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A-B6H-100-11(1)
Operating Instructions
Wireless LAN PC Card
PCWA-C150S
© 2002 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1 A-B6H-100-11(1) Operating Instructions Wireless LAN PC Card PCWA-C150S © 2002 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 FCC space provided below. Refer to them whenever Class B limits may be attached to this computer you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Operation with non-compliant peripherals product. is likely to result in interference to radio and television reception.
  • Page 3 • Indoor use only. • In no event will SONY be liable for any • This device is made for use in the USA and financial damage or loss of profits, including Canada only.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Software setup Notes: Setting up the connection environment .. 34 • The user interface of the Sony supplied Windows Me or Windows 2000 ..34 software may differ slightly from that shown in this manual. Windows XP ....... 43 •...
  • Page 5: Overview

    Overview What you can do with your Wireless LAN PC Card You can build a wireless LAN using the Wireless LAN PC Card PCWA- C150S (subsequently referred to as “Wireless LAN PC Card”). Equipping multiple computers with a Wireless LAN PC Card and installing the supplied software enables the computers to communicate and exchange data without needing any physical connection.
  • Page 6 Communication through Access Point (Infrastructure Mode) Direct communication between computers (Peer-to-Peer Mode) z Tips For details about peer-to-peer connections with Windows XP, see Windows XP Help.
  • Page 7: About The Supplied Software

    PCWA-C150S Wireless LAN PC Card Driver This is required for operation of the Wireless LAN PC Card. z Tip When using the Sony Wireless LAN Access Point PCWA-A200 The folder “A200Setup” on the supplied CD-ROM contains software for making PCWA-A200 settings. For details, see the PDF file contained in the folder “manual”...
  • Page 8: System Requirements

    XP Professional Edition Note Correct operation in an OS upgrade environment is not assured, except for factory provided Windows XP upgrade packages for Sony VAIO series computers. s Display High color (16 bit color) and above, 800 × 400 pixels and above Notes •...
  • Page 9: About This Manual

    About this manual Note When using an Access Point, first connect and configure the Access Point as explained in its documentation. This manual explains the operation of the Wireless LAN PC Card and the installation and setup of the supplied Client Manager software. For details on using the Client Manager, refer to the software’s Help files.
  • Page 10: Unpacking

    Unpacking Your Wireless LAN PC Card comes with the following items. • Wireless LAN PC Card • CD-ROM (Setup disc) • Read This First • Quick Start Guide • Warranty card • Other printed materials...
  • Page 11: Installing The Software

    Installing the software Before installing the software: • Install and connect the Access Point. • Quit all Windows programs. Note In Windows 2000 and Windows XP, only users with administrator privileges can install software. If you have logged onto Windows 2000 with a user account not listed in “Administrators”...
  • Page 12: Starting The Software

    Check that the displayed folder is the one where you want to install the software and click Next. Select Program Folder dialog box is displayed. z Tip If you want to install the software into another folder, click Browse and select the folder or directly enter the folder name.
  • Page 13: Uninstalling The Software

    Tip If the Add/Remove Programs icon is not shown, select “View all Control Panel options”. Select “Sony Wireless LAN Client Manager” from the list of automatically removable software, then click Add/Remove. The Confirm File Deletion dialog box appears. Click OK.
  • Page 14 From the Start menu, click Settings — Control Panel. Control Panel appears. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon. The Add/Remove Programs dialog box appears. From the Currently installed programs list, select “Sony Wireless LAN Client Manager”, then click Change/Remove. The Confirm File Deletion dialog box appears. Click OK.
  • Page 15 Click Add or Remove Programs (double-click if the Control Panel “Classic View” is selected). The Add or Remove Programs dialog box appears. From the Currently installed programs list, select Sony Wireless LAN Client Manager, then click Change/Remove. The Confirm File Deletion dialog box appears.
  • Page 16: Installing The Driver Software

    Installing the driver software Note Before installing the driver software, install the supplied utility software. For details on installing the supplied utility software, see “Installing software” on page XX. Installing the driver software The installation procedure varies depending on the CD-ROM drive availability when the Wireless LAN PC Card inserted.
  • Page 17 Windows Me Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Note If your computer has two PC card slots and your CD-ROM drive must be connected through one of them, connect the CD-ROM drive to the bottom slot. Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card into the PC card slot. The Add New Hardware Wizard appears.
  • Page 18 Click Next to begin driver installation. Wait for installation to complete. A new display screen appears when installation is complete. Click Finish. The Add/Edit Setup Profile dialog box appears. Click Cancel. Restart the computer. Windows 2000 Note In Windows 2000, only users with administrator privileges can install drivers. Log onto Windows 2000 with a user account listed in “Administrators”.
  • Page 19 Confirm that “Search for a suitable driver for my device” is selected, then click Next. Select Specify a location, then click Next. Click Browse. Select the folder containing the driver, then click Open. • When installing from the supplied CD-ROM in a CD-ROM drive connected to the computer: Select the “2Win2k”...
  • Page 20 Windows XP Note In Windows XP, only users with administrator privileges can install drivers. If you have logged onto Windows XP with a user account not defined as “computer administrator”, you will be asked to input a user account name and password for an account with administrator privileges when you attempt to install the driver.
  • Page 21: Verifying The Installation

