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4-647-085-11(1)
Operating Instructions
Wireless LAN PC Card
PCWA-C100
© 2000 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1 4-647-085-11(1) Operating Instructions Wireless LAN PC Card PCWA-C100 © 2000 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 • In no event will SONY be liable for any financial damage or loss of profits, including claims made by third parties, arising out of the use of the software supplied with this product.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Overview ... 4 What you can do with your Wireless LAN PC Card ... 4 About the supplied software ... 5 Task flow ... 6 System requirements ... 7 About this manual ... 8 Opening the Help files ... 8 Getting started Unpacking ...
  • Page 4: Overview

    Overview What you can do with your Wireless LAN PC Card You can build a Wireless LAN (Local Area Network) using the Wireless LAN PC Card, PCWA-C100. The Wireless LAN PC Card can be used with or without the Wireless LAN Access Point, PCWA-A100 (hereinafter referred to as the Access Point).
  • Page 5: About The Supplied Software

    About the supplied software The Wireless LAN PC Card comes with the following software: • Wireless Palette: You can set up a computer containing the Wireless LAN PC Card for communications with the Access Point, display the communication status, and switch the Access Point currently in use to another when multiple Access Points are present.
  • Page 6: Task Flow

    Task flow To build a wireless LAN environment, you must configure both the Access Point and the Wireless LAN PC Card. Required tasks depend on the state of your Access Point and Wireless LAN PC Card. The table below lists their states and tasks required for building a wireless LAN environment.
  • Page 7: System Requirements

    • Display: SVGA (800 x 600 pixels) and above (supports High Color (16 bit) and above) Notes • Sony does not assure trouble-free operation for all computers satisfying these system requirements. • The Wireless LAN Access Point PCWA-A100 is required to gain access to the Internet.
  • Page 8: About This Manual

    About this manual Note Install and connect the Access Point, as described in its Operating Instructions manual. This manual explains the operation of the Wireless LAN PC Card and the installation and setup of the supplied software. For details on using the Wireless Palette and the Custom Setup Utility software supplied with the Wireless LAN PC Card, refer to the software’s on-line Help files.
  • Page 9 Searching using a Keyword To search using a Keyword, select the Index tab from the Help dialog box. The Keyword list appears. Enter the keyword you want to apply, or scroll the Keyword list. Select a topic, then click Display. Topics related to the Keyword appears.
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Getting started Unpacking Your Wireless LAN PC Card comes with the following items. • Wireless LAN PC Card (1) • PC card case (1) • CD-ROM (Setup disk) (1) • Operating Instructions (1) • END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (1) • Other printed materials...
  • Page 11: Indicators

    Indicators 1 DATA indicator Lights up while data exchange is in progress. 2 LINK indicator Lights up while your computer is connected to the wireless LAN. Description on the indicators DATA Flashing (green) Fast Flashing (green) Flashing at 10sec intervals LINK Description Lit (green)
  • Page 12: Inserting The Wireless Lan Pc Card

    Inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card Notes • If your computer has two PC card slots, insert the Wireless LAN PC Card into the top slot. Inserting it into the bottom slot blocks the top slot with its antenna. • If your computer is the PCG-Z505 series, you cannot insert or remove the Memory Stick...
  • Page 13: Installing The Driver Software

    • If your computer has only one PC card slot, and your CD-ROM drive must be connected through it, copy the Wireless LAN folder from the Sony- supplied CD-ROM into the hard disk before inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card. The following uses C:\Temp folder as an example.
  • Page 14: To Verify Driver Installation

    Note Restarting the computer takes longer than booting. Click Next to begin search. Click Next to begin driver installation. Wait for installation to complete. A new display screen appears when installation is complete. Click Finish. (If your operating system is Windows 98 Second Edition, follow the on-screen instructions to restart the computer.) To verify driver installation...
  • Page 15 2 in Installing the driver software. Double-click Network adapters, then double-click Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card. The Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card Properties dialog box appears. Confirm that the message “This device is working properly.” is displayed under Device status.
  • Page 16 2 in Installing the driver software. Double-click the PC Card (PCMCIA) icon. The PC Card (PCMCIA) Properties dialog box appears. Confirm that Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card is displayed under Socket Status. Click OK. The PC Card (PCMCIA) Properties dialog box closes.
  • Page 17 2 in Installing the driver software. Double-click Network adapters, then double-click Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card. The Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card Properties dialog box appears. Confirm a message “This device is working properly.” is displayed under Device status. Click OK.
  • Page 18: Software Setup

