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Asus WL-160N User Manual

Wireless local area network adapter for 802.11n draft, 802.11g & 802.11b networks.
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Wireless Local Area Network Adapter
WL-160N
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For 802.11n draft, 802.11g & 802.11b Networks

User Manual

E3460/ October 2007

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  • Page 1: User Manual

    ® Wireless Local Area Network Adapter WL-160N For 802.11n draft, 802.11g & 802.11b Networks User Manual E3460/ October 2007...
  • Page 2 Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 3: Contact Information

    Technical support General support (tel): +1-502-995-0883 Online support: http://support.asus.com Notebook (tel): +1-510-739-3777 x5110 Support (fax): +1-502-933-8713 ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany & Austria) Company address: Harkort Str. 25, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany General (tel): +49-2102-95990 Web site address: www.asus.com.de General (fax): +49-2102-959911 Online contact: www.asus.com.de/sales...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    One Touch Wizard ..................8 Configuring with the WLAN utility (Infrastructure) ........9 Configuring with the WLAN utility (Ad Hoc) ..........10 3. Software Reference ..............11 ASUS WLAN Control Center ...............11 Wireless Settings Utility ...............13 Status - Status ..................13 Status - Connection ................15 Status - IP Config ...................16...
  • Page 5: Introduction

    Chapter 1 - Introduction Package contents Check the following items in your ASUS Wireless LAN Adapter package. Contact your retailer if any item is damaged or missing. 1 x ASUS Wireless LAN Adapter (WL-160N) 1 x Support CD 1 x Quick Start Guide...
  • Page 6: Installation

    Follow these instructions to install the WLAN Adapter utilities and driver. Insert the support CD into your optical drive. If autorun is enabled in your computer, matically displays the utility menu. Click Install ASUS WLAN Card the CD automatically displays the utility menu. Click Utilities/Driver.
  • Page 7: Reading The Wlan Status Indicators

    The device comes with two LEDs that indicate the status of the WLAN Adapter. ACT LED Blinking: Transmitting data; the blinking speed indicates the link speed. OFF: Radio off or Adapter is disabled. LINK LED Connected to wireless device. OFF: No wireless connection. LINK ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 8: One Touch Wizard

    One Touch Wizard once again from the Start menu to set up the connection with your AP. We suggest WL-160N work with WL-500W Super Speed N wireless router for maximum performance. Make sure the router firmware is the updated.
  • Page 9: Configuring With The Wlan Utility (infrastructure)

    Chapter 2 - Installation Configuring with the WLAN utility (Infrastructure) Use ASUS WLAN utility to get connected with an existing wireless network. 2. Check the Config page to set the SSID 1. Right-click the wireless connection icon and select Wireless Settings.
  • Page 10: Configuring With The Wlan Utility (ad Hoc)

    5. Check the Status page to see the association 6. Check the Connection tab to see the state. If connection is established, the box signal strength. Click OK to exit the utility. shows “Connected - xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx”. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 11: Software Reference

    3. Software Reference ASUS WLAN Control Center ASUS WLAN Control Center is an application which makes it easier to launch WLAN applications and activate network location settings. The WLAN Control Center starts automatically when system boots. When WLAN Control Center is running, you can see a Control Center icon on the Windows taskbar.
  • Page 12 Wireless Option (Windows • XP only) – Click to choose Windows ® Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service or ASUS utilities to ® configure your WLAN Adapter. Taskbar Icon - Launch Wireless Settings Double-click the taskbar icon to launch the Wireless Settings utility.
  • Page 13: Wireless Settings Utility

    • select Wireless Settings. NOTE: If you have more than one ASUS WLAN device installed on your computer, you may see a device selection window when you launch the “Wireless Settings” utility. Select the device you want when such situation occurs.
  • Page 14 This function usually takes several seconds. Change SSID – Click this button to set the SSID to that of the AP you want to connect. Search & Connect – Click this button to connect to an available wireless AP. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 15: Status - Connection

    WLAN Adapter is currently connected to. Ratings are: Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor. Overall Connection Quality The overall connection quality is derived from the current signal strength. A graphic chart uses percentage to show signal quality. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 16: Status - Ip Config

    “Stop” button. The session field displays information on the verified connection including the roundtrip time (minimum, maximum, and average) and packets sent, received, and lost after a ping session. Click the “Clear” button to clear the session field. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 17: Config - Basic

    United States (FCC) and Canada (IC), channel 1 to 11 are supported. For Europe (ETSI), channel 1 to 13 are supported. For Japan (MKK), channel 1 to 14 are supported. Click Apply to save and activate the new configurations. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 18: Config - Advanced

    If there is an excessive number of collisions on the WLAN, experiment with different fragmentation values to increase the reliability of frame transmissions. The default value (2000) is recommended for normal use. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 19: Config - Encryption

