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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Networking Basics ............ 44 Check your IP address .......... 44 Configuration ............. 14 Statically Assign an IP address ......45 D-Link Wireless Connection Manager ....14 Wireless Networks ........... 15 Technical Specifications ........... 46 My Wireless Networks ........16 Contacting Technical Support ........48 Support ............
  • Page 3: Product Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Product Overview Package Contents • D-Link DWA-142 Wireless USB Adapter • Manual and Warranty on CD • D-Link Wireless Connection Manager on CD • Quick Installation Guide System Requirements • A computer or laptop with an available USB 2.0 port •...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Compact in size, robust in speed the DWA-142 Wireless USB Adapter is great for travel and a convenient solution for providing high performance wireless connectivity to your desktop or notebook PC. Enjoy the many benefits of wireless connectivity today! * Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g and Draft 802.11n specifications.
  • Page 5: Features

    Protected Access) providing you a much higher level of security for your data and communication than has previously been available. • Position the DWA-142 almost anywhere in your workspace to achieve the best reception possible. • Supports Infrastructure networks via an access point and Peer-to-Peer communication in Ad-Hoc mode.
  • Page 6: Product Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Hardware Overview USB Port Used to connect the DWA-142 to your computer. D-Link DWA-14 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 Wireless Adapters

    Section  - Installation Disable Other Wireless 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 Click Yes to disable the adapter. The adapter is now disabled. When disabled, a red X 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-14 User Manual...
  • Page 10: Adapter Installation

    D-Link CD. Turn on the computer and Insert the D-Link DWA-142 Driver CD in the CD-ROM drive. The step-by-step instructions that follow are shown in Windows XP. The steps and screens are similar for the other Windows operating systems.
  • Page 11 The InstallShield Wizard window will appear. Click Next By default setup will install to the default location: C:\Program Files\D-Link\DWA-142, where C: represents the drive letter of your hard drive. To install to a different location click Browse and specify the location.
  • Page 12 Click Next The D-Link configuration wizard will now appear. If you are using Windows XP (SP2), you will have the option ® to use either the D-Link utility or the built-in Windows Wireless ® utility. Click Next Enter the network name (SSID) manually. If you enter the SSID incorrectly, you will automatically be brought to the site survey page.
  • Page 13 (site survey). Click on the network name (SSID) and click Connect. Click Connect Click Finish to continue. If you are prompted to reboot your computer, select Yes, I want to restart my computer now. Click Finish D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 14: Configuration

    Section  - Configuration Configuration This section will show you how to configure your new D-Link wireless adapter using the D-Link Utility as well as the Windows XP Zero Configuration Utility. ® D-Link Wireless Connection Manager The D-Link DWA-142 uses the Wireless Connection Manager as the management software. The manager provides the user an easy interface to change any settings related to the wireless adapter.
  • Page 15: Wireless Networks

    Enter the security information to connect (refer to the Wireless Security section for more information). Activate Button: Select a wireless network profile from the drop-down menu and click Activate to connect. Allow up to 30 seconds to connect. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 16: My Wireless Networks

    Profile Details: The Profile Details section will display information about the wireless network such as the network name (SSID), network type (Infrastructure or Ad-Hoc), and if the network is secured. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 17: Add Profile

    Infrastructure. If you are connecting to another wireless client such as an adapter, select Ad-Hoc. Set Security: Select the type of security used. Please refer to the Wireless Security section for more information. OK Button: Click OK to save your settings. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 18: Modify Profile

    Displays the SSID of the network. SSID: Displays the network type. Network Type: Select the type of security used. Please refer Set Security: to the Wireless Security section for more information. Click OK to save your settings. OK Button: D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 19: Support

    Section  - Configuration Support If you need help, click the Support button. A panel will appear to the right of the utility which will display information about the utility. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 20: About

    Section  - Configuration About The About screen gives you information about the Firmware and Utility Versions of the DWA-142. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 21: Windows ® Xp Configuration Utility

    XP users may use the built-in wireless utility. The following instructions are for Service Pack 2 users. ® If you are using Windows 2000, you must use the D-Link utility. Please refer to page 15. ® If you receive the Wireless Networks Detected bubble, click on the center of the bubble to access the utility.
  • Page 22: Disabling The Windows Xp Utility

    Section  - Configuration Disabling The Windows XP Utility ® If you want to use the D-Link Wireless Connection Manager you must disable the Windows XP wireless utility. ® Right-click on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower-right corner next to the time). Select View Available Wireless Networks.
  • Page 23 Section  - Configuration In the Wireless Network Connection Properties window, uncheck Use Windows to configure my wireless network ® settings and then click OK. Double-click the Wireless Conection Manager icon on your desktop. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 24: Wireless Security

    Section 4 - Wireless Security Wireless Security This section will show you the different levels of security you can use to protect your data from intruders. The DWA-142 offers the following types of security: • WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) • WPA2-PSK (Pre-Shared Key) •...
  • Page 25: What Is Wpa

    WPA/WPA2 incorporates user authentication through the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). EAP is built on a more secure public key encryption system to ensure that only authorized network users can access the network. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 26: Configure Wep

    WEP key being used. 1. Open the Wireless Connection Manager by double-clicking on the D-Link icon on your desktop. From the list of available wireless networks, select the network you want to connect to can click Connect.
  • Page 27 WEP key exactly the same on all wireless devices. It is strongly recommended to set the authentication to Shared Key. 1. Open the Wireless Connection Manager by double-clicking on the D-Link icon on your desktop. Click on New to create a new profile or highlight an existing profile and click Modify.
  • Page 28: Using The Windows Xp Utility

    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-14 User Manual...
  • Page 29 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the WEP settings are correct. The WEP key must be exactly the same as on the wireless router or access point. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 30: Configure Wpa/Wpa2 Passphrase

