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  • Page 1 ® ™ WiFi-b Card Wireless Fidelity Card User Guide...
  • 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: Table Of Contents

    Setting the Windows® XP wireless options ..... 3-2 3.1.3 Other support CD options ..........3-2 Setup Wizard ................. 3-3 3.2.1 Selecting the WiFi-b™ operation mode ......3-3 3.2.2 Station Mode ..............3-3 3.2.3 My Configuration .............. 3-5 Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) ..........3-10 3.3.1...
  • Page 4 4.2.4 Preferences ..............4-10 4.2.5 About Control Center ............. 4-10 Control Center Left-click menu ............ 4-10 Configuring WiFi-b™ by Wireless Settings utility ......4-11 4.4.1 Station Mode (STA) ............4-11 4.4.2 Soft Access Point Mode (Soft AP) ......... 4-13 Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) ..........4-16 4.5.1...
  • Page 5 Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 6 In order to maintain compliance with the FCC RF exposure guidelines, this equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance [20cm] between the radiator and your body. Use only with supplied antenna. Unauthorized antenna, modification, or attachments could damage the transmitter and may violate FCC regulations.
  • Page 7: Package Contents

    How this guide is organized This manual contains the following parts: • Chapter 1: Product introduction This chapter describes the features of the WiFi-b™ card. It presents the card layout, the standard package contents and LED indicators. • Chapter 2: Hardware installation This chapter provides a step-by-step procedure on installing the WiFi-b™...
  • Page 8 Technology Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Data Transfer Rate 11Mbps (with automatic fallback to 5.5, 2 and 1Mbps) Host Interface ASUS proprietary WiFi-b™ interface Network Types Supports Infrastructure and Ad Hoc networks Frequency Band 2.4 GHz ~ 2.5 GHz Security...
  • Page 9: Led Indicators

    This chapter describes the features of the WiFi-b™ card. It presents the card layout, the standard package contents and LED indicators. Product introduction...
  • Page 10 * If you purchased an ASUS Wireless Edition motherboard, the WiFi-b™ support CD contents are included in the motherboard support CD. The WiFi-b™ card gives you freedom to connect to a wired or wireless local area network and the Internet without the wires and cables. Employing the Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technology, the WiFi-b™...
  • Page 11 Antenna connector Data Transmission LED Network Link LED WiFi-b™ connectors The WiFi-b™ card comes with a Data Transmission (Green AIR) and Network Link (Yellow LINK) LED indicators. Refer to the table below for LED indications. LINK Meaning Fast Blink WiFi-b™ radio is on and is transmitting/receiving data WiFi-b™...
  • Page 12 ASUS WiFi-b™ Card...
  • Page 13: Chapter 2: Hardware Installation

    This chapter provides a step-by-step procedure on installing the WiFi-b™ card into an ASUS motherboard that supports Wi-Fi specification. It also provides information on system requirements and recommended wireless network settings. Hardware installation...
  • Page 14 P4C800 Deluxe, P4C800, P4P800 Deluxe, P4P800, P4P800S-E Deluxe, P4P800S, P4P8X, P4S800-D Deluxe, P4S800D, P4S800, K8V Deluxe, A7N8X-E Deluxe, and A7V600. Visit the ASUS website for an updated list of motherboards with Wi-Fi slot. Notes for P4P800 Deluxe/P4C800 Deluxe/P4P800/P4C800/P4C800-E Deluxe motherboards: •...
  • Page 15 5. Carefully insert the card into the Wi-Fi slot. To prevent incorrect orientation, a WiFi-b™ connector pin is removed to match the covered hole on the Wi-Fi slot. 6. Secure the card with the screw that you removed earlier. 7. Replace the PC cover and plug in the power cord.
  • Page 16 The WiFi-b™ card may be set to Station (STA) or Soft Access Point (Soft AP) mode. In STA mode, WiFi-b™ connects to a wireless or wired network through an access point. In Soft AP mode, WiFi-b™ connects other computers with wireless devices to a wireless or wired network.
  • Page 17 WiFi-b™ in Soft Access Point (Soft AP) Mode - Bridge In this setup, WiFi-b™ functions as a wireless hub allowing a wireless client to access the ADSL modem and the Internet. The router assigns a virtual Internet Protocol (IP) address to the wireless client.
  • Page 18 IP address assigned by the ISP. WiFi-b™ in Station Mode - Infrastructure Network When set to Station Mode, WiFi-b™ connects to a wired or wireless network via an access point. The router assigns a virtual IP address to each wireless client.
  • Page 19: Chapter 3: Software Installation

    This chapter provides information on the WiFi-b™ card software installation and describes configuration of WiFi-b™ using the setup wizard. Software installation...
  • Page 20: Installing The Wlan Card Utilities And Driver

    ASUS website for updates. 3.1.1 Installing the WLAN Card Utilities and driver To install the WiFi-b™ card driver and the Control Center Utility in your computer: 1. Insert the support CD into the CD-ROM drive. 2. Click “Install ASUS WLAN Card Utilities/Driver”...
  • Page 21: Setup Wizard

