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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Disable Other Adapters ............8 Wireless Installation Considerations ........10 Adapter Installation ..............11 Connect to a Wireless Network ........14 Windows® 8 ...................14 Windows® 7 ...................16 Windows Vista® ................18 Windows® XP ................20 Troubleshooting ..............22 Wireless Basics ..............25 Wireless Modes ................29 D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 3: Product Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Product Overview Package Contents D-Link DWA-525 Wireless N 150 PCI Express Desktop Adapter System Requirements • Windows® 8, 7, Vista®, or XP (32/64-bit) • An 802.11n, 802.11g, wireless network • 300MHz processor and at least 64MB of RAM •...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction The DWA-525 Wireless N 150 PCI Express Desktop Adapter is a convenient wireless connectivity solution for desktop PCs. Instead of stringing Ethernet cables to your PC or dismantling your desktop computer case, the DWA-525 can enable 802.11n wireless connectivity by simply utilizing your desktop.
  • Page 5: Features

    • Better Security with WPA/WPA2 and WPS - With the DWA-525 in your Desktop PC you can securely connect to a wireless network using WPA/WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) for wireless authentication, as well as WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) providing you a much higher level and an easier way of security for your data and communication than has previously been available.
  • Page 6: Hardware Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Hardware Overview A solid light indicates that wireless is ready. This LED blinks during wireless data transmission. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 7: Installation

    Remove Existing Installations If you’ve installed a different manufacture’s adapter or a different model D-Link adapter, make sure the software is uninstalled before installing the new software. Some utilities may cause a conflict with the new software. If you plan to use multiple adapters at different times, make sure the utilities are not set to load when your computer boots up.
  • Page 8: Disable Other Adapters

    Section 2 - Installation Disable Other Adapters Most newer laptops may include a built-in wireless adapter. To prevent any conflicts with the D-Link wireless adapter, it is recommended to disable the wireless adapter (as well as any unused Ethernet adapters).
  • Page 9 When the adapter is disabled, a down arrow or a grayed icon will be displayed. Disabling the adapter will not remove the drivers. If you would like to use the adapter, simply right-click it and select Enable. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 10: Wireless Installation Considerations

    The key to maximizing wireless range is to follow these basic guidelines: 1. Keep the number of walls and ceilings between the D-Link adapter and other network devices to a minimum - each wall or ceiling can reduce your adapter’s range from 3-90 feet (1-30 meters.) Position your devices so that the number of walls or ceilings is minimized.
  • Page 11: Adapter Installation

    Section 2 - Installation Adapter Installation Note: Do NOT install the DWA-525 Desktop Adapter into your computer before installing the driver software from the D-Link CD. Turn on the computer and insert the D-Link DWA-525 Driver CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 12 Section 2 - Installation The InstallShield Wizard window will appear. Once the Welcome screen appears, click Next to continue. Click Install to continue. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 13 Section 2 - Installation Your DWA-525 adapter is now installed. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 14: Connect To A Wireless Network

    2. A list of available wireless networks will appear. 3. Click the wireless network (SSID) you want to connect to and then click Connect. 4. If the network is secure/encrypted, enter the Wi-Fi password (security key) and click Next. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 15 If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, confirm the encryption by reviewing the profile or check the TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 16: Windows® 7

    Section 3 - Connect to a Wireless Network Windows® 7 1. Click on the wireless icon in your system tray (lower-right corner). 2. The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 17 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the security settings are correct. The key or passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 18: Windows Vista

    1. Open the Wireless Utility by right-clicking on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower right corner of screen). Select Connect to a network. 2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 19 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the security settings are correct. The key or passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 20: Windows® Xp

    1. Open the Windows XP Wireless Utility by right-clicking on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower-right corner of screen). Select View Available Wireless Networks. 2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 21 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the WPA/WPA2-Personal settings are correct. The WPA/WPA2-Personal passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router or access point. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 22: Troubleshooting

    Section 4 - Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWA-525. Read the following descriptions if you are having problems. 1. How do I know if my adapter is installed properly? Windows XP - Go to Start >...
  • Page 23 Section 4 - Troubleshooting Click the + sign next to Network Adapters. Right-click on D-Link DWA-525 Wireless N 150 PCI Express Desktop Adapter. Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed properly. Look under Device Status to check that the device is working properly.
  • Page 24 • In Infrastructure mode, make sure the same Service Set Identifier (SSID) is specified on the settings for the wireless clients and access points. By default, the SSID factory setting for D-Link products is blank. (Double-click on the WLAN icon in the taskbar. The Link Info screen will display the SSID setting.)
  • Page 25: Wireless Basics

    D-Link wireless products are based on industry standards to provide easy-to-use and compatible high-speed wireless connectivity within your home, business or public access wireless networks. 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.
  • Page 26 D-Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking products. D-Link delivers the performance you need at a price you can afford. D-Link has all the products you need to build your network. How does wireless work? Wireless works similar to how cordless phone work, through radio signals to transmit data from one point A to point B.
  • Page 27 Who uses wireless? Wireless technology has become so popular in recent years that almost everyone is using it, whether it’s for home, office, or business, D-Link has a wireless solution for it. Home • Gives everyone at home broadband access •...
  • Page 28 The wireless connection in public places is usually called “hotspots”. Using a D-Link PCIe Adapter with your laptop, you can access the hotspot to connect to the Internet from remote locations like: Airports, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Libraries, Restaurants, and Convention Centers.
  • Page 29: Wireless Modes

    An Infrastructure network contains an Access Point or wireless router. All the wireless devices, or clients, will connect to the wireless router or access point. An Ad-Hoc network contains only clients, such as laptops with wireless PCIe Adapters. All the adapters must be in Ad-Hoc mode to communicate. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 30: Networking Basics

    Check your IP address After you install your new D-Link wireless adapter and have established a wireless connection, by default, the TCP/IP settings should be set to obtain an IP address from a DHCP server (i.e., router) automatically. To verify your IP address, please follow the steps below.
  • Page 31: Statically Assign An Ip Address

    • Click on Start > Control Panel. Make sure you are in Classic View. Double-click on the Network Connections icon. • Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter (or other adapter) which will be connected to your router.
  • Page 32: Windows® 7/ Vista® Users

    Windows Vista, click on Manage network connections along the left panel in the window. For Windows® 7, click on Change adapter settings. • Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter which will be connected to your network. • Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) and click Properties.
  • Page 33: Windows® 8 Users

    Windows® 8 Users • Press the Windows key and then type IP. Click Settings on the right side and then click View Network Connections. • Right-click on the adapter which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter. • Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) and click Properties.
  • Page 34: Technical Specifications

    * Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11n and 802.11g specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...