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© 2001 Sony Corporation
Operating Instructions
Wireless LAN PC Card
PCWA-C100
®
For Microsoft
Windows
®
Microsoft
Windows
4-658-604-11(1)
®
XP Home Editon
®
XP Professional
Users

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  • Page 1 © 2001 Sony Corporation Operating Instructions Wireless LAN PC Card PCWA-C100 ® For Microsoft Windows ® Microsoft Windows 4-658-604-11(1) ® XP Home Editon ® XP Professional Users...
  • 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 • Opening the unit, for whatever reason, could lead to damages that are not covered by the guarantee. • To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose your Sony Wireless LAN PC Card to rain or moisture. NOTES: • The Sony supplied software may show screens slightly different from those included in this manual.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Overview ... 5 What you can do with your Wireless LAN PC Card ... 5 Task flow ... 7 System requirements ... 8 About this manual ... 9 Opening the Help files ... 9 Unpacking ... 11 Getting started Indicators ...
  • Page 5: 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/A200 (hereinafter referred to as the Access Point).
  • Page 6: About The Supplied Software

    About the supplied software The Wireless LAN PC Card comes with the following software: • Wireless Palette: You can see the status of communications between the computer mounted with the Wireless LAN PC Card and the Access Point, and transfer files using this software. •...
  • Page 7: 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 the states of the Access Point and Wireless LAN PC Card, and the tasks required for building a wireless LAN environment.
  • Page 8: System Requirements

    System requirements • A computer satisfying the following requirements. CPU: MMX RAM: With Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, or Windows 2000: 64 MB or more With Windows XP: 128 MB or more CD-ROM drive Default built-in PCMCIA Type II slot •...
  • Page 9: About This Manual

    About this manual Note When using the Access Point, connect and configure the Access Point as explained in the operating instructions included with the Wireless LAN Access Point. This manual explains the operation of the Wireless LAN PC Card and the installation and setup of the supplied software.
  • Page 10 Selecting a topic from the contents From the Contents list, select the desired topic. 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 down the Keyword list.
  • Page 11: Unpacking

    Unpacking Your Wireless LAN PC Card comes with the following items. • Wireless LAN PC Card • PC card case • CD-ROM (Setup disc) • Operating Instructions • END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT • Other printed materials...
  • Page 12: Indicators

    Indicators 1 DATA indicator Lights while data exchange is in progress. 2 LINK indicator Lights while your computer is connected to the wireless LAN. Description on the indicators DATA Flashing (green) Fast Flashing (green) Flashing at 10 sec intervals is established. LINK Description Lit (green)
  • Page 13: Inserting The Wireless Lan Pc Card

    Inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card This section explains how to insert and remove the Wireless LAN PC Card from your computer. You do not need to turn off your computer when inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card. Remove the PC card slot protector from the computer. (Some computers contain the PC card slot protector to prevent damage to the slot while not in use.) Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card in the PC card slot.
  • Page 14: To Remove The Wireless Lan Pc Card

    To remove the Wireless LAN PC Card Close the software that uses the Wireless LAN. Stop PC Card Services on the taskbar. Remove the Wireless LAN PC Card, following the instructions in your computer's manual.
  • Page 15: Setting Up The Connection Environment

    Setting up the connection environment Perform the following procedure to set up a wireless LAN environment with the Access Point. Establish communication with Access Point (page 15). Register the Access Point on each computer in the wireless LAN and establish wireless communication with the Access Point. (Make settings 1 to 4 on every computer in the wireless LAN).
  • Page 16 • Check the six-digit Access Point ID on the bottom surface of the Access Point. Access Point ID Factory default Encryption KEY • Install and connect the Access Point. (Refer to the Access Point Operating Instructions manual.) • Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card into the computer. Note Make sure that the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings check box is checked.
  • Page 17: To Set The Computer Name And Workgroup

