Authorized D-Link Service Office. The replacement Hardware need not be new or have an identical make, model or part.
  • Page 40 Canada) D-Link may reject or return any product that is not packaged and shipped in strict compliance with the foregoing requirements, or for which an RMA number is not visible from the outside of the package. The product owner agrees to pay D-Link’s reasonable handling and return shipping charges for any product...
  • Page 42 Federal Communication Commission Interference Statement 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.
  • Page 43 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. "D-Link declare that DWL-520 v.D2 (2.4GHz Wireless PCI Adapter) is limited in CH1~CH11 by specified firmware controlled in USA." MPORTANT NOTE:...

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