    Software setup Setting up Windows environment (Windows 98 Second Edition) Note If the Version Conflict dialog box appears while you are setting up your Windows environment, click Yes to continue. To verify the installed network components From the Start menu, click Settings - Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears.
  • Page 19 When you have added all components, proceed to To specify the IP address on page 23. To add TCP/IP If TCP/IP -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card is not displayed in step 3 above follow the steps below. Click Add on the Configuration tab.
  • Page 20 Click Protocol, then click Add. The Select Network Protocol dialog box appears. Select Microsoft in the Manufacturers window, and select TCP/IP in the Network Protocols window. Click OK. TCP/IP -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card appears under “The following network components are installed.”...
  • Page 21 To add NetBEUI If NetBEUI -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card is not displayed in step 3 on page 19, follow the steps below. Click Add on the Configuration tab. The Select Network Component Type dialog box appears. Click Protocol then click Add.
  • Page 22 Note This setting is required to allow other computers on the same LAN to share files from your computer or the printer connected to your computer. Print and Filesharing is not recommended while connected to the Internet. Security is an issue and Microsoft warns to disable.
  • Page 23: To Specify The Ip Address

    To specify the IP address Click TCP/IP -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card, then click Properties on the Network dialog box. The TCP/IP Properties dialog box appears. If TCP/IP is not displayed... Go back to the previous section To add TCP/IP on page 19 to add TCP/IP, then come back here to continue.
  • Page 24: To Verify The Computer Name And Workgroup

    Notes • Assign a unique name of up to 15 alphanumeric characters to every computer connected to the same LAN. • The workgroup indicates the name of a group sharing files. Assign the same workgroup name for all computers that share files.
  • Page 25: To Set Up Sharing On The Computer

    z Tip For further information on sharing on the computer, refer to the Windows manual or Help files. Note Consider all issues before making any folder available for sharing on the wireless LAN. To set up sharing on the computer You can let other users share drives and folders from your computer on the wireless LAN.
  • Page 26: To Change Internet Connection Settings

    To change Internet connection settings If your Internet access has been via a telephone line, you must change the Internet connection settings. Microsoft Internet Explorer Select Settings - Control Panel from the Start menu. Double-click Internet Options. Click the Connections tab.
  • Page 27 Check Never dial a connection. Click LAN Settings. The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box appears. Check Automatically detect settings under Automatic configuration. Make sure the check box for “Use a Proxy Server” is not selected.
  • Page 28 Click OK. The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box closes. Click OK. The Internet Properties dialog box closes. Click The Control Panel window closes. Upon completion of the above setup, proceed to Installing software on page 40. Netscape Communicator Launch Netscape Communicator.
  • Page 29: Setting Up Windows Environment (Windows 2000)

    When multiple connection environments exist, multiple Local Area Connection icons are displayed. Locate the icon that pops up as, “Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card,” and double-click it. To verify the current network components From the Start menu, click Settings, click Network and Dial-up Connections.
  • Page 30 When you have added all components, proceed to To specify the IP address on page 33. To add Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) If Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is not displayed in step 2 on page 29, follow the steps below. Click Install from the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.
  • Page 31 Click OK. Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is added in the component list. To add NetBEUI Protocol If NetBEUI Protocol is not displayed in step 2 on page 29, follow the steps below. Click Install from the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box. The Select Network Component Type dialog box appears.
  • Page 32 Note This setting is required to allow other computers on the same LAN to share files from your computer or the printer connected to your computer. Print and Filesharing is not recommended while connected to the Internet. Security is an issue and Microsoft warns to disable.
  • Page 33: To Specify The Ip Address

    To specify the IP address Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) from the component list of the Local Area Connection Properties, then click Properties. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box appears. Click Obtain an IP address automatically, then click OK. The Local Area Connection Properties dialog box reappears.
  • Page 34: To Verify The Computer Name And Workgroup