    Section 4 - Wireless Security Configure WPA/WPA2 Passphrase Using the D-Link Wireless Connection Manager It is recommended to enable WPA-PSK on your wireless router or access point before configuring your wireless adapter. If you are joining an existing network, you will need to know the WPA-PSK passphrase being used.
  • Page 31 Make sure you enter the passphrase exactly the same on all wireless devices. 1. Open the Wireless Connection Manager by double-clicking on the D-Link icon on your desktop. Click on New to create a new profile or highlight an existing profile and click Modify.
  • Page 32: Using The Windows Xp Utility

    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-14 User Manual...
  • Page 33 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the WPA-PSK settings are correct. The WPA-PSK passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router or access point. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 34: Troubleshooting

    Section  - Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWA-142. Read the following descriptions if you are having problems. (The examples below are illustrated in Windows XP. If you have ®...
  • Page 35 Section  - Troubleshooting Click the + sign next to Network Adapters. Right-click on D-Link DWA-142 USB Adapter. Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed properly. D-Link DWA-142 USB Adapter D-Link DWA-142 Wireless USB Adapter Look under Device Status to check that the device is working properly.
  • Page 36 If Windows does not detect the hardware upon insertion of the adapter, make sure to completely remove drivers that were previously loaded. 3. The computer with the DWA-142 installed is unable to connect to the wireless network and/or the Internet. • Check that the LED indicators for the broadband modem are indicating normal activity. If not, there may be a problem with the broadband connection.
  • Page 37 WLAN icon in the taskbar > click on Configuration to change the settings for the wireless adapter. If Security is enabled, make sure that the correct encryption keys are entered on both the DWA-142 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 38: Wireless Installation Considerations

    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 39: 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 40 Why D-Link Wireless? 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.
  • Page 41 Who uses wireless? Wireless technology as become so popular in recent years that almost everyone is using it, whether it’s for home, office, business, D-Link has a wireless solution for it. Home • Gives everyone at home broadband access •...
  • Page 42 The wireless connection in public places is usually called “hotspots”. Using a D-Link USB Adapter with your laptop, you can access the hotspot to connect to Internet from remote locations like: Airports, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Libraries, Restaurants, and Convention Centers.
  • Page 43: Wireless Modes

    • Ad-Hoc – Directly connecting to another computer, for peer-to-peer communication, using wireless network adapters on each computer, such as two or more DWA-142 wireless network USB Adapters. 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.
  • Page 44: Networking Basics

    Check your IP address After you install your new D-Link adapter, by default, the TCP/IP settings should be set to obtain an IP address from a DHCP server (i.e. wireless router) automatically. To verify your IP address, please follow the steps below.
  • Page 45: Statically Assign An Ip Address

    2000 - From the desktop, right-click My Network Places > Properties. Windows ® Step 2 Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link network adapter and select Properties. Step 3 Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties. Step 4 Click Use the following IP address and enter an IP address that is on the same subnet as your network or the LAN IP address on your router.
  • Page 46: Technical Specifications

    Frequency Range Operating Temperature 2.4GHz to 2.462GHz 32°F to 131°F ( 0°C to 55°C) Wireless Signal Range* Humidity • Indoors: Up to 328 feet (100 meters) • Outdoors: Up to 1,312 feet (400 meters) 95% maximum (non-condensing) D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 47 * Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 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-14 User Manual...
  • Page 48: Contacting Technical Support

    • Hardware Revision (located on the label on the adapter (e.g. rev A1)) • Serial Number (s/n number located on the label on the adapter). You can find software updates and user documentation on the D-Link website as well as frequently asked questions and answers to technical issues.
  • Page 49: Warranty

    Any 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. D-Link may, at its option, replace the defective Hardware or any part thereof with any reconditioned product that D-Link reasonably determines is substantially equivalent (or superior) in all material respects to the defective Hardware.
  • Page 50 Warranty Period and is subject to the same limitations and exclusions. If a material non-conformance is incapable of correction, or if D-Link determines in its sole discretion that it is not practical to replace the non-conforming Software, the price paid by the original licensee for the non-conforming Software will be refunded by D-Link;...
  • Page 51 • The customer is responsible for all in-bound shipping charges to D-Link. No Cash on Delivery (“COD”) is allowed. Products sent COD will either be rejected by D-Link or become the property of D-Link. Products shall be fully insured by the customer and shipped to D-Link Systems, Inc., 17595 Mt.
  • Page 52: Limitation Of Liability

    RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THE PRODUCT, RELATING TO WARRANTY SERVICE, OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY, EVEN IF D-LINK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE SOLE REMEDY FOR A BREACH OF THE FOREGOING LIMITED WARRANTY IS REPAIR, REPLACEMENT OR REFUND OF THE DEFECTIVE OR NONCONFORMING PRODUCT.
  • Page 53: Fcc Statement

    IEEE 802.11b or 802.11g operation of this product in the U.S.A. is firmware-limited to channels 1 through 11. This equipment has been SAR-evaluated for use in laptops (notebooks) with side slot configuration. For detailed warranty information applicable to products purchased outside the United States, please contact the corresponding local D-Link office. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 54 Règlement d’Industry Canada Les conditions de fonctionnement sont sujettes à deux conditions: (1)Ce périphérique ne doit pas causer d’interférence et. (2)Ce périphérique doit accepter toute interférence, y compris les interférences pouvant perturber le bon fonctionnement de ce périphérique. D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...
  • Page 55: Registration

    Appendix F - Registration Registration Product registration is entirely voluntary and failure to complete or return this form will not diminish your warranty rights. Version 1.0 July 25, 2006 D-Link DWA-14 User Manual...