D-Link DWL-520 Manual

D-Link DWL-520 Manual

2.4ghz/802.11b wireless pci adapter
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D-Link Air™
Wireless PCI Adapter
version E1
Building Networks for People


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  • Page 1 D-Link Air™ DWL-520 2.4GHz/802.11b Wireless PCI Adapter Manual version E1 Building Networks for People...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Package Contents ... 3 Introduction ... 4 Wireless Basics ... 6 Getting Started ... 8 Using the Configuration Utility ...11 Networking Basics ... 24 Troubleshooting ... 37 Technical Specifications ... 42 Contacting Technical Support ... 44 Warranty and Registration ... 45...
  • Page 3: Package Contents

    Access Point (e.g., DWL-900AP+) for Infrastructure  mode, or an 802.11b (e.g., DWL-650.) This manual applies specifically to the DWL-520 revision E1. Please refer to earlier versions of this manual if you have a previ- ous version of the DWL-520. wireless adapter for Ad-Hoc mode...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Adapters, the DI-514 and the DI-614+ Wireless Routers, DWL-700AP and DWL-900AP+ Wireless Access Points and the DWL-122 Wireless USB Adapter. The DWL-520 is an ideal way to connect your desktop computer to a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). After completing the steps outlined in the Quick Installation Guide (included in the package) you will have the ability to share information and resources, such as files and printers, and enjoy the freedom that wireless networking delivers.
  • Page 5 802.11b-compliant devices  Quick and Easy Installation- The DWL-520 installs quickly and easily into a standard PCI 2.2 slot in a desktop computer. By following the simple steps outlined in the Quick Installation Guide, you can connect to an available wireless network...
  • Page 6: Wireless Basics

    D-Link wireless products will allow you access to the data you want, when and where you want it. You will be able to enjoy the freedom that wireless networking brings.
  • Page 7: Installation Considerations

    2.4GHz wireless technology with data transfer speeds of up to 11Mbps. Installation Considerations The D-Link Air DWL-520 lets you access your network using a wireless connection from virtually anywhere within its operating range. 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 8: 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 ...
  • Page 9 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.)
  • Page 10 Getting Started (continued) Setting up a Wireless Ad Hoc Network Desktop Install the DWL-520 into the desktop computer. (See the Quick Installation Guide included with the product for installation instructions.) Install the DWL-650 wireless Cardbus adapter into a laptop computer.
  • Page 11: Using The Configuration Utility

    The utility provides the user an easy interface to change any settings related to the wireless adapter. After you have completed the installation of the DWL-520 (refer to the Quick Installation Guide that came with your purchase) whenever you start the computer, the Configuration Utility starts automatically and the system tray icon is...
  • Page 12: Wireless Mode

    The channel selection is automatically determined by the DWL-520. Signal Strength/Link Quality: Displays the Link Quality for the DWL-520 wireless connection to the Access Point. The Signal Strength represents the wireless signal between the Access Point and the DWL-520. The percentage coincides with the graphical bar.
  • Page 13: Data Encryption

    Data Encryption: Select Enabled or Disabled. Authentication: Choose one of the following modes: Open Authentication – the DWL-520 is visible to all devices on the network Shared Authentication – allows communication only with other devices with identical WEP settings Auto –...
  • Page 14: Fragmentation Threshold

    Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Ad-Hoc Channel: All devices in the Ad-Hoc network must be set to the same channel Profile IP Settings: You can Enable or Disable the IP Settings portion of your profile here. If you select Disable you will need to configure the IP Address information each time you connect to a network.
  • Page 15: Available Network

    Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Available Network: The top section of the window 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. Profile: In the lower half of the screen, you can manage the profiles that you have created for the wireless network at home, at the office and in public places.
  • Page 16 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Site Survey > Add In this window you can select the type of network connection. Click OK to save the changes. If you clicked on Add, you can configure, in this window, all the properties of a profile that you wish to add to the network.
  • Page 17 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Site Survey > Configuration > 802.1X To use 802.1x and to configure its settings, please do the following: IEEE 802.1X - Select Enabled. Click Authentication Config Advanced Security Settings Select the EAP Type you want to use. Configure the information needed for authenticating.
  • Page 18 802.1x > Advanced Security Settings > EAP Types EAP Type EAP-TLS EAP- MSCHAPv2 LEAP EAP-TTLS Inner Authentication Protocol CHAP MSCHAP MSCHAPv2 Information needed for Authenticating Certificate User Name User Name Password Domain Name User Name Password TTLS Identity User Name Password TTLS Identity User Name...
  • Page 19 802.1x > Advanced Security Settings > EAP Types (continued) EAP Type EAP-TTLS PEAP 802.1x > Advanced Security Settings > Definitions of Terms Validate Server Certificate: Check Validate Server Certificate to verify the identity of the authentication server based on its certificate when using EAP-TTLS, PEAP, and EAP-TLS. (This is checked by default.) Certain protocols, such as EAP-TTLS, PEAP, and EAP-TLS, allow you to verify the identity of the authentication server as the server verifies your identity.
  • Page 20: Domain Name

