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Your Installation Guide to
Access Point
WarpLink 2412
Version 2.0 – January 2001



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  • Page 1 Your Installation Guide to Access Point WarpLink 2412 Version 2.0 – January 2001...
  • Page 2 Copyright Statement No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, whether electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior writing of the publisher. Windows 95/98 and Windows 2000 are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. Pentium is trademark of Intel.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Table of Contents Regulatory information 1. Welcome 1.1 Advantages for Using Wireless Network 1.2 About Access Point 1.3 Verifying kit contents 1.4 Wireless Adapter 1.5 System Interoperatability 2. Step by Step Installation Guide 2.1 Install Access Point 2.2 Install APManager to your computer 3.
  • Page 4 6. Quick Start to Wireless Networking 7. Build From Network Wizard 7.1 Access Point Settings 7.2 Commit to Network 7.3 Network Properties 7.4 Network Security 7.5 Search Network 7.6 Confirm Clear Document 8. Glossary 9. Technical Specifications...
  • Page 5: Regulatory Information

    Regulatory Information The manufacturer is not responsible for any radio or television interference caused by unauthorized modification of this device or the substitution or attachment of connecting cables and equipment other than specified. The correction of interference caused by such unauthorized modification, substitution or attachment will be the responsibility of the user.
  • Page 6: Welcome

    1. Welcome Thank you for purchasing Access Point! Access Point is easy to install and easy to operate, in no time you can have your own wireless network. This guide will lead you through the installation process in detail. It describes most common configurations and a quick start set-up on page 29.
  • Page 7: About Access Point

    About Access Point The Access Point is a modular unit with an integrated Ethernet interface that enables you to use your Access Point with your adaptors. The Antennas are built-in which creates further wireless atmosphere and a cleaner look. The Access Point is a wired to wireless bridge that you can use to connect wireless cells one another or to a wired (Ethernet) Local Area Network.
  • Page 8: Step By Step Installation Guide

    2. Step by Step Installation Guide This section will lead you through the installation of Access Point and APManager software in thorough detail. You may wish to skip to Quick Start to Wireless Networking. Install Access Point Please follow the instructions on how to install your Access Point: 1.
  • Page 9 Is your Installation Successful? At the front of the Access Point you will see three pictures If the installation is successful, the middle is green and the highest (WLAN) and lowest (Wired Network) flash whenever there is traffic on the respective network.
  • Page 10: Install Apmanager To Your Computer

    Install APManager To Install APManager, please insert CD containing APManger into one computer of the LAN. Wait a few seconds for the screen below to show up. If unsuccessful, please go to ‘My Computer’ and double click on CD-ROM drive. A copy of the user manual is also available here as an option.
  • Page 11 Choose Install IEEE 802.11b APManager and follow through the steps. Installation is successful if screen below show up, tick box [Install IEEE 802.11b APManager] to launch APManager. Congratulations, APManager is successfully installed! Please continue reading to learn how to operate APManager To Launch APManager, tick the box shown on the above screen [Yes launch IEEE 802.11b APManager] and press ‘Select’.
  • Page 12: Guide To Apmanager Software

    3.Guide to APManager Software About APManager APManager software allows users to view contents of all wireless network under Windows system (e.g. how many Access Points there are in a WLAN). You can use APManager to control a large number of IEEE 802.11b Access Points from a single location.
  • Page 13: Apmanager Main Window

    APManager Main Window Choose the short cut icon to launch APManager from start menu, or from desktop. The Main Window looks like below: This section will explain in details features appeared on the above window, you might wish to skip this part to Quick Start to Wireless Networking. Structure of the Wireless LANs The tree structure on the left of the main window shows a list of Wireless Local Area Network (WLANs) and the Access Points that belong to each WLAN.
  • Page 14 Remember to give your WLAN a name! The name (or SSID) of the WLAN is used for identifying the WLAN. Mobile wireless clients roam freely over Access Points that have the same ‘name’ or SSID. (please refer to the graphic example above) In other words, the secuity options for all Access Points under the same SSID are the same.
  • Page 15: Using Apmanager

