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D-Link AirPro DWL-6000AP Manual

D-Link AirPro DWL-6000AP Manual

2.4 ghz / 5 ghz multimode wireless access point
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Building Networks for People


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  • Page 1 D-Link AirPro DWL-6000AP 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz Multimode Wireless Access Point 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 Menu...12 Networking Basics ...21 Troubleshooting ...50 Technical Specifications ...56 Contacting Technical Support ...59 Warranty and Registration ...60...
  • Page 3: Package Contents

    Ethernet Cable Note: Using a power supply with a different voltage rating than the one included with the DWL-6000AP will cause damage and void the warranty for this product. If any of the above items are missing, please contact your reseller.
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction The new D-Link AirPro DWL-6000AP Multimode Wireless Access Point is a multimode access point that simultaneously serves both 802.11a wireless connectivity at up to 54 Mbps (108 Mbps in Turbo mode ) and 802.11b wireless connectivity at up to 11Mbps (22 Mbps with D-Link AirPlus products.) In addition to identifying and communicating with other 802.11a and 802.11b...
  • Page 5 The DWL-6000AP is compatible with most popular operating systems, including Macintosh, Linux and Windows, and can be easily integrated into a large network. This Manual is designed to help you connect the Access Point with the D-Link 2.4GHz AirPlus or 5GHz AirPro Wireless Adapters into an existing network.
  • Page 6 Supports easy firmware upgrade AP Manager on the Installation CD Supports AP Discover and easy IP Configuration Bulk Firmware upgrade Bulk device setting (WEP key, ACL, MD5 Database and others) Supports D-View and Open View for Enterprise application Supports Telnet Configuration MAC layer ACL (Access Control List) allows 16 MAC entries Enable/Disable SSID Broadcast PSPF-(Public Switch Packet Filter) - segregates the wireless segment from...
  • Page 7: Wireless Basics

    11a WLAN 11b WLAN Wireless Basics D-Link AirPro 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 AirPro wireless family of products will allow you to securely access the data you want, when and where you want it.
  • Page 8 Wireless Basics more efficiently. Increased mobility and the absence of cabling and other fixed infrastructure have proven to be beneficial for many users. Wireless users can use the same applications they use on a wired network. Wireless adapter cards used on laptop and desktop systems support the same protocols as Ethernet adapter cards.
  • Page 9 Wireless Basics The DWL-6000AP is compatible with the D-Link AirPro 802.11a family of products, which include: 5GHz Wireless Cardbus Adapters used with laptop computers (D-Link DWL-A650) 5GHz Wireless PCI Adapters used with desktop computers (D-Link DWL-A520) The DWL-6000AP is also compatible with the D-Link AirPlus 802.11b Wireless Family of LAN products, which include: Enhanced 2.4GHz Wireless Cardbus Adapters used with laptop...
  • Page 10 Wireless Basics Installation Considerations Designed to go up to 328 feet (100 meters) indoors, D-Link AirPro DWL- 6000AP 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 11: Getting Started

    Getting Started Right out of the box, with its default settings, the DWL-6000AP will automatically connect with other D-Link AirPro or AirPlus products. Note: If you are using a DHCP-capable router in your network setup, such as the DI-604, you will not need to assign a static IP Address.
  • Page 12 Connect the modem to an Ethernet broadband router such as the DI-604 (see the Quick Installation Guide included with the DI-604.) Connect the router to the D-Link AirPro DWL-6000AP (see the Quick Installation Guide included with the DWL-6000AP.) If you are connecting a desktop computer in your network, you can install the D-Link AirPro DWL-A520 wireless PCI adapter into an available PCI slot.
  • Page 13: Using The Configuration Menu