    Enter the Encryption Key in Network key field, then click Connect. You will connect to the Access Point. z Tip For details, refer to Windows Help. To set the computer name and workgroup Computer names are displayed on the status indication window of the Wireless Palette.
  • Page 18 Click the Computer Name tab, then click Change. The Computer Name Changes dialog box appears. (This dialog box is from Windows XP Professional.) Specify the Computer name and Workgroup for your computer. Notes • Assign a unique name of up to 15 alphanumeric characters to every computer connected to the same LAN.
  • Page 19: Installing Software

    Installing software Before Installing the software: • Install and connect the Access Point. • Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card. (page 13) • Quit all Windows programs. Once you set up the connection environment, install the Wireless Palette, the Basic Setup Utility, and the Custom Setup Utility software. From the start menu, click Run.
  • Page 20: Registering Your Wireless Lan Access Point/ Wireless Lan Pc Card

    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 an enterprise LAN, you may not be able to use SSL due to the proxy server of the LAN.
  • Page 21: To Start The Software

    Select Modify then click Next. The Select Components dialog box appears. Select the software applications you want to install, then click Next. The software installation begins. To uninstall a specific software application, uncheck the application you want to uninstall. Click Close. To start the software Select All Programs, Wireless LAN from the start menu, and then select the software you want to launch.
  • Page 22: Notes

    z Tip To uninstall a specific software application, select Modify and click Next. See “To modify the installed software” on page 20 for more information. Click OK. Notes • When the Locked file detected dialog box appears, click Reboot. The computer restarts once uninstallation is completed and all files in use are deleted.
  • Page 23: Verifying Communication With The Access Point

    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. Double-click the reception level indicator icon taskbar. The Wireless Palette status window appears. z Tip The reception level indicator icon may also appear as If the icon appears as Point.
  • Page 24: Setting Up The Access Point

    Setting up the Access Point You can change the Access Point settings by using the Basic Setup Utility. Changes to the settings may also be made by using the Custom Setup Utility. This operation must be performed on a single computer on the wireless LAN.
  • Page 25 The Access Point ID is a six-digit number on the label attached on the bottom surface of the Access Point. If the Access Point ID displayed is different from the one on the label, enter the correct ID. Access Point ID Factory default Encryption KEY Note If an error message appears, click OK then confirm the following and repeat step 2.
  • Page 26 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 close together, assign a unique channel number to avoid radio interference.
  • Page 27: Phone Mode (Pcwa-A100 Only)

    Phone mode (PCWA-A100 only) The Setup of Phone Connection Parameters dialog box appears. Enter the Account ID, Password, Password (re-enter), Phone Number 1 and Phone Number 2 to your provider and select or configure the options of Dialing Mode, Hangup After and Dial Tone Detect.
  • Page 28: Cable Modem, Lan, And Local Only

    Make sure that you have made the correct settings, then click NEXT. Notes are displayed regarding the Phone mode; be sure to read them carefully. Click UPLOAD. The settings are uploaded to the Access Point. Wait for about 30 seconds until the Access Point POWER indicator lights green. Note The indicators on the Access Point flash while changes to the settings are being processed.
  • Page 29: Dsl Modem (Pppoe) Mode

    When you change the Access Point Network Name or Encryption Key: After changing the Access Point Network Name or Encryption Key, you must update the computer settings and reconnect to the Access Point. For details on how to connect to the Access Point, see “To establish communication with the Access Point”...
  • Page 30 Click NEXT. Settings made in the Setup of DSL (PPPoE) Connection Parameters dialog box are displayed. Make sure that you have made the correct settings, then click NEXT. Notes are displayed regarding the DSL Modem (PPPoE) mode; be sure to read them carefully. Click UPLOAD.
  • Page 31: Transferring Files Using Drag And Drop (Wirelesscapsule)