    4. Using APManager We have focused a few areas that require further understanding for the result of effective and accurate start to your Wireless network. Managing WLANs Managing Access Points Network Settings Dialog Searching for Access Points Manually programming IP addresses Updating Access Point Settings More about Cells Compatibility...
  • Page 16: Managing Wlans

    Managing WLANs A WLAN or 'Wireless Local Area Network' in APManager consists of a number of Access Points with the same settings that together provide seamless access to any wireless stations that are in reach of any of these Access Points. Create a WLAN Select the Edit/Insert Wireless LAN menu item to insert a new WLAN into the list.
  • Page 17 File/Commit to Network is selected. This is useful when different people manage different sets of Access Points. Disabled Access Points Access Points that are moved to this folder will be made inaccessible for any client station as soon as they are updated.
  • Page 18: Managing Access Points

    Managing Access Points Individual Access Points are identified by their hardware address (or MAC address). To insert a new Access Point into the APManager document manually, its hardware address must be known. You can search for Access Points in your network automatically;...
  • Page 19: Access Point Propertie Tab

    Access Point Properties Tab Select the Access Point property sheet on the right hand side of the main window to view or modify the settings of the selected Access Point. The main function is to be able to program the Access Point’s radio channel to match the cell plan.
  • Page 20: Network Settings Dialog

    Network Settings Dialog Selecting the Edit/Network Settings menu item (or by clicking the corresponding toolbar button (as shown above) pops up the Network Settings dialog. Use this dialog to inform APManager about your network configuration. APManager needs this information to be able to scan for Access Points. Add your network addresses (subnets) by entering the correct information in the Network address, mask and default gateway fields in the dialog, and clicking the Set button for each network/subnet.
  • Page 21: Searching For Access Points

    Searching for Access Points APManager has an easy-to-use Access Point discovery function that simplifies the administration of the Access Points in your network. You normally apply the Search function in one of the following situations: New Access Points have been added to the network The IP address of one or more Access Points is no longer valid or known, possibly because the DHCP or BOOTP server has assigned it a different IP address.
  • Page 22: Manually Programming Ip Addresses

    Manually programming IP addresses The preferred method of providing IP addresses for your Access Points is to deploy a DHCP server in your network. If you do, the Access Points will acquire an IP address automatically from this server. If you do not have a DHCP server, it is still possible to set the IP address of your Access Points from APManager.
  • Page 23: Updating Access Point Settings

    Updating Access Point Settings After modifying the open APManager document you should update the Access Points in your network with the new settings. This is done for all Access Points simultaneously by selecting the File/Commit to Network menu command; or by clicking the associated toolbar button.
  • Page 24: More About Cells

    More about Cells Each Access Point in the network forms the centre of a cell, or BSS. The Cells should overlap slightly to guarantee seamless wireless connectivity everywhere. Nearby Access Points should preferably send and receive on different channels for maximum throughput.
  • Page 25: Managing Security

    5. Managing Security Maintaining security in a wireless LAN environment is somewhat different from a wired network, because the radio waves do not stop at your office walls. Eavesdropping or unauthorized access from outside your building can be a serious threat.
  • Page 26: Wlan Security Properties Tab

    WLAN Security Properties Tab WLAN Security Properties Tab is on the right hand side of the main window. Its main function is to select the data privacy algorithm(s) you want to support in the Access Points Note: it does not matter if you selected a single Access Point or an entire WLAN in the tree control (on the left hand side of the main window).
  • Page 27: Managing Access Control

    Managing Access Control Within the IEEE 802.11b framework, Access Control is based on the hardware address of the client stations. Per client you can select whether or not it will be allowed access to your wireless network structure. On the WLAN Security tab, check the Use Access Control box to enable Access Control.
  • Page 28: Ieee 802.11B Wep Security