    6000AP has a default IP Address of If you are not using a D-Link router in your network, you will need to assign a Static IP Address to the computer that you are using to configure the DWL- 6000AP, within the IP Address Range of the DWL-6000AP. For instance, you can assign a static IP address of with subnet mask of
  • Page 14 Using the Configuration Menu (During configuration, please always remember to click Apply to save the changes.) Whenever you want to configure your network or the DWL-6000AP, you can access the Configuration Menu by opening the web-browser and typing in the IP Address of the DWL-6000AP.
  • Page 15 Click Apply if you have made any changes or additions. This window displays the default settings of the DWL-6000AP. The default IP Address is If you select Dynamic IP Address, you will obtain a dynamic IP Address from a DHCP server on your network.
  • Page 16 Using the Configuration Menu Advanced > Performance The default Performance settings are shown in the illustration above. Wireless Band: Select 802.11a (up to 108 Mbps speed in turbo mode in the 5GHz range) or 802.11b (up to 22 Mbps speed with AirPlus adapters.) Turbo Setting: Select Enabled or Disabled.
  • Page 17 Using the Configuration Menu Fragment Length: This value should remain at its default setting of 2346. If you experience a high packet error rate, you may slightly increase your Fragmentation Threshold within the value range of 256 to 2346. Setting the Fragmentation Threshold too low may result in poor performance.
  • Page 18 Using the Configuration Menu Advanced > Filters > WLAN Partition Wireless Band: Select 802.11a or 802.11b Internal Station Connection: Click on Enabled* to enable communication between the 802.11a and 802.11b bands on your dual-band network. Deselect this box to disallow communication between the two bands on your network. (*You will also need to check Enabled at the Internal Station Connection Between 802.11a and 802.11b box in this screen, in order for this communication to be successful.)
  • Page 19 Wireless Band: Select from one of the following: Authentication: Open System: the DWL-6000AP will be visible to all devices on the network. Open System is the default setting. Shared Key: in order to access the DWL-6000AP on the network, the device must be listed in the Access Control List Shared Key/Open System: click here to select both options 802.1x: click here to select 802.1x authentication...
  • Page 20 Tools > System If you have made changes to the configuration settings, click Restart in this window to apply the changes. Click Restore, if you would like to return the DWL-6000AP to its factory default settings.
  • Page 21 Using the Configuration Menu Tools > Firmware select the updated firmware file that you downloaded from Click Browse: after you have selected the file, click OK Click OK: Tools > Misc Telnet Settings Select Enabled or Disabled Status: Select the Timeout period after which your Telnet session will log off. Timeout: Click Apply for changes to take effect Apply:...
  • Page 22 Using the Configuration Menu Run TFTP Program TFTP Program Status > Device Info *To run the D-Link TFTP program, insert the DWL-6000AP CD-ROM, click on Run TFTP Or go to Start > Run > and type d:\tftpd.exe (where “d:\” refers to the CD-ROM drive on the computer.)
  • Page 23 Using the Configuration Menu Status > Stats Displays the network traffic statistics for both received and transmitted communications through the Ethernet port and wireless connec- tions associated with the Access Point. Help The Help menu is displayed here. You can also click on Help in any window for...
  • 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 for information about networking computers using Windows 2000, ME or 98.
  • Page 25 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 26 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 27 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 28 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. Format the disk if you wish, and click Next.
  • Page 29 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 30 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 31 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 32 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 Ad- dress 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 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 34 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 35 Networking Basics Assigning a Static IP Address in Windows XP/2000 Click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Click Properties Select Use the following IP address in the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window (shown below) Input your IP address and subnet mask. (The IP Addresses on your network must be within the same range.
  • Page 36 Networking Basics Assigning a Static IP Address with Macintosh OSX Go to the Apple Menu and se- lect System Preferences cClick on Network Select Built-in Ethernet in the Show pull-down menu Select Manually in the Configure pull-down menu Input the Static IP Address, the Subnet Mask and the Router IP Address in the appropriate fields...
  • Page 37 Networking Basics Selecting a Dynamic IP Address with Macintosh OSX Go to the Apple Menu and select System Preferences Click on Network Select Built-in Ethernet in the Show pull-down menu Select Using DHCP in the Configure pull-down menu Click Apply Now The IP Address, Subnet mask, and the Router’s IP Address will appear in a few...
  • Page 38 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, where xxx is the IP Address of the Wireless Router or Access Point.
  • Page 39 Networking Basics Adding and Sharing Printers in Windows XP After you have run the Network Setup Wizard on all the computers in your network (please see the Network Setup Wizard section at the beginning of Networking Basics,) you can use the Add Printer Wizard to add or share a printer on your network.
  • Page 40 Networking Basics Adding a local printer (a printer connected directly to a computer) A printer that is not shared on the network and is connected directly to one computer is called a local printer. If you do not need to share your printer on a network, follow these directions to add the printer to one computer.
  • Page 41 Networking Basics Adding a local printer Click Next Select Local printer attached to this computer (Deselect Automati- cally detect and install my Plug and Play printer if it has been selected.) Click Next Select Use the following port: From the pull-down menu select the correct port for your printer (Most computers use the LPT1: port,...
  • Page 42 Networking Basics Adding a local printer Select and highlight the correct driver for your printer. Click Next (If the correct driver is not displayed, insert the CD or floppy disk that came with your printer and click Have Disk.) At this screen, you can change the name of the printer (optional.) Click Next...
  • Page 43 Networking Basics Adding a local printer This screen gives you information about your printer. Click Finish When the test page has printed, Click OK...
  • Page 44 Networking Basics Adding a local printer Go to Start> Printers and Faxes A successful installation will display the printer icon as shown at right. You have successfully added a local printer. Sharing a network printer After you have run the Network Setup Wizard on all the computers on your net- work, you can run the Add Printer Wizard on all the computers on your network.
  • Page 45 Networking Basics Sharing a network printer Click on Add a printer Click Next Select Network Printer Click Next...
  • Page 46 Networking Basics Sharing a network printer Select Browse for a printer Click Next Select the printer you would like to share Click Next Click Finish...
  • Page 47 Networking Basics Sharing a network printer To check for proper installation: Go to Start > Printers and Faxes The printer icon will appear at right, indicating proper installation. You have completed adding the printer. To share this printer on your network: Remember the printer name Run the Add Printer...
  • Page 48 Networking Basics Sharing an LPR printer To share an LPR printer (using a print server,) you will need a Print Server such as the DP-101P+. Please make sure that you have run the Network Setup Wizard on all the computers on your network. To share an LPR printer, please follow these directions: Go to Start >...
  • Page 49 Networking Basics Sharing an LPR printer Select Create a new port From the pull-down menu, select Standard TCP/IP Port, as shown. Click Next Please read the instructions on this screen Click Next Enter the Printer IP Address and the Port Name, as shown.
  • Page 50 Networking Basics Sharing an LPR printer In this screen, select Custom Click Settings Enter the Port Name and the Printer Name or IP Address. Select LPR Enter a Queue Name (if your Print-Server/ Gateway has more than one port, you will need a Queue name.) Click OK...
  • Page 51 Networking Basics Sharing an LPR printer This screen will show you information about your printer. Click Finish Select the printer you are adding from the list of Printers. Insert the printer driver disk that came with your printer. Click Have Disk If the printer driver is already installed, do the following: Select Keep existing driver...
  • Page 52 Networking Basics Sharing an LPR printer You can rename your printer if you choose. It is optional. Please remember the name of your printer. You will need this information when you use the Add Printer Wizard on the other computers on your network.
  • Page 53: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This Chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWL-6000AP Wireless Access Point. We cover various aspects of the network setup, including the network adapters. Please read the following if you are having problems.
  • Page 54 Check that the IP Address assigned to the wireless adapter is within the same IP Address range as the access point and gateway. (Since the DWL-6000AP has an IP Address of, wireless adapters must have an IP Address in the same range, e.g., 192.168.0.x.
  • Page 55 Troubleshooting 3. Check that the drivers for the network adapters are installed properly. You may be using different network adapters than those illustrated here, but this procedure will remain the same, regardless of the type of network adapters you are using.
  • Page 56 Troubleshooting Double-click on Network Adapters Right-click on D-Link AirPro DWL-A650 Wireless Cardbus 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 57 Troubleshooting 4. What variables may cause my wireless products to lose reception? D-Link products let you access your network from virtually anywhere you want. However, the positioning of the products within your environment will affect the wireless range. Please refer to Installation Considerations in the Wireless Basics section of this manual for further information about the most advanta- geous placement of your D-Link wireless products.
  • Page 58 7. Resetting the DWL-6000AP to Factory Default Settings After you have tried other methods for troubleshooting your network, you may choose to Reset the DWL-6000AP to the factory default settings. Remember that D-Link AirPro products network together, out of the box, at the factory default settings.
  • Page 59: Technical Specifications

