D-Link Air DWL-520 Manual

D-Link Air DWL-520 Manual

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

    Contents Package Contents ................3 Introduction....................4 Wireless Basics ..................6 Getting Started ..................10 Using the Configuration Utility ..............13 Networking Basics ................20 Troubleshooting ...................33 Technical Specifications ..............38 Contacting Technical Support ..............40 Warranty .....................41 Registration..................44...
  • Page 3: Package Contents

    Package Contents Contents of Package: D-Link Air DWL-520 2.4 GHz Wireless PCI Adapter Manual and Warranty on CD Quick Installation Guide If any of the above items are missing, please contact your reseller. System Requirements: A computer 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 at home, at work or in public places. 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-120 Wireless USB Adapter.
  • Page 5 Features & Benefits Provides a simple and inexpensive way to connect your desktop computer to a wireless network at home, or at the office Wi-Fi compatible 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 to a standard PCI 2.2 slot in a desktop computer.
  • Page 6: Wireless Basics

    Strictly adhering to the IEEE standard, the D-Link wireless family of products will allow you to securely access the data you want, when and where you want it. You will be able to enjoy the freedom that wireless networking delivers.
  • Page 7 Wireless Basics (continued) People use wireless LAN technology for many different purposes: Mobility - Productivity increases when people have access to data in any location within the operating range of the WLAN. Management decisions based on real-time information can significantly improve worker efficiency. Low Implementation Costs –...
  • Page 8 11Mbps. Installation Considerations The D-Link Air DWL-520 lets you access your network, using a wireless connection, from virtually anywhere. 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 9 Installation Considerations (continued) Be aware of the direct line between network devices. A wall that is 1.5 feet thick (.5 meters), at a 45-degree angle appears to be almost 3 feet (1 meter) thick. At a 2-degree angle it looks over 42 feet (14 meters) thick! Try to make sure that devices are positioned so that the signal will travel straight through a wall or ceiling for better reception.
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Getting Started With its default settings, the DWL-520, when activated, will connect with other D-Link Air products, right out of the box. There are basically two modes of networking: Infrastructure – using an Access Point or Router, such as the DI-614+ Ad-Hoc –...
  • Page 11 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 drivers for the wireless Cardbus adapter into a laptop computer.
  • Page 12 Getting Started Setting up a Wireless Ad Hoc Network Install the D-Link Air DWL-520 Wireless PCI adapter into the desktop computer. See the Quick Installation Guide included with the product for installation instructions. Install the wireless Cardbus adapter (e.g., DWL-650) into a laptop computer.
  • Page 13: Using The Configuration Utility

    Note: With its default settings, and when activated, the DWL-520 will associate with D-Link AirPlus products such as the DI-614+ (a wireless router), right out of the box. Before you use the configuration utility for the DWL-520, you must install the drivers and the configuration utility from the CD-ROM that came with the DWL-520.
  • Page 14 Using the Configuration Utility Link Info After clicking on the Configuration Utility icon, the Link Info screen will display the following: Status- Displays the MAC Address of the Access Point that is associ- ated with the DWL-650 The Service Set Identifier is the name assigned to the wireless SSID- network.
  • Page 15 Infrastructure - connecting the WLAN using an access point such as the DWL-6000AP. (The default setting.) Ad-Hoc - wireless mode used when connecting directly to a com- puter equipped with a wireless adapter such as the D-Link Air DWL- 520 Wireless PCI Adapter in a peer-to-peer environment. Channel- The default channel setting is channel 6.
  • Page 16 Using the Configuration Utility Encryption If you enable WEP encryption make sure to enable WEP encryption on all the devices in your network. Data Encryption- Enable Encryption by clicking on the box. The DWL-520 has Encryption disabled as the default setting. Authorization Choose one of the following modes: Mode-...
  • Page 17 Using the Configuration Utility Site Survey Available Network The window above displays the Available Networks. Scroll up and down the list and highlight the network to which you wish to connect. Click on the Connect button. Refresh- Click Refresh to get the most current network information Connect- Highlight a network and click Connect to connect to that network Add-...
  • Page 18 Using the Configuration Utility Site Survey > Add Profile Name- Enter a profile name. Default is the default setting. SSID (Service Set Identifier)- Enter an SSID name (up to 32 characters in length.) The SSID is a unique name that identifies a network. All the devices in a network must share the same SSID name in order to communicate.
  • Page 19 Using the Configuration Utility About ABOUT screen gives you information about the Firmware and Utility Versions of the DWL-520.
  • Page 20: 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 21 Networking Basics 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 22 Networking Basics 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 23 Networking Basics 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 24 Networking Basics 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 25 Networking Basics Please read the information under Here’s how in the screen below. After you com- plete 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 26 Networking Basics 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 27 Networking Basics 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 28 Networking Basics 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 29 Networking Basics 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 30 Networking Basics 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 31 Subnet Mask: Default Gateway: Enter the LAN IP address of the wireless router. (D-Link wireless routers have a LAN IP address of Select Use the following DNS server address. Enter the LAN IP address of the Wireless Router.
  • Page 32 Networking Basics 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 33: 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 34 Troubleshooting 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 35 Troubleshooting 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 36 Troubleshooting 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 37 Troubleshooting 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 38: Technical Specifications

    Technical Specifications Standards IEEE 802.11b Temperature Operating: 32ºF to 149ºF (0ºC to 65ºC) Storing: -4ºF to 167ºF (-20ºC to 75ºC) Humidity: 5% - 95%, non-condensing Antenna Type: Dipole with detachable reverse SMA connector Emissions: FCC part 15b Physical Dimensions: L = 4.75 inches (120mm) W = 1.9 inches (47mm) H = .06 inches (2mm) Weight:...
  • Page 39 Technical Specifications (continued) Data Rates: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps (with Automatic Fallback) Operating Channels: 1-11 United States (FCC) 1-11 Canada (DOC) Encryption: Supports 64-bit or 128-bit WEP encryption Frequency Range: 2.4 – 2.4835 GHz Media Access Controll: CSMA/CA with ACK Transmit Output Power: 15dBm (32mW) +/- 2dB Receiver Sensitivity: Nominal Temp Range...
  • Page 40: Contacting Technical Support

    Contacting Technical Support You can find the most recent software and user documentation on the D-Link website. D-Link provides free technical support for customers within the United States for the duration of the warranty period on this product. U.S. customers can contact D-Link technical support through our web site, or by phone.
  • Page 41: Warranty

    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 42 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 43 D-Link Corporation/D-Link Systems, Inc., as stipulated by the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Contents are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Page 44: Registration

    Registration Register your D-Link product online at http://support.dlink.com/register/ (10/06/2004)

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