Safety precautions Safety precautions The device is only allowed for operation in enclosed rooms (temperature range: 0 to 40°C). Do not use the device in a damp or wet environment, with dust or vapours. The device may affect medical equipment. Make sure you include the operating instructions and the CD-ROM when you pass on your device to somebody else.
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The Gigaset USB Adapter 300 The Gigaset USB Adapter 300 The Gigaset USB Adapter 300 is a WLAN network adapter, which is connected to your PC via USB (Universal Serial Bus). Gigaset data products make it very easy for you to set up a local wireless network without having to lay any cables (WLAN = Wireless Local Area Network).
The Gigaset USB Adapter 300 You can use the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 in two different ways. Firstly, you can set up a direct connection to one or more PCs with wireless network adapters. This is called an ad-hoc network. Secondly, you can establish a connection to an access point, which gives you access to an existing wired LAN (infrastructure network).
The Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Security in the wireless network: Encryption Any network, be it wired or wireless, is exposed to the risk of eavesdropping. Connecting your local network to the public network exposes your data and applications to some considerable risk. In the same way as with an individual connection, you should always install a virus scanner to protect your PCs against malicious covert external attacks, e.g.
The Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) makes it easier to establish a wireless network. A wireless network has a name (SSID) and requires encryption of data traffic against the risk of eavesdropping. The access point requires authentication with an SSID and key to allow a WLAN adapter to access the services.
Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 System requirements To operate the adapter, you need: A PC running at a minimum of 466 MHz and one of the following operating systems: Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 2000 64 MB RAM, more memory is recommended Minimum free hard drive capacity of 30 MB A free USB slot...
Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Running installation ì Close all running programs. ì Insert the CD-ROM that is included in delivery into the CD-ROM or DVD drive on your PC and wait until the start window is displayed. If the start window does not appear automatically on your PC, start the installation manually: –...
Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 ì Click Next to continue installation. In the next screen, choose the directory for the installation. ì Click Browse, if you want to select another directory. Click Next to continue instal- lation. During installation, the InstallShield Wizard uses the setup progress window to show the action that is currently executing and the progress made in installation.
Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 You can connect the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 to a free USB port on your PC via the USB cable supplied. To optimally adjust the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 for operation in a fixed location you can install it with the supplied stand.
Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 ì Put the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 in the stand with the LEDs facing forward (7). Proceed in the reverse order to disassemble the stand. About the installation location Select the location in a way that allows as few obstacles as possible to interrupt the radio waves.
Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Note for installation on Windows Vista Depending on the Windows Vista version on your PC, a newer version of the driver for Gigaset USB Adapter 300 may be on your computer. ì Click YES to use this driver (recommended). Click No to overwrite it with the driver from the CD-ROM.
Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 The following may be displayed in the status area of the taskbar: The Gigaset WLAN Adapter Monitor icon is not displayed. ì First try to open it manually, see the section entitled "Opening the monitor" on page 19. If this fails, then something went wrong during installation.
Installing the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 If no connection is currently active, a red cross appears above the icon and Discon- nected appears in the QuickInfo. Reading the connection quality on the icon The icon changes gradually depending on the current connection quality. The better the connection quality, the higher the transmission speed.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 The Gigaset WLAN Adapter Monitor You use the Gigaset WLAN Adapter Monitor to configure and monitor your Gigaset USB Adapter 300. Opening the monitor In the standard setting, the Gigaset WLAN Adapter Monitor is started automatically in the background when you launch your PC.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Deactivating Autostart The Gigaset WLAN Adapter Monitor is opened automatically every time you launch your PC. If you do not need the monitor all the time, you can deactivate Autostart. ì Select Start - Programs - Autostart. ì...
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Closing the Monitor ì Right-click the Gigaset WLAN Adapter Monitor icon in the status area of the task- bar. This opens the pop-up menu. ì Select Exit to close the program. The Gigaset WLAN Adapter Monitor is closed. The icon disappears from the status area in the taskbar.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 If you have a Gigaset access point, e. g. a Gigaset SE366, the default settings are set appropriately to the registration mode without PIN. Registration Mode: Without PIN (Apply) ì Press the WPS button (for Gigaset devices: registration button) on the access point. ì...
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Registration Mode: Enter partner device PIN ì Enter the PIN generated by the access point. The PIN must consist of 8 digits. If you enter an incorrect PIN, an error message is displayed and you can retry. ì...