    The wizard also allows you to connect to any of the available networks. If you want to set your WiFi-b™ in soft access point mode or in Ad Hoc network setting, check My Configuration, then click Next. See section 3.2.3 “My Configuration”...
  • Page 22 WiFi-b™ is associated with. Click Next to configure the TCP/IP settings. The wizard prompts you to return to the previous window and select another wireless network if WiFi-b™ is not connected to the selected network. ASUS WiFi-b™ Card...
  • Page 23: My Configuration

    Finish to close the setup wizard. 3.2.3 My Configuration The setup wizard displays allows you to set the WiFi-b™ card in three different operation modes when you select My Configuration. Select an operation mode, then click Next. Chapter 3: Software installation...
  • Page 24 Refer to “Config-Encryption Tab” on page 4-6 for WEP encryption settings. Click Next. Keep a record of the WEP keys. Wireless computers in your network must have the same WEP keys to establish connection with the WiFi-b™. ASUS WiFi-b™ Card...
  • Page 25 If you created a Soft AP, click Next to setup Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). See section 3.3 “Internet Connection Sharing” on page 3-10. When WiFi-b™ is set to Ad Hoc mode, click Next to configure the TCP/IP settings. Refer to section 3.2.2 “Station Mode” on TCP/IP configuration.
  • Page 26 Privacy (WEP) encryption, the setup wizard will prompt you to enable data encyption. Click next. Inquire the WEP keys with the network administrator. The WiFi-b™ and the hidden wireless LAN WEP keys must be identical to establish connection. Enter the WEP encryption keys you obtained from the network administrator Refer to “Config-Encryption Tab”...
  • Page 27 IP address assignment. If not, inquire the IP settings with your network administrator, then enter the IP address manually. After configuration, click Next. The WiFi-b™ setup is complete. Click Finish to close the setup wizard. Chapter 3: Software installation...
  • Page 28: Internet Connection Sharing (ics)

    After setting the WiFi-b™ in soft AP mode, the wizard will prompt you to setup Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). ICS is a networking feature that allows several computers in a wired or wireless network to share a single Internet connection. To setup ICS: 1.
  • Page 29 Click Next. 2. Select the network adapters that connect to other computers in your home network, if any. The wizard will bridge these networks with the WiFi-b. Click Next. Chapter 3: Software installation 3-11...
  • Page 30 3. The wizard creates a network bridge between your wired (LAN) and wireless (WiFi-b™) network connections. Click Next. Network bridge is a process of connecting several wired or wireless LAN segments. See page 4-19 for details. 4. An Internet Sharing Configuration dialog box appears.
  • Page 31 8. The selected network connections are bridged. 9. The bridged network connections are displayed in the Network Connections window. 10. Click Finish to close the setup wizard. ® Refer to Windows XP Help and Support Center for articles and help files on the Network Bridge function.
  • Page 32: Broadband Connection That Is Always On

    To enable ICS if you have an existing broadband network that is always on (DSL, cable modem, or LAN): 1. Select whether your computer directly connects to the Internet or through another computer or residential gateway. Click Next. 3-14 ASUS WiFi-b™ Card...
  • Page 33: Dial-up Modem

    2. If your computer connects to the internet via another computer or residential gateway, follow steps 2 to 10 of the “Internet connection via another computer or residential gateway” section on pages 3-10 to 3-13. Follow the steps in the “Direct Internet connection” section on page 3-14 if your computer connects directly to the Internet.
  • Page 34 3-16 ASUS WiFi-b™ Card...
  • Page 35: Chapter 4: Utility Information

    This chapter provides information on how to configure the WiFi-b™ using the Control Center utility. Utility information...
  • Page 36: The Control Center Utility

    Ad-Hoc Network Mode (WiFi-b™ to other Wi-Fi device) Linked Not Linked Connected to the Internet Soft Access Point Mode WiFi-b™ is in soft access point (Soft AP) mode. Right-clicking the Control Center icon displays the right-click menu. The following sections describe the right-click menu items.
  • Page 37: Wireless Lan Card Settings

    Radio button if you wish to disable radio communication with an access point or a Wi-Fi device. Rescan button - Click to allow WiFi-b™ to scan available wireless networks and to connect to the network with the best signal quality.
  • Page 38 Ping. Click to display the Ping tab. Use ping to verify a connection to a particular host name or IP address. The IP Release and IP Renew buttons may only be used on a WiFi-b card that is configured with DHCP.
  • Page 39 (AP). In this mode, your system can access wireless LAN and wired LAN (Ethernet) via the AP. Select the Ad Hoc mode to communicate directly with other mobile clients within the WiFi-b™ range. Chapter 4: Utility information...
  • Page 40 In Ad Hoc mode, select a channel that is allowed for use in your country/region. See the Appendix for channel information. Data Rate. Select Fully Auto to allow WiFi-b to adjust to the most suitable connection. You may also fix data transfer rates to 11, 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbps.
  • Page 41 Manually assigned encryptions are more secure than automatically generated encryptions. • Use Manual Assignment instead of Automatic Generation if you are not sure whether other wireless clients use the same algorithm as that of WiFi-b™. • Keep a record of the WEP encryption keys. Config - Advanced The Advanced tab displays the WiFi-b™...
  • Page 42 See page 4-16 for details. When disabled, the available network connection on the Internet field is bridged with the WiFi-b™ card. Refer to page 4-19 to setup a network bridge. Enable Firewall. This option is active when ICS is enabled.
  • Page 43: Help Menu