    To verify the computer name and workgroup Computer names are displayed on the status indication window of the Wireless Palette. From the Start menu, click Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears. Double-click the System icon. The System Properties dialog box appears. Click the Network Identification tab, then click Properties.
  • Page 35 Notes • Assign a unique name of up to 15 alphanumeric characters to every computer connected to the same LAN. • The workgroup indicates the name of a group sharing files. Assign the same workgroup name for all computers that share files.
  • Page 36: To Set Up Sharing On The Computer

    z Tip For further information on sharing on the computer, refer to the Windows manual or Help files. Note Consider all issues before making any folder available for sharing on the wireless LAN. To set up sharing on the computer You can let other users share drives and folders from your computer on the wireless LAN.
  • Page 37: To Change Internet Connection Settings

    To change Internet connection settings If your Internet access has been via a telephone line, you must change the Internet connection settings. Microsoft Internet Explorer Select Settings - Control Panel from the Start menu. Double-click Internet Options. Click the Connections tab.
  • Page 38 Check Never dial a connection. Click LAN Settings. The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box appears. Check Automatically detect settings under Automatic configuration. Click OK. The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box closes.
  • Page 39 Click OK. The Internet Properties dialog box closes. Click The Control Panel window closes. Upon completion of the above setup, proceed to Installing software on page 40. Netscape Communicator Launch Netscape Communicator. Click Preferences form the Edit menu. Click Advanced. Click Proxies, then check “Direct connection to the Internet.”...
  • Page 40: Installing Software

    Installing software Before Installing the software: • Install and connect the Access Point. • Install the driver software. (page 13) • Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card. (page • Quit all Windows programs. z Tip If you want to install the software into another folder, click Browse and select the folder or...
  • Page 41: To Modify The Installed Software

    Registration for the Wireless LAN Access Point/ Wireless LAN PC Card. Caution To protect your personal data, Sony uses SSL (an encryption protocol) for communication between your browser and the Sony WWW server. If you are accessing the Internet from inside of an enterprise LAN, you may not be able to use SSL due to the proxy server of the LAN.
  • Page 42: To Uninstall Software

    z Tip To uninstall a specific software application, uncheck the application you want to uninstall. z Tip To uninstall a specific software application, select Modify and click Next. See To modify installed software on page 41 for more information. Check the software applications you want to install, then click Next.
  • Page 43 z Tip To uninstall a specific software application, select Modify and click Next. See To modify installed software on page 41 for more information. Windows 2000 From the Start menu, click Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
  • Page 44: Wireless Lan Connection

    Wireless LAN connection Setting up the connection environment z Tip If the icon is not on the tray, select VAIO - Wireless LAN - Wireless Palette from the Start menu. The following describes how to set up software for building a wireless LAN environment with the Access Point.
  • Page 45 z Tip Check Peer to Peer to establish wireless communications between computers without using the Access Point. For more information, see the section, To establish a wireless LAN environment without using the Access Point on page 46. z Tips • If the Access Point is already installed, your network administrator may have changed the...
  • Page 46 z Tip A wireless LAN environment between multiple computers may also be established in the Peer to Peer mode. Click OK. The Tool Box window reappears. Select the Nickname of the Access Point to which you want to connect. Click Select. Click OK.
  • Page 47 Notes • Check Peer to Peer on only one computer to establish the wireless LAN. • If other Access Points are present in close proximity and problems occur, try another channel. Note Enter the same Access Point ID and Encryption Key on all computers on the same wireless LAN.
  • Page 48: Verifying Communication With The Access Point

    z Tips The icon may appear as If so, no communications are taking place with the Access Point. Check the Access Point's configuration. For further information, refer to the Wireless Palette Help files. Verifying communication with the Access Point Follow the steps below to verify that if the Wireless LAN PC Card has a connection with the Access Point.
  • Page 49: Setting Up The Access Point

    z Tip To launch the Custom Setup Utility, click the Start button and select VAIO - Wireless LAN - Custom Access Point Setup Utility. Note If an error message appears, click OK then confirm the following and repeat step 2. •...
  • Page 50 Note Using the Wireless Palette, enter the same Encryption Key on every computer in the wireless LAN, as specified for the Access Point. z Tips • If there are two or more Access Points in close proximity, assign a unique channel number to avoid radio interference.
  • Page 51: Phone Connection