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Registration Mode: Send own PIN ì Enter the PIN on the access point. ì Activate the WPS function of the access point. ì Click the Apply button to set up the wireless connection to the access point.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Setting up the connection to the access point The Gigaset WLAN Adapter Monitor now changes to the Status tab and displays the course of the WPS configuration.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 The Status tab displays the configured data if the connection was successfully estab- lished within two minutes. There is no need for further settings. However, you may adapt the values for Sending Power and Power Saving on the Configuration– Common tab to your situation (see page 30).
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Only one client is allowed to connect to the access point within the two minutes. If an error occurs, check whether another PC tried to connect to the access point at the same time. Configuration –...
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 SSID (Service Set Identifier) The SSID is the ID used for the unique identification of a wireless network (WLAN) so that this network can be distinguished from a parallel network, for example. Within a WLAN, all the network adapters must have the same SSID.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Network Mode ì Enter the Network Mode to be used for the desired network environment: – Infrastructure: There are wireless (WLAN) and (wired) (LAN) PCs in the network environment. The connection between WLAN and LAN is set up via an access point. –...
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Transmission mode The Gigaset USB Adapter 300 is designed to operate according to various WLAN stand- ards. In Infrastructure mode, you can choose the following transmission modes: ì Select 802.11g if the network environment uses this WLAN standard. The maximum transmission rate possible is 54 Mbps.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Configuration – Security You only have to make the security settings if you did not use WPS for registration on the access point (see page 21). The range of a wireless network cannot be restricted to an enclosed area. The advantage of a location-independent connection set-up brings with it the risk of unauthorised per- sons eavesdropping on your wireless communications.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 WPA2-PSK or WPA-PSK WPA2-PSK or WPA-PSK offers greater protection for your network than WEP. You should therefore use one of these encryption methods for registration. Use WPA2-PSK if all components in your network support this. If you have older devices in your network, which do not support WPA2-PSK, use WPA-PSK.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 If you would like to register on a network in Infrastructure mode, first define a Pre- Shared Key (PSK) on your wireless router for your network. Then use this for all remain- ing components in your network. You can find more information in the user manual for your wireless router.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 ì In the Key Length field, select the required length of the WEP key. Note that all components in a network must use the same key length to be able to communicate with each other. Use a key 128 bit in length if all network components support this.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 ì In the Default Key field, select one of these four created keys with which data trans- fer on your PC is to be encrypted. ì Click Apply to accept the changes. The security options of your Gigaset USB Adapter 300 have now been activated. Configuration –...
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 This saves your configuration as a new profile. The selection in the Profile field is expanded to include the new profile name. Selecting a profile ì Open the selection in the Profile field. ì Click the profile name you want.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Status The Status tab provides information about the status of the wireless network your PC is currently connected to via the network adapter: The left-hand pane shows the valid settings for the active configuration profile. The right-hand and lower panes show the statistics for the previous data transfer.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 SSID Shows the ID for the network environment. (see "SSID (Service Set Identifier)" on page 28) Network Mode Shows the structure of the network environment (see "Network Mode" on page 29) Transmission Rate Shows the current transmission rate in Mbps. Channel Shows the channel used for radio transmission (see "Channel"...
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 IP settings The IP Settings tab provides you with all the information relevant for using your PC in the network (LAN and WLAN). There are two buttons for renewing or releasing your PC's WLAN address. A graphic display in the lower section of the tab shows the progress made by data traffic over the WLAN.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 IP Address Shows the Internet Protocol address with which your PC is regis- tered in the WLAN. As a rule, the IP address is assigned to your PC by the DHCP server coordinating the PC's access to a network, in a WLAN for example the access point's DHCP server.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Site Monitor The Site Monitor tab provides a comprehensive overview of the connection partners available via the visible SSID. One click reads in a list with all the relevant information on the potential connection partners. If you want, you can set up a connection to one of the connection partners shown directly from the list.
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 The list shows the following parameters for each connection partner: SSID Shows the connection partner's ID (see "SSID (Service Set Identifier)" on page 28). BSSID (MAC Address) Shows the connection partner's physical address (Basic Service Set Identifier).
Configuring the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 About The About tab provides information about the software company and the version number of the software installed on your PC. The Internet address takes you directly to the company's product page containing the latest information and software updates for your network adapter.