    IEEE 802.11b WEP Security The IEEE 802.11b standard includes a Shared Key data privacy mechanism, called Wired Equivalent Privacy Features of WEP are: Data encryption using a 64 bit shared key No key distribution mechanism. The shared key (password) must be distributed manually to all personnel and either be remembered or stored somewhere on the hard disk.
  • Page 29: Quick Start To Wireless Networking

    6. Quick Start to Wireless Networking Setting up a Wireless Network Using AP Manager If AP Manager is not launched after software installation, it is available by clicking the short-cut icon on your desktop. Select ‘Build from Network Wizard’ icon from tool bar on the main window. Network settings for PC where AP Manager is installed will be automatically detected.
  • Page 30: Build From Network Wizard

    7. Build from Network Wizard To launch Network Wizard, select Network Wizard icon (insert picture) from tool bar. Network Wizard will lead you through the following areas step by step: - Network Properties - Search Network - Access Point Settings - Network Security - Commit to Network - Confirm Clear Document...
  • Page 31 Build from Network - Network Properties The Build from Network wizard finds and displays the network settings for the PC where the APManager is installed. If the settings are correct, click on Next to accept them, OR If the PC is connected to more than one network or if the detected network address or network mask is wrong, click on Change.
  • Page 32 Build from Network - Search Network The Build from Network wizard scans for and displays all available Access Points on the network. For APManager to function properly, each Access Point it manages must have a unique IP address. (APManager uses SNMP to configure and manage the wireless network Access Points.) If your LAN does not provide either DHCP or BOOTP Protocol (which automatically assign IP addresses), you will need to manually assign a valid IP address to each Access Point.
  • Page 33 Build from Network - Access Point Settings It is strongly recommended that the Network ID (SSID) be changed from the default (default) to an SSID unique to your network. Only clients and Access Points that share the same SSID are able to communicate with each other. This Screen Also allows you to change the Channel used by the Access Point to transmit and receive information.
  • Page 34 Build from Network - Network Security To secure the network, it is possible to encrypt the data on the network with a 64-bit user defined WEP key. In fact, it is strongly recommended that WEP security be enabled. To enable WEP security, check the Enable WEP security box and enter a WEP key in the Key field.
  • Page 35 Build from Network - Commit to Network To complete the configuration, click on Finish. The Commit to Access Points dialog box displays. Access Point Manager generates a configuration file and updates the Access Point with new settings. NOTE: The actual settings of the Access Points will not be affected until the Commit to Network function is executed.
  • Page 36 Build from Network - Confirm clear document This window is shown when the Build From network wizard is started while the document contains a network configuration. When you continue the wizard the current configuration will be lost.
  • Page 37: Glossary

    Glossary ‘Basic Service Set’. De facto an alias for Access Point. Cell Area in which the radio signal of an Access Point is sufficiently good to join with it. ‘Extended Service Set’. A group of Access Points with identical settings among which a client system can roam.
  • Page 38: Technical Specifications

    9.Technical Specifications of IEEE 802.11b 9.1 Standard Supported IEEE 802.11b standard for Wireless LAN All major networking standards (including IP, IPX) 9.2 Environmental Operating temperature (ambient) 10~50℃ Humidity Max. 95% Non-condensing 9.3 Power Specifications DC power supply Input: AC 100-264 50-60 Hz Output: 5V DC 1A converter incl.
  • Page 39 Antenna System: Built-in antenna system 9.5 Specific Features Supported bit rates: 11 Mbps: CCK 5.5 Mps: CCK 1 Mbps: DBSK 2 Mbps: DQPSK Data Encryption 64 bit WEP Encryption Utility Software: APManager to manage wireless LAN, network connection and client access control 9.6 Physical Dimensions 97.6 x 60.6 x 13.2 mm, 120.5 x 82 x 29.2 mm with built-in antennas...