    Note If you must press “0” on your telephone to hear the tone signal and place an outgoing call, you can not use your telephone line for Internet access using the Access Point. If you hear the tone signal when you pick up the receiver even though you must press “0”...
  • Page 52 Note If you select Cable Modem/xDSL or ISDN Router/LAN, set up the device for an Internet connection. Note The indicators on the Access Point flashes while changes to the settings are processed. The link test is disabled until the POWER indicator of the Access Point turns green.
  • Page 53: Copying A File From Another Computer

    Copying a file from another computer Note To copy a file from another computer, you must enable file sharing on the computer (page 25, page 36) containing the file. Note With the standard configuration, you can copy files into the computer from which you are working.
  • Page 54: Connecting To The Internet

    Connecting to the Internet z Tip The icon may appear as Notes • The Access Point is configured with the manual connection mode at the time of shipment. Clicking Connect initiates the dial-up connection. • Note that automatic disconnection may not work due to unexpected packets sent from the Internet.
  • Page 55 Note When the ISDN router is in use, the Connect/ Disconnect function of the Wireless Palette is disabled. Notes • Check the cable modem’s ability to make an Internet connection. • When the cable modem’s is in use, Connect/Disconnect is not displayed on the Wireless Palette.
  • Page 56: Additional Information

    Additional information Precautions Safety Do not drop or cause a mechanical shock to the Wireless LAN PC Card, as this may damage the unit. Installation Do not place the Wireless LAN PC Card where it will be exposed to the following conditions: •...
  • Page 57: Specifications

    Specifications Protocol support TCP/IP, NetBEUI compliant Standard IEEE802.11b/IEEE802.11 Radio frequency 2.4 GHz Modulation method DS-SS (IEEE802.11 compliant) General Power requirements 5 V AC (supplied from the computer through the PC card adapter) Current Peak current at transmission; 280 mA, peak current at reception: 180 mA Connector PC card slot Type-II Dimensions (approx.)
  • Page 58: Getting Help

    Getting Help This section describes how to get help and support from Sony, as well as troubleshooting tips for your Wireless LAN PC Card. About Sony’s Support Options Sony provides several support options for your Wireless LAN PC Card. When you have questions...
  • Page 59: Glossary

    192.168.0.1 (IP address) to identify a computer. However, since the IP address is rather hard to remember, DNS was developed to allow a name like “www.sony.com” to identify a computer for convenience. DNS servers manage these translations from host names into IP addresses.
  • Page 60: Troubleshooting

    Access Point. Try later. I cannot remember the Encryption Key. cUse the Sony-supplied Access Point Firmware Update Utility to resume the factory configuration of the Access Point. Use the Wireless Palette to register the Access Point and establish communications with it.
  • Page 61 The Wireless Palette still shows the previous computer name after a change. cThe Access Point has not yet recognized the new computer name. Click the Nickname of the Access Point in the Tool Box window of the Wireless Palette, then click Select. If the correct information is displayed, click OK.
  • Page 62: Limited Warranty Statement

    1. Labor: For a period of ninety (90) calendar days from the original date of purchase from SONY or a SONY authorized reseller, SONY will repair defects in material or workmanship in the Product at no charge, or pay the associated labor charges to a SONY authorized service facility.
  • Page 63 Product in conjunction with accessories, products or ancillary or peripheral equipment, or where it is determined by SONY that there is no fault with the Product itself. This Limited Warranty is valid only in the United States of America. This Limited Warranty is...
  • Page 64 1-877-760-7669. Save this for future reference. © 2000 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved. SONY is a registered trademark of Sony.
  • Page 65: Index

    Index Basic Access Point Setup Utility ... 5 Cable Modem/xDSL ... 52 Channel number ... 59 Client ... 59 Client for Microsoft Networks ... 21, 32 Copying a file from another computer ... 53 Custom Access Point Setup Utility ... 5 DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) ...
  • Page 68 Printed in Japan...