    Technical Specifications Standards IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11a IEEE 802.3 and IEEE 802.3u IEEE 802.3x IEEE 802.1x Ports (1) 10/100Base-T Ethernet, RJ-45 (UTP) (1) Power – 5V DC, 2.5A Network Management Web-Based Interface AP Manager available on the Installation CD Telnet-compatible Network Architecture Supports Infrastructure Mode Diagnostic LED...
  • Page 60 Humidity: 5%-95%, non-condensing Emissions: FCC part 15b UL1950-3 Physical Dimensions: L = 9.25 inches W = 6.25 inches H = 1.50 inches 802.11a Specifications Data Rates: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps (up to 108 Mbps in Turbo Mode) Data Security: 64, 128, 152-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)
  • Page 61 802.11a Specifications (continued) Modulation Techniques: BPSK QPSK 16 QAM 64 QAM 5dBi dipole antenna with diversity Modulation Techniques: BPSK QPSK 802.11b Specifications Data Rates: 1, 2, 5.5, 11, 22Mbps Data Security: 64, 128, 256-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) Encryption Antenna Type: 2dBi antenna with Diversity Available Channels: Eleven channels for North America.
  • Page 62: Contacting Technical Support

    Contacting 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 web site, or by phone.
  • Page 63: Warranty And Registration

    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 64 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 65 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.

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