    Click the About icon to view the software version, driver version, and copyright information. Link State Displays the current connection status of the WiFi-b™ card to the AP or to other Wi-Fi devices. Command icons Apply. Click to apply the changes made on WiFi-b™ configuration and settings.
  • Page 44: Preferences

    Wireless Option – Sets your Windows ® XP wireless networking environment. See page 18 for details. The Control Center Left-click menu is available only when WiFi-b™ is set to Station Mode (STA). 4-10 ASUS WiFi-b™ Card...
  • Page 45: Station Mode (sta)

    The Wireless Settings utility allows you to set your WiFi-b™ card in Station (STA) or Soft Access Point (Soft AP) mode. In STA mode, your WiFi-b™ connects to an access point to access a wireless network or the Internet. In Soft AP mode, your WiFi-b™...
  • Page 46 Associated State field to confirm. ® Windows XP OS Do any of the following to set your WiFi-b™ in station mode: Enter the Wireless Settings utility 1. Double-click the Control Center icon in the Windows taskbar to open the Wireless Settings utility.
  • Page 47: Soft Access Point Mode (soft Ap)

    Soft AP mode to Station Mode. Click Yes. 4. Follow steps 2 to 7 of the previous section to set the WiFi-b™ in STA mode. Use the Change Mode menu 1. Right-click the Control Center icon in the Windows taskbar to display the right-click menus.
  • Page 48 Setting your WiFi-b™ in Soft Access Point (Soft AP) mode Do any of the following to set your WiFi-b™ in soft AP mode: Enter the Wireless Settings utility 1. Double-click the Control Center icon in the Windows taskbar to open the Wireless Settings utility.
  • Page 49 Other Soft AP settings When in Soft AP mode, two additional tabbed property sheets are added to the Status settings of the Wireless Settings utility. MAC Table The MAC Table tab displays the MAC address of a wireless device connected to the soft AP.
  • Page 50: Connect To The Internet Using A Broadband Connection That Is Always On

    After setting the WiFi-b™ card on Soft AP mode, you may enable Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). ICS is a Windows ® XP feature allowing several computers in a wired or wireless network to share a single Internet connection. With ICS, other wireless clients in a home or small office network rely on the WiFi-b™...
  • Page 51: Connect To The Internet Using A Broadband Or Dial-up Connection That Requires An Account

    Connect to the Internet using a broadband or dial-up connection that requires an account If the host computer with the WiFi-b™ card connects to the Internet using a broadband or dial-up connection that requires an account, create a broadband (PPPoE) or dial-up network connection using the Windows ®...
  • Page 52 Next. 7. Enter the ISP name, then click Next. 8. Enter the user name and password assigned by your ISP, then check all settings below the user name and password fields. Click Next. 4-18 ASUS WiFi-b™ Card...
  • Page 53: Network Bridge

    Internet protocol (IP) addresses. Network bridge is essential in enabling ICS among wireless clients in a home network. You must have Administrator privileges before you could create a network bridge. To bridge a wired network connection to the WiFi-b™: 1. Open the Wireless Settings utility. Select Config from the property window, then select the Soft AP tab.
  • Page 54 7. The bridged network connections are displayed in the Network Connections window. Only LAN connections may be bridged with the WiFi-b™ card. The Wireless Settings utility will instruct you to change your settings if you bridge a non-LAN connection with the WiFi-b™.
  • Page 55 The appendix contains sections for troubleshooting and information on IEEE 802.11b channels and frequencies.
  • Page 56 This troubleshooting guide provides answers to some common problems which you may encounter while installing and/or using ASUS Wireless LAN card products. These problems requires simple troubleshooting that you can perform by yourself. Contact the Wireless LAN Technical Support if you encounter problems not mentioned in this section.
  • Page 57: Appendix

    Check if the WiFi-b™ has the same Service Set Identifier (SSID) as that of the AP. • Check if the WiFi-b™ card and the AP have the same Encryption. If WEP encryption is enabled, set the same WEP keys for the WiFi-b™...
  • Page 58 Action I cannot connect to another • Check if the Network Type of the station (computer with a WiFi-b™ card is set to Ad Hoc wireless LAN device). mode. • Check if the WiFi-b™ has the same Service Set Identifier (SSID) with that of the other station.
  • Page 59: Channels

    25 MHz to avoid interference. The number of channels available for the WiFi-b™ varies by country/region. Refer to the table below to determine the number of channels available in your location.
  • Page 60 United Kingdom (RTT&E/EMC/LVD) Channels 1 to 13 United States (FCC) Channels 1 to 11 Channels 1,6 and 11 are independent and do not overlap each other. It is recommended to tune your WiFi-b™ card to these channels. ASUS WiFi-b™ Card...

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