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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    What is WPA? ............34 System Requirements ..........3 Configure WEP ............35 Introduction ............... 4 Using the D-Link Wireless Connection Manager . 35 Features ..............5 Configure WEP Passphrase ........37 Hardware Overview ........... 6 Using the Windows Vista ........
  • Page 3: Product Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Product Overview Package Contents • D-Link DWA-525 Wireless N 150 PCI Desktop Adapter • Manual and Warranty on CD • D-Link Wireless Connection Manager on CD • Quick Installation Guide System Requirements • A desktop computer with an available PCI slot •...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    The D-Link Wireless N 150 DWA-525 is a powerful 32-bit desktop adapter that installs quickly and easily into desktop computers. Like all D-Link wireless adapters, the DWA-525 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

    That means you can still communicate with colleagues and friends while you have the ability to link to even more wireless networks. • Better Security with WPA/WPA2 and WPS - With the DWA-525 in your Desktop PC you can securely connect to a wireless network using WPA/WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) for wireless authentication, as well as WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) providing you a much higher level and an easier way of security for your data and communication than has previously been available.
  • Page 6: Hardware Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Hardware Overview LEDs ACT / Link A blinking light indicates transmission of data. A steady light indicates a connection to a wireless network. D-Link DWA-525 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 2 - 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-525 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: Adapter Installation

    Section 2 - Installation Adapter Installation Warning: Do NOT install the DWA-525 Wireless N 150 PCI Desktop Adapter into your computer before installing the driver software from the D-Link CD. Turn on the computer and Insert the D-Link DWA-525 Driver CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 12 Click Next to continue. Click Next 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.
  • Page 13 The Wireless Connection Wizard will now appear. If you want to manually connect to a wireless network, refer to page 15. The following instructions will connect you to a wireless network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Click Next D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 14: Push Button Configuration (Pbc)

    Press the WPS button on your access point or wireless router within 2 minutes to establish connectivity. When this screen appears, you have successfully connected to your wireless network. Click Next to complete your setup. Click Next D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 15 Click Scan to display the site survey page. Click Next Click the Scan button to display a list of wireless networks (site survey). Click on the network name (SSID) and click Next. Click Next D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 16 When this screen appears, you are successfully connected to your wireless network. Click Next to complete your setup. Click Next 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 17: 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 the Windows XP Zero Configuration Utility & Windows Vista WLAN Autoconfig. ® D-Link Wireless Connection Manager The D-Link DWA-525 uses the Wireless Connection Manager as the management software.
  • Page 18: 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 19: Wi-Fi Protected Setup (Wps)

    Entering this number in the utility of the WPS-enabled wireless router or access point connects you with the intended wireless network. Refer to the next page for more information. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 20: Personal Identification Number (Pin)

    Enter this number in your access point or wireless router. Please refer to the manufacture’s manual for instructions. Once you click Next, you will have 2 minutes to enter this number in your access point or wireless router. Click Next D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 21 Section 3 - Configuration The adapter will try to establish connectivity to your access point or wireless router. When this screen appears, you have successfully established connectivity. Click Finish to complete your setup. Click Finish D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 22: 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 23: 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 24: 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 25: Support

    Section 3 - Configuration Support If you need help, click the Support button. A pane will appear to the right of the utility which will display information about the utility. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 26: About

    Section 3 - Configuration About The About screen gives you information about the Firmware and Utility Versions of the DWA-525. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 27: 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 28: Using Windows Vista

    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 you TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 29 It may take 20-30 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 30: Windows ® Xp Configuration Utility

    ® If you are using Windows ® 2000, you must use the D-Link Wireless Connection Manager. 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 31 Section 3 - 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 32 Section 3 - Configuration In the Wireless Network Connection Properties window, uncheck Use Windows to configure my wireless network ® settings and then click OK. Refer to page 15, on instructions for launching the D-Link Wireless Connection Manager. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 33: 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-525 offers the following types of security: • WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) • WPA2-PSK (Pre-Shared Key) •...
  • Page 34: 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 35: 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 and click Connect.
  • Page 36 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 37: Configure Wep Passphrase

    ® ™ on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower right corner of screen). Select Connect to a network. 2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 38 It may take 20-30 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 39: 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 40 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 41: 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 42 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 43: Using Windows ® 7

    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). 2. The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 44 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 45 It may take 20-30 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 46: Using The Windows Vista

    ® ™ on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower right corner of screen). Select Connect to a network. 2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...
  • Page 47 It may take 20-30 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 48: 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 49 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-525 User Manual...
  • Page 50: Configure Wpa/Wpa2 (Radius)

    WPA and WPA2 are 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 51: Troubleshooting

    Section 5 - Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWA-525. Read the following descriptions if you are having problems. (The examples below are illustrated in Windows XP. If you ®...
  • Page 52 Section 5 - Troubleshooting Click the + sign next to Network Adapters. Right-click on D-Link DWA-525 Wireless N 150 PCI Desktop Adapter. Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed properly. Look under Device Status to check that the device is working properly.
  • Page 53 Section 5 - Troubleshooting 2. I cannot connect to the access point or the wireless router. • Make sure that the SSID on the DWA-525 desktop adapter is exactly the same as the SSID on the Access Point or wireless router.
  • Page 54 ® 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 55 • If Security is enabled, make sure that the correct encryption keys are entered on both the DWA-525 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 56: 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 57 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 58 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 59 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 Internet from remote locations like: Airports, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Libraries, Restaurants, and Convention Centers.
  • Page 60: Wireless Modes

    • Infrastructure – All wireless clients will connect to an access point or wireless router. • 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-525 wireless network wireless desktop adapters.
  • Page 61: 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 62: 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 63: 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 64: Technical Specifications

    Operating Temperature • 0°C to 40°C Humidity • 95% maximum (non-condensing) Dimensions • L x W x H : 122 x 120 x 22 mm (4.8 x 4.7 x 0.9 inches) Weight • 0.254 lb (115g) D-Link DWA-525 User Manual...