    Transferring files using drag and drop (WirelessCapsule) You can transfer files to other computers that are connected to the Wireless LAN by dragging and dropping files onto the Wireless Palette. This function is called the “WirelessCapsule.” z Hint Right-click the reception level indicator icon view the WirelessCapsule Setup screen and confirm that Enable the WirelessCapsule is selected.
  • Page 32 If the computer that is the destination of the transfer does not appear, click Drag the file you want to transfer onto the name of the computer to which you want to transfer it. The transmission confirmation screen is displayed. Destination (Computer Name) Filename z Hints...
  • Page 33: Operation On The Receiving Computer

    Note The following restrictions apply when transferring files using drag and drop. • If you send a file with the read-only attribute, the read-only attribute is lost when the file arrives at the receiving computer. • Folders cannot be transferred. •...
  • Page 34: Connecting To The Internet

    Connecting to the Internet When you are through with all settings described in “Setting up the connection environment” on page 15, you can connect to the Internet. Phone mode (PCWA-A100 only) Double-click the reception level indicator icon taskbar. z Tip The icon may appear as Click To Connect.
  • Page 35: Lan (Isdn Router)

    Notes • The Access Point is configured with the manual connection mode at the time of shipment. Clicking To Connect initiates the dial-up connection. • Note that automatic disconnection may not work due to unexpected packets sent from the Internet. Click To Disconnect to disconnect the connection when you are through with the Internet access.
  • Page 36: Cable Modem/Dsl Modem (Pppoe)

    Cable Modem/DSL Modem (PPPoE) Launch your Web browser. A home page is displayed. The cable modem holds open the connection to the Internet. When the computer is connected to the Access Point, it is also connected to the Internet. Notes •...
  • Page 37: Confirm Your Access Point Firmware Version

    Confirm your Access Point firmware version If you are using an older Access Point firmware version, you must upgrade to the latest version. Check the version and upgrade if necessary as follows. Note If you continue to use the old version, some of the functions will be limited. For example, the DSL Modem (PPPoE) mode cannot be selected, and roaming cannot be used.
  • Page 38: Precautions

    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 expose the Wireless LAN PC Card to the following conditions: • Unstable surface • High humidity or poor ventilation •...
  • Page 39: Specifications

    The Sony e-mail support service answers your questions by electronic mail. 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/...
  • Page 40: Glossary

    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 41 Encryption Key IEEE802.11-compliant security system. Using the Encryption Key as the password, only client computers and Access Points that have the same ID and password may log onto the same wireless LAN for file sharing. LAN (Local Area Network) A network which is accessible only to its members, unlike the Internet which is open to an unlimited number of people.
  • Page 42: Troubleshooting

    Palette Help and Custom Access Point Setup Utility Help to resolve problems that may occur. If, after referring to the above listed resources, you still cannot resolve a problem, call Sony Customer Information Services. To access the Wireless Palette Help and Custom Access Point...
  • Page 43 Symptom Cause/Remedy c The Access Point is not properly configured. Configure I cannot access the the Access Point with the connection mode of your choice Internet. using one of the Access Point setup utilities. c The Access Point and your computer are too far apart [more than approximately 100 m (330 feet), in direct line of sight].
  • Page 44 Symptom The communication band is supposed to be 11 Mbps, but MPEG2 data transfer fails. No communication is available even though my computer is located within 100 m (330 feet) of the Access Point. The data transfer speed has become slower.
  • Page 45: Limited Warranty Statement

    SONY or a SONY authorized reseller, SONY will supply, at no charge, new or rebuilt, at SONY’s option, replacement parts in exchange for defective parts. Any replacement parts will be warranted for the...
  • Page 46 In addition, if replacement parts are required and you wish to receive the most expedient service available, you will be required to provide SONY with a credit card authorization to bill your credit card in the event you fail to return the original parts in the postage-paid envelope we provide.
  • Page 47 Technical Support: Although technical support is not provided free of charge under this Limited Warranty, SONY has established a telephone number for technical support. Charges may apply for technical support, unless and to the extent...
  • Page 48 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.