    Select the folder which contains the driver and click OK. • When installing from the supplied CD-ROM in a CD-ROM drive connected to the computer: Select the “3WinXP” folder on the CD-ROM. • When installing after copying the contents of the supplied CD- ROM to a hard disk: Select the “3WinXP”...
  • Page 22 If the message “This device is working properly” is not displayed, the Wireless LAN PC Card is not working properly. In this case, repeat steps 1 to 5, and click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card. Then click Remove to uninstall the Wireless LAN PC Card driver.
  • Page 23 Socket Status. Note If Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card is not displayed in the PC Card (PCMCIA) Properties dialog box, the Wireless LAN PC Card is not working properly. Repeat steps 1 through 4. Click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card then click Remove to remove the driver.
  • Page 24 Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager. The Device Manager window appears. From the View menu, click Devices by type. Double-click Network adapters. Double-click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card. The Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card Properties dialog box appears.
  • Page 25 Note The Wireless LAN PC Card is not working properly if the following occurs: • The Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card is represented in the Device Manager list by a yellow question mark or exclamation point. c Right-click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card, and click Remove to uninstall the Wireless LAN PC Card driver.
  • Page 26 Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager. The Device Manager window appears. From the View menu, click Devices by type. Double-click Network adapters. Double-click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card. The Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card Properties dialog box appears.
  • Page 27 Note The Wireless LAN PC Card is not working properly if the following occurs: • The Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card is represented in the Device Manager list by a yellow question mark or exclamation point. c Right-click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card, and click Uninstall to delete the Wireless LAN PC Card driver.
  • Page 28: Uninstalling The Wireless Lan Pc Card Driver

    If System is not displayed, click “view all Control Panel options”. Click the Device Manager tab. Select Devices by type. Double-click Network adapters, then click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card, and click Remove. The Confirm Device Removal dialog box appears.
  • Page 29 From the View menu, click Devices by type. Double-click Network adapters. Double-click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card. The Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card Properties dialog box appears. Click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall. The Confirm Device Removal dialog box appears.
  • Page 30 From the View menu, click Devices by type. Double-click Network adapters. Double-click Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card. The Sony PCWA-C150 Wireless PC Card Properties dialog box appears. Click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall. The Confirm Device Removal dialog box appears.
  • Page 31 Click The Control Panel closes.
  • Page 32: Inserting The Wireless Lan Pc Card

    Inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card This section explains how to insert the Wireless LAN PC Card in your computer and how to remove it. You do not need to turn off your computer when inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card. Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card into the PC Card slot of the computer.
  • Page 33: To Remove The Wireless Lan Pc Card

    To remove the Wireless LAN PC Card Close the software that uses the wireless LAN (Client Manager). Stop the Wireless LAN PC Card according to the documentation of your computer. Remove the Wireless LAN PC Card according to the documentation of your computer. Grasp the card at both sides and carefully pull it out of the slot.
  • Page 34: Setting Up The Connection Environment

    Setting up the connection environment Windows Me or Windows 2000 Establishing communication with the Access Point This section describes how to make settings for communication with an Access Point. When not using an Access Point, see “Making communication settings for Peer-to-Peer Mode” on page 44. Before making the settings, the following tasks must be completed: •...
  • Page 35 From the Actions menu, select Add/Edit Configuration Profile. The Add/Edit Configuration Profile dialog box appears. Click Add Profile. The Edit Configuration dialog box appears. z Tip To edit an existing profile, click Edit Profile.
  • Page 36 Enter an alphanumeric name for the profile in the Profile Name field (symbols are also allowed). Verify that Access Point is selected in the list at right, and click Next. The window shown below appears. In the Network Name field, enter the same Network Name as set at the Access Point.
  • Page 37 Manager again to change the settings for the Wireless LAN PC Card accordingly. z Tip When using the Sony Wireless LAN Access Point PCWA-A200, refer to the folder “manual” under the folder “A200Setup” on the supplied CD-ROM. This folder contains a PDF file that explains how to make settings for the PCWA-A200. To...
  • Page 38 1. Place a check mark in Enable Data Security. 2. Select the input method for the key (password for connecting to an Access Point with Data Security enabled): Use Alphanumeric Characters (0 - 9, a - z, A - Z) or Use Hexadecimal (0 - 9, a - f, A - F).
  • Page 39 Set Power Management to Off (Default power consumption and high performance) <??> or On (Low power consumption and reduced performance) <??>, and click Next. The window shown below appears. When using one Wireless LAN PC Card for multiple networks (such as in the workplace and at home), place a checkmark in Update IP address when this profile is selected <??>, and click Finish.
  • Page 40 Making communication settings for Peer-to-Peer Mode Click the Client Manager icon on the taskbar. The Client Manager window appears. From the Actions menu, select Add/Edit Configuration Profile. The Add/Edit Configuration Profile dialog box appears.
  • Page 41 Click Add Profile. The Edit Configuration dialog box appears. z Tip To edit an existing profile, click Edit Profile. Enter a desired alphanumeric name into the Profile Name field (symbols are also allowed). In the drop-down list at right, select peer-to-peer, then click Next.
  • Page 42 Select the channel number from the Channel Number <??> drop-down list. Note When creating a new network, you can select any channel number. z Tip When connecting to an existing network, the channel number is selected automatically. Click Next. The window shown below appears. When creating a new network, and when connecting to an existing network where Data Security (also called WEP or Encryption) is enabled, make the following settings.
  • Page 43: Windows Xp