Uninstalling the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 Uninstalling the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 You may have to uninstall the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 if: An error occurred during installation. The Gigaset USB Adapter 300 is not working properly and the problem cannot be rectified (see the section entitled "Troubleshooting"...
Updating the device driver Updating the device driver You should update the driver for the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 if a newer driver version is available. You can find information about the latest driver updates on our website at: http://www.gigaset.com/gigasetusbadapter300. ì...
Appendix Appendix Troubleshooting Problem Causes and remedies Drivers not found. A WLAN or LAN adapter may have been installed on your PC already. You may be looking for the drivers in the wrong installation path. ì Enter the path name for the drivers manually. The drivers are stored in CD-ROM:\Installation\Gigaset USB Adapter 300\Driver Gigaset WLAN...
Appendix Problem Causes and remedies The connection is If you cannot establish a connection between your PC with the not set up at all or is Gigaset USB Adapter 300 and another wireless network not set up correctly. adapter, this may be due to a number of reasons: The PC you want to connect to has not been powered up.
Appendix Problem Causes and remedies ì The connection qual- Increase the distance between your ity is poor or there is Gigaset USB Adapter 300 and the device causing the interference. interference. ì Make sure that the PC on which the Gigaset USB Adapter 300 is installed and the device causing the interference are connected to the power supply via different sockets.
Appendix Problem Causes and remedies Installation If the following error message appears during Gigaset USB cancels under Adapter 300 installation on the Windows 2000 operating sys- Windows 2000. tem: “1608: Unable to create InstallDriver instance” and the installation is cancelled, this is due to the fact that the Micro- soft Network Client component is missing.
Appendix Problem Causes and remedies The transmission Radio data transmission depends on the operating environ- rate is too low. For ment, for example the building stock or the influence of other example, there are devices in the vicinity that also transmit in the 2.4-GHz fre- pixel errors with quency range.
Appendix Hardware Interface USB V2.0, backward compatible with USB V1.1 Wireless properties Frequency range 2,400 to 2,4835 GHz Spreading Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Modulation CCK, OFDM Number of channels IEEE 802.11b: 13 (Europe, ETSI) IEEE 802.11g: 13 (Europe, ETSI) IEEE 802.11n: 13 (Europe, ETSI) Transmission rate IEEE 802.11b: up to 11 Mbps...
Appendix Approval United Kingdom All electrical and electronic products should be disposed of separately from the municipal waste stream via designated collection facilities appointed by the government or the local authorities. This crossed-out wheeled bin symbol on the product means the product is covered by the European Directive 2002/96/EC.
Glossary Glossary Access point An access point such as the Gigaset SE366 WLAN is the central element in a wireless local network (WLAN). It handles connection of the wireless-linked network compo- nents and regulates data traffic in the wireless network. The access point also serves as an interface to other networks, for example an existing Encryption LAN or via a modem...
Glossary DHCP server See DHCP Domain Name System DNS permits the assignment of IP addresses to PC or domain names, which are easier to remember. A DNS server must administer this information for each LAN with an Internet connection. As soon as a page on the Internet is called up, the browser obtains the cor- responding IP address from the DNS server so that it can establish the connection.
Glossary Gateway A gateway is a device used to connect networks with completely different architectures (addressing, protocols, application interfaces, etc.). Although it is not totally correct, the term is also used as a synonym for router. See also Bridge, Hub, Router, Switch A hub connects several network components in a star-topology network by sending all the data it receives from one network component to all the other network components.
Glossary Internet Protocol The IP protocol is one of the TCP/IP protocols. It is responsible for addressing parties in a network using IP addresses, and routes data from the sender to the recipient. It decides the paths along which the data packets travel from the sender to the recipient in a com- plex network (routing).
Glossary Network A network is a group of devices connected in wired or wireless mode so that they can share resources such as data and peripherals. A general distinction is made between local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN). Network adapter The network adapter is the hardware device that implements the connection of a net- work component to a local network.
Glossary Subnet A subnet divides a network into smaller units. Subnet mask The subnet mask determines how many parts of a PC's IP address represent the network address and how many parts represent the PC address. The subnet mask in a network administered by the Gigaset SE366 WLAN is always 255.255.255.0.
Glossary WLAN Wireless LAN Wireless LANs enable network components to communicate with a network using radio waves as the transport medium. A wireless LAN can be connected as an extension to an existing wired LAN or it can form the basis for a new network. The basic element of a wireless network is the radio cell.