    WPA/ WPA2 - The network is operating in IEEE 802.1x authentication mode. This mode is for environments with RADIUS (Remote Access Dial-in User Service). In a RADIUS environment, five Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) are supported, including PEAP, TLS/Smart Card, TTLS, LEAP and Md5- Challenge. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 20: Data Encryption

    Key 1. For 64-bit encryption, you are required to enter four WEP Keys. Each Key contains exactly 10 hex digits (0~9, a~f, and A~F). For 128-bit encryption, you are required to enter four WEP Keys. Each Key contains exactly 26 hex digits (0~9, a~f, and A~F). ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 21 (104 + 24). Some vendors refer to this level of WEP as 104 bits and others refer to this as 128 bits. Our Wireless LAN products use the term 128 bits when referring to this higher level of encryption. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 22: Config - Authentication

    Survey - Site Survey Use the Site Survey tab to view statistics on the wireless networks available to the WLAN Adapter and their parameters. SSID: The SSID of the available • networks. Channel: The channel used by each • network. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 23: About - Version Info

    The program version information field includes the Copyright and utility version. The version information includes the NDIS version, driver name, driver version and hardware version. This screen is an example only. Your version numbers will be different from what are shown here. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 24: Link State

    WLAN Adapter Settings. Use the icon to view the current signal status. Excellent Link Quality (Infrastructure) Good Link Quality (Infrastructure) Fair Link Quality (Infrastructure) Poor Link Quality (Infrastructure) Not linked (Infrastructure) Exit Wireless Settings To exit Wireless Settings, you can click OK or Cancel. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 25: Windows ® Xp Wireless Options

    WLAN Adapter. Only use our WLAN utilities and disable XP wireless function – Only use ASUS WLAN utilities to configure the WLAN Adapter. Configuring with Windows® Wireless Zero Configuration service If you want to configure your WLAN Adapter via Windows Wireless Zero ®...
  • Page 26 1 bar with the Move up and Move down meaning poor signal. buttons. The radio tower with a signal icon identifies the currently connected access point. Click Properties to set the authentication of the wireless connection. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 27: Windows ® Vista Wireless Options

    2. Click Properties from the Property page duration, speed, and signal strength. The to set the authentication of the wireless green bars represent signal strength, with connection,. . 5 bars indicating excellent signal and 1 bar meaning poor signal. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 28: Troubleshooting

    Verify that the “SSID” of your WLAN Adapter is set to the same “SSID” of an access point. c. Verify that the “Encryption” type is the same as that of an access point. If you enabled “WEP” encryption, you must also set the same WEP Keys on both sides. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 29 98 or ten bindings in Windows Me. These limits are imposed by the Microsoft operating system. Solution: If your computer already has the maximum number of TCP/IP bindings, remove one of the network adapters from the Network configuration before installing the WLAN Adapter driver. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 30: Glossary

    52 subchannels, each approximately 300 KHz wide. COFDM uses 48 of these subchannels for data, while the remaining four are used for error correction. COFDM delivers higher data rates and a high degree of multipath reflection recovery, thanks to its encoding scheme and error correction. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 31 Spread spectrum (broadband) uses a narrowband signal to spread the transmission over a segment of the radio frequency band or spectrum. Direct-sequence is a spread spectrum technique where the transmitted signal is spread over a particular frequency range. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 32 (LANs) can be configured as an Extended Service Set. ESSID (Extended Service Set Identifier) You must have the same ESSID entered into the gateway and each of its wireless clients. The ESSID is a unique identifier for your wireless network. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 33 Ethernet and Fast Ethernet, 802.11b and 802.11a use an identical MAC (Media Access Control). However, while Fast Ethernet uses the same physical-layer encoding scheme as Ethernet (only faster), 802.11a uses an entirely different encoding scheme, called OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing). ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 34 Infrastructure A wireless network centered about an access point. In this environment, the access point not only provides communication with the wired network but also mediates wireless network traffic in the immediate neighborhood. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 35 NIC (Network Interface Card) A network adapter inserted into a computer so that the computer can be connected to a network. It is responsible for converting data from stored in the computer to the form transmitted or received. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 36: Subnet Mask

    Any device containing IEEE 802.11 wireless medium access conformity. Subnet Mask A subnet mask is a set of four numbers configured like an IP address. It is used to create IP address numbers used only within a particular network. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 37 For earlier Windows Operating systems, a WPA capable supplicant is required such as Funk Software’s Odyssey Client. WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) This is a group of computers and other devices connected wirelessly in a small area. A wireless network is referred to as LAN or WLAN. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 38: Appendix

    Safety Information To maintain compliance with FCC’s RF exposure guidelines, this equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 20cm between the radiator and your body. Use on the supplied antenna. ASUS WLAN Adapter...
  • Page 39: Ce Mark Warning

    These are considered relevant and sufficient. CE Mark Warning This is a Class B product, in a domestic environment, this product may cause radio interference, in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures. ASUS WLAN Adapter...

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