    Click Next. The window shown below appears. When using one Wireless LAN PC Card for multiple networks (such as in the workplace and at home), place a checkmark in Update IP address when this profile is selected <??>, and click Finish. The Add/Edit Configuration Profile dialog box reappears.
  • Page 44 • Check the Network Name (also called SSID) and the Data Security (also called WEP or Encryption) settings at the Access Point. For details about these settings, consult your network administrator. When using the Access Point in the factory default condition, the settings are listed in the documentation of the Access Point.
  • Page 45 Wireless LAN PC Card accordingly. z Tip When using the Sony Wireless LAN Access Point PCWA-A200, refer to the folder “manual” under the folder “A200Setup” on the supplied CD-ROM. This folder contains a PDF file that explains how to make settings for the PCWA-A200. To display PDF files, Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.
  • Page 46: Checking The Communication Status

    Checking the communication status Checking the wireless signal strength The communication status is shown by the Client Manager icon in the system tray (notification area in Windows XP). Client Manager icon Meaning of icon appearance (Green) Excellent (Green) Good (Yellow) Fair (Yellow) Weak signal...
  • Page 47: Client Manager Menus

    Client Manager menus File menu Enable Radio / Disable Radio Enables or disables wireless communication. Close Window Closes the Client Manager window. Actions menu Add/Edit Configuration Profile Serves for creating a new profile or editing an existing profile. In Windows XP, the connection function built into Windows XP is used, and this function is not available.
  • Page 48: Precautions

    Cleaning Precautions Clean the casing with a soft cloth, lightly moistened with water or a mild detergent Safety solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as Do not drop or cause a mechanical shock alcohol or benzene as it may damage the to the 5GHz Wireless LAN PC Card finish of the casing.
  • Page 49: Specifications

    PC card adapter) explains how to use your Wireless LAN Current PC Card. Peak current at transmission: 560 mA ❒ The Sony Wireless LAN PC Card Peak current at reception: 400 mA support Web site Connector http://www.sony.com/ PC Card Card Type-II...
  • Page 50 1-877-760-7669. ❒ The Sony Customer Information Services Center offers information about your Access Point, Wireless LAN PC Card, and other Sony products that work with your computer. To contact the Sony Customer Information Services Center, call 1-877-760-7669. Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
  • Page 51: Glossary

    Glossary Channel number The frequency used for wireless communications. Wireless communications are possible only among client computers and Access Points that use the same channel. Data Security IEEE 802.11 compliant security system (also called WEP or Encryption). Using the encryption key as the password, only client computers and Access Points that have the same key may log onto the same wireless LAN.
  • Page 52: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If there is an apparent problem with the system, check the points listed below. If you still cannot resolve the problem after performing these checks, contact Sony Customer Information Services. Symptom Cause/Remedy Computer does not The Wireless LAN PC Card may not be properly inserted detect the Wireless into the PC Card slot of the computer.
  • Page 53 Symptom Cause/Remedy c Return Access Point to factory default settings and then Forgot the encryption configure it again. For details on how to do this, see the key. documentation of the Access Point. 11 Mbps is a theoretical value. Under real-world conditions, Transfer rate is 11 transfer rate will normally be in the range of 4 - 5 Mbps.
  • Page 54 Symptom Cause/Remedy Cannot connect to the The Access Point and the computer are too far apart. network. c Move the computer closer to the Access Point. Communication settings are incorrect. c Check the settings for Network Name, Data Security, Profile, etc. Check the versions of related software and hardware, and An error message obtain updates if required.
  • Page 56 Just send your question in an e-mail message and a customer service representative will reply. To send a question to Sony e-mail support, fill out the e-mail form at http://www.sony.com/wirelesslansupport/ ❒ The Sony fax-back service provides you with answers to commonly asked questions.