    Using the Configuration Utility (continued) 802.1x > Advanced Security Settings > Definitions of Terms (continued) Domain Name: Each server has a domain name that uniquely identifies it. That domain name is normally contained in the Subject CN field of the server certificate. A server domain name ends with the name of a larger administrative domain, to which the server belongs.
  • Page 21 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Authentication > WPA Select the available network to which you want to connect. Click Configure. Select WPA in the Authentication field. Click Authentication Config After you click Authentication Config, the Advanced Security Settings screen will appear. Complete the Advanced Security Settings configuration.
  • Page 22 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Authentication > WPA-PSK Select the available network to which you want to connect. Click Configure. WPA-PSK does not require a RADIUS Server in the network. Select WPA-PSK in the Authentication field. Click Authentication Config...
  • Page 23 Using the Configuration Utility (continued) Authentication > WPA-PSK (continued) Enter the WPA Passphrass. Click OK. The configuration is done. About screen gives you the MAC address, Utility Version and the Driver Version of the DWL-520. Advanced Security Settings About...
  • Page 24: 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 25 Networking Basics (continued) 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 26 Networking Basics (continued) 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 27 Networking Basics (continued) 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 28 Networking Basics (continued) 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 29 Networking Basics (continued) Please read the information under Here’s how in the screen below. After you complete 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 30 Networking Basics (continued) 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 31: Naming Your Computer

    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 32: Checking The Ip Address In Windows Xp

    Networking Basics (continued) 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 33 Checking the IP Address in Windows XP This window will appear.  Click the Support Click Close  Assigning a Static IP Address in Windows XP/2000 Note: Residential Gateways/Broadband Routers will automatically assign IP Addresses to the computers on the network, using DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) technology.
  • Page 34 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 35 LAN IP Address of  Click OK You have completed the assignment of a Static IP Address. (You do not need to assign a Static IP Address if you have a DHCP-capable Gateway/Router.) D-Link Air DWL-520 Wireless PCIAdapter...
  • Page 36 Networking Basics (continued) 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 37: 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 system, these solutions will still apply although the appearance on your computer screen may differ.)
  • Page 38 Troubleshooting (continued)  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 ...
  • Page 39 Refresh the DWL-520 Utility  3. The DWL-520 Power and Link lights are not on. Check to see if the DWL-520 PCI adapter is firmly inserted into the PCI  slot of your computer. 4. I forgot my Encryption key.
  • Page 40 B. Uncheck Hide extension for known file types > click on C. Search for the files DWL520.INF and DWL520.SYS. Remove 6. The computer with the DWL-520 installed is unable to connect to the wireless network and/or the Internet. Check that the LED indicators for the broadband modem are indicating ...
  • Page 41 If Security is enabled, make sure that the correct encryption keys are entered on both the DWL-520 and the access point. Double-click on the WLAN icon in the taskbar > click Encryption. Check to see that the key selected is set to the same key as other devices on the network.
  • Page 42: Technical Specifications

    Standards IEEE 802.11b  Temperature Operating: 32ºF to 131ºF (0ºC to 55ºC)  Storing: -4ºF to 167ºF (-20ºC to 75ºC)  Humidity: Operating: 10% - 90%, non-condensing  Storage: 5% - 95%, non-condensing  Antenna Type: Single dipole antenna with reverse SMA connector ...
  • Page 43: Frequency Range

    Data Rates: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps* (with Automatic Fallback)  Operating Channels: 1-11 United States (FCC)  Encryption: Supports 64-bit or 128-bit WEP encryption  Frequency Range: 2.4 – 2.497 GHz  Media Access Control: CSMA/CA with ACK  Transmit Output Power: 14dBm ...
  • Page 44: Contacting Technical Support

    Technical Support You can find software updates and user documentation on the D-Link website. D-Link provides free technical support for customers within the United States and within Canada for the duration of the warranty period on this product. U.S. and Canadian customers can contact D-Link technical support through our website, or by phone.
  • Page 45: Warranty And Registration

    Warranty Period from the date of original retail purchase. If a material defect is incapable of correction, or if D-Link determines in its sole discretion that it is not practical to repair or replace the defective Hardware, the price paid by the original purchaser for the defective Hardware will be refunded by D-Link upon return to D-Link of the defective Hardware.
  • Page 47 Trademarks: D-Link is a registered trademark of D-Link Systems, Inc. Other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective manufacturers or owners.

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