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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    ™ ? ................8 System Requirements ..............3 Configure WPA /WPA - Personal ..........9 ™ ™ Introduction ..................4 Using the D-Link Utility ............9 Features ....................5 Using Windows 7 ..............31 ® Hardware Overview ............... 6 Using Windows Vista ® ..............34 LEDs ....................
  • Page 3: Product Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Product Overview Package Contents • D-Link DWA-55 Wireless N 150 Desktop PCI Adapter • One Antenna • Low Profile Mounting Bracket • Manual and Warranty on CD • D-Link Wireless Connection Manager on CD System Requirements •...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    The D-Link DWA-55 is a powerful 3-bit desktop adapter that installs quickly and easily into desktop computers. Like all D- Link wireless adapters, the DWA-55 can be used in ad-hoc mode to connect directly with other cards for peer-to-peer file sharing or in infrastructure mode to connect with a wireless access point or router for access to the Internet in your office or home network.
  • Page 5: Features

    • Faster Wireless Networking* - Enable wireless connectivity on your Desktop PC computer with the DWA-55. With the performance of D-Link’s Wireless N 150 line of wireless products, the DWA-55 delivers a more reliable wireless connection. Perform multiple network tasks at once with the speed provided by this Wireless Adapter.
  • Page 6: Hardware Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Hardware Overview LEDs WLAN LED A solid light indicates that wireless is ready. This LED blinks during wireless data transmission. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 7: Installation

    Remove Existing Installations If you have installed a different manufacturer’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 To prevent any conflicts with the D-Link wireless adapter, it is recommended to disable any wireless adapter (as well as any unused Ethernet adapters). From the desktop, right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  • 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 10: 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 11: Software/Driver Installation

    Section  - Installation Software/Driver Installation Note: Do NOT install the DWA-525 Desktop Adapter into your computer before installing the driver software from the D-Link CD. When the “Add New Hardware” wizard appears, click Cancel. Turn on the computer and Insert the D-Link DWA-55 Driver CD in the CD-ROM drive. The step-by-step instructions that follow are shown in Windows Vista®.
  • Page 12 Next to continue. The Welcome window will appear. Click Next to continue. By default setup will install to the default location: C:\Program Files\D-Link\DWA-525, where C: represents the drive letter of your hard drive. To install to a different location click Browse and specify the location. Click Next to continue.
  • Page 13 Select the Program Files folder location. Click Next to continue. Click Next to continue. Once you click Finish, shut down your computer and unplug the power. Please refer to the next page to install your PCI adapter into your computer. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 14: Install Adapter Into Your Computer

    Step 8 - The Wireless Connection Wizard will now appear. If you want to manually connect to a wireless network, refer to page 16. The following instructions will connect you to a wireless network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Click Next to ® continue. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 15: Push Button Configuration (Pbc)

    Press the WPS button on your access point or wireless router within two minutes to establish connectivity. When this screen appears, you have successfully connected to your wireless network. Click Finish to complete your setup. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 16: Manual Connect

    When you click the Scan button, a list of wireless networks (site survey) will appear. Click on the network name (SSID) that you want to connect to and click Next to continue. If there is a lock icon under Security, you will be prompted to enter the encryption key. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 17 Section  - Installation When this screen appears, you are successfully connected to your wireless network. Click Finish to complete your setup. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 18: Configuration

    Section 3 - Configuration Configuration This section will show you how to configure your new D-Link wireless adapter using the D-Link Utility as well as Windows® XP Zero Configuration and Windows® 7 / Vista® WLAN Auto Configuration. D-Link Wireless Connection Manager The D-Link DWA-55 uses the Wireless Connection Manager as the management software.
  • Page 19: 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 20: My Wireless Networks

    Click Activate to use a profile. Allow up to 30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. Profile Details: The Profile Details section will display information about the wireless network such as the network name (SSID) and if the network is secured. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 21: 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 22: Modify Profile

    Displays the SSID of the network. Network Type: Displays the network type. 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 23: Support

    Section 3 - 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 24: About

    Section 3 - Configuration About The About screen gives you information about the Driver and Utility Versions of the DWA-55. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 25: Connect To A Wireless Network

    Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 26: Connect To A Wireless Network

    Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check the TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 27: Using Windows

    Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check the TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 28: Wireless Security

    WPA/WPA-Enterprise 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 29 It is recommended to enable WPA/WPA-Personal 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/WPA-Personal passphrase being used. 1. Open the Wireless Connection Manager by double-clicking on the D-Link icon on your desktop.
  • Page 30 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 31: Configure Wpa ™ /Wpa ™ - Personal

    If you are joining an existing network, you will need to know the security key or passphrase being used. 1. Click on the wireless icon in your system tray (lower-right corner). Wireless Icon . The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 32 If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. 4. The following window appears while your computer tries to connect to the router. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 33 It may take 0-30 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 34: Using Windows Vista

    Wireless Utility by right-clicking on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower right corner of screen). Select Connect to a network. . Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 35 It may take 0-30 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 36: Using Windows ® Xp

    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. . Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 37 It may take 0-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the WPA/WPA-Personal settings are correct. The WPA/WPA-Personal passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router or access point. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 38: Configure Wpa ™ /Wpa ™ -Enterprise

    WPA/WPA-Enterprise is for advanced users who are familiar with using a RADIUS server and setting up certificates. 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 39: Troubleshooting

    1. How do I know if my adapter is installed properly? Go to Start > My Computer > Properties. Select the Hardware Tab. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 40 Section 5 - Troubleshooting Click the + sign next to Network Adapters. Right-click on D-Link DWA-525 Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter. Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed properly. D-Link DWA-55 Wireless Desktop PCI Adapter Look under Device Status to check that the device is working properly.
  • Page 41 DWA-55. • Refresh the DWA-55 Utility. 3. The DWA-525 Power and Link lights are not on. • Check to see if the DWA-55 desktop adapter is firmly inserted into the PCI slot of your laptop computer. 4. I forgot my encryption key.
  • Page 42 XP and 2000 will rename .inf files that have not received WHQL certification into oem.inf files (e.g., oem1.inf). 6. The computer with the DWA-525 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 43 Section 5 - Troubleshooting • In Infrastructure mode, make sure the same Service Set Identifier (SSID) is specified on the settings for the wireless clients and access points. The SSID factory default setting for D-Link products is default. The default SSID is “dlink”.
  • Page 44: Windows ® 7 Troubleshooting

    Section 5 - Troubleshooting Windows 7 Troubleshooting ® Go to Start > Computer > Properties. Select the Device Manager. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 45 Section 5 - Troubleshooting Click the + sign next to Network Adapters. Right-click on D-Link DWA-525 Wireless Desktop 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 to continue.
  • Page 46: 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. You will be able to enjoy the freedom that wireless networking delivers.
  • Page 47 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 48 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 49 The wireless connection in public places is usually called “hotspots”. Using a D-Link wireless desktop 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 50: 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 51: Statically Assign An Ip Address

    ® 2000 – From the desktop, right-click My Network Places > Properties. • 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. • Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties.
  • Page 52: Windows 7/Windows Vista Users

    • Click on Start > Control Panel. Make sure you are in Classic View. Double-click on the Network and Sharing Center icon. Along the left panel in the window, click on Manage network connections. • Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter which will be connected to your network.
  • Page 53: Technical Specifications

    Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 80.11g and 80.11n 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-55 User Manual...
  • Page 54: Contacting Technical Support

    • Hardware Revision (located on the label on the adapter (e.g. rev A)) • 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 55: 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 56 Software or to refund the portion of the actual purchase price paid that is attributable to the Software. Except as otherwise agreed by D-Link in writing, the replacement Software is provided only to the original licensee, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the license granted by D-Link for the Software.
  • Page 57 • 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 58: Limitation Of Liability

    FOR WARRANTY SERVICE) 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 59 The availability of some specific channels and/or operational frequency bands are country dependent and are firmware programmed at the factory to match the intended destination. The firmware setting is not accessible by the end user. For detailed warranty information applicable to products purchased outside the United States, please contact the corresponding local D-Link office.
  • Page 60 Les conditions de fonctionnement sont sujettes à deux conditions: (1) Ce périphérique ne doit pas causer d’interférence et. () Ce périphérique doit accepter toute interférence, y compris les interférences pouvant perturber le bon fonctionnement de ce périphérique. D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...
  • Page 61: 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 March 19, 010 D-Link DWA-